Huddled between Europe and Africa and located on the Southern end of the Iberian Peninsula, Gibraltar’s combination of British, Spanish and Moroccan food influences will intrigue the tastebuds. Following our previous guide, we’ve updated our gourmet guide to eating out on The Rock.
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The yacht-hotel Sunborn is permanently moored in Gibraltar's Marina Bay | InfoGibraltar/flickr
Part of the imposing five-star Sunborn yacht hotel, the Sky Restaurant serves up elysian food in the relaxed ambience of the hotel’s top deck. The hotel employs a team of international chefs whose Mediterranean themed menu is full of fabulous food. Food is served at all hours of the day so seaborne diners can clamber aboard whenever their appetites dictate.
Hunkered in the majestic Grand Casemates Square, Café Solo is a Mediterranean restaurant with an emphasis on Italian dishes, including pastas, salads and pizzas. Nestled within the shell of the old bombproof barracks, this expansive restaurant is great for both family dining and business dinners. Visitors can relax in the café by day, or dine here in the evening, amid elegant, polished décor, from a varied menu with fresh ingredients.
Enjoy a veggie pizza on the Lord Nelon's lovely outside terrace | martinquijandria/pixabay
Diners looking for a fix of quintessential British cuisine should head for the Lord Nelson, famed for its fish and chips. Situated on Grand Casemates Square, the venue offers spirited guests the archetypal British pub food experience. Named after the legendary British Admiral Lord Nelson, the establishment is fashioned as a ‘bar-brasserie’, featuring a menu of dishes native to Britain’s country pubs, including juicy steaks and fresh fish.
Verdi Verdi characterises itself as a neat ‘little place‘ offering diners a place to rest awhile before recommencing their travels along Gibraltar’s extended Main Street. Kosher-friendly and reasonably priced, the menu offers a myriad Jewish and Moroccan-infused dishes in the form of wraps, pitas and sandwiches.
accommodation right on the Mediterranean at the Caleta hotel | InfoGibraltar/flickr
Part of Caleta Hotel in Catalan Bay, Nunos specialises in hearty Italian cuisine. Nunos’ location offers visitors sweeping views of the Rock of Gibraltar whilst tantalising guests with glimpses of southern Spain and Morocco. With unadulterated views of the azure Mediterranean Sea. Nunos combines gorgeous vistas with an intimate dining experience in its eclectic environs.
A fusion of French and continental cuisine is at the heart of Gibraltar’s Bistro Madeleine where the experience of French café dining is precisely emulated. The bistro offers an array of succulent meat cuts and vegetarian alternatives, giving the flavors of France a modern Gibraltarian twist.
For healthy portions of Italian food, head to Casa Brachetto, located on the Chatham Counterguard in Gibraltar. The restaurant’s owner learned his trade in an Italian restaurant in the back streets of London’s West End before jetting off to Gibraltar to create tasty Italian meals of his own. Casa Brachetto menu sports fish and meats, pizzas and pastas.
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Tucked away in Marina Bay, Biancas restaurant and bar as been serving scrumptious tropical-inspired dishes to Gibraltarians for the past 30 years. This family friendly restaurant is flanked by an impressive quayside terrace that offers magnificent sunset scenes to the guests enjoying a bottle of wine in the evening haze. Biancas’ menu offers a range of meal choices from classic and grill to pizza.
Try the wild mushroom risotto at The Landings | Kostas Limitsios/flickr
The Landings Restaurant sits proudly on the sea-facing Queenways Quay where in the evenings you can watch the sun dip behind the Spanish mountains. Fresh fish are the mainstay of the restaurant’s kitchen; try the seabass, Mediterranean-style, thyme roasted filleted seabass with ratatouille and Provençal sauce.
Located in Gibraltar’s historic Irish Town, Sacarello’s is the present occupant of a former 19th century warehouse. The eponymous Sacarello refers to a Gibraltarian family of Italian émigrés who alighted by the Rock in the mid 18th and early 19th centuries. The aroma of freshly brewed coffee snakes up your nostrils as your enter; sink into a comfortable chair and browse a newspaper or thumb through one of the books that line the walls of the main bar.