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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%
Travellers talk about
“tomato balls” (44 reviews)
“moussaka” (23 reviews)
“fresh fish” (25 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 23:30All hours
Seafood, Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
Akrotiri Beach, Akrotiri 847 00, Greece
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Reviewed 6 days ago

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
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was one of the most amazing tasty experience i had last night with my friends!!! The food was tastyyyy.. everything!!! Highly recommend at All!!!!

Thank 16panos
Reviewed 1 week ago

The location directly at sea is great! Due to the rave reviews on Tripadvisor I had high expectations of the food but to be honest I wasn't really impressed. The stuffed zucchini flowers and tomato balls with fish (which the menu claims are the best...More

Thank Natasa N
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After trip to red and black beach, stopped to eat lunch. Had a starter, dakos, very good, mussles in lemon juice, fish dish and souvlaki. Mussels were one of the best i've eaten on my trips. the dakos starter was also very good. Fish was...More

Thank Silviu_Iso
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had traditional starters and fava & seafood risoto. Beautiful food, kind and helpful staff and I really enjoyed having lunch next to the beach. If you are around there, don't miss it

Thank pstinis
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I would have to say, Nikolas and his family serve some of the best food on the island. The family is all working, down to the little 7 or so year olds. Their "special" moussaka will blow you away. And totally get the yogurt with...More

Thank decoratingplus
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Does not live up to its reputation. Food very average. It was recommended by tripadvisor which usually is spot on, but this time it was a disapointment.

Thank elenikyrimis
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a quick lunch over here before taking the boat to Red beach. Place is located right at the water's edge, so the setting is perfect. My wife had a Santorini salad which was great and I had the chicken skewers. The only thing...More

Thank lahamada
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant came highly recommended to us and it did not disappoint. Such a quaint restaurant away from the tourist areas of Santorini. The people were warm and welcoming and the food was good. They offer a nice selection of wine and food on the...More

Thank SimpkyKya
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing place. wonderful food, great people. For me it is the best place in Santorini. Grilled feta with garlic bread deserve Michelin' star.

1  Thank BartKrakow
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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
Local cuisine, Groups, View, Child-friendly, Kids, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
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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