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The Cave of Nikolas

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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
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
CUISINES
Seafood, Mediterranean, Greek, Healthy
FEATURES
Takeout, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Waterfront
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Reviewed 22 October 2021

If I had to choose one restaurant to eat at until the rest of my life, it would be this. I always had outstanding meals and a great service. My ABSOLUTE favourite is the „old time moussaka“, a vegetarian dish after a family-based receipe which...is just a dream. The food here is definitely way above everything else we have tried on the island. The restaurant is family driven and they‘re super friendly, we’ve had different chats with the chef and he even gave us the famous family receipe. The ingredients are all from the family-driven farm and taste accordingly. P. S. It can be so crowded even in October that it‘s not a bad move to reserve a table for lunch.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 21 October 2021

We visited here for a late lunch whilst visiting Akrotiri and the Red Beach. The only downside was the service - no one seemed to be bothered. I would give it a lower rating if it wasn't for how good to food was and the...view. Firstly, we went to the restaurant early in the morning, to book and were ignore by the gentleman cleaning the tables (this could be because he didn't speak english) and when we could book that was fine. However, when we arrived later, there was no reserve sign out for us so it was just lucky we got the last table! When we did arrive it took ages to order drinks and for them to arrive. Same with the food and asking for the bill. I hate to go inside and find someone at one point just to ask if we could pay. I wouldn't go if you were short on time as the service takes a long time, even though it wasn't that busy. The food was lovely. We had the fried tomato fritters for starter - they are huge!! Definitely a sharer. I had the risotto for main, which was very different to anything else i had tried. My partner enjoyed his grilled pork - which was also a large portion. Price was fair and i supposed the pace matched the relaxed surroudings by the water - it just would be nice if the staff were more enthusiastic and had remembered our reservation.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 11 October 2021 via mobile

We got a warm recommendation to go to this little tavern at the southern part of the island of Santorini, walking down the narrow steps to the beach front, we’ve realized that indeed this was an authentic tavern. We got a table instantly and ordered...two fish dishes - Cod and catch of the day. It took a bit of time - seemed like staff was low - and once we got them, the Cod (deep fried) was over salted. Catch of the day (three fish) was incredible good (grilled) Greek coffee at the end was delicious. All and all - nice tavern to visit For the sea, atmosphere and food.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 11 October 2021 via mobile

This restaurant is without a doubt the worst we’ve visited in Santorini. Rude service,waiters completely ignored us, and not only us,they treated other guests in completely same manner. The food wasn’t any better, it was completely tasteless and so poor. I am still trying to...understand the amount of positive reviews regarding both- food and service in this place? The reason we went there were positive reviews, but unfortunately our experience was completely the opposite. Overall atmosphere was very tense. Avoid at all costs!More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 5 October 2021 via mobile

Super yummy and cozy restaurant! The mussels were formidable. The ouzo sauce is unforgettable! Plus, the wine gavalas- Santorini is definitely worthy.

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 3 October 2021 via mobile

We were a company of 6 persons and visited the cave of nicolas at the 30th of August after our guide Giannis P. booked us a table there. I personally like to thank the cook mr Lakis Spiliopoulos for the great job he did after...our guide told us his name i officially congratulate him everything was nicely cooked our fish was great and he's a real credit to the restaurant.Higly recommended thanks for all guysMore

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 23 September 2021 via mobile

We had lunch in this taverna, fresh food, friendly service, it was perfect if you like Greek food!!! I will go back for sure

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 11 September 2021 via mobile

This restaurant in Akrotiri was recommended to us by our hotel so we decided to book an evening dinner straight after watching the sunset at the lighthouse. Restaurant was amazing, our table was right by the sea and the views were spectacular!! We ordered far...too much food as portions are very generous! Tomato fish balls were delicious, so were stuffed peppers and stuffed vine leaves! They have huge selection of fresh fish. We ordered red snapper and it was so so tasty! Would definitely go back again next time in Akrotiri - be mindful of huge starter portions, we ended up with a doggie bag for later :)More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 4 September 2021

Even though we had a reservation, the staff didn't bother to even take a look at us or give us menus for 10 minutes after we were seated at our table. There was one waiter and one waitress - and both were very grumpy and...unfriendly. We left, went to a restaurant at the same beach and it was the exact opposite.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 30 August 2021 via mobile

From local dishes, such as tomato balls, and Chloro cheese to the more classic ones like lobster pasta everything was excellent! Good quality food, definitely value for money!

Date of visit: August 2021
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Palvik
19 October 2019|
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Response from psandbliss | Reviewed this property |
I don't know. I would imagine they are and if not the adjacent restaurants are pretty much the same.
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michael_richardson
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Response from 43evgeniak | Reviewed this property |
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Cave of Nikolas

Yes, The Cave of Nikolas offers takeaway services.

Yes, The Cave of Nikolas is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

The Cave of Nikolas is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5