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15 of the Best Santorini Restaurants and Bars

Wondering what and where to eat in Santorini Greece? We ate and drank our way through the Greek island paradise in our search of the best Santorini food and wine.. Check out our picks for the best Santorini restaurants, souvlaki shops and drinking spots. Many have epic views!

Red Beach Selfie in Santorini

Santorini was impossible for us to resist.

There’s good reason that the island’s blue church domes grace every Greek travel brochure and poster. Its geography, molded by an epic volcanic event several thousand years ago, makes the crescent-shaped island wholly unique in the Greek archipelago.

Santorini is beautiful – one of the world’s most touristed destinations. Thousands of visitors literally fill the island’s cobblestone lanes every day during the summer and into the shoulder seasons. These tourists include summer vacationers and honeymooners as well as boatloads of cruising daytrippers who swarm the caldera docks every day – often numbering up to 8,000 people.

Oia Selfie in Santorini
Some tourists climb on rooftops to take selfies in Santorini. Not us.

Tourists crush Santorini’s lanes in search of the perfect island souvenir. We’re not exaggerating about the crowds. Many streets in caldera towns like Thira (also known as Fira) and Oia bulged with people during our October visit.

Instagrammers were literally climbing atop private properties to snap selfies featuring the island’s iconic blue-domed churches. Yes, we took selfies with the famous structures. No, we did not trespass on private property to do so.

As for us, we spent much of our time dining at Fira restaurants near our hotel and Oia restaurants near some of the island’s most popular viewing spots. We rented a car so that we could could dine at hidden gems located away from the tourist throngs. Plus, the best Santorini wineries are scattered around the island.

Crowded Thera Street in Santorini
It’s not usual to get trapped among thousands of tourists who visit Santorini every day. In Thira, afternoon cruise ship crowds often jam narrow streets.

In a way Santorini is like an A-list movie star struggling to escape the gaze of paparazzi. But like a radiant Greek goddess, this island cannot be ignored. White chalk stucco walled residences with arched roofs pile high upon rugged cliffs that look upon a vast, timeless seascape.

In one of nature’s most fortuitous coincidences, the monumental caldera acts as a solar amphitheater. If the weather breaks right, there’s no grander sunset on Earth. And, despite the crowds, it’s still possible to hide in narrow alleys that provide a respite of peace from the overabundance of t-shirt shops and pottery stores.

Bell in Oia in Santorini
Every angle is a photo op in Santorini including this view through a church bell tower in Oia.

It would be a mistake to only visit Santorini’s western end. Outside the steep caldera, vineyard dotted mountains slope gently toward scenic beachscapes with views of the neighboring island of Anafi.

Southeastern mountain, Taygetus, rises above Santorini. Villages like Pyrgos provide more expansive views of the sea and island. Even Santorini’s airport lounge (open to the public) offers beautiful views of the seascape to the east. There’s little of this island that isn’t a visual gem.

Why We Visited Santorini

Thera Buildings in Santorini
Even buildings, like the St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Thira, are prettier in Santorini.

The food in Santorini wasn’t our primary motivation for visiting Greece’s iconic island.

The popular Greek destination originally hit our collective radar back in 1982 when we saw the racy movie Summer Lovers for the first time. Beyond the film, it’s almost impossible to escape Santorini’s iconography. From travel agencies to American Greek restaurants and diners, Santorini images are everywhere.

Mindi in Oia in Santorini
Dreams come true in Santorini, a Greek island with no lack of photo ops. Mindi happily poses for one on this stairway in Oia.

Although we spent five weeks in Greece in 2018, we didn’t make it to Santorini. Instead, we spent our time exploring the country’s culinary delights in Athens, Meteora and Mykonos.

With readers clamoring for Santorini recommendations and our desire to experience this island’s beauty for ourselves, it was finally time for us to visit, explore and, of course, eat our way around Santorini.

Santorini Food Guide | Where to Eat in Santorini

Baked Feta Cheese at Metaxí Mas in Santorini
Coated with honey and sprinkled with sesame seeds, the baked feta at Metaxi Mas is a Greek cheese lover’s fantasy.

Santorini has a variety of eateries to satisfy its 15 thousand residents as well as approximately two million annual visitors. Let’s face it, people need to eat when they’re not busy gawking at gorgeous vistas during the day and watching the sun kiss the sea each evening.

Pro Tip
Call to check restaurant closing dates if you travel to Santorini in the off-season. Some restaurants close as early as mid-October and reopen in the spring.

Cretan Dakos Salad at Kokkalo in Santorini
Eating salad is the opposite of a sacrifice in Santorini. We ate this Cretan Dako at Kokkalo.

In our quest to experience the best places to eat in Santorini, we dined at restaurants in hectic Fira and Oia as well as in quieter areas like Exo Gonias and Pyrgos. We also chowed down on souvlaki and sipped glasses of wine.

We identified top Santorini restaurants from both research and recommendations from trusted sources. Once in Santorini, we followed our noses to discover local gems serving Greek food favorites.

Read on to find our favorite places to eat in Santorini.

Santorini Restaurants

Sunset Salad at Dimitris Ammoudi Taverna in Santorini
Dining with a view is a popular thing to do in Santorini. We enjoyed this scenic meal at Dimitris Ammoudi Taverna.

The best restaurants in Santorini celebrate the island’s local resources while adding creative twists to classic Greek dishes. Some offer epic views of the caldera while others operate in more intimate spaces.


Santorini Tomato Can at Selene in Santorini
Taking local tomatoes to new levels, this Santorini Tomato Can starter incorporates a variety of mini tomatoes, yellow tomato sorbet, red tomato sorbet, compressed watermelon and feta cheese water.

Honeymooners and luxury food travelers will want to indulge in at least one special meal in Santorini. Award-winning Selene fits this bill by offering an upscale gastronomic dining experience filled with fresh ingredients and creative gastronomy. Recognized as one of the best restaurants in Greece, Selene offers a nightly a la carte menu during the tourist season, closing from mid-October until spring.

Opened by Yiorgos Hatziyannakis in 1986, Selene has continued its commitment to serving local products over three decades. Guests can dine at one of twelve tables in the Pyrgos restaurant’s surprisingly informal dining room or on its more expansive outdoor terrace. Note, dining on the terrace wasn’t an option during our shoulder season dinner.

Our meal started with an amuse bouche of ‘raviolis’ constructed with beetroot and celery shells and continued with the restaurant’s signature Santorian Tomato Can – a fun, tri-colored rainbow melange of multi-colored mini tomatoes, tomato sorbet, compressed watermelon and feta cheese water gingerly placed inside an edible tomato can.

Pasticcio at Selene in Santorini
This modern version of pasticcio came with homemade pasta stuffed with pork and beef cheeks, bechamel, parmesan foam, smoked carrot purée and tomato confit.

The “can” was unique but we preferred the deep flavors and delicate pasta of Selene’s modern, cannelloni-like Pasticcio. Stuffed with pork and beef cheeks and served with sour, creamy bechamel, parmesan foam, smoked carrot purée and tomato confit, this deceptively simple starter, incorrectly described as deconstructed by our server, was a cohesive culinary winner.

Selene’s main dishes stretch the envelope in terms of both execution and pricing. Accordingly, we opted to share one Piglet Prasoselino that had been slow-cooked for 12 hours and was plated with celery foam, smoked roasted leek, mini brioche hot dog and sweet red pepper ketchup.

Chocolate Dessert at Selene in Santorini
Not your typical chocolate bar, this bar at Selene was plated atop a layer of soft butter and olive oil and with cinnamon ice cream and sour yeast bread crisps.

Selene’s desserts are extravagant. Accordingly, we shared the restaurant’s take on a chocolate bar served over soft butter with olive oil and a side of cinnamon ice cream. It was a sweet ending to a satisfying meal filled with great food and excellent relaxed, friendly service.

Although we fully recommend Selene, we would be remiss if we didn’t comment on the cost of our meal. The tally for two starters, one main course, one dessert, a bottle of water, an espresso and two glasses of wine exceeded 140€. Consider this to be your Santorini splurge with costs that are in line with European Michelin starred restaurants.

Our only complaint would be the restaurant’s lack of a comprehensive tasting menu (which, in our view, would eliminate surprises on the final bill) and a definitive list of wines sold by the glass. The restaurant does offer glasses on selected bottles at 20% of the total bottle charge, but it was a bit of a hassle to begin tabulating percentages as we selected our wines.

Overall, we recommend Selene for a modern, quiet, splurge-worthy dining experience away from the tourist throng.

Pro Tip
Make a reservation at Selene Meze & Wine if Selene isn’t in your budget or wheelhouse. The ‘downstairs’ taverna serves a simpler, less expensive menu featuring Greek classics like grilled octopus and moussaka.

Selene is located at Pyrgos Kallistis 847 01, Greece.

Metaxi Mas

Metaxi Mas Dining Room in Santorini
Metaxi Mas is a vibrant restaurant at the foot of Mount Taygetus

You know you’re in Greece when you dine at Metaxi Mas. The 20-year-old local institution has an ageless charm that feels like it’s been open decades longer.

Set in the shadow of Mount Taygetus, the popular Santorini restaurant fills with tourists and locals every day and serves honest dishes like plump, spicy pork sautéed with feta and ginormous lamb shanks accompanied with local tomatoes and white eggplant. Cats and dogs mill about the restaurant’s classic al fresco Hellenic patio while servers pour wine from clay pitchers.

Lamb Chop at Metaxí Mas in Santorini Greece
As big as Daryl’s head, this lamb shank came with white aubergine, Santorini cherry tomatoes, feta cheese and fresh basil.

Expect to eat dishes from Crete as well as typical Santorini specialties. In addition to serving items like Dako salad loaded with fresh tomatoes, feta, oregano and Cretan olive oil served atop a large Cretan barley rusk, the restaurant welcomes guests with shots of Cretan raki and little nibbles.

Portions are large and prices are reasonable. We were too full for dessert but somehow devoured the complimentary cheesecake topped with raspberry sauce after it magically appeared at our table. Consider yourself warned.

Though it’s away from the typical tourist areas, Metaxi Mas is far from a hidden gem. Diners fill the Exo Gonia restaurant on a daily basis, making reservations an absolute must. We booked our dinner on the advice of trusted Greek friend and travel expert Chrysoula Manika of Travel Passionate.

Pro Tip
Park in Agios Charalambos’s ample church parking lot when you dine at Metaxi Mas. The restaurant is just a short walk down the hill.

Metaxi Mas is located at Exo Gonia, Έξω Γωνία, Santorini 847 00, Greece.

Dimitris Ammoudi Taverna

Sunset at Dimitris Ammoudi in Santorini
Could there be a better view than the sunset at Dimitris Ammoudi Taverna?

Located below Oia on the northern edge of Santorini, hiking down to Dimitris Ammoudi Taverna is worth it for the spectacular views. We don’t say this lightly after a near catastrophe occurred during our trek down a steep trail’s 200+ uneven steps, many littered with donkey poop.

Don’t get us wrong, we loved the views from Oia to Ammoudi Bay, but our 70d DSLR camera nearly met a premature end after Daryl slipped on the trail’s slippery path. The camera literally bounced down ten or so steps, spilling parts along the way.

Somehow, after recovering the camera’s battery door, battery and function wheel (with a little help from some helpful locals), the camera miraculously functioned without a hitch. Seriously, buy a Canon if you’re in the market for a camera. We’re now Canon customers for life.

Cretan Daco Salad at Dimitris Ammoudi in Santorini
This Cretan dako salad at Dmitris featured a tapenade-coated rusk, tomato, feta, capers and herbs.

But back to Dimitris Ammoudi. Joy Kerluke moved to Santorini in 1985 and opened the popular taverna with partner Dimitris Hamalidis. Specialties include all manner of fresh Santorini seafood as well as comforting starters like tomato fritters, saganaki and dako salad.

Kerluke is a hospitable owner whose presence is felt all over the dining room as she touches tables and talks to guests. She even arranged our transport back up the mountain to Oia.

But, to us, dining at Dimitris Ammoudi Taverna, is all about the harbor view that the restaurant shares with three other lagoon-based tavernas. Our table was mere inches from the sea, facing epic red cliffs and providing an unobstructed yolk-like view of the sun tucking behind nearby Thirasia Island.

Night View at Dimitris Ammoudi Taverna in Santorini
The lagoon in Ammoudi remains gorgeous even after sunset.

Be sure to plan your meal to coincide with sunset, preferably arriving before dark and securing a front-row view of the Aegean’s nightly show. When reserving our table, we requested a table with a view and you should do the same.

You’ll want to toast the magical moment with sparkling water or wine. Better yet, order a bottle of Donkey Beer from Santorini Brewing Company (see below) to complete the ultimate Santorini sunset experience.

Pro Tip
Request that the restaurant arrange a shuttle to transport you back to Oia after your dinner. We shared a van with three other couples. The 10€ fee was money very well spent.

Dimitris Ammoudi Taverna is located at 1, Oia, Ormos Ammoudiou 847 02, Greece.

To Psaraki

To Psaraki in Santorini
Diners at To Psaraki have a front-row view of Santorini’s Athinios Harbor.

Dining at To Psaraki provided us with a quandary. Though Daryl wanted to order a whole fish from the seafood restaurant’s fresh bounty, Mindi was committed to ordering a selection of mezze dishes instead.

In retrospect, there was no bad choice, though Daryl still feels regret about acquiescing to Mindi for a change.

Sea Bass Ceviche at To Psaraki in Santorini
To Psaraki is famous for its ceviche which featured sea bass during our meal.

But seriously, can you blame Mindi for wanting to sample seafood dishes like sea bass ceviche, homemade white cod roe tarama, grilled octopus and paprika-flavored bonita as well as white aubergine baked with tomato and feta cheese??? A carafe of house wine plus a bread basket served with an intense tomato spread completed our midday meal.

Grilled Octopus at To Psaraki in Santorini
Grilled octopus is always a good choice in Greece. This version at To Psaraki was adorned with olive oil and balsamic.

Dining at To Psaraki made us happy. Open since 2009 and located by the Athinios Harbor on the south side of the island in Vlychada, the restaurant is an affordable, must-visit for food travelers in Santorini.

Pro Tip
Request a table overlooking the harbor when you reserve your table at To Psaraki.

To Psaraki is located at Vlichada Marina, Vlichada 847 00, Greece.


Kokkalo Dining Room in Santorini
As is the case at many Santorini restaurants, the views at Kokkalo are stellar.

Located a bit away from the central Fira tourist fray, Kokkalo’s large windows overlook Santorini’s eastern terrain. Beyond its epic views, this Santorini restaurant manages to be both chic and comfortable. But, at the end of the day, dining at Kokkalo is all about the food.

Raki at Kokkalo in Santorini
Raki is a popular aperitif in Santorini. We drank this raki at Kokkalo.

We enjoyed a smorgasbord of local favorites during our lunch – crispy red tomato fritters, velvety fava topped with grilled octopus, grilled sausage stuffed with feta and tangy tzatziki dip. We added a Cretan dako salad for good measure, though we agree to disagree about the inclusion of xinomitzythra cheese instead of feta.

Daryl would have preferred feta in this dish though xinomitzythra is more traditional. Mindi loved it just the way it was prepared.

Grilled Sausage Stuffed with Feta Cheese at Kokkalo in Santorini
We almost didn’t order the grilled sausage stuffed with feta at Kokkalo. That would have been a mistake.

Though it’s not on many lists of where to eat in Santorini, we’re proud to include Kokkalo in our Santorini guide. This restaurant impressed us with its fresh, local ingredients and flavorful combinations. We flat-out adored the feta-stuffed sausage. Plus, we’re suckers for Greek restaurants that welcome us with raki.

Pro Tip
Schedule a cooking class at Kokkalo and learn how to prepare Santorini dishes like fava, tomato fritters and mussels saganaki. Don’t worry, you’ll get to eat the food too.

Kokkalo is located at 25is Martiou 25, Thira 847 00, Greece.

Santorini Souvlaki

Souvlaki Selfie in Santorini
Two gyros are better than one in Santorini. We ate these at Pitogyros in Oia.

If you visit Greece and don’t eat souvlaki during your trip, did you really visit Greece? We think not.

Greek souvlaki is the country’s ultimate fast food and is bargain-priced to boot. Throughout the country, souvlaki stands serve grilled meat on skewers, in pitas and on platters. Though typically involving proteins like chicken, pork and lamb, vegetarians can find meat-free souvlaki with a little extra effort.

Pork Gyro at Luckys Souvlakis in Santorini
The best Santorini souvlakis come with tzatziki and fries.

If you’re wondering if Santorini is expensive, the answer is yes. However, souvlaki is value priced in Santorini as it is in larger cities like Athens and Thessaloniki.

After eating all the souvlaki in Athens, we were curious to check out the best souvlaki in Santorini. We satisfied our mission at the following two spots:


Spicy Sausage Gyro at Pitogyros in Santorini
Pitogyro is the best spot to eat souvlaki in Santorini.

If you only have time for one souvlaki meal in Santorini, eat it at Pitogyros. This popular cafe cooks its meat to order on a charcoal grill and serves it on a serene outdoor terrace on the edge of touristic Oia.

Diners go inside Pitogyros to put their name on the list or order takeaway, and we were no exception to this rule. Seated fifteen minutes later, we ordered two pita wraps, one with grilled pork and the other with spicy sausage. Both were excellent, rivaling souvlaki we’d previously eaten in Athens.

Plus, priced at 4€ each at the time of our visit, these gyros may be the best cheap eats in Santorini. You can walk away for under 10€ even if you order a Yellow Donkey beer to wash down the tasty Greek sandwich.

Pro Tip
Vegetarians can order souvlakis featuring tzatziki, Greek salad or grilled halloumi cheese.

Pitogyros is located at Oia 847 02, Greece.

Lucky’s Souvlakis

Gyro and Beer at Luckys Souvlakis in Santorini
Souvlaki and beer is a winning combination.

We felt lucky when we nabbed two stools at Lucky’s Souvlakis in Fira. The busy souvlaki stand takes Santorini cheap eats to the extreme by selling gyros priced at 2.60€ at the time of our visit. After ordering our gyro, we added a Mythos beer for just 2.50€ more.

Our well-positioned stools placed us in front of spinning spits of meat and gave us ready access to chat with the stand’s colorful crew. Although it wasn’t the best souvlaki we’ve ever eaten, it was a fun break as well as a pleasant respite from the strong Mediterranean sun.

Pro Tip
Eat at Lucky’s if you’re eating in Santorini on a budget. Then grab a gelato at nearby Solo Gelato.

Lucky’s Souvlakis is located at Dekigala, Thira 847 00, Greece.
Solo Gelato is located at Fira Square, Thira 847 00, Greece.

Santorini Desserts

Gelato at Lolitas Gelato in Santorini
Lolita’s gelato in Oia features a variety of flavors. Since we didn’t eat the Greek Viagra flavor, we can’t attest to its potency.

In our opinion, Greek bakers make some of the best desserts in the world. If you’ve ever eaten baklava at a Greek diner, then you know what we mean.

We rarely skipped desserts when we dined at Santorini restaurants. However, we sometimes made a special effort to secure dessert when we needed a sweet break during the day. These are favorite dessert spots in Santorini:

Sborwnos Bakery

Kataifi at Svoronos Bakery in Santorini
Local institution Sborwnos Bakery serves dozens of Greek pastries including this honey-laden kataifi.

An institution in Fira since 1912, Sborwnos Bakery serves sweet and savory baked goods all day every day. The bakery also serves coffee, orange juice, sandwiches and ice cream.

During our multiple morning visits, we sampled Greek treats like the twisted spinach & cheese pie pictured above and this kataifi stuffed with almonds and coated with syrup. Although most customers take their treats away to enjoy later, we scarfed ours down at the bakery’s limited outdoor seating.

Pro Tip
Don’t shop at Sborwnos Bakery when you’re starving. If you do, you’ll want to buy … everything.

Sborwnos Bakery is located at 25is Martiou, Thira 847 00, Greece.

The Family Bakery

The Family Bakery in Santorini
Locals frequent The Family Bakery in Megalochori. The roadside bakery sells a variety of sweet and savory Greek treats.

We initially spotted The Family Bakery during our Santorini wine tour. Once we realized that the Megalochori bakery was literally a two-minute drive from Venetsanos Winery (see below), a visit was inevitable a few days later.

With a strip mall exterior more resembling a New Jersey convenience store than a European bakery, the Family Bakery has a wide selection of desserts and is open 24/7. This bakery possesses a truly local feel and sells a range of cooked food suitable for a quick meal on the go.

Pastry at The Family Bakery in Santorini
We couldn’t say ‘no’ to this trigona at The Family Bakery.

We shared a decadent trigona during our visit. With its honey-coated shell, sweet cream and pistachio bits, this pastry may have been the best dessert we ate in Santorini.

Pro Tip
Buy a wedding cake at The Family Bakery if you’re planning an island wedding. Otherwise, just buy a pastry.

The Family Bakery is located at Επαρχ. Οδ. Φηρων – Ορμου Περισσης, Μεγαλοχωρι, Σαντορινη 847 00, Greece.

Lolita’s Gelato

Gelato Cup at Lolitas Gelato in Santorini
Lolita’s Gelato is the best spot to eat ice cream in Santorini.

Touring Oia can be exhausting between the hills and the sun, not to mention the crowds. Accordingly, stopping at Lolita’s Gelato is mandatory for ‘mental health’ purposes.

Apostolis Tsolakos opened the popular gelateria in 2013 after studying the art of gelato in Bologna. He and his staff add ultra-fresh ingredients to every batch of gelato and sorbet.

Overwhelmed by the flavor choices, we chose three – Cuban lover, baklava and mastic. The combination was divine.

Pro Tip
If you only indulge at one gelato in Santorini, do it at Lolita’s.

Lolita’s Gelato is located at Oia 847 02, Greece.

Where to Drink in Santorini

Cappuccino at Volkan on the Rocks in Santorini
Finding craft coffee in Santorini was like finding a unicorn but, shockingly, we did it. We drank this excellent double cappuccino made from beans roasted by taf in Athens at Volkan on the Rocks.

Locating a place to drink in Santorini isn’t a challenge. However, with so many coffee chains and party bars, the key is to find the best spots on the Greek island paradise.

With 16 wineries, wine is both prevalent and affordable, and there’s no lack of beer, both craft and commodity. However, coffee is more of a challenge. After literally walking out of two promising coffee shops, we finally found excellent specialty coffee in Fira.

Read on to find our favorite Santorini watering holes.

Drinks with a View

Coffee with a View at Volkan on the Rocks in Santorini
Four cruise ships including the three pictured here didn’t ruin our coffee drinking experience at Volkan on the Rocks.

Santorini bars are a dime a dozen in both Fira and Oia, but the best spots offer epic views with their libations. Drinking with a view is easily one of the best things to do in Santorini. Just don’t forget your camera or wallet after enjoying one too many drinks.

Volkan on the Rocks

Cocktails at Volkan on the Rocks in Santorini
In addition to house made cocktails, Volkan on the Rocks offers cocktails sourced from Athens’ award-winning craft cocktail bar The Clumsies.

We bumped into Volkan on the Rocks on our very first day while touring Fira and returned three more times to enjoy the island’s best craft coffee, elevated brunch food and extraordinary caldera views. It quickly became our morning happy place due to its crafted specialty coffee made with taf beans from Athens.

Pancakes at Volkan on the Rocks in Santorini
We shared these pancakes topped with butter and orange blossom honey at Volkan on the Rocks.

Operated by Thessaloniki’s Ergon Foods, Volkan on the Rocks is a great spot to share a quiet drink or eat tasty food before, during or after a day of touring Fira. In addition to taf coffee, the well-positioned bar serves beer from Volkan Brewery (see below), wine from Nomikos and cocktails from The Clumsies.

Pro Tip
Make a reservation to view a family-friendly outdoor movie screening at Volkan on the Rocks. Depending on the night, movie options include Mama Mia and My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

Volkan on the Rocks is located at Firostefani, Thira 847 00, Greece.

Santorini Wineries

Vines at Domaine Sigalas in Santorini
Indigenous to Santorini, Assyrtiko is the island’s signature grape.

Despite or perhaps due to its volcanic land and arid climate, Santorini farmers have been growing some of the country’s best wine grapes for over 3,000 years. Not only does the volcanic soil create interesting taste profiles, but it also protects the grapes from diseases like phylloxera.

As we learned during our Santorini wine tour, the island’s 16 wineries produce excellent wine of which 85% is white and 78% is Assyrtiko. Assyrtiko, which absorbs volcanic properties from the soil, is Santorini’s most important grape variety but it’s not the only grape in town.

Other varieties include Aidani, Arthiri & Mavrotagano. Then there’s Vinsanto, Santorini’s luxurious dessert wine exclusively made with late-harvest white grapes.

As you plan your Santorini itinerary, consider visiting the following wineries:

Venetsanos Winery

Server at Venetsanos Winery in Santorini
Gregoria Koskorellou served us wine with a view at Venetsanos Winery in Santorini.

Carved into the cliffs just above the port of Athinios, Venetsanos Winerys’ sunset terrace is the ultimate spot for tasting wine in Santorini. The views of the island’s caldera and nearby islands are nothing short of breathtaking.

Constructed in 1947 and more recently renovated after being closed for decades, Venetsanos has been offering wine tastings and tours at its unique winery sine 2014. Venetsanos also has a museum for guests who want to learn about the winery’s storied history.

Venetsanos Winery Selfie in Santorini
We enjoyed both the wine and the views during our sunset tasting at Venetsanos Winery.

We shared a four-glass tasting during our sunset visit. Gregoria Koskorellou guided us through tasting 2018 Santorini (Assyrtiko), 2018 Nykteri (Assyrtiko), Anagallis (Aidani, Assyrtiko and Mandilaria) and 2016 Vinsanto (elixir of the gods).

Although we arrived by car, other guests we met had taken the bus from Fira to the Megalochori winery. However you get to Venetsanos Winery, get there. The cliffside view from the Southeast corner of the caldera is worth the effort.

Pro Tip
Make an advance reservation to ensure a sunset viewing for your tasting.

Venetsanos Winery is located at Caldera Megalochori, Santorini Island 847 00, Greece.

Domaine Sigalas

Wine Tasting at Domaine Sigalas in Santorini
We shared this tasting at Domaine Sigalas with a view of the winery’s vines.

Drinking wine at Domaine Sigalas’ Oia winery is a relaxing way to explore the breadth of Santorini wine. Not only does the winery grow estate grapes on its 37 hectares to produce 300,000 bottles each year, but it also purchases additional fruit from 100 local farmers.

Founded in 1991, the winery offers wine tastings and food pairings for visitors. During our visit and with a view of rows and rows of vines in the field, we shared a six-glass tasting and a Ntakos salad with barley rusk, tomato, Chloro cheese, capers, olives and oregano.

Our tasting included the following wines: Am (Assyrtiko and Monemvasia), Santorini (Assyrtiko), Kavalieros (Assyrtiko), Ean (Mandilaria), Mm (Mandilaria and Mavrotragano) and Vinsanto (Assyrtiko and Aidani). Santorini and Vinsanto both qualify for PDO status.

Pro Tip
Schedule a tour to fully experience Domaine Sigalas and its wines.

Domaine Sigalas is located at Baxes, Oia, Santorini 847 02, Greece.

Santo Wines

Wine Tasting at Santo Wines in Santorini
Our glasses and plates runneth over at Santo Wines.

Santo Wines is a popular winery that offers wine tastings with epic views of the caldera. Founded in 1947 as a cooperative, this Pyrgos winery is the island’s largest with more than 1,000 wine-growing members. Visitors to Santo Wines can take a tour and watch an informative documentary in the winery’s oenotourism center.

As for us, we headed straight to the wine bar when we visited Santo Wines as part of our Santorini wine tour. We enjoyed two five-glass flights with a variety of white and red wines along with a sampling of local cured meats, olives and barley rusks. Since it was already dark, we focused on the wine instead of scenery and selfies.

Pro Tip
Book a tasting via Santo Wine’s online reservation system.

Santo Wines is located at Pyrgos Kallistis 847 00, Greece.

Santorini Breweries

Beer Souvenirs at Santorini Brewing Company in Santorini
You can sample a range of Donkey ales at Santorini Brewing Company.

Sometimes we’re satisfied with drinking mass-market beers like Mythos and Fix but sometimes we want more. Thankfully, Greece has joined the craft beer movement and has two excellent breweries on Santorini.

Santorini Brewing Company

Slow Donkey Beer at Santorini Brewing Company in Santorini
Santorini Brewing Company has pinned the tail on the donkey with their craft beer.

Famous for its donkey logo, Santorini Brewing Company sells its beers in many of the top Santorini restaurants including Dimitris Ammoudi Taverna, To Psaraki and Pitogyros (see all above). Founded in 2011, the small craft brewery imports all of its ingredients and brews its beer in Pyrgos with a focus on quality over quantity.

We met co-owner Majda Anderson when we visited the brewery for a beer tasting. Anderson shared that the brewery is producing 120,000 liters this year, some of which will be distributed abroad to the US, UK, Japan and Switzerland.

More importantly, we tasted three beers during our visit – Yellow Donkey, Red Donkey and Lazy Ass Donkey. We also bought a t-shirt as a Santorini souvenir.

Pro Tip
You can buy t-shirts and bottles of beer when you visit the brewery for a tasting.

Santorini Brewing Company is located at Mesa Gonia, Santorini 847 00, Greece.

Volkan Brewery

Volkan Beer at Volkan on the Rocks in Santorini
Beer fans can drink Volkan beer at Volkan on the Rocks.

Located in Fira, Volkan Brewery adds local ingredients like lava rock filtered mineral water and grape honey to their craft beer. The brewery currently produces four different beers – blonde, black, white and grey.

Unfortunately, the brewery was closed during our October visit. On the upside, we were able to drink bottles with a view at nearby Volkan on the Rocks (see above).

Pro Tip
Call the brewery to make sure it’s open before you make a special trip to Volkan Brewery.

Volkan Brewery is located at Agiou Athanasiou, Thira 847 00, Greece.

Santorini Restaurant FAQs

What are the top foods to eat at Santorini restaurants?

Fresh Seafood, Tomatokeftedes (tomato fritters), Cretan Dako Salad andFava

Are Santorini restaurants expensive?

Santorini restaurants range from cheap eats to fine dining. While the best Santorini restaurants skew expensive, the city has numerous souvlaki shops and other less expensive dining options.

Is tipping necessary in Santorini?

No. Tipping is optional in Greece.

Where did Anthony Bourdain eat in Santorini?

Anthony Bourdain never filmed an episode of The Layover, No Reservations or Parts Unknown in Santorini.

Where did Phil Rosenthal eat in Santorini?

Phil Rosenthal has not yet filmed an episode of Somebody Feed Phil in Santorini.

What time do people eat dinner in Santorini?

People typically eat dinner between 7pm and 9pm in Santorini.

Are restaurant reservations necessary in Santorini?

Yes. Reservations are necessary at better restaurants in Santorini. However, you can always eat souvlaki or other cheap eats meal without one.

How many Santorini restaurants have Michelin stars?

Santorini does not currently have any Michelin-starred restaurants.

Things To Do in Santorini

Magnets in Oia in Santorini
For many, shopping is a top thing to do in Santorini.

Santorini is a destination that demands exploration beyond its epic caldera. We’re already recommended that you take a wine tour. Here are some other ideas for how you can explore the island’s natural and culinary treasures:

Souvenir Bowls for Sale Oia in Santorini
You can’t miss colorful souvenirs when you shop in Santorini.

Santorini Planning Checklist

Santorini Food Tour Video

Watch our YouTube video and see what we really thought about the Greek food and wine in Santorini.

Hungry for More Greek Food?

Check out our food-focused guides for Athens, Meteora, Mykonos and Rhodes.

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About the Authors

About the Authors

Daryl & Mindi Hirsch

Saveur Magazine’s BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on the 2foodtrippers website and YouTube. The married Food and Travel content creators live in Lisbon, Portugal.


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We self-funded our trip to Santorini.

We thank Urban Adventures for hosting us on a Santorini wine tour.

Original Publication Date: October 15, 2019

Susanna Stevens

Saturday 19th of October 2019

You two are so thorough, covering all aspects of the dining pleasures of your destinations, from the simplest to the most elaborate. Even I, jaded as I am regarding such touristy destinations, could consider a short visit here for that baked feta and the sausage stuffed with it.