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The Cave of Nikolas

Akrotiri Beach, Akrotiri 84700, Greece
+30 2286 082303
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good26%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“fish” (62 reviews)
“potato balls” (51 reviews)
“santorini salad” (18 reviews)
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11:30 - 23:30 Hours
Seafood, Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Akrotiri Beach, Akrotiri 84700, Greece
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Reviewed today via mobile

We went for a family dinner, looking for fresh fish and a genuine place to eat it, not so touristic and average, and we’ve found it. We got a mixed platter of the fish of the day and several others: fried calamari and prawns. All...More

Thank Andreea P
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Great food and view but Steve staff make this exceptional. Choose your own fish from the tank, or have them make recommendations for you. The eggplant is outstanding . They will even pick you up at your hotel and return you at nights end. How's...More

Thank 8835Northstar
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After a long day of touring Santorini, we needed food. Our hotel suggested this restaurant and stated that they would send a car to pick us up. When the car arrived, we were met by a gentleman who was upbeat and engaging. He told us...More

Thank Barry C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Right on the waters edge and very romantic. The friendly staff were attentive and chatty and made sure we were well served, my partner had a pork Slovaki which he said was average. I chose my fish from the ice display cabinet and then it...More

Thank Linda H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came here for dinner after spending the day at the archaeological site, and it did not disappoint. Food was amazing. We sat outside and the breeze was lovely, the view lovelier. By the time we finished up with dinner, the sun was setting and...More

Thank Tonya T
Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant was recommended by the hotel we stayed in. Since our hotel was somewhat isolated, we were picked up by a member of the staff from the restaurant and also brought back to the hotel. That was a very considerate service! The food was...More

Thank Caroline G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We walked right down there after we visited the archeological site. Great story behind why it’s so close on the menu - read it when you get there. Food was amazing. Everything we order was amazing and I don’t think you could go wrong -...More

Thank Jessica W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our last night in Santorini and it did not disappoint, the food and service were top notch. The view as the sun sets over the cliffs is really something to see. We were not disappointed with anything and the highlight was the old...More

Thank Henrik_Jaq
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent Friend had seizures Very caring staff and public Food was terrific We had sardines Bruschetta Chicken souvlaki

Thank Amrutha M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This quaint little taverna/restaurant sits on the shores of the beach and has great food, staff and wines. The menu is extensive, well priced and only a bus ride from Thira. A must if you are in the area and visited the archaeological site nearby.

Thank Roger B
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • 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
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, View, Romantic
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 84700, 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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