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The Cyclades Restaurants

Updated 09/08/2014

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When Fira locals want more than a taverna, they come to this pretty vaulted room in a neoclassic mansion, which glows with spotlighted Cycladic sculptures and peach walls. As lush as this is, however, few can resist an outdoor terrace table, thanks to the striking caldera views in one direction and a vista of the giant cathedral in the other. Owner George Psichas is his own chef, and every dish is evidence of his loving care—even the bread and pasta are homemade. Starters

include three fish carpaccio with olive oil, lemon, and arugula, or the eggplant with Santorini tomato sauce and mozzarella. George leans Italian, as the risotto with Santorini tomatoes, zucchini, and marscapone reveals. Fresh fish is usually available—try the fresh grouper steak with shellfish and white wine sauce. The fillet steak with foie gras, wild mushrooms, and vin santo sauce is superb. Desserts change day by day, but rich chocolate soufflé is always available. The wine list is long and Greek (and the "cave" is very much worth a look).

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Restaurant Information

Address:

Cliff-side walkway in front of Panayia Ypapantis, Fira, Santorini, 84700, Greece

Phone:

22860-23823

Restaurant Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • Reservations essential

Updated 09/08/2014

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Nov 20, 2003

What a view.

Almost every restaurant in Fira has a great view. We had a great meal in one of the most beautiful spots in the world!

By Sophia

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Jul 8, 2003

Great food and the view ain't bad either

This restaurant sits overlooking the caldera and has a very nice view. Some of the restaurant is partially indoors (probably to protect you from any wind) but if you sit in the right place, you will have a spectacular view. We thought the food was excellent and not really overpriced. The staff was also very friendly. I didn't like the pink walls and floors but other than that, it was one of the better restaurants we tried in Santorini.

By Kara

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Jul 19, 2002

Our worst dining experience in Santorini

After hearing such good things about this restaurant we were extremely disappointed. Yes, the view is fantastic if you get a table along the edge. But that was about the only great thing we experienced. The bread which is said to be homemade was hard and stale. The worst bread we had on our trip with a meal. The seafood (shrimp)pasta dish which was supposed to be in a light white wine sauce came creamy with a very heavy seafood taste. I couldn't

eat it! So it sat in front of me for an hour. The staff didn't seem to care even after I told them it was not good. The sauteed fillettini salad came with a mess of hot sauce and salad, neither that complemented either. Leaving a huge mound of wilted lettuce at the bottom. May have been better as a sandwich. Overall a HUGE disappointment.

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Jul 7, 2001

Superb! Just superb!

Absolutely unbeatable view from the balcony tables of Fira along with delicious food and excellent, friendly service. I spent 3 hours here enjoying the view and the food. Every course from the homemade bread to dessert was perfect: delicious and attractively presented. There were excellent recommendations from the staff on local wines. If you have only two dinners in Fira, then I recommend dining at Sphinx and Kukumavlos.

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