I’ve tried and tested the best eateries in Santorini to bring you my top recommendations. Keep an eye out for options with a star (⭐) next to them – these are not to be missed!
The dollar signs ($) next to each name indicate a rough pricing. I’ve also conveniently organised them by location.
⭐ Tranquilo $$
Healthy food, healthy prices. Foodwise, Santorini is famous for producing an abundance of yellow split peas which are pureed into a dip called fava; this is one of the signature dishes of Tranquilo.
Another thing that Tranquilo are well-known for – and which keeps people coming back – are their salads. Not only are they filled with fresh, flavoursome ingredients such as nuts and fruit, they’re also absolutely huuuuuge – big enough to share!
Most of the offerings on Tranquilo’s menu are either vegetarian or vegan; other items include sandwiches, fried rice and vegetable dishes. It has a great atmosphere too – decent music, colourful decoration and friendly staff.
God’s Garden $$
Set in a beautiful garden (debatable whether it belongs to God), this family-run restaurant serves delicious and authentic food for reasonable prices. For example, the yellow split peas [used to make their fava] were grown in the garden (different garden!) of the owner’s Grandma. Local ingredients, family recipes and decent prices – what more can you ask for?
Despite the location being away from the bustling seafront (only a 2min walk), God’s Garden was nearly always busy in the evenings, which is definitely a good sign!
I tried the meze platter – designed as a starter for 2 people – all to myself, and it was fantastic. So many different flavours and textures on one plate – I basically got to try 9 different dishes for the price of 1! For this reason, I’d recommend the meze platter to anyone, especially if you’re in a group. Here’s what it included:
☑ Aubergine salad (dip)
☑ Vegetable pancakes
☑ Salad (tomatoes & cucumber)
☑ Stuffed vine leaves
☑ Giant beans
Other places to eat in Perissa
For those of you with a sweet tooth, head straight to “Chocolat” Creperie where you’ll find mighty crepes brimming with your favourite treats. If you’re after a cheap set menu, try Pergola restaurant. Alternatively, check out Apollon restaurant for nightly live music and a good atmosphere.
il Forno $$
Probably the best pizza on Santorini. If you’re just after takeaway, you can get large square slices of pizza for only €3 (£2.7/US$3.5). Alternatively, by eating in you can choose from a wider range of flavours and get a whole pizza made fresh to order. However, I’d recommend coming at lunchtime as in the evenings there is often a wait for tables.
Pasta dishes average around €8 (£7.1/US$9.3), pizzas €11 (£9.8/US$13). There’s plenty of variety (almost too much choice!), serving sizes are decent and the taste is great. Il Forno is cheaper than most of the beachfront restaurants and offers a welcome change if you’re sick of moussaka and Greek salad!
Other places to eat in Kamari
If you’re after something cheaper still in Kamari, then look no further than Elias Grill – your typical souvlaki & gyros joint with hearty portions and pocket-friendly prices.
Melina’s Tavern $$$
This place is a no-nonsense seafood taverna with friendly staff, delicious fresh fish and a fantastic waterfront location that really steals the show. It’s slightly on the expensive side but only on par with the surrounding competition. Plus, if you opt for the “deal of the day” (undoubtedly offered daily), you can get a choice of fish with vegetables and a drink for €10 (£8.9/US$12). That’s what I did, and wasn’t disappointed.
Despite initially being served the wrong fish, I was promptly brought the correct dish and was allowed to eat both at no extra cost – winner winner chicken [fishy] dinner!
Other places to eat in Akrotiri
There isn’t much accommodation in the area so Akrotiri is livelier during the day than it is at night. Along the waterfront you’ll find some other seafood tavernas such as The Dolphins restaurant – high quality but also high prices!
These guys make decent sized, tasty wraps for good prices. A large falafel wrap with all the accompaniments will set you back €5 (£4.4/US$5.8). Despite not being as cheap or tasty as Falafellas in Athens – click here to read more about my favourite eateries in the Greek capital – FalafeLAND are one of the best places to eat on Santorini and their prices are only in-line with the rest of the island.
Preparation takes a little longer than your standard gyros as the falafel and vegetables are cooked fresh to order. They have a range of wraps with choices of different fillings. Also on offer are salads, meze boards and a range of drinks including beer.
Other places to eat in Fira
The closer you venture to the cliffside of Fira, the more extravagant the views (and therefore prices) become. The cheaper touristy offerings are centered around Fira Central Square – a 2 minute walk northwest of the bus station.
⭐ Apsithia $$
This place is all about the views. In fact, that’s the case for almost anywhere in Oia. What surprised me about Apsithia though was that the prices are actually quite reasonable when compared with other restaurants in the same area. The food is good quality too; combined with the fantastic views and cheaper-than-most prices, you really can’t beat it!
However, the benefit of getting a terrace side table is undeniable – after all, those uninterrupted views are what you’re here for. Therefore, I’d recommend arriving soon after their 9am opening time to stand the best chance of getting those million dollar seats; I turned up just before 11am on a Monday and secured the last terrace side table.
My choice of food was the typical Greek breakfast of strapatsada (scrambled eggs with tomato and feta) and a frappé coffee – a damn good brunch!
Other places to eat in Oia
Melenio Cafe is another popular place to eat in Oia – the food is great but unfortunately the prices are also quite high. At the other end of the price spectrum, grab a takeaway pastry from Passaris Bakery and enjoy a wander through the beautiful, winding streets. For an altogether different experience, head down to Oia Port and dine at the waterfront Armeni restaurant – just be prepared for a hike!