If you’re seeking sun-drenched beaches, clear azure water, amazing archeological sites and delicious culinary experiences, then the Greek Islands should be your next vacation destination!

The hardest part about planning a trip to the Greek Islands is deciding which islands to visit — Greece is surrounded by about 6,000 of them! Only about 227 are inhabited, scattered in named groups across two bodies of water, the Ionian Sea on the west side of the Greek mainland — and the Aegean Sea on the east. We could write an entire book about visiting the Greek Islands, but for this post, we’re going to explore the best restaurants on three islands that are part of the Cyclades group in the Aegean Sea.

Best Restaurants in Santorini

Most Greece travel experts will tell you that if you can only visit one Greek island in your life, make it Santorini. Santorini, about the size of Manhattan, is one of the most visited for its mesmerizing views of the flooded caldera (a crater created from a volcanic explosion), dramatic cliffs, dazzling white houses, blue-roofed churches, black-sand beaches and multitude of dining options. Summers are very busy, especially July and August. You’ll find plenty of Michelin-star-worthy restaurants here — two bucket-list restaurants you should visit when you’re in Santorini include:

La Maison

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Dining during sunset at La Maison in the beautiful village of Imerovigli will be an experience you’ll remember for a lifetime! Eat at outdoor tables perched over the caldera with 180-degree views of the caldera, the volcano, nearby islands and the Aegean Sea. The Mediterranean fusion menu encompasses the identity of Santorini and the surrounding region using fresh local ingredients. Expect excellent service and a delightfully romantic atmosphere at one of Santorini’s best restaurants! Standout dishes include:

  • Baked Monkfish: Served with baked beetroot puree, orange ragout, beurre noisette and garlic sauce.
  • Risotto: Served with fresh urchin, mussels, shrimp, zucchini and lemongrass air
  • Lamb Shank: Served with white beans and lime puree, ragout of white beans with fresh herbs, smoked feta mousse.
  • Chocolate Tart: Served with caramel sauce, hazelnut powder, cocoa caviar and Vin Santo wine ice cream

La Maison
Imerovigli, Thíra, Kikladhes, Greece
Phone: +30 2286 025649

Selene Restaurant | Meze & Wine

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This award-winning restaurant in Pyrgos has been a Santorini favorite since 1986 (it originally opened in the town of Fira). Pyrgos is one of Santorini’s most beautiful and well-preserved villages built around a medieval castle on one of the island’s highest points, offering magnificent views. The menu aims for a modern approach to Greek cuisine, with an emphasis on local produce and seafood. If you can make time, take one of their cooking classes for an authentic glimpse into upscale Greek cuisine! Dishes to try include:

  • Cycladic Spinialo: Octopus, bottarga, seabass, sea urchin, hornbeam, shellfish with yellow pepper sauce
  • Aegean Codfish: Greek prosciutto oil, leek, potato cannelloni with aioli, with sauerkraut sauce
  • Lamb Eggplant: Lamb, eggplant with black olive paste, chickpeas puree with sesame paste, lamb sauce with oregano

Selene Restaurant | Meze & Wine
Pyrgos-Santorini, Greece, 84700
Phone: +30 22860 22249

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Best Restaurants in Mykonos

Known more for its outrageous nightlife, Mykonos is also home to some of Greece’s best restaurants. Mykonos is absolutely a playground for the rich and famous, and prices reflect this. Don’t be surprised if you run into a supermodel or see more than a few mega yachts in the harbors! People flock to Mykonos for its fantastic beaches, hipster nightlife, Cycladean architecture and cultural history. For the best fine dining, try:

Bill & Coo / The Gastronomy Project

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Don your finest jetsetter-island attire before heading into this gourmet restaurant that will immerse your senses into an unparalleled cornucopia of scent, vision, sound, taste and touch! Perched on a hillside with ridiculously stunning views that begin with an infinity pool that has a starlit bottom and then extend to the sea and the stars, the cuisine keeps up with the enchanting atmosphere. The Mediterranean-cuisine-inspired menu features modern innovations using fresh, seasonal and biological products from Mykonos. The Gastronomy Project is part of the luxurious Bill & Coo boutique hotel. Must-try dishes include:

  • Sea Urchin of Delos: Greek style pasta, lemon confit, ouzo, sea urchin eggs and garlic
  • Basques Red Mullet: Red mullet with roasted crunchy scales of artichoke and dark rosemary sauce
  • Pork Belly with Signature BBQ Sauce: Slow cooked pork belly, pop pork, carrot, pickled fruits, and chef’s style BBQ sauce
  • Citrus Tree Infusions with Parsley and Ouzo: Juices from citrus trees, ouzo gel and parsley gel

Bill & Coo / The Gastronomy Project
Megali Ammos, Mykonos 84600
+30 22890 26292

Buddha Bar Beach at Santa Marina Resort

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The Buddha Bar “Art of Living” concept originated in Paris in 1996 and has since spread to more than 20 countries. Celebrated internationally for its exemplary cuisine and distinctive neo-Asian ambiance, expect innovative cocktails and avant-garde DJs spinning eclectic tunes in any Buddha Bar. The Buddha Bar Beach on Mykonos overlooks a gorgeous private beach and offers exceptional Mediterranean and Greek fusion cuisine with a neo-Asian twist. The place really comes to life at night as world-renowned DJs spin stimulating beats and talented mixologist concoct spirited cocktails. For a true, hedonistic Mykonos experience, book a table at one the island’s hottest restaurants and watch the activity around the superyachts anchored right offshore! Standout dishes include:

  • Inside Out Rainbow Sushi Rolls: King crab, salmon tuna and avocado
  • Ceviche Seabass with Aji Amarillo: Seabass, coriander, red onion, fresh red chili, Tiger’s milk and Aji Amarillo
  • Thai Red Curry Shrimp: Served with lemongrass rice
  • Roasted Black Cod: Served with miso, truffle and yuzu sauce
  • Valhrona Manjari Chocolate Mousse: Served with passion fruit cream and hazelnut ice cream

Buddha Beach Bar at Santa Marina Resort
Ornos Bay, 84600,
Mykonos, Greece
Phone: +30 22890 26570

Best Restaurants in Paros

Paros is one of the more family-friendly Greek Islands. Paros can be a good place to base out of for island hopping since it’s the major ferry hub for the Cyclades island group. Paros, the Cyclades’ third largest island, is home to some of Greece’s best beaches, charming towns and the historic Byzantine church, Panagia Ekatontapiliani. An added bonus is you can take a 10-minute ferry ride for a day trip over to the unspoiled, quiet island Antiparos. In Paros, you’ll find scrumptious dining options in some of Greece’s best restaurants! A few to try:

Siparos Seaside Restaurant

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Overlooking the incredibly beautiful beach Santa Maria, go to Siparos for the enthralling view and the fresh Greek and Mediterranean dishes featuring grilled fish, orzo, mussels and tagliatta. Dine on the outdoor terrace as the sun sinks for an unforgettable evening! Dishes to try:

  • Orzo with Seafood: Served in a saffron sauce
  • Grilled Fish Fillet: Served with flavored potato cream with saffron & lemon
  • Veal Tagliatta: Served in a cast iron grilled plate with fragrant salts

Siparos Seaside Restaurant
Xifara, 84401, Paros
+30 22840 52785

Taverna Glafkos

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Come to Taverna Glfakos and enjoy your meal at a table right on a secluded waterfront hidden at the end of a dead-end street. The chefs here prepare Greek and Mediterranean favorites such as grilled sea bass, Greek salads and grilled octopus – but with a gourmet twist not commonly found in a Greek taverna. Situated in the picturesque port town Naoussa, be sure to try the local house white wine, served by attentive servers. Favorite dishes include:

  • Grilled Mastelo Cheese from Chios: Served with prosciutto in a fresh salad with dried fig and petimezi sauce
  • Pork Filet: Served with oregano and mavrodafni sauce
  • Grilled Octopus: Served with a mustard dipping sauce
  • Squid Ink Risotto: Black squid with risotto

Taverna Glafkos
Agios Dimitrios Beach
Naoussa, Paros, Greece
Phone: +30 22840 52100

Santorini, Mykonos and Paros are relatively close together and you can travel between them relatively easily via ferries or short flights. Ferries run far more often in the summer months, so before embarking on your culinary bucket list trip to the Greek Islands, do a little research if you plan to visit more than one! Listed here are just a few of Greece’s best restaurants — you’ll find excellent dining options on just about any Greek Island. Καλή όρεξη! (Bon Appetite!)

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