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Beach Road, Perissa, Greece
+30 697 574 0647
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1:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 1:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Description: How often have you been asked to come to the kitchen to choose your meal...
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Best moussaka around

Very local, very Greek - don't expect top service but do expect quality Greek food! Tomato fritters are amazing as is the moussaka - been here about 4 times over the years we have been here!

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
Sophie-Norris
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Very local, very Greek - don't expect top service but do expect quality Greek food! Tomato fritters are amazing as is the moussaka - been here about 4 times over the years we have been here!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

After reading reviews here, felt obliged to go. I found the food to be amazing. However the service could be improved. When we went, only one server actively working and he appeared pretty stressed. He was very friendly and welcoming but it really looked he could use some help on a busy night. Ended up waiting for 45 minutes for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Please go. This place is amazing. Food is superb and very well priced. It doesn't look much from the outside but do not let that put you off. Goi n the kitchen, order a little of everything and enjoy. The cost will be very little and the food superb and very traditional Greek. A must if you are in Perissa.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Good food with reasonable prices on the beach side in Perissa. Friendly staff. Wide range of Greek dishes.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Very fresh and well cooked traditional food! The service is as well very good, the people are kind and prompt. I reccommend it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

I have been coming to Santorini for five years because it is so lovely. Lava is my top restaurant in the whole island never mind Perissa. The fresh food is served with smiles and passion. The stuffed cherry tomatoes are awesome, moorish - fresh fish, seafood, meat is cooked to perfection. The menu has changed over the years - a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

It was so nice to have a great meal our first night in Santorini. Literally steps from both our hotel and the beach, we were told the owner would let us into the kitchen to look at and smell what was on offer that night. Nothing disappointed. The food was fresh and tasty. The service friendly and attentive and the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Lava was recommended by our hotel as a local experience- we were not disappointed. You will be invited in to see what food is on offer in the kitchen- I highly recommend you try the vegetarian starters they have ( stuffed peppers, tomatoes, vine leaves) everything was incredibly tasty- you can get a mixed plate for a very reasonable price.... More 

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Lavaki, Owner at Taverna Lava, responded to this review

Hey HannahElizabeth, we are glad you had a good time dining with us and wish to welcome you again soon! Hope you enjoyed Santorini! Kind regards, Sebastian More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

We chose it by feel and we were right. We weren't that hungry that night but when the chef invited us in the kitchen to make our choices, we wanted everything ;) Fresh, tasty, homey feeling. Great dinner.

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Lavaki, Owner at Taverna Lava, responded to this review

Thank you very much for dining with us and writing about us, Jacques R. As we are constantly aiming to improve our service and above quality of food I would like to understand what we could have done better to make you rate us 5 stars! Hope you returned safely from Santorini! Sebastian More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

We stopped in here after reading such great reviews and it did not disappoint! A homey feel definitely hit the spot. It was so good we drove the half and hour for lunch the next day. The owners are the friendliest and most genuine people we have met in Greece so far. And to top it off very well priced.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Beach Road, Perissa, Greece
  • Location: Europe  >  Greece  >  South Aegean  >  Cyclades  >  Santorini  >  Perissa
  • Phone Number: +30 697 574 0647

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 11 - 18
  • Cuisine: Greek

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
1:00 pm - 12:00 am
Monday
1:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
1:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
1:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
1:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
1:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
1:00 pm - 12:00 am

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