If you’re going to plan a once in a lifetime trip to Santorini, you need to make sure that you are going to be checking out the food. Did you know that there are well over two thousand restaurants of some type on the island? This does go from little food carts all the way up to world class restaurants. This is an island for budget travelers and luxury travelers to finally get to come together in style. If you’re looking for the best places to eat on the island, this guide is definitely for you.
First and foremost, you want to make sure that you figure out what type of style you’re really going for. Do you want to treat yourself to the touristy restaurants that give you the best views, or are you looking for the most authentic Santorinian food that you can find? If that’s the case, then you might want to go off the beaten path, where the locals seem to eat. These restaurants will be smaller, less lit up and the views might not be as good as you were expecting. However, the price of the food will be a lot less what you were looking to pay as well.
Food on the island can be expensive, because you’re not just paying for the food. Like anywhere else, you’re going to be paying for staff wages, the seasonal uptick in visitors, rent costs, suppliers (which is a lot more money for the island people because they are, of course, on an island).
There are plenty of island staples, like the white aubergine that’s used in every single way that you can imagine. You should also check out a katsouni — this might make you think of a cucumber when you see one, but the taste is completely different.
Tomato-keftedes are amazing — every tourist that has gone to Santorini has raved about them. They are Santorini-grown tomatoes that are cut up and mixed with onions and special ingredients, then rolled in flour. Deep frying them brings out all of the little spices that every single restaurant puts in. Of course, have fun getting them to tell you what that recipe might be.
You also have a fava soup that’s accompanied by bread and onions, along with a good amount of olive oil.
If you’re looking for world class food, you will find it — even if it’s not Greek food. You will have to check out Ginger, which is a sushi restaurant. Sushi in the middle of the Greek Isles? Of course, why not? This is an island that literally thrives on tourism, so it’s all about giving the people what they’re actually looking for at all times.
The sushi experience is pretty good, according to all reports we looked at. You don’t just get sushi but good wine, appetizers, and plenty of suggestions on what would pair great with what you just ordered.
There’s also plenty of meat, including the steak that’s cooked on a hot rock. Don’t laugh until you’ve tried it — this style of cooking really brings the flavor out of the meat.
You have to check out all of the little fish tavernas during your stay in Santorini. Fresh air is caught right from around the island and prepared on site. It doesn’t get much fresher than that! You’ll find fresh barbounia, capers, and whatever the fisherman can catch and bring in. Wine is a given on the island, but make sure that you pace yourself — there’s really a lot of different wines to try!
Penelope’s is one of those “hole in the wall” restaurants that gets recommended endlessly because there’s really good food. Greek salad with authentic Santorinian tomatoes, stuffed grape leaves, freshly baked bread… the list goes on. If you’re serious about trying to get the authentic taste of Santorini, this is definitely somewhere to go.
There are plenty of other restaurants on the island, and with so many it would be difficult to even put an end to this guide. If the idea of fresh produce and fresh fish pleases you, then you definitely want to book your trip to Santorini as soon as possible. Right now we’re in the spring season, but demand for bookings will go up. You don’t want to get left out when that happens. Check it out today, you really will not be disappointed at all. Good luck!