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When you dine in Santorini, it’s worth looking for domatokeftedes on the menu. The key ingredient in this dish is a special variety of small, sweet tomatoes grown on the island. These delicious tomatoes are combined with feta cheese and fresh herbs to create a fritter you’ll often see served as an appetiser in Santorini’s restaurants.
They are also used in the island’s version of the traditional Greek salad – the appropriately named Santorini salad, made of local tomatoes, cucumber, feta cheese, capers and fresh herbs such as oregano.
Santorini is known for its yellow split peas, which have a particularly sweet, rich flavour, again thanks to the island’s soil. These split peas are pureed with onion to form a traditional Greek appetizer called fava (not to be confused with actual fava beans), which is served with olive oil in many Santorini restaurants.
When it comes to desserts, Baklava is well worth trying in Santorini, where the pastries are made using pistachios grown on the island.
When you’re wondering where to eat in Santorini, avoid the main tourist hubs, where restaurants tend to be overpriced (and often not all that good). You’ll find some of Santorini’s best places for food, away from the crowds, and down quiet side streets.
One of the best restaurants in Santorini is Giorgaros, which you’ll find just before the lighthouse in Akrotiri. This family restaurant is known for serving some of the freshest and cheapest fish on Santorini. Ask for a table on the pretty terrace, which has lovely views over the caldera.
A more upscale Santorini dining option is Selene (near Pyrgos central square), which is set in a restored 19th-century mansion. Pick carefully when choosing where to eat in Santorini in Fira and Oia, where restaurant quality varies dramatically.
For meals with caldera views in Fira, try Argo or 1500bc. In Oia, save space in your tummy for 1800, which consistently ranks among Oia’s top high-end restaurants.
Set in a 200-year-old mansion, the restaurant’s upscale Greek menu incorporates local ingredients wherever possible. Oia is notoriously expensive but one affordable option nearby is Krinaki, a cosy taverna in the tiny village of Finikia.