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“Fantastic view, good lunch”

Kastro Oia Restaurant
Ranked #30 of 95 Restaurants in Oia
Cuisines: Greek
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Reservations
Lichfield
Level 6 Contributor
485 reviews
258 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
“Fantastic view, good lunch”
Reviewed 29 June 2014

We stopped here for lunch while visiting Oia and were lucky to get a seat on the edge of the balcony with fantastic views in all directions of the town and the castle. While we were sitting there we also had the unexpected bonus of a wine/beer delivery by donkey to the restaurant.

Both of us had a great chicken souvlaki, probably the best I've ever had, which was moist with lots of herbs and accompanied by sweet grilled peppers, fries and ripe tomatoes. I had a couple of cold beers and my wife had the house white wine.

The waiters were friendly (even suggesting we wait a few minutes for a table on the front which was coming free).

The only downside in Oia is that you pay for the location so it was relatively expensive. That said I'd quite happily pay the same again for a wonderful lunch.

  • Visited June 2014
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Charlottesville, Virginia
Level 3 Contributor
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“Great for sunset dinner”
Reviewed 27 June 2014

I recommend having your hotel make reservations for you, because they'll get you the best available table for an unobstructed view of the sunset. The food was excellent, and the staff drive off any tourists that may obstruct your view.

Visited June 2014
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Tampa, Florida
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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“Average food but fantastic sunset view... IF...”
Reviewed 26 June 2014

IF you don't mind the crowds... My husband and I came here for sunset dinner (reservation required BTW) and while the view is top notch for sunset-watching in Oia (which is known for it's views of sunset) the crowds are ridiculous. Sitting on the patio, tons of sunset-watchers will congregate in front of restaurant's tables, blocking your view. While the staff are consistently assertive in their efforts to make people move and unblock your view, it is still a bit annoying. Honestly, you spend more time watching the ridiculous behavior of other people than you do the sunset itself. That being said, the restaurant cannot help the fact that people are rude and want to see the sunset, even if it means standing in your way. However, the food is just not that great. It's not bad, but it isn't great either. I wouldn't go here just for the food. And I'd watch sunset elsewhere - there are plenty of places on the island that offer better views that Oia.

Visited June 2014
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dallas
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“PERFECT spot to watch Sunset”
Reviewed 26 June 2014

So watching the sunset in Oia is a big deal and do not miss it, its beautiful! After looking for somewhere to watch it, we read about Kastro's and emailed about 3 weeks prior to our arrival for reservations. They wrote back very fast (which was a miracle as we had been experiencing places not responding back…) and we arrived to Kastro's our first night in Oia and the restaurant was perfect!

It is exactly what you would imagine a cliff side restaurant in Santorini being! They had the best table for us, both of us on the edge facing the sunset! Greek service is very slow (which we found out that night) but it was perfect because sunset set takes about 2-3 hours and we did not feel they were trying to rush us out to flip the table but letting us relax and enjoy the sunset and our dinner! Because the Cruise ship's send their passengers up to Oia for the sunset, it gets VERY crowded so having a reservation is a MUST and the men of Kastro's (which btw when we were there were all young, gorgeous and could be models… come on women why not go to Kastro's :) would constantly tell the cruse shippers to move, and they couldn't be in front of the restaurant which I appreciated so much because you can just sit at your table and take amazing pictures without moving and having unobstructed views. They would have to go every 5 mins and tell the people to move which was so impressive to me!

The food was good, very casual Taverna cuisine. We had been in Greece for about a week at this point and was kind of getting tired of drinking just wine and Kastro's has mixed drinks (which is hard to come by let me tell ya) and they make Mojitos which just hit the spot!!! When going to Oia, Kastro's is a must!!!!!

  • Visited June 2014
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California
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“Great sunset view, but crowded, average food”
Reviewed 24 June 2014

This restaurant has the perfect sunset view location but only if you get a table on the edge. The food is average, but the location and views make it completely worthwhile.

  • Visited June 2014
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