With unrestricted views of the famous caldera of the island, Santorini has several excellent dining areas.

Well-known and promising chefs give their signature and creativity to the menus of the Top Exclusive Restaurants on the island.

Following the elements of Mediterranean flavors combined with fresh ideas of modern cuisine, visitors can experience unique gastronomic experiences.

Below you can find our suggestions for the Top 5 Exclusive Restaurants in Santorini!

Top 5 exclusive restaurants in Santorini
1) Varoulko-Santorini

It has been more than three decades since 1987, when Varoulko welcomed its first visitors to Piraeus and inaugurated a new era for the country’s gastronomy, redefining the approach of an entire nation around seafood.

Since then, thanks to his inspiration and pioneering look, Lefteris Lazarou has been distinguished internationally. Collecting numerous awards – among them the Michelin star he won in 2002 and maintains to this day, as well as the 35 distinctions at the Greek gastronomic awards “Golden Hats”. of Athinorama as well as the Greek Cuisine Awards.

This year, Varoulko unties the ropes from the mainland and begins his new journey in Santorini, opening new roads. The unique heritage of the restaurant and the genuine passion of the chef for anchorage anchor at the Grace Hotel, gazing at the captivating view of the Caldera, as long as the strong energy of the island is combined with the sea charm of Varoulkos and the freshness of the Aegean Sea.

Against the backdrop of Santorini, an eternal symbol of Greek beauty and the impressive atmosphere of Grace Hotel in Imerovigli, the emblematic dishes of Varoulkos, such as squid pesto and the once humble anglerfish, ideally complement the high-end services of the hotel, presenting to the public the art of authentic Greek hospitality.

top 5 exclusive restaurants in Santorini

2) Selene Restaurant

Selene, with its 36 years of history, has been acknowledged as a gastronomic and cultural landmark of Santorini for defining and constantly reinventing Contemporary Greek & Cycladic Cuisine.

Led by Michelin-star rated Ettore Botrini, one of the most important Greek Chef of our time, Selene is entering its brightest phase yet and characterized for a long time now as one of the top restaurants in Santorini, Greece.

Influenced by the imposing aesthetics of the old Monastery in which the restaurant is currently based, the colours of the island, the abundance of the Aegean Sea and the perseverance of the rare local ingredients that flourish fearlessly among volcanic rocks, our Executive Chef introduces his culinary philosophy while honouring the legacy of Selene.

Wine has always been an essential part of Selene’s journey contributing to a spherical gastronomical experience. The wine list features some of the most sought-after wines of the world with a particular affection to the wines of Santorini. It is curated by Master of Wine, Yiannis Karakasis.

The goal is to immerse our guests in an authentic gastronomic experience which seamlessly combines tradition & creativity, simplicity & ingenuity, earth & sea, nostalgia & innovation and other contradictory concepts that float in the unique, intensely aromatic space occupied by the cuisine of Selene & Ettore Botrini.

top 5 exclusive restaurants in santorini

3) Lycabettus Restaurant

Dinner at Lycabettus is one of the highlights of any holiday on Santorini. Its one of the best  restaurants in Santorini with a view.

The elegant yet relaxed restaurant brings together the finest, freshest cuisine, immaculate service and one of the world’s most beautiful outdoor dining rooms. With breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea all around, guests dine under the stars on our cliff-top restaurant terrace.

The award-winning executive chef, Nikos Leivadias, is known for inspired menus that use the best ingredients sourced from across the island. Flavours are authentic and every dish is created with a perfectionist’s eye for quality and detail.

Innovation in the kitchen is matched by the care and expertise of the Lycabettus team. Reflecting the Andronis philosophy of unsurpassed luxury, Lycabettus is ranked as one of the best restaurants in Oia, Santorini as well as a spectacular setting for an intimate and unforgettable dining experience.

top 5 restaurants in Santorini

4) Naos Restaurant

Naos restaurant is housed in a 19th-century building of rare architectural beauty, located in the town of Oia. This was once a traditional “Captain’s House”, carrying characteristic ornaments and decorative finishes of neoclassical type. Sofas and tables with carved accents, chandeliers and works of art give guests the chance to experience the atmosphere of a bygone era.

The biggest challenge the interior designers faced was renovating and restoring the mansion in a way that would preserve its traditional entity, while ensuring that all functional requirements of a modern-day, sophisticated restaurant would be met.

The menu is based on the Greek and Mediterranean culinary heritage, and is complemented by captivating views, exceptional aesthetics and impeccable service.

The philosophy is about gathering gastronomic traditions and authentic recipes from all over Greece and bringing them to the table with a modern twist, while respecting the traditional methods and highlighting the excellent-quality locally sourced products.

The executive chef, Theodoros Kakoulis, born in northern Greece, in the town of Naousa. Theodoros discovered his passion for local cuisine and raw materials at a young age and since then he dedicated himself to learning all the secrets of Greek gastronomy.

After the hard work and several of Awards Theodoros Kakoulis have established  as one of the most promising chefs of his generation.

Today, as the head chef of “Naos”, he aims to express the full variety of the local cuisine through authentic flavor combinations and contemporary techniques and to offer guests an unprecedented gastronomic experience.

5) Seaside Restaurant

Mediterranean flavors elegantly blend with the creative funky culinary “remixes” and the personal style of the chefs Tassos Bacharidis and his business partner Maria Christofidou to deliver a delicious experience!

Chefs have put their outmost expertise to bring together techniques from different parts of the world to meet in your dish.

Creative, Inventive, Local but also International, SeaSide’s menu is offering an experience to encompass a journey through cosmopolitanism with traditional nuances suiting everyone’s personal taste!

Just like the cosmopolitan vibrancy of the island, SeaSide Restaurant offers an enjoyable ambience with imaginative dishes and impeccable service!