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“Excellent Meal!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Aktaion

In Firostefani Square | centre Firostefani on pedestrian street, Firostefani 84700, Greece
22860 22336
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Ranked #6 of 16 Restaurants in Firostefani
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Greek
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: This restaurant is also by a small parking area just off the Oia road, and has a sunset view of the caldera.
Chicago, Illinois
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Excellent Meal!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Dined at Aktaion on our first night in Greece - what a welcome! Food was traditional, service was good and we really enjoyed the setting on the patio.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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239 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
“Best dinner in Santorini”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

My husband and I really loved this family-run restaurant. The waiters were so friendly and it's an adorable little place; we chose the tables on the sidewalk that had an incredible view. The best part was the food!!!! We shared zucchini pie (so incredibly delicious), pureed fava beans with smoked herring, and the moussaka, which was mouth-watering and even more delicious than the zucchini pie. Highly recommend the moussaka; it was fabulous!!

I don't understand some of the other reviews and how they had bad experiences, especially with the moussaka. I would not hesitate to come here at all. We tried many different restaurants in our 5 days here and this one was by far the best.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Upminster, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Walk on By”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

My partner and I visited here, after walking past it daily, so we decided to pop in.

We sat outside, under the cover. But, it was very windy that night and napkins were blowing away and everything was a bit haphazard. There were only two waiters on duty and frankly, the wait for our dinner was really NOT worth it.

We both chose the same main dish, which was kebab in a tomato and garlic sauce. The sauce tasted as though it had come out of a tin and had the look of tomato passata. There was nothing special about it, no herbs or anything added to it.

We ordered a mixed Greek salad with our meal and we did specify that we wanted to eat this with our meal, rather than separately. However, this was served separately and we HAD to eat it because by the time our mains arrived, we were starving.

Service with a smile goes a long way in the hospitality industry, even if the food is rubbish. If your hosts are greeting you with friendliness then you can almost forgive them about the food.

In this case neither applied.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Great Missenden, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Not impressed”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

The queues for this restaurant were vast, but after eating here I am unsure why. The food was mediocre, with little Greek hospitality we have experienced previously. It felt it was more about taking the money than providing a good meal, even charging for the bread which has come with all others meals as complimentary. We had moussaka and chicken. The moussaka was bland and the chicken came with a microwaved jacket potato. I would not recommend eating here, there are many more restaurants with better quality and service.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney, Australia
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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Lovely dinner with a sunset view”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 via mobile

For our last night in Firostefani, we chose Aktaion as it had good reviews on TripAdvisor and it was at the top of the stairs from our lovely apartments (Agnadema, review to follow but it will be 5 stars plus). Our hotel booked for us and we asked for a table outside with the tsunset view. It was line ball as the weather was windy but it dropped by dinner and they set it up for us.

Entree was steamed mussels and squid. Our family shared them and the jury was hung as to which was best. The mussels were superb, meaty with a great flavour, but for mine the squid was amazing, with a sensational taste. Probably the best squid I have ever had.

The mains were a really good size, not over the top but filling. 3 of us had oven-baked lamb, one had the marinated pork and one had the kebap. The lamb was probably shaded by that we had at Simos Tavern, but the quality was still excellent (and we had the view). Our daughter loved the pork (she said she loved the whole meal), and the kebaps were nice too.

Some of the reviews have been mixed on service but we have to say that both the gentlemen who waited on us were attentive and quietly efficient. This was our last night in Santorini and it was important to us, and the guys at Aktaion made sure it was a special one. Great service, super food and a view to die for. It wasn't cheap, but it wasn't expensive either - good value for a great night. And the final shooter of local fire water, compliments of the owner, was a nice touch too.

Visited July 2014
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