Food in Santorini is a case for “strong” wallets (for the Greek standards)! Prices, however are reasonably higher, as both rent rates and taxes in Santorini are sky high.
Despite the high prices, the island is famous for its good food and quality products of the dishes. In almost all restaurants you will find dishes made with local ingredients and served with imagination and creativity. What you might not be aware of is that a two-person meal costs 60 to 80€ with glasses of wine! Options are countless and you must pick based on mood, location and budget. Vegetarian dishes, a plethora of meat options and, of course, fresh fish are lined up in the restaurants and taverns of the island.
Do not leave Santorini without having tried its traditional products and dishes! We start off with the famous Cherry Tomatoes of Santorini, the creamy Fava of Santorini and the delicious domatokeftedes (tomato fritters) a.k.a. “pseftokeftedes” (“fake fritters”). The flavorsome caper, the small white eggplants, the chlorotyri (fresh cheese) and fresh fish from the Aegean are accompanied by the wonderful Santorinian wines from PDO varieties.
Some of the local dishes are the Santorinian salad with cherry tomatoes, fresh cheese, rusks and caper, the skordomakarona (garlic pasta) and the Atherinopita (sand smelt pie) with sand smelts, flour and onions fried. In more sophisticated places you will also find kselouristos bakaliaros (cod fish), which is eaten (uncooked) in small pieces accompanied by tomato salad, as well as the traditional Easter dessert, the Meletinia or Melitinia, which resemble the Cretan skaltsounia.
Mini Tips: a) If you want to find a table, you must make reservations (any day during high season and Friday & weekends the rest of the year) b) You will find the best and most economical taverns outside of Oia and Thera. c) It will be hard to find a main dish that costs less than 17€!