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The Cave of Nikolas Restaurant

Akrotiri Beach, Akrotiri 847 00, Greece
+30 2286 082303
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good27%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“tomato balls” (45 reviews)
“moussaka” (25 reviews)
“fresh fish” (25 reviews)
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11:30 - 23:30All hours
Seafood, Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Akrotiri Beach, Akrotiri 847 00, Greece
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Reviewed yesterday

This place was recommended by our hotel and they won an award for the best tomato fish balls on the island (more like a fritter). We were not disappointed . On the water. Good place for lunch in Akritiri.

Thank MikeD602014
Reviewed 2 days ago

This place is not to be missed. It was recommended by the locals and truly a hidden gem This family run establishment is as authentic as it gets. The food was absolutely delicious, straight from the sea to our table. The owner recommended a few...More

Thank igetcarriedaway
Reviewed 5 days ago

Our tour guide took us here for lunch, it was great. Family owned and operator, the seafood was really good. The dishes are well portion, and you can sit have wine and look at the ocean. We sat on the porch area, and enjoyed a...More

Thank Eddie S
Reviewed 6 days ago

We loved our experience at this intimate setting on the south side of the Island near the ruins of Akrotiri. We stopped just before sunset and had a few appetizers. The fava was good and the tomato balls were Fantastic! We ordered a bottle of...More

Thank Matthew H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I were interested in trying The Cave of Nikolas due to the description of its location 'in a cave', and on the beach. We were delighted to discover the restaurant is only a two block walk from the ruins of Akrotiri. Don't...More

Thank Elise H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Order fresh fish, the stuffed vegetables, the fried zucchini and the hand made dolmades, the garlic bread is INSANE!!! We went 3 times. Must make a reservation before going unless you are going for lunch.

Thank Julie C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Listen to whoever told you to eat here and do it. My wife and I stopped here on recommendation from our amazing hotel, Santorini Princess Spa, and it was fantastic. There are a few taverns located here right on the sea. Everything we had here...More

Thank chlakdsut
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went there to get lunch. I saw on the menu they had stuffed squid, i never had it before so i read the description "squid stuffed with vegetables feta squid and parsley". it seemed good so i ordered it, then our dishes arrive and...More

Thank nouchkbs
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the three places my husband and I went on our honeymoon that was just not good at all. Yes the view is great, but if the food isn't good what is the point? I had the seafood risotto, it was so bad I...More

Thank Lindsay P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant was a culinary highlife if our trip to Santorini. Our hotel had requested the chef to create a special meal for us being a rabbit stefado. This wasn't on the menu. But the chef was willing to create this for our party and...More

Thank K J
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, View, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Akrotiri Beach, Akrotiri 847 00, Greece
  • Location: Europe  >  Greece  >  South Aegean  >  Cyclades  >  Santorini  >  Akrotiri
  • Phone Number: +30 2286 082303
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Santorini... Akrotiri beach... By the sea, lies for many years a small, traditional cave, build by Uncle Nikolas with his own hands when he was young. Made with lots of love and passion, the cave offered a kind of shelter to himself and his little boat. Always by his side was his wife, Aunt Efstathia, whom her "magical" cuisine made everybody crazy. Unforgettable Spiros Marinatos, headmaster of the excavation project in the archaeological place in Akrotiri, suggested to Uncle Nicolas to alter this shelter in a small tavern, for the hungry workmen of the excavation, offering them traditional and delicious treats such as tomatoballs, fava, "chloro" cheese, spaghetti with sauce and plenty of fresh fish. Over the years, the cave grew fast known to the visitors of the island, since after their visit at the excavation they used to direct to the beach to taste Aunt Efstathias' popular snacks and the rich in taste and spice wine of Uncle Nicolas. In 1981, the "Cave of Nicolas" went on to their daughter, Margarita, who had learnt the art of cooking from Mr Marinatos wife. Her love for traditional cuisine and local products, that herself and her husband, Nicolas grow, gave her a Gourmet Prize, as the best traditional tavern for 2007-2008 in Santorini.
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