Santorini Greek Restaurant

4.3
745 reviews
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If you need an evening in the Greek islands, visit our more upscale, white tablecloth Greek Restaurant specializing in Seafood. Our very comfortable, elegant environment is not as touristy as our neighbors and is especially warm and inviting by the fireplace on a cold night. In the heart of Greektown, SANTORINI stands out with its authentic Greek cooking and seafood with a Greek flair. The menu contains more than 20 seafood options flown in fresh daily. Hallmark entrees include Greek Style Whole Red Snapper and Whole Black Sea Bass, filleted by table-side at your request.
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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Very poor food quality and taste, we all went home feeling somewhat sick too.

CF
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

We've been here many times over the years, but we were extremely disappointed on this visit. Santorini is known for their fresh seafood, but all three fish dishes (from sole to walleye) were mushy and extremely fishy, with an off odor. Our saganki was over-soaked in oil. Our veggies were over-steamed and limp. The Baklava was drowned in honey. The bread was even disappointing, lacking that traditional crispy Greek crust. The taramousalata was meh. Only the soups were tasty.

And to top it off, the waiter completely ignored us after the entrees were brought. We tried to get his attention for nearly 45 minutes after we had enough of our entrees, and he was either nowhere to be found or we couldn't get his attention.

We will give Santorini another chance, since they've been so reliable over the years. But we're wary...

B
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food

PL
Jackson Hole
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our favorite Greek restaurant. We brought my niece who is an executive Chef out of Phoenix. She was blown away with the tender, delicious flavor of the octopus and grilled calamari. She wants to bring her boss her next time they are both in Chicago.

K
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend Mark Regas and I meet at Santorini every time we go out -- and we always enjoy the evening! Never a disappointment.

Krys Lordahl

l
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Great location, food was pretty good, prices were good but the service INCREDIBLY slow. I don't plan to go back.

s
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Bad service I had to ask for water, utensils, plates and they took 20 minutes to deliver. Breaded bacala was tough over fried. We should have dined across the street.

B
Raleigh
29 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Arrived and received an outdoor table as requested. The service and food were great. It was a perfect evening to dine al fresco. Now that Chicago’s Greektown is slowly fading away, this is our “go to restaurant” for authentic Greek cuisine! So sad that Greektown is losing it’s identity & heritage! Such a great place!

S
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best sea food always fresh , best service always

C
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

30th Anniversary

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Milwaukee
94 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Not sure why it was so difficult (impossible) for waiter to provide separate checks. Made it much more difficult for us to be fair.

KS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent choices involve seafood cuisine. Went on a Sunday afternoon so there was no wait

PB
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great after theatre meal.

SH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious Food, good service, friendly atmosphere,

OT
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service ambience 2

Go to greek islands. The food sucked and the service was the worst.

DF
Chicago
84 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I love this place, but the food was ok tonight. Usually better. The Lemon Sole was tasteless. The grilled octopus came out cold. The service was extremely slow...we needed to ask for our server multiple times. I will go back, but when u drop $175 u expect more. Just an off night I guess.

OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

At 6:30pm on a beautiful Weds eve, my wife and two daughters decided to visit the last of the “Big 3” Greek restaurants in Greektown, Chicago. We’d been to Athena and Greek Islands before, but not Santorini. So we decided to try it because of their emphasis on seafood.

The outside sidewalk was bustling with several filled tables, but when we arrived the inside was empty. Zero diners. After being promptly seated, we waited ten minutes to be approached for our drinks. We also ordered our appetizers at that time because we only had 1 hr 30 min for dinner.

We then waited a short amount of time for good appetizers. Fried calamari, saganaki (flambed tableside), and tzatziki (without pita bread). The apps tasted good. What came next overshadowed the entire evening.

We waited for our dinner. We waited while all other tables that came in well after us were served. We waited over 30 minutes after receiving our appetizers to get our dinners. Mind you, we had 2 gyro plates (that took 3 minutes to make as they just had to carve lamb off the spit and put it on a pita, a shrimp dish that was over cooked, and scallops that were mushy and not seared on either side. So much for seafood being their specialty.

We didn’t get dessert because we didn’t have time before having to leave for our next appointment. On the plus side, the valet attendant was fast...

So why was Santorini quiet inside and Greek Islands bustling and busy across the street? I now know why. Santorini is a tired place that we will not visit again, not when such stars are so close by. No energy, a tired dining room (don’t be fooled by someone calling it “cozy”, and no management shaking things up. I’m so sad for everyone who works there, this place should be terrific and thriving but I fear it’s too far gone to be resurrected by the current management team.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

3 of us ordered broiled fish. It was over cooked & very dry. Actually stuck to the metal plate it was served on so we knew it was broiled on the plate. I can broil fish better at home. We ate early on a Saturday evening so there was no excuse for poor quality. We did not complain but will not be returning.

S
Chicago
86 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

always the best fish in town
never disappointed with food or service
lovely to sit outside in nice weather
happy repeat diners

JL
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Gyros platter was burnt and crust. Lemon rice soup was good. Overall not impressive.

BT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

please dont close, so sad to hear that this area of greek town is coming to an end. always love santorini

DC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a go to place for fresh charcoal grilled fish. The Best!

OT
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very knowledgeable waiter, great food, awesome prices.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Food was a bit bland and expensive but great service.

m
Central Coast
147 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Worst dinner I have ever had! Food was horrible -- over cooked, no taste! Server was unbelievably rude! Used to think Santorini was a step above all the other Greek restaurants in Greektown -- but no longer. Will NEVER come here again! Very sad!

F
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Waiter was tremendous

C
Chicago
95 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

Santorini has sunk so low! We persuaded friends who favor Greek Islands to dine here & it was a disappointment from start to finish. Santorini has often been uneven. Though our standards for Greek food are high & stretch back to the original Courtyards of Plaka, Costa's & Pegasus, this was about the worst Greek food we've had except for another bad meal at Santorini. This disastrous meal started with under-cooked pan-fried zucchini, dull salad with stringy blobs of octopus & an eggplant dish that would have fit better in a bad Italian restaurant that features red sauce. Main courses included mushy overdone swordfish steak since there was neither red snapper nor sea bass, boring lamb shish kebabs since no other decent lamb dishes were on hand & overdone baked shrimp. There was more but we'll spare you the agony. Just be warned that Santorini is not what it used to be nor what it should be!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rapidly turning into big favorite. The service was terrific, the food what's perfect.

JL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I had the lamb kebab with rice which was excellent

MS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect as always

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nico was a fantastic waiter!!

F
Chicago
310 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great fish. Grilled calamari kind of skimpy

SW
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We have enjoyed this restaurant for years and scheduled this meal for our recent visit to Chicago.

r
Austin
11 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Terrible service; food average at best; very expensive for the w
Quality

m
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The new ban on immigration has really hurt the service here. There isn't a single Greek waiter here and the 3 white men who were working on Sunday were overwhelmed. Our waiter even forgot about us. The food is still exceptional and the ambiance is still very nice.

H
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The issue with Santorini? One We had a reservation for a party of four. We arrived exactly on time. There was no one to greet us at the entrance to the restaurant. Not sure what happened to the traditional greek hospitality. Waiters saw us arrive but no one made the effort to come over and ask if we had a reservation or take us to the table. One may (perhaps) accept such approach to guests if the restaurant is busy - but it was not - most of the tables were free. Food was reasonably tasty.

JS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The Octopus is extraordinary and you can’t go wrong with the sampler

JS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

it was very good , it was like eating at my Mom and Dads house

F
Montreal
38 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good service , good Greek white wine, cheeese Flambee at the table ia a must .
Lamb chops a must .

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