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“Nice view....only”
Review of Kasteli

Ranked #86 of 94 Restaurants in Oia
Price range: USD 15 - USD 22
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Reviewed 21 September 2017

We visited this restaurant during our vacations at Santorini during August. We located this restaurant during our walk at Oia, and we spotted it next to the walkway. The location was ideal for seafood and a great view during lunch. Although the view was great, the food was good, but the service terrible. We were waiting to order, for quite some time and the waiter was always forgeting something. The food portions were small, comparing to other restaurants on the island, and the prices were a little off, for example, we payed for 2 slices of bread, something a little below of 1EURO.

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Thank Markidis_Petros
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Reviewed 26 July 2017

The terrace of this restaurant has views over the Caldera, but it is a traditional Greek taverna with reasonable prices (for Oia) so we went there twice out of our 4 nights in Oia. Both Pork Souvlaki and Chicken Souvlaki were tasty and tender. Sea Bream was fresh and well cooked, although it would have been better served with fries rather than tomatoes. All the waiters were friendly and helpful and from Greece (not Albania). The carafes of house wine were very drinkable.

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Thank Christine D
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Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

We had our lunch at Kasteli. It takes a longer time for the food being served, the chef seems patience and put in patience in preparing the food. There is no disappointment on the food being served. Among the restaurants we tried at Oia, the restaurant serves best pork steak and kalamari. Must try. The price is average and overall service is not bad.

Thank Spteng
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Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

We notice in our tripadvisor app that this restaurant comes 76 of 76 - what a shame. Note that it only gets a handful of reviews. It took us three nights to realise it was called Kasteli and we have noticed before that restaurants with no clear sign or with a name that is in Greek alphabet do not attract many reviews.

Nearly all of the restaurants in Oia are 'fancy' and expensive. From what we understand, business rates on the Caldera are astronomical so they simply have to be expensive. It's not that we want burger and chips, far from it. But if we order steak and a salad we don't need Jus, coulis, or yet another accompaniment of beetroot concoction.

We loved Kasteli. Yes there are language barriers and Nikos and his lovely father (whose job it is to cook on the giant grill machine - I wish I could take him home and have him cook our dinner forever!!) won't be rushing out to tuck your chair in. We neither need nor want that and as we returned to Kasteli we spoke with Nikos and discovered what a lovely family they are. We ate fantastic Souvlaki and various fresh, copious salads. Each night we ordered water, a half Carafe of wine and Mythos beer and the bill was just under 45 Euros. We ate elsewhere but kept coming back.

I really think the reason for the low ranking is the lack of clear signage and people who like that ultra polite waiter with arm behind the back. People who insist on this kind of service are never going to feel at home in a place such as this.

Thank you Nikos for your hospitality, your fantastic father for superb grilling and lovely lady who brought our bits and bobs. You made us feel at home.

Thank kitkatbrown
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Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

We arrived for dinner to a more than half empty terrace. We ordered a Greek salad and a pork souvlaki. The salad came quite quickly and it was very basic looking and the taste was basic too. The souvlaki arrived 30 minutes later. At one point we thought they may have forgotten about it. We tried to ask the waiters about it but they wouldn't look our way. They didn't provide napkins at all. The inside of the taverna was dirty and smelled awful. We couldn't wait to leave.

Thank Seyc
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