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The Cave of Nikolas

Akrotiri Beach, Akrotiri 84700, Greece
+30 2286 082303
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good27%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“tomato balls” (47 reviews)
“fish” (53 reviews)
“moussaka” (25 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 11 January 2018 via mobile

My friends and I were brought here by our local host. We had fish, squids, prawns, fava bean dip, eggplants, local Santorini tomatoes. All the dishes were cooked to perfection, really fresh and tasty! Most of the restaurant is built into a cave, a roof...More

Thank leesee19439
Reviewed 15 December 2017

We were told by some locals that The Cave of Nikolas was a great place to go for lunch or dinner. We decided to go for lunch after the Red Sand Beach. This is a local family run business and they have a great little...More

Thank Mark D
Reviewed 7 December 2017

We went here on the recommendation of our hotel and also based on reviews. We arrived around 5 pm and they asked if we had a reservation (no and the place wasn't busy at all). After much discussion between the waitstaff and manager (?) they...More

Thank Gj N
Reviewed 22 November 2017 via mobile

This restaurant is located right next to the water. The food was great and the staff was very friendly. It was great stopping by after our tour of Akrotiri.

Thank roamifiwant2
Reviewed 16 November 2017

We stopped here for lunch after a day exploring the island. There are plenty of places to choose from along the water here in Akrotiri, but The Cave of Nikolas was the first one (really, you can look it up). The service is very casual,...More

Thank d0ndequiera
Reviewed 24 October 2017

The location couldn't be better, waves crashing on the sidewalk outside. Rustic setting. We had house wine, bread and tzatziki, tomato balls and chicken souvlaki. It was all delicious. You have to order the tomato balls, a Santorini specialty. A great way to start our...More

Thank John C
Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

My wife and I had lunch here during our journey around the island. We split a Greek salad and the local fish special of the day. The food was great. The service was pretty good considering the limited staff. If you get fish there will...More

Thank Stephen B
Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

Not talked about enough, great little place fantastic views. We didn't eat but it looked fantastic and very fresh. Helpful staff. Very good wine and beer.

1  Thank Natalie K
Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

After trying out the local fare on this amazing Greek Island, I can state without hesitation that this delightful place is perhaps one of the best places to eat on the Island. Located adjacent to Red Beach, you will be treated very well by the...More

1  Thank Nathan H
Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

Had dinner here after a visit to the excavations. It was easily the best food I had on the island. The old style moussaka was very tasty. Would definitely come again.

Thank rtdejonge
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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
Child-friendly, View, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, 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 84700, Greece
  • Location: Europe  >  Greece  >  South Aegean  >  Cyclades  >  Santorini  >  Akrotiri
  • Phone Number: +30 2286 082303
  • E-mail
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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