Open since 1988, Gatsby’s has been steadily building its reputation as one of Gibraltar’s best-kept secrets, with high quality food and fair prices. Located on the corner of Watergardens, close to Ocean Village, this cozy restaurant has remained on the same premises ever since opening. Owner and chef Vijay Vatvani takes pride in Gatsby’s being one of the longest-established restaurants in the territory and ensures customers enjoy an excellent dining experience. The menu features a diverse range of English, French, Indian and Spanish dishes, and weekly specials are posted on their website and Facebook pages. Gatsby’s is also becoming increasingly known for its delicious Sunday lunches.
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.
Unit 3, Casemates Square, Gibraltar, +350 200 44449
Fresh, fun and falafel are three to describe Verdi Verdi. This self-described ‘little place‘ offers diners the perfect venue to take a break from traveling along Gibraltar’s Main Street. Verdi Verdi prides itself on using fresh, locally sourced ingredients and will cater to anyone craving for their next coffee or tea fix. Kosher-friendly and reasonably priced, the menu offers a diverse selection of Jewish and Moroccan-infused dishes including wraps, pitas and sandwiches. Verdi Verdi also provides a number of options for vegetarians, with the falafel dishes that come highly recommended. The fresh fish dishes are a must for seafood lovers. The inspired range of cakes pays homage to sweet treats found across eastern Europe, including the much-celebrated Kokosh Cake.
International Commercial Centre, 2A Main Street, Gibraltar, +350 200 60733
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.
Jumpers Bastion 20 Rosia Road, Gibraltar, +350 200 40052
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. Nuns 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.
One of the finest examples of French and continental cuisine in Gibraltar, Bistro Madeleine captures the experience of French café dining perfectly. The bistro offers a wide selection of meat cuts and vegetarian alternatives, taking the taste of France and giving it a slightly modern Gibraltarian twist. To top off the delicious selection of savoury dishes, the bistro also offers a range of desserts, including the much-loved Bannoffie Pie. For the thirsty traveller, Illy Coffee is readily available. The menu is available in English, Spanish, Italian or German.
256 Main Street, Gibraltar, GX11 1AA, +350 200 65696
For those seeking to enjoy the Moroccan influence on Gibraltarian cuisine, look no further than this hidden gem. Take in the views of an old city side street before being welcomed inside by the establishment’s friendly owner Amin and his staff. Known for its superb service and tantalising tagines, Amin Office is quickly building up a reputation as one of the best Moroccan restaurants in Gibraltar. The menu features dishes including lamb, couscous, meatballs and other spicy delights.
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.
57 Irish Town, Gibraltar +350 200 70625