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“Great view but not a whole lot else!” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Fanari Restaurant

Fanari Restaurant
Ranked #19 of 178 Restaurants in Fira
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Romantic, Scenic view, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Kids, Large groups, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Dublin, Ireland
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71 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“Great view but not a whole lot else!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

We came here on recommendation from our hotel so were expecting good things!!! The restaurant is in a great location with a lovely view over the caldera and the prices compared to all the other restaurants in this area are good, unfortunately that was reflected in the quality of food we were given. Also if you're there later in the evening when all the donkeys are coming up from the port it gets pretty smelly!!! Not the nicest when you're trying to enjoy your dinner.

Portion sizes were absolutely huge, I felt bad when our plates were cleared because I left half of my main behind. I got the vegetable risotto, was pretty boring and way too big. Starters were also huge. We weren't offered a dessert menu and to be honest I didn't really want to try anything.

The restaurant was the biggest we had been to and as a result the service was a bit spotty. I think the waiters had a hard time keeping track of all the tables. It took ages for our plates to be cleared from our table, when we were given the main our leftovers from the starters were still in front of us and I think our plates were still on the table when we were getting ready to leave. The waiters were really scatty and taking orders without writing anything down. Our waiter came to take our order and then stopped us half way through because he had some other order in his head and was afraid he'd forget!!!! (he told us this!) They were also guzzling pints of beer that they had hidden in a press! We had a laugh about the whole thing and I found it entertaining to watch, but was hugely disappointed in the standard of food that was put in front of us.

Santorini has so many restaurants and a lot of places we went to were extremely disappointing and hugely overpriced so make sure you do a lot of research before heading our for dinner.

Visited August 2014
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Melbourne
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43 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Ok”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

We came here on the recommendation of our hotel and it was fine. The starters were quite good to be fair and the waiters all really nice, very busy but still friendly. Great location which is what you pay for but at night not sure its worth it. The mains were definitely nothing special and was more expensive than a far nicer meal at Kapari Taverna the night before. If you come here come for lunch or for sunset to make the most of the location. All in all though not bad considering the tourist trap of Fira!

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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Surprisingly excellent food in tourist area”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2014

All the restaurants in this central part of Fira looked really touristy, and Fanari in particular - it was big, centrally located and had colour photos of its dishes. But we tried it anyway and were pleasantly surprised by how good everything was. The moussaka was fantastic, the Santorini salad fresh and wholesome (every bite of the tomatoes was wow, and the caper leaves instead of capers was the perfect touch). We also had a great seafood linguini. But the real highlight was the incredible, amazing view from this restaurant, which makes you feel like you're really right in the heart of Santorini. Loved the bright blue table mats and Santorini map napkins. Perfect lunch with a bottle of the local honey Volcan beer. Service, in impeccable English, was great too. Thumbs up!

  • Visited July 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“Amazing!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2014 via mobile

An amazing restaurant with an even better view! My friend and I went to this restaurant twice and had an excellent meal both times! We had a fantastic view of Fira and watched the sun set in a peaceful location whilst also enjoying a cocktail. The staff here are also very lovely and are very good at taking photos!

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Stockholm, Sweden
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“The worse experience in Santorini”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2014

Fantastic view, service was ok but quality of products really poor. I had seafood mix for 2 and I never had such a poor quality of product.

  • Visited August 2014
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