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The Cave of Nikolas

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” (24 reviews)
“fresh fish” (25 reviews)
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Seafood, Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
Akrotiri Beach, Akrotiri 847 00, Greece
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

With Santorini being so touristy it's hard to find an authentic Greek dish on the island. This was probably one of the best restaurants we have eaten at. The food was amazing. We are the Cod Stuffed Tomato Balls and the Old Fashioned Moussaka and...More

Thank NCTravelling
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Seriously. The BEST tavern not only in Santorini (highly recommended by locals) but after 3 weeks Island hopping: in Greece. The best sea food we tasted, ever. Friendly service, fantastic setting and not of this earth quality of food. Wow!

Thank evf72
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice traditional taste, near to the sea, good service, clean and pleasant environment. Excellent choice.

Thank PaterDimis
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place came recommended to us by our hotel and it didn't dissapoint! Great food, service and views!

Thank Smita P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

excellent food, ask for the house specials and you not be dissapointed , lovely setting, you may need to book,

Thank pvs235
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We ate here twice and had great food and service both times. The 'Old Time Moussaka' was a real find. Good chef and well deserved reputation - keeping it busy on otherwise quiet nights

Thank Robert F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went to this area bc of the archeological site. Our guide told us about this place for lunch. Beautiful view of the sea!

Thank Leslye P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Akrotiri beach - traditional cave!! After the trip to black beach, white beach and red beach, we stopped to eat lunch. Friendly staff! Awesome food!! We ordered a platter for two (Fresh squid, mussels, octopus, shrimps etc) which it costed 35 euro & 2 glasses...More

Thank Elena D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have been blessed with some great meals on Santorini, but this one was by comparison very average. The bread was average, the dips were bland. If the four main dishes we ordered we had to send the seafood spaghetti back as the prawns were...More

Thank Andy K
Reviewed 19 July 2017

The best sea food in Santorini,try delicious tomato balls,spaghetti with shrimps and grilled fresh fish ! Service is excellent and their staff very kind and friendly! Good prices! Thank you Minas and your staff for everything!

Thank Evgenia K
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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
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic, Kids, View, Child-friendly
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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