Santorini is known for its romantic sunsets, blue domed homes, and breathtaking views of the Caldera. But what some may not associate with this small Greek island, is its incredible food scene. From seaside feasts, to grab and go gyros, Santorini offers a variety of delicious meals and today I am sharing some of the places I fell in love with.
Best for a Romantic Setting: The Red Bicycle
Santorini is known for its romance, and a lot of restaurants in the area feed off of that, but the Red Bicycle really set the tone. The restaurant looks quaint from the outside. An adorable sign complete with a red bicycle hangs on top a couple of stairs. Once you walk through the doors however, you are transformed to one of those views that looks like it was painted in the sky. The giant veranda extends over to views of the Mediterranean and the deep red rock of the Caldera in the distance. As the sun sinks down, the colours ignite the sky. Bright pinks and purples light up your table. Views aside, the food is what you truly come here for. Chef Gikas Xenakis not only produces beautiful looking dishes but also beautiful tasting combinations. From the eggplant puree, to the famous lamb shoulder, you cannot go wrong. It is the best spot in Santorini to grab a glass of wine and take in the sunset with your loved one.
Best View : Sunset Ammoudi Tavern
Santorini is famous for its sunsets, so why not grab yourself a front row seat to watch the magic unfold. Sunset Ammoudi is located down the winding stairs of Ammoudi Bay. The restaurant itself is carved into the red volcanic rock, and because of its locations, it offers the clearest view to the west. Try and arrive early to get a seat right on the water. The restaurant was opened by a local fisherman, so their speciality is the fresh seafood. Try the lobster pasta and then sit back, relax, and watch the sunset unfold in front of your eyes.
Best Sharing Menu : Melitini
This little tapas restaurant in the heart of Oia came highly recommended by the locals, so you know it has to be delicious. This was actually the first tapas that served traditional Greek food in the town. All of the food and drinks are local and fresh. Despite the tasty treats, you also have a stunning view. Their upstairs patio looks directly onto the Caldera. The sharing portions are the perfect sign and the best part is the food isn’t just traditional but also affordable.
Best “Off the Beaten Path” Restaurant: Vineyart
This restaurant is the perfect spot if you are looking for something a little different. While most restaurants in Santorini focus on romance, this one has more of a funky feel. No view of the Caldera, instead you get to truly explore local art and food. It is located off the main road, tucked away in a quaint corner of Oia. While the menu is small, everything is sourced locally from Santorini from their food items to their wine. Try their traditional Greek salad, topped with hand made olive oil while exploring their exterior decoration. Santorini vines take over the walls and tables. Once you have finished your meal, stop into their downstairs art gallery where local artists work hangs from the wall.
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