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“Roka - Our favorite restaurant in Oia”
Review of Roka

Ranked #14 of 93 Restaurants in Oia
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Child-friendly, Kids, View, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Nashville, Tennessee
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51 reviews
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“Roka - Our favorite restaurant in Oia”
Reviewed 22 October 2009

Although not on the main strip in Oia, it's worth searching out. We liked it so much we went back a second time. There's a small patio that has sea views in the back. We enjoyed the risotto and onion pies. The fried cheeses were also excellent. Try the one with honey and sesame seeds. Good prices compared to other Oia eateries. In Greek letters it's spelled POKA. Some of our friends walked past it due to the different spelling.

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3 Thank Mark H
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Stamford, Connecticut
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152 reviews
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“Eat in a Taverna where the locals eat... deliciously”
Reviewed 7 October 2009

Down an alley, which was off another alley sits Roka, a hidden gem. You won't find it unless you look, really look hard for it. Thank you Tripadvisor for bringing it to our attention. Roka (spelled Poka on an occasional sign along the way) is a warm and inviting place with unpretentious paper tablecloths and napkins. Totally casual. Totally fabulous Greek cuisine. There were so many things on the menu that we wanted to try that we ordered 4 items and split them. The standouts were the spicy feta dip and the thinly sliced eggplant with feta and tomato sauce. Both were jaw droppingly good. I think we need to go back for another round of tasting! The prices, very inexpensive. You could probably order everything on the menu and get away for less than a meal at some of the other restaurants in Oia. A liter of house white wine for example was 8.5 euro. Can't buy a bottle at any of the local markets for that price. Maybe that's why half of the customers were speaking Greek. Seating is both inside and out.

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2 Thank GWHconnecticut
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Cheshire, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
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“Great- a gem”
Reviewed 23 September 2009

After trying other restaurants suggested by a trip advisor specialist we visited this lovely gem ( also on his list).We ate here 5 times during our week stay!!!
This little restaurant is off the main street-quite difficult to find at first- but well worth the search.
There is a balcony , plus indoor seating- both quite charming.
However it is the food which makes this place stand out.
The meze (appetizers) are great- highley recommend the Dolmades, and the Gigantes as well as the Roka salad( rocket, pear,pine nuts and parmesan- fab!).Also Spetsofi sausage
Main courses just as good- with well cooked flavoursome meats and fish.
Rokka has been open for 4 years - and the owner says will not "pay " to be in a guide- people come following recommendation- just like us.
We did try the top 2 restaurants- but not a patch on this one.

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2 Thank Liz B
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Tessa Weale
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“great food, excellent value”
Reviewed 26 August 2009

Recommended by a friend, we went to this little place a week ago for some very good food. Having eaten quite badly in poor tavernas in our 3 weeks islands hopping,this was a pleasant change. We had a nice pear and parmesean salad with pine nuts (nothing very special, but tasty), then some snails with tomato and garlic sauce, mussels in roquefort (cooked perfectly). The only thing that let us down was choosing local grilled sausage, which to be honest tasted just like a frankfurter. But the chocolate souffle for pudding was great. Its down a little street that runs parallel to the main street (follow signs to the folk museum) and you will see it signposted.

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2 Thank tweale1986
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“Lovely little place”
Reviewed 23 July 2009

Once you find Roka down the little back streets of Oia it's like discovering a little Greek gem. No fancy table cloths here, paper napkins but a wealth of traditional Greek fare to feed your soul. They have good quality bottled water and serve it in half pint glasses....but do you know, it doesn't matter one bit !!! We had the local Santorini tomato balls, loaded egg plant, beef with red wine and herbs, grilled sardines, a botttle of Santorini wine and enjoyed every mothfull. The bill was about 50 euros which was more than acceptable.
We went back for lunch one day too and had traditional meat balls and grilled haloumi cheese with beef tomato and speamint sauce which was lovely, with a bottle of spakling water and bread the bill was 19 euros.
There is a small terrace at the back that has sea views but views or not this little place will make you smile.

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4 Thank GILLChesterfield
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