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The Cave of Nikolas

Akrotiri Beach, Akrotiri 847 00, Greece
+30 2286 082303
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good28%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“tomato balls” (43 reviews)
“moussaka” (23 reviews)
“fresh fish” (24 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 23:30All hours
Seafood, Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly
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Akrotiri Beach, Akrotiri 847 00, Greece
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1 - 10 of 578 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Our Hotel highly recommended this restaurant to us so we tried it and were not disappointed, nice atmosphere and romantic and the food and host were excellent

Thank stormy49
Reviewed 5 days ago

A local recommended this restaurant to us, saying it was her favorite, and I understand why. In all my life I have never had such refined stuffed zucchini blossoms or such fresh sardines. My 8 year old daughter, who usually hates fish, loved the sardines....More

Thank Patricia D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Right next to the pier. The views were great. Rich story to the place. The fresh fish is the go to dish here. Anything seafood is there speciality. Steer away from the red meat. Dry stuffed vine leaves for appetizer. Red house wine gave me...More

Thank Rabeet A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful location 👍 Nice welcome👍 quick service👍 presentation food 👍 Fish expensive 👎 Good food 👍 Tasty dessert 👍

Thank Gab G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food was very tasty, the squid was fresh (not from frozen package) and of fairly large size, the mousaka was freshly made after we placed our order, the starter dish we ordered was consisted of local products such as small tomatoes, local cheese etc....More

Thank AL G
Reviewed 1 week ago

Recommendation from our hotel, locals are guests here as well, really delicious fish plate with different local fishes, try also the desserts, we loved it!

Thank Mikojito
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Delicious traditional Greek cuisine right on the water. Very accommodating and helpful staff. Perfect for dinner photos with the waves crashing gently behind you. Wide selection of treats to compliment your meal. Very happy :)

1  Thank Conor3088Melbourne
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I visited this restaurant with friends on a girls trip to Santorini after a long day of travel based on a recommendation from the girl working in a pharmacy down the block from our hotel. What an amazing discovery! The water view is amazing around...More

1  Thank cls1030
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Food was very average, I order mussels and grill fish was pretty bad, not fresh, super fishy. Ppl r nice, service was great.

Thank dorothydonna
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I came here by a recommendation from our hotel host. My wife and I ordered salad as starter, mussels and octopus as main; salad was a lot of excellent food: feta cheese as you never going to find in the states, tomato had a fresh...More

1  Thank Neonitro72
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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, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Parking Available
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, View, Romantic, Groups
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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