Food + Wine

World's Most Romantic Restaurants

by Lexi Dwyer

IT'S NO MYTH

Where: Ambrosia, Santorini, Greece

Why Go: If Apollo and Daphne were still around today, we'd find them at this rooftop taverna, sipping crisp, minerally white wine and watching the sun turn Santorini's sunken caldera into a shimmering mass of color.

A Side of Atmosphere: This small cave house, which is carved into the side of the Oia cliffs, is uncompromisingly atmospheric. If you happen to dine during a full moon, the glassy gleam that washes over the sea is spectacular.

Appetite for Seduction: An appetizer of baby calamari sautéed with ouzo and crème fraîche pesto is an updated version of the classic squid salad. Seafood comes daily from the market in Fira, but if you're fished-out, the lamb shank braised with rosemary sauce is worthy of its own epic poem.

The Hot Seat: The two terraces have only 11 tables between them, but it's worth requesting the upper one for its uninterrupted views: Save for a few other diners, you'll have nothing but the twinkling stars for company.

Ambrosia
Oia Village
Santorini, Greece
Tel: 30 22860 71413

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