We recently had the pleasure of dining at Selene Restaurant on Santorini Island in Greece, and we were thoroughly impressed with the culinary experience we had. From the innovative dishes to the impeccable service and the stunning atmosphere, this restaurant truly provided a dining experience that was both unforgettable and enlightening.
The restaurant is located in the picturesque village of Pyrgos, which is known for its winding streets and beautiful churches. The restaurant itself is situated in a traditional house with a courtyard, providing a cozy and inviting atmosphere. The location is quiet and peaceful, providing the perfect setting for a relaxed and enjoyable dining experience.
The ambiance of the restaurant is elegant and sophisticated, with white linens and beautiful table settings creating a welcoming and inviting atmosphere. The lighting is soft and romantic, providing a cozy and intimate setting for a special meal.
The service at Selene Restaurant is impeccable. The staff is attentive, friendly, and knowledgeable, providing excellent recommendations for wine pairings and menu items. Our server, Sophia, was particularly wonderful, providing attentive service without being intrusive.
The food at Selene Restaurant is truly exceptional, with a focus on traditional Santorinian dishes with a modern twist. The menu is divided into two sections, one featuring dishes inspired by the island's history and culture, and the other featuring dishes made with local ingredients.
We started our meal with a selection of appetizers, including a Santorinian salad with caper leaves and barley rusks, a fava bean spread with caramelized onions, and a smoked eggplant dip with yogurt and herbs. Each dish was beautifully presented and bursting with flavor.
For our main course, we opted for the grilled octopus with roasted fennel and Santorinian capers, and the slow-cooked pork with smoked eggplant puree and potatoes. Both dishes were outstanding, with the octopus being tender and flavorful, and the pork being rich and hearty.
Dessert was a highlight of our meal, with the restaurant's signature dessert, the Selene Chocolate Grand Cru, stealing the show. The dessert was a work of art, with a rich chocolate mousse and a crunchy biscuit base.
The wine selection at Selene Restaurant is extensive, featuring a range of local and international wines. Our server, Sophia, provided excellent recommendations, and we opted for a local Assyrtiko white wine, which paired perfectly with our meal.
Overall, our dining experience at Selene Restaurant was truly exceptional. From the innovative dishes to the impeccable service and the stunning atmosphere, every aspect of our meal was perfect. We would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Santorini Island and looking for a culinary exploration of the island's history and culture.
A beautiful story of food, love and passion that began exactly 37 years ago, when in 1985 Giorgos Hatzigiannakis and his lovely wife Evelyn decided to forever change the gastronomic destiny of Santorini by visioning a restaurant that would deliver the very “soul” of the island on their guests’ plates, based on the unique local ingredients and the long-lost gastronomic traditions of this feral land, is living through its best phase yet in the premises of what used to be an 18th century Catholic Monastery.
In 2021 Michelin-starred chef Ettore Botrini undertook the responsibility to carry on and evolve the Selene legacy, which entered a new era.
At about the same time Yiannis Karakasis MW (Master of Wine), one of the approximately 400 Masters of Wine in the world, took charge of the restaurant’s wine section, placing emphasis of course on the Santorinian vineyard.
In this truly unique ambiance of medieval charm and understated luxury you will enjoy an authentic “Santorinian” fine dining experience, addressed to all your senses.
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