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Ambrosia Restaurant
Ranked #22 of 91 Restaurants in Oia
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Special occasions, Scenic view, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Ottawa, Canada
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285 reviews
172 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 398 helpful votes
“This restaurant had been recommended to...”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2010

This restaurant had been recommended to us by the owner of the hotel we were staying at in Oia. We had a reservation for a nice table and arrived a few minutes early. The manager apologized that our table wasn't ready and seated us on the lower terrace in front of the service entrance. He said our table would be ready in 10 minutes (Greek time = an hour?). The terraces were small and the tables were very close, ensuring little privacy. A waiter arrived and asked to take our order. We were a bit surprised as we assumed they would take our drink order and then wait til we were moved before ordering. There was only one entree on the menu I could eat, and that dish needed to be altered. We gave the waiter our entree orders (again, no offer of a drink, etc). He stated emphatically that we had to order a salad AND an appetizer as well. We told him there was nothing on the menu we wanted other than the entree. We were going to order wine and probably dessert. He told us we HAD to order, as there was a 45€ minimum order per person! This was not printed on the menu. The three other couples sharing our small space were within earshot of us. It was a very embarrasing situation. It was not an issue of money. We were paying over 300$ a night for our rooom, and most certainly would have spent over 45€ each as the entrees were minimum 27€ to over 40€ each. Wine by the glass was 8€ (same wine at the corner market for 8€ a bottle).

We advised the manager we would not be staying and we left.

I am not in the habit of having a restaurant tell me how much food I have to order. This is only one of several restaurants in Oia, all with equally impressive views, but none other that we visited that set a minimum order. Try "Ochre" for a fantastic view and superb food. "Floga" is also very nice with views and great tastes to match. Neither will set you back near 45€ and you'll be much happier. We were! Avoid Ambrosia at 45€ minimum!!!!

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New Jersey
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Don't bother”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2010

I have to agree with other negative posts. I live in one of the largest cities in the world and I was looking forward to Ambrosia as many people will tell you to go there. Dont bother. The views from ALL the restaurants in Oia are fabulous and far less expensive than this one. Food was nothing special.

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Seattle, Washington
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7 reviews
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“Best in Santorini”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2010

We've been in Santorini for 10 days and have tried a plethora of restaurants. This was by far the best and most creative food preparation we have had. We were tiring of traditional greek food (which was good but didn't vary much) and really wanted something more inline with a fine-dining experience in the US and this was it. As other reviewers mentioned, the seating is pretty tight but it wasn't a big deal. Also yes, they are expensive but no more expensive than any other fine-dining resaurant in santorini. Our dinner was about $200 for two adults plus 6 yo which included starters, entrees, 4 alcoholic drinks and tip.

A suggestion on reservations -- we booked at 8pm and were stuck towards the back. We realized that the best tables were already taken because people had gotten there at 7pm to watch the sunset. So, if you want one of the best tables (along the rail) I would suggest an earlier reseveration (7-ish) or something after 8:30 or 9pm.

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Redland Bay, Queensland, Australia
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“Best on Santorini”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2010

The quality of food at Ambrosia in Oia is undoubtedly the best! We were on Santorini for 6 nights and some wonderful meals all over the island, however nothing came close to the world class quality of Ambrosia. We dined here with a small group for our wedding night, and we had the normal menu - it was sensational!! I could not fault the food at all, it was disappointing to have to leave by 9.30 as we had the first sitting, but we understood that when we booked. For a quality restaurant such as this it would have been wonderful to have sat an extra hour and had coffee, but there is nothing else to fault. The service was phenominal and everything on the menu was wonderful. Our group sampled many things because there was a huge variety of quality dishes to chose from. I just wished I had had more space in my stomach to sample more food. The desserts were to die for! We thank Amabrosia for a wonderful meal, beautfiul setting and wonderful delightful service!!

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Really special for a romantic occasion”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2010

After reading reviews i was unsure whether to book this reataurant to celebrate our silver wedding but very glad i did.
The atmosphere and ambience were lovely. We had a great table on the top terrace and although other diners are in close proximaty this did not spoil things for us in any way.
The waiters were charming and attentive.
The food was interesting and very tasty.

The only down side (and i think this was largely due to a misunderstanding) was that we began to feel very rushed .This culminated in being asked to leave due to another booking. We had originally booked for 7.30 but changed this to 8 and did not order until 8.15.We had not appreciated that there are 2 'sittings' 7.30 and 9.30 and it would have been helpful to point this out when we asked to change to 8pm .
The overall experience was however so positive that this did not overly bother us.However we thought it just as well to warn other dinners!

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