Gibraltar’s unique positioning as the bridge between Europe and Africa means its culinary scene is influenced by an exciting range of flavors. British, Spanish and Moroccan infusions combine to provide a dining experience unlike any other. Here are the top ten restaurants to enjoy the best dishes on offer in Gibraltar.
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Situated in Grand Casemates Square, Café Solo is a Mediterranean-themed restaurant serving predominantly Italian dishes, including pastas, salads and pizzas. Housed within the old bombproof barracks, this large restaurant is ideal for family dining or business dinners. Visitors can enjoy the relaxed café atmosphere in the daytime, or dine in style in the evening with modern, polished decor. Pizza lovers will find a number of variations available, while traditional British-style deserts are a nod to the influence of the United Kingdom on Gibraltarian cuisine.
Charlie’s Steakhouse & Grill
With unobstructed views across the harbor, diners are in for a visual and culinary treat. Charlie’s offers mouth-watering rib-eye and fillet steaks, racks of lamb, and high-quality Indian cuisine. Famed for having some of the best-tasting curry dishes in Gibraltar courtesy of their Passage to India menu, the Tavern also provides generous portions and a friendly atmosphere. Visitors will find the international grill menu varied, containing some of Charlie’s home-brew mainstays, alongside Far Eastern and American delights.
Given its waterside location, it is no surprise to find seafood ranking highly in terms of quality and availability in Gibraltar. Jumpers Wheel offers diners the chance to enjoy food the way Gibraltarians do. Off the beaten track, this highly praised restaurant delivers quality cuisine and is frequented by locals. Dozens of different types of fish are served fresh off the boat daily, alongside an assortment of salads and tapas dishes.
Located within the four-star Caleta Hotel in Catalan Bay, Nunos specializes in Italian cuisine. The building is perfectly positioned to offer sweeping views of The Rock, giving visitors glimpses of southern Spain and Morocco. Considered one of the best dining experiences in Gibraltar, this 2 Rosette-rated, AA, Michelin star restaurant offers stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea. Nunos also manages to combine great views with an intimate dining experience in eclectic surroundings, with unusual and exciting interior designs. In summer, diners can enjoy their meal served outside, with the fresh breeze coming in from the sea.
Lord Nelson is Gibraltar’s ultimate place to go for fish and chips. Located on the historic Grand Casemates Square, the venue an ideal place for someone seeking the quintessential British pub food experience. Named after the legendary British Admiral, Lord Nelson, the establishment is styled as a ‘bar-brasserie’, serving dishes you would expect to find in British country pubs, including steaks and fish. Serving six beers on tap in traditional pints and halves, visitors can also enjoy British and Spanish imported bottled beers or take advantage of the evolving wine list. Decorated with a nautical theme, this is a place to enjoy old-world Gibraltar, watch a game of rugby, and take a sneak-peak into traditional British culture.
Occupying the former warehouse of an early 19th-century merchant house, Sacarello’s is magically positioned in Irish Town, the former commercial center of Gibraltar. Tracing its roots back to 18th century Italian immigrants, this café-cum-restaurant has a distinctive character, being the perfect place to drop by for freshly roasted coffees within a cozy and bustling setting. The menu reflects different European influences, with British and Italian dishes sitting seductively alongside Andalucian cuisine, though Sacarello’s is particularly well known for its tasty selection of quiches and salads. For art and literature fans, this venue is a must as Sacarello’s regularly hosts art exhibitions, poetry readings, book launches and plays.
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