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The Cave of Nikolas

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Akrotiri Beach, Akrotiri 847 00, Greece
+30 2286 082303
11:30 - 23:30
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Anderson, Ohio
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I'd like to offer a review but we sat for 10 - 15 minutes, while they saw us. No one came to even get a drink order. We moved on.

Thank JDJD2015
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A somewhat "hidden" gem away from the more tourist filled areas of Santorini. The food was delicious, and the customer service was top notch. Try the tomato balls!

Thank Pete C
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017

Our first dinner in Santorini was here. The choice was a good one ! The housemade rose wine is excellent ! We have ordered the grilled cheese ! I totally recommend it ! It was the most delicious grilled cheese ever eaten in Santorini. The main dish was fresh fish, and surprise it was fresh. The waiter told me they... More 

1 Thank Sergiu B
Lugano, Switzerland
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

If you go to visit the red beach, make sure to find a way to Nick's tavern. A hidden gem along the coast, he is a man of the people and sat with some customers and personally greeted us when we arrived.

1 Thank Mr_BMo
Atlanta, Georgia
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57 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 2016

My family of 5 went to visit the Akrotiri Archaeological Site and museum. We enjoyed the archaeological dig, spent a good hours walking around, reading and examining the artifacts displayed in this wonderful museum/dig. It was very pleasant because the dig is under a roof that shielded us from the hot sun. However, the Akrotiri museum has no snack or... More 

1 Thank TitoFromAtlanta
London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2016

My fiancee and I stopped here for lunch after a trip to the Red Beach to build up our appetites. The wine is served in cool tankards with a smaller glass for pouring into and the large Alfa beer was needed! We had a range of starters to share for lunch and portions were huge! We had tomato balls, saganaki... More 

Thank Nathaniel J
London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2016

We have ordered meze for ouzo and had tomato balls, wineleaves, Santorinian white eggplant dip, fried baitfish, fava, Greek salad which all blend with the above apperitif fantastic. Of course our perfect meal was completed with grilled sea bass served with virgin olive oil and lemon.

Thank Odysseas68
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

After reading some fantastic reviews we made a point of visiting this restaurant even though we enjoyed coffee and beers just a little further along the bay. The good was over priced and very bland. The waitress was, however, very pleasant and apologetic that we had not enjoyed her recommendations. View made up for a disappointing lunch.

Thank Susan B
Ballston Lake, New York
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 20 October 2016

Picked my own fresh seafood from a display case and it was prepared to perfection. The staff made us fell as if we were neighbors they invited to dinner.

Thank Thomas F
Stillwater, Minnesota
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41 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

We came upon this fine restaurant by chance and just had to eat here as our son's name is Nikolas. We chose a lovely whole red snapper caught that morning, tomato balls with fish, and a salad. Warm bread was brought to the table as well as the house white and red wines. Everything was fresh and delicious. The red... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Seafood, Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly
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
View, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, 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
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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