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Taverna Lava

Beach Road, Perissa, Greece
+30 697 574 0647
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Ranked #9 of 45 restaurants in Perissa
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $14 - $22
Cuisines: Greek
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: How often have you been asked to come to the kitchen to choose your meal? At Taverna Lava we are still living this old Greek tradition, every day. Our philosophy is to provide you an unique food experience for all your senses.Choose from a big variety of different freshly prepared dishes ranging from stuffed small Santorini tomatoes (vegetarian), squads stuffed with rice, shrimps and raisins as well as beef filet in a Greek tomato-cinnamon sauce. Pick your fish - not just what kind of fish - but exactly which one you want and we will grill or fry it freshly for you. Fresh is key for us. Please don't expect us to have fish during full moon or a stormy day - its impossible to get fresh Santorinian fish. Additionally, we partnered up with local farmers and procure produce of Santorinian soil: eggplants, squads, small tomatoes, wine and much more...If you are tired of choosing from an endless menu, visit us - we will have something new for you to choose from every day.
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90% Recommend
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North Midlands, England
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013 via mobile

We have been visiting Lava since our first visit to Perissa 14 years ago. It is a small taverna situated on the beach road between Perissa and Perovolos and opens mid afternoon until late daily , however if you walk past in the early part of the day you can smell enticing food cooking smells to whet your appetite for... More

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Henderson, Nevada
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

After a disaster at Poseidon next door, we finally took the Hotel Smaragdi recommendation and went to Lava. We should have gone there first. Everything was wonderful from the service, ambience and food. I highly recommend this to anyone staying in Perissa near the Perivolos beach area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

Our second evening in perivolos and we looked on trip adviser and found a great place for the food and very friendly staff and so reasonably priced, defiantly one to return to.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

We were recommended this place and were not disappointed. The staff/owner were very welcoming and on arrival we were invited to see the kitchen and freshly prepared food. Big selection of freshly prepared meat, fish and salad dishes and everything we chose was delicious. Service was spot on. At the end we were treated to a fantastic lemon pie desert,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013 via mobile

A wonderful spot! We went there on Tuesday and dined there every night thereafter! Couldn't imagine better! Thank you Yanni for a great experience, we'll be back! Andy & Kumiko

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Moscow, Russia
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115 reviews 115 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

I came here because of reviews on TA and some recommendations of Santorini residents. In short, I loved this place! The atmosphere is very special. This taverna does not feel like a tourist restaurant at all; rather like the owner and his friends having a good time in and around the kitchen. When I was there one lazy September afternoon... More

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Athens, Greece
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Lava is one of the hidden gems of Santorini. It is found between some unashamedly touristy restaurants in the Perissa area. Yannis, the proprietor, serves truly original Greek cuisine, working with local ingedients and combining them in novel ways. It is always a good idea to check out the displays found in the kitchen for freshly-made dishes (personal favorites: eggplant-wrapped... More

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Mugla, Turkey
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile

A real taste of Greece. You get taken out to the kitchen at the back to look at the selection of traditional Greek food and choose a mixture of what you want. The food was absolutely fantastic, beautiful flavours, very authentic Greek cooking. Mussle saganaki, spagetti marinara, moussaka was top 3.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

The food was delicious and the service also satisfactory. the customers can see the preparation of the food and judge for themselves...

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London, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

When we went here we were invited into the kitchen to see the freshly cooked food, and we did a mix and match for our starter. Traditional Greek food and very tasty. It's away from the northern end of the beach so it is a little quieter.

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