An authentic taverna experience in Santorini does not necessarily have to be on the caldera or by the sea. In Roka’s case, locating the taverna is actually part of the experience as it is situated in the heart of Oia village in amongst derelict sea captains’ mansions and renovated domed ceiling homes.
You see, captains could afford to own a house above ground whereas the seamen and farmers would have to suffice with digging into the caldera’s lime stone façade to sculpt their homes and create cellars and protected space for the livestock.
Close the parenthesis and back to mouth-watering meat balls, creamy tzatziki and baked eggplant …
Fotis, the owner of Roka, welcomes you at the entrance with his beaming smile and immediately one is assured of the unpretentious meal that will follow. The menu is simple but covers most tastes and appetites. We would strongly recommend that all dishes ordered are shared in the middle of the table, this way one gets to taste a lot more dishes! As you are probably aware by now, Santorini is well-known for its wines and as a result “house wines” are usually very good and in this case, definitely worth ordering.
Roka has both an enclosed well protected veranda for a windy day and a northwest facing porch which is ideal for lunch or an early evening meal watching the cruise ships coming from or going on their passage to the north.