242 O'farrell St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9410237.786451 -122.408794
Neighborhoods: Tenderloin, Northeast
Don't let the other reviews discourage you! – Yes, perhaps you should not stop at this restaurant if you want a quick, fast food experience. That's why we have McDonald's. But, if you are interested in a relaxed dining experience with delectably flavorful food, definitely give Santorini's a try. The Hummus is the best I have ever tasted and sufficient for two. The fallafel was a bit hard, but still tasty. For the main course, I would definitely suggest the chicken in the pomegranate sauce. It was an amazing amount of food, also sufficient for two. The only downside: they were out of gyro meat, and so trying my fav dish was not an option this night. Bottom line? If you have the time to relax and enjoy your present company's conversation (the Santorini waiters certainly take their time between meal courses), and want to treat your tastebuds to an authentic experience, definitely give Santorini a try!
Worst dining experience – I had my birthday dinner at Santorini. It was a group of 10 & the worst dining experience ever. The food came out cold & we had to practically beg for the "free" pita bread. When we asked for more pita (our food was taking so long), the waiter was reluctant to bring us more. When he finally did, the bread was cold & he did not bring the dipping oils so we had to ask for that as well (which by the way wasn't readily available and had to be "ordered"). The service was slow & the waiter was rude/not helpful. Santorini's added extra charges on top of gratuity because they said we were late in our reservation. Management claimed to turning away customers (completely absurd because the restaurant was half deserted.) I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone unless they don't care about customer service.
Stay away! Horrible Service!!!!!! – Unfriendly and rude. After being seated with friends it had been a LONG wait to order, and when we ask to make a order the MANAGER said sarcasticly that he was waiting for us for a long time. Secondly did not get served with bread while we wait for food.Next, an hour long for food. Last but not least, they had charged us 20% for gratuity.I would not mind if the service and food was great.I had questioned the manager about the 20% and he said that they had waited for all of us for 2 hours on our reservation and so that they had increased the gratuity to 20%.Granted that everybody did not show up from up to maybe an hour, not 2.He had stated that he had lost up to $500 because of us, the question is that it was not BUSY and had open tables.
Yummy Food – My friends and I shared a few dishes that included chicken, lamb, hummus, pita bread. The chicken and lamb was tender. The gravy that accompanied the chicken was sweet, tangy, very interesting. The gravy on the lamb complimented the meat, mashed potatoes and vegetables nicely. The pita bread was soft, warm and very tasty with the salsa/vinaigrette mixture and hummus.
I don't know much about authentic Mediterranean food, but it was delicious here and the service is great. The one waiter who helped us, single-handedly served the whole restaurant on his own. Even though there were at least 8 tables to help, he was nonetheless, patient, pleasant and acted as though there was no one else around but us.
Nice change of pace – The setting is bright, airy, and quiet. The flavors are crisp and clean, a welcome break from S.F.'s ususal self-conscious menus. The service is slow, but the food is good, so what's the rush? The servers are genuine and pleasant, which is also a nice change of pace from most downtown restaurants. And it's not as empty as it used to be!
good location- go somewhere else for food – we decided to check out this place after work on monday. I have to say that the food fell really short of our expectations. They charge u union square prices - if u want real mediterranean food - then i would suggest one skip this place. the chicken was dry and really had no flavour. service was allright - friendly and curteous. the hummus we ordered we liked. and that was the about the only thing at this place. 13 bucks for a plate of dry chicken with rice (and no sauce to speak off).. in my book - not worth it. go somwhere else -
Below average food & unsatisfactory service – I went to Santorini with a good friend, based on the reviews I read on citysearch. The menu seemed extensive, but the food quality itself was below average. The location is the only redeeming factor of this restaurant, it's very close to Union Square which makes it a tourist haven, but there are a lot of other better Mediterranean restaurants in the city which offer authentic food at good prices.
BEST pork chops ever! – Santorini is a great place to eat any day of the week. Its a very casual environment, almost too empty... but don't be fooled. Their overbaked pitas served to everyone is delicious. If you visit you MUST try their Pork Chops or Lamb Shanks. GOOOOOOD food!
Mediterranean favorites in modern surroundings on Union Square. – In Short
Named for a beautiful Greek island, this sit-down restaurant's bright, stylized decor might not be Old World, but it's certainly charming. A mere 10 paces from Union Square, it's also one of the most convenient Mediterranean eateries in the downtown area. Entrees include hearty Greek favorites such as gyros, moussaka and falafel plates, as well as lighter kebabs, fish and salad fare.
great place – Wonderful Union squre location with parking across the street. Restaurant is new and totally re-done with a great mediterranean atmosphere, a wood fire pizza oven, and a back room to fit a large party. The appetizers, meal, kebabs, pizza and seafood where all good! The price is right and service excellent, the owner even sat down with us!
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