What You'll Get
With your kitchen's oven inhabited by the evil spirits of dead breadsticks and melted cheese, cooking at home has become both time-consuming and spooky. Get quality eats without interference from crazed kitchenware with today's Groupon to Santorini Taverna in Eden Prairie. Choose between two options:
- For $20, you get $40 worth of dinner fare.
- For $10, you get $20 worth of lunch or brunch fare.
Santorini Taverna, a 2010 OpenTable.com Diners' Choice winner, combines classic Greek cuisine with contemporary American flavor. The dinner menu dishes out hearty Hellenic eats, including a marinated, pesto-brushed, wood-grilled swordfish kabob ($22). Alternatively, midday diners can nosh on 14-ounce Athenian pork chop grilled over a wood fire ($14) or a pillowy pita stuffed with succulent spit-roasted gyro meat ($9) from the lunch menu. Throughout the day, Santorini's full-service bar keeps chatty lips lubricated with a wide selection of wines, cocktails, and local beers.
Thanks to Santorini Taverna's all-you-can eat Sunday brunch ($19.95 per person), eager eaters can enjoy unlimited nourishment options from three menu categories—hot, cold, and dessert-related (selections vary from week to week). The hot line features torrid treats such as roasted leg of lamb, sizzling vegetarian eggs benedict, and steamy belgian waffles served with strawberries and homemade whipped cream. Around 20 salad options reside in the cold line—including chicken and artichoke salad and Nicklow's famous potato salad—alongside smoked salmon, coleslaw with crabmeat and tuna pasta salad. The dessert menu offers ice cream with cherries jubilee or bananas foster as well as a chocolate fountain in which strawberries, pineapples, and s'mores are unwillingly submerged for the creation of a succulent dessert.
Santorini is a family-run and family-friendly eatery owned by the Nicklow brothers, who have been igniting cheese and the souls of the hungry for two generations. The restaurant's recently doubled dining space features tasteful marble fixtures and blue and white décor that exude Grecian grace and a festive atmosphere, and old photographs and dual fireplaces furnish homey comfort. Likewise, Santorini's resplendent outdoor summer deck harbors a fountain where diners can wish for love, fortune, or an AOL free-trial disk.
Santorini has received positive reviews from Minnesota Monthly and City Pages. Nearly 230 OpenTable reviewers give it an average of 4.2 stars. Five Citysearchers give it a four-star average, and more than 35 Yelpers give it an average of 3.5 stars.
- The place is huge. It’s luxe. It’s classy. The opulence is not restricted to the décor: The food was actually great. – Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl, Minnesota Monthly
- It was easy for all to find many excellent food choices from the Sunday Brunch offerings. The food was high quality and varied. Very good value for the money and a nice ambiance. We were all especially pleased by the friendly and efficient waitstaff. – OpenTable.com reviewer who dined on 10/17/2010
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires May 21, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person for dinner option. Limit 3 per person for lunch or brunch option. Limit 1 per table, 2 per table of 5 or more. Dine-in only. Not valid for happy hour. Not valid on Easter or Mother's Day. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
The Nicklow brothers, veterans of the Minneapolis dining scene, own and operate Santorini, where diners salivate over a slate of Mediterranean delicacies during brunch, lunch, and dinner. On weekends, guests boogie to the strains of live entertainment in the forms of bands and DJs. Dual fireplaces keep shoulders toasty during winter months, and during agreeable weather, diners can feast outdoors on a large deck and patio perfect for viewing the seasonal migration patterns of commercial air balloons.
With a whole brigade of restaurants under his belt and an impressive backstory that includes coming to this country with $3 in his pocket, brother Tony Nicklow was recently inducted into the Minnesota Restaurant Association Hall of Fame, according to CBS Minnesota. He aims to treat every diner with warmth, as if they're a friend, which is why he flings his opponent's favorite foods only during food fights.: