3D/2N Backpacking Santorini Without A Tour (Part 7) : A Scrumptious Greek Lunch With Breathtaking View at Skala Restaurant, Oia


        What better way to enjoy Santorini’s breathtaking caldera and Aegean Sea view than to savour delicious authentic Greek dishes? During our exploration on the terraced cliff in Oia, my sister and I came across several restaurants and taverns that serve good Greek foods with an accompanying breathtaking view for guests to enjoy.


Charming Skala Restaurant (Σκαια Εστιατορια)

        Among those, one particular restaurant caught our attention – Skala Restaurant (Σκαια Εστιατορια). What makes Skala Restaurant slightly different from the rest is the restaurant is perched on the edge of a steep cliff that drops down 800 feet into the Aegean Sea, giving the dreamy illusion that the restaurant is floating above the clouds.

        Besides having one of the best views in Oia, Santorini, the restaurant also happens to be sitting on the site of the village’s old bakery, with the entire restaurant compound built around an old brick oven that adds a touch of history to the setting and ambience of the restaurant.


The scenic marbled main pedestrian street in Oia, Santorini

The two entrances to Skala Restaurant (Σκαια Εστιατορια) are located on the marbled main pedestrian street in Oia, Santorini

One of the two entrances to Skala Restaurant (Σκαια Εστιατορια) in Oia, Santorini

Skala Restaurant (Σκαια Εστιατορια) in Oia, Santorini

The menu of Skala Restaurant (Σκαια Εστιατορια) in Oia, Santorini

Skala Restaurant (Σκαια Εστιατορια) in Oia, Santorini


Our Beautiful Greek Food Affair

        Greek cuisine is influenced by the Mediterranean culinary that makes wide use of olive oil, lemon juice, fresh vegetables and herbs, various grains and bread, wine, seafood, and various meats such as lamb, poultry, and rabbit.

        My sister and I fell in love with Greek cuisine after having a taste of it in Athens, Greece and Fira, Santorini. Since then, we try to enjoy as many authentic Greek dishes as we can during our time in Greece. Cooked with love and using the freshest ingredients the land and sea has to offer, Greek cuisine is one of the healthiest and mouth-watering.

        The menu at Skala Restaurant is varied, offering a wide variety of authentic Greek dishes from hors d’oeuvres, salads, pastas, seafood, grilled meat and desserts to choose from, at a reasonable and affordable price. On top of that, the service was fast and friendly too.

Spacious setting at Skala Restaurant (Σκαια Εστιατορια), Oia

Simple Greek décor at Skala Restaurant (Σκαια Εστιατορια), Oia

On the right is the old brick oven located in the centre of Skala Restaurant (Σκαια Εστιατορια), Oia

A pretty potted plant at Skala Restaurant, Oia

Our dining companion - an over friendly tabby at Skala Restaurant (Σκαια Εστιατορια), Oia


A Scrumptious Greek Lunch For Two

        At the restaurant, we were seated at the corner of the restaurant that offers not only a breathtaking view of the caldera and Aegean Sea, but the charming terraced cliff of Oia too. With recommendations from the waiter, we ordered a serving of the chicken fillet with cream, masticha and pistachios served with rice (€16) and grilled sea bream served with fresh vegetables (€16). 2 glasses of iced tea costs €6.

        While waiting for our food to arrive, we happily enjoyed the cool sea breeze while soaking up the soothing ambience around us. We were the first to arrive for lunch, but it was not long before more and more guests arrived and filled up the restaurant. Do take note that Skala Restaurant will usually be fully booked/full house during lunch and dinner hours, especially during summer.

        The chicken and fish was perfectly seasoned and cooked; the meat was moist and flavourful. My sister enjoyed the chicken with rice dish very much. I can say the same for myself. I love and enjoyed the grilled fish, de-boned by the chef and served with fresh vegetables – capsicum, onion, cucumber, tomato, olives and capers. It was scrumptious! 

Breathtaking view for guests to enjoy while they dine at Skala Restaurant (Σκαια Εστιατορια) in Oia, Santorini

Slices of bread served with a traditional dip at Skala Restaurant, Oia

Chicken fillet with cream, masticha and pistachios served with rice (€16) at Skala Restaurant, Oia

Grilled sea bream served with fresh vegetables (€18) at Skala Restaurant, Oia

Greetings from Erika at Skala Restaurant, Oia



10 Greek Food / Dishes To Try

A view of the picturesque terraced cliff of Oia from Skala Restaurant

A close-up view of the terraced cliff of Oia from Skala Restaurant

Private suites and hotels on the terraced cliff of Oia

An aerial view of Skala Restaurant from its second entrance, Oia


In A Nut Shell

       Dining at Skala Restaurant in Oia was an unforgettable experience for us. Not only did we get to enjoy a picturesque view of Santorini, we savoured mouth-watering, authentic Greek dishes too while soaking up the good vibes around us.

        My sister and I felt happy and contented with our gastronomic experience and will not hesitate to go back for more. With our stomachs full, we bid good bye and continued on with our exploration on the beautiful island of Santorini, Greece.


Up next: A scenic local bus ride to Perissa, followed by a relaxing stroll and a beautiful sunset on the Black Sand Beach of Perissa

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