Akrotiri Beach, Santorini
(Near the Entrance of the Archaeological Site)



Where Gastronomy Tradition Meets Creativity

When Nikos Katris first conceived the idea of establishing his local business in Akrotiri, he aimed to showcase Santorini’s authentic recipes and flavors. Little did he anticipate that his endeavor would evolve into a bastion of the island’s tradition and unique identity. Driven by his admiration for the beauty inherent in Santorini’s renowned local culture, he envisioned a restaurant that would offer a distinctive dining experience through meticulously prepared meals of local cuisine, set amidst an enchanting atmosphere with a dreamlike view.


At Melina’s Tavern, we invite you to indulge in the distinctive and time-honored flavors of Santorini, offering an authentic culinary journey. Dining here is a holistic experience, where you can relish mouth-watering local appetizers, homemade-style seafood dishes, and fresh fish, all while being caressed by the gentle Mediterranean breeze and admiring the breathtaking view of the Aegean. Our traditional spacious tavern is also an ideal venue for hosting joyful events, whether it’s celebrating unions, blessings, or dining with colleagues after a long seminar, all while being serenaded by the soothing sound of waves brushing against the shore of Akrotiri.

Nikos Katris’ Cave Art Gallery: Crafting Tradition and Connections

Driven by his love for beauty and artistic expression, Nikos expanded his creative ventures by establishing an art gallery adjacent to the tavern. Adorned with heartfelt works crafted by family members, the gallery serves as a vivid reflection of Santorini’s rich culture and artistic legacy. Paintings, sculptures, photography, and handmade jewelry narrate stories of personal immersion in our cultural heritage, promising inspiration and connection for every guest. Additionally, our 2-hour art seminars, “Sip&Sculpt” or “Sip&Paint,” led by Nikos himself, offer guests the opportunity to explore their creative ideas while enjoying fine local wine and tasteful appetizers.

Apparel Boutique: Journey into Cycladic Chic

Complementing the tavern and art gallery, our apparel boutique offers a curated collection of vintage treasures and one-of-a-kind garments meticulously crafted by local artisans. Each item is thoughtfully selected, lovingly preserved, and elegantly showcased, immersing visitors in a world where beauty and authenticity intertwine, evoking the magic of Santorini.

Melina’s Tavern is now overseen by Nikos’ daughter, Melina, who ensures that the family’s vision continues to flourish across the restaurant, art gallery, and clothing boutique. We promise our guests an unforgettable and truly original experience, encapsulating the beauty and tradition of Santorini.

Staff super friendly, food was delicious. They even gave us complementary dessert, and right next to the sea! Would recommend to have a meal there

seanjd78 TripAdvisor

Great family restaurant, beautiful setting, efficient service. The sea bream was excellent. We highly recommend it !

Kankan1245 TripAdvisor

Amazing food, really freshly cooked. Excellant friendly service. My prawn saganaki was beautiful with a side of garlic bread. My wife had dish of the day and that was equally as good. A small dish of clam spaghetti just finished it off for our daughter. The icecream was really creamy and tasted homemade and nothing like we’ve had on the island.

JameMc22 TripAdvisor