We head for Greece in just a few weeks and would love to get recommendations for dinner tavernas in the locations listed in the subject line. Hoping that we can find some atmospheric locations that are a bit more true to local life and less touristy if possible. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
We visited Santorini in 2017 and stayed in Firostefani. Our favorite restaurant with the real greek deal was Aktaion. aktaionsantorini.com. It’s the oldest Taverna in Santorini with 90 years of history. (It is less than a 15 walk from Fira if you are staying there). Reservations were required and we ate there twice.
In Fira we enjoyed Stani Tavern. Family operated with great Greek cuisine & Caldera view. Reservations needed. We stopped by in the afternoon for lunch & reserved a view table for the next night. https://www.stani.gr/
We ate at Stani Tavern in Fira too. We loved both setting and the food. Get a reservation for the rooftop deck for a view. We also stopped by the day before to do so.
Tamam restaurant in Chania old town, not far from harbour. They have a website with menu. It’s an old building that used to be a Hamman. Good Cretan food. Only a few tables outside.
I also enjoy the restaurants along the harbour front - the view and people watching is unbeatable and the food is fine….standard Greek kebabs, calamari etc. with Cretan specialities.
Metaxi Mas in Exo Gonia is considered the best restaurant on Santorini. Santorini Mou in Oia is in my opinion one of the best for atmosphere. The food is very good. The owner and friends play music and sing and sometimes there is spontaneous Greek dancing. They have a website, so you can make a reservation for an outdoor table and join in the fun. I also recommend lunch at Katina's Fish Taverna below Oia in Amoudi Bay.
For Chania Hamam is a good choice. It is very popular so be sure to get a reservation. It is in a very narrow back alley so lots of people walking by. Hamam means bath.
Another taverna that we like is Amphora. It is directly on the harbour near the lighthouse. Food is good which is not the case for many of the harbourfront tavernas, view is outstanding. They have a sign out front saying something like we wont hassle you. You will understand the significance of that first time you walk the harbour.
This is the view from our table
here is Amphoras sign. Click the arrow to the right of the photo for more images of the taverna.
Keep going and there are more photos of Amphora and a few of Tamam as well.
I am in Crete right now. We were in Chania for the first part of our trip. Loved Colombo Kitchen & Bar, tucked away in the old town (Isodion 17). It is described in detail on Trip Advisor. Have your hotel make a reservation!
Thanks so much to everyone for all the great suggestions. They are very much appreciated.
From our trip plus from Greek friends who live there-
Top 3- Taman, Well of the Turk, To Karnegio
Kouzina epe for lunch
Georgos- simple, old style, for souvlaki, across from Splantzia Park
To Sardelaki - for casual fish
Glimidakis bakery for bread and good coffee, Splantzia Square
Glosites- good fish restaurant on port, near Best Western hotel
Thalasino Aeri- fish, to east near tanneries, beautiful setting, sunsets
Akrogiali- for fish in Nea Chora- on fish tavernas strip
We were in Crete in late June. Here are my recommendations:
The Well of the Turk (we ate here twice)
Thalassino Ageri - be sure to be there for the sunset
To Maridaki (lunch)
Salis (be careful about directions using your phone, we were sent to wrong place)