A new Mediterranean restaurant in Danville! The name may suggest that it is a Greek restaurant (as Santorini is a Greek Island) but a glance a the menu will soon show you otherwise.
Santorini is the creation of the owners of Silk Road in Walnut Creek, a restaurant that Sylvia and I visit quite frequently so we were very interested to compare the two.
Santorini is located at the back of Town & Country Shopping Center on San Ramon Valley Blvd. It is on the second floor, next to El Nido and a big bonus is the outdoor seating under a covered deck where they have a good supply of heaters.
On our first visit, early on a Friday evening, we were surprised to see that it was already fairly full and there was a strong buzz of conversation. And this not a small restaurant. I would guess at least 80 seats inside plus a pleasant bar as well as the outside patio seating I mentioned above. They had only been open around a week or two, and I had seen no advertising at all but Danville seems to have discovered it quickly and the attendance level must be pretty encouraging for the owners.
One is immediately struck by the pleasant ambiance created by the colorful décor (including an enormous mural of the island of Santorini). It was apparent that it has a more upmarket feel than Silk Road, which is also much smaller.
Once we were seated, a quick glance at the menu showed it to be virtually identical to the Silk Road menu. No complaints there as we have always enjoyed the food at Silk Road.
The menu is large and varied and includes numerous Greek and other Mediterranean dishes, stews, pasta and pizzas. There is also a variety of appetizers although Sylvia and I went straight to the main course.
Sylvia ordered Mousaka for her entrée, while I chose the rack of lamb. We had never had the Mousaka at Silk Road so couldn’t compare that but Sylvia said it was at least as good as any Mousaka she had tasted. It was a very generous size portion as well.
My rack of lamb was also quite delicious and again, an extremely generous portion. Both dishes were served with garlic mashed potatoes and vegetables.
Everything here tastes fresh and of good quality ingredients. They even make their own pita bread (which is delicious). Prices are good too. Far less than you would expect to pay for food of this quality, and such generous servings.
Perhaps because of the serving sizes we chose not to have a dessert, opting to finish our wine instead, while we just relaxed and enjoyed the surroundings.
As we were leaving, the manager asked us if everything had been enjoyable. He was very much in evidence throughout the evening and is obviously committed to making it a success. I don’t think it will be too difficult for him. They have a good, varied menu, pleasant surroundings, quality food and good prices. A combination that goes together bery well. Check out their excellent website at www.santorinidanville.com where you can see their menus and more.