The restaurant is located in the center of the settlement of Oia, a place in the northwestern part of Santorini made world famous by its stunning sunset views. Cafe 218 is perched on the rim of the volcanic caldera and has a soul-stirring scenery as a backdrop. There are two level terraces with dark wood tables and chairs shaded by a huge gray parasol. The classic decoration lends an air of sophistication to the restaurant, which offers a majestic view of the Aegean waters, and at night, the seascape is especially breathtaking with the waters and white cubical houses of Oia shimmering in the moonlight.
This cafe-restaurant has a lovely ambiance and a delightful selection of dishes. The cuisine is traditional Greek and in fact, the menu includes a wide choice of dishes with a twist of Cretan and Cycladic cuisines. The dishes of this restaurant are cooked and presented in a delightful manner. Their wine and liqueur list is also quite extensive. The 218 cocktail, their signature drink is also a rage among the regulars. Some of the popular dishes include the roasted organic rooster with roast vegetables and the beef in phyllo pastry and salmon. Their very own 218 pasta is also an item on their list of popular dishes. The hot chocolate tart is a great way to round of the scrumptious meal at 218. The restaurant also doubles up as a cafeteria, offering a light meal, or ice coffee, tea or fresh juice accompanying a light snack, which can be chosen from a variety of a la carte sandwiches, prepared using the freshest of ingredients. The restaurant gets pretty crowded in high season, but late night dinners may secure a table without too much delay.