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What to Eat in Santorini

While in Santorini, take full advantage of the fresh Greek fare. The island's climate in combination with its volcanic soil enhance flavors of the fruits and vegetables grown here. As such, Santorini has made a name for itself in the wine community, making a visit to one of the island's wineries a top attraction. In addition to delectable grapes, make sure cherry tomatoes (especially sun-dried), capers and white eggplant are part of one or more of your meals during your time in Santorini. The sweetness and white color of the eggplants here are a direct result of being grown in volcanic soil. Cherry tomatoes are another fruit that can attribute their taste to the unique soil. If you like eggplant, then you'll no doubt enjoy moussaka, a Greek-style lasagna that features layered eggplant, minced meat, fixins and spices topped with béchamel sauce. Other must-try Greek specialties include anything with olives and olive oil, especially a traditional Greek salad, as well as fava, a traditional dip made of fava bean puree.

Greeks are all about their dips. Along with fava and the famous tzatziki sauce (yogurt, cucumber and garlic), another must-try and uber-traditional dip is taramasalata, made from smoked fish roe and mixed with olive oil and lemon juice. Other popular small bites include dolmades and keftedes. Regularly served before meals, dolmades are seasoned rice often mixed with meat or vegetables and wrapped entirely in a grape or vine leaf. Keftedes are fritters commonly mixed with cherry tomatoes (tomatokeftedes) or grated zucchini (kolokithokeftedes). If you're after something heartier, you're in luck: The island, as well as the whole of Greece, have a penchant for grilled meats. Souvlaki, or seasoned skewered meat, often topped with tzatziki, can be found all over. Octopus, which you'll likely find hanging by its tentacles outside seaside tavernas, are also popular. And, of course, you can't leave without grabbing a gyro. Whatever you choose to eat, make room for dessert – baklava, a filo pastry layered with honey and ground nuts and loukoumades, or deep-fried donut holes sprinkled with hot honey and cinnamon, are local favorites.

You can find everything from quick gyros to casual eateries to upscale restaurants throughout Santorini. Head to Restaurant 1800 in Oia for fine dining and expertly presented Mediterranean cuisine. If you can, snag a table on the roof to enjoy sweeping views of the island's cliffs. Selene is another upscale option, conveniently located in Pyrgros, which houses a number of wineries. In Fira, the hundreds-year-old Taverna Nikolas is as traditional as it gets, offering classic Greek dishes at affordable prices. For a little romance, enjoy a candle-lit dinner at the edge of the caldera at Ambrosia.

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  • #1
    Le Ciel Restaurant
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    $$ | International, Mediterranean, European, Greek
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    Stoa Santorini
    #1 of 183 Places to Eat in Fira
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    $ - $$ | Cafe, Greek, Wine Bar, Bar
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    Jaipur Palace Santorini
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    $ - $$ | Indian, Asian
    Fira, Karteradhos 847 00 Greece
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    #4 of 751 Places to Eat in Santorini
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    $ - $$ | Seafood, Mediterranean, Greek, European
    Ormos Firon Kyklades, 84700 Greece
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  • #2
    Confetti Dessert Boutique
    #2 of 41 Places to Eat in Imerovigli
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    $ - $$ | Cafe, International
    Heroon street, Imerovigli 84700 Greece
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    #1 of 118 Places to Eat in Kamari
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    $ - $$ | Greek
    Kamari 84700 Greece
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  • #2
    Il Forno Pizza and Pasta
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    $ | Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, Neapolitan, Campania, Southern-Italian, International
    Panagias Mirtidiotissas Kamari beach, Kamari 847 00 Greece
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  • #8
    Kaliya Reimagined Food & Drinks
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    $ - $$ | International, Greek
    Mitropolitou Gavriil 22, 84700 Greece
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    To Kafenedaki tou Emboriou
    #1 of 12 Places to Eat in Emporio
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    $ - $$ | Cafe, Mediterranean, Greek
    Emporio 86330 Greece
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    Juicy Burger
    #3 of 118 Places to Eat in Kamari
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 365 reviewsTripadvisor (365)
    $ | American, Greek, Fast Food
    Shopping Center Atlantis, Kamari 84700 Greece
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    Santa Irini Bakery
    #1 of 66 Places to Eat in Perissa
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 783 reviewsTripadvisor (783)
    $ | Greek
    Main Road Perissa, Perissa 84703 Greece
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  • #2
    Falafeland
    #2 of 183 Places to Eat in Fira
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    $ | Healthy, Street Food
    Danezi, Fira 84700 Greece
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    Terra Nera
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    $ - $$ | Pizza, Mediterranean, European, Healthy, Grill
    Agios Georgios, Perivolos 84703 Greece
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    Margarita
    #2 of 35 Places to Eat in Perivolos
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    $ | Bar, Cafe, Mediterranean, Greek
    Santorini , Perivolos beach, Perivolos Greece
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    Aidani
    #1 of 3 Places to Eat in Vourvoulos
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 158 reviewsTripadvisor (158)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, Greek
    Vourvoulos Square, Vourvoulos 847 00 Greece
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    Misteli Restaurant
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    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 180 reviewsTripadvisor (180)
    $ - $$ | Greek, Healthy, Contemporary
    Akrotiri 84700 Greece
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    MeRaki
    #3 of 183 Places to Eat in Fira
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 444 reviewsTripadvisor (444)
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    Fira 84700 Greece
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    FlyAway Creative Restaurant & Bar Powered by West East Suites
    #3 of 41 Places to Eat in Imerovigli
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    $$ | Mediterranean, Greek, Seafood, European, Contemporary
    Eparchiaki Odos Firon - Ias West East Suites, Imerovigli 84700 Greece
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    Gia Mas
    #4 of 118 Places to Eat in Kamari
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    $ - $$ | Seafood, Mediterranean, Greek, Healthy
    Kamari 84700 Greece
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  • #4
    Kapari Wine Restaurant
    #4 of 41 Places to Eat in Imerovigli
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 729 reviewsTripadvisor (729)
    $$ | Mediterranean, European, Greek, International
    Imerovigli 847 00 Greece
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