The Best Restaurants in the Amalfi Coast Village of Positano, Italy

The luxurious city of Positano is an indulgent visit from start to finish – lest we mention the food
The luxurious city of Positano is an indulgent visit from start to finish – lest we mention the food | © Felix Andries / Alamy Stock Photo

On a scenic ridge just south of Naples, balmy Positano is the stylish centre of the Amalfi Coast – along with its five-star food and drink scene.

A cascade of pastel-painted buildings coats the slopes above the beach like the skirt of an Oscars gown; its frills formed of buildings painted custard yellow, petal pink and fiery burnt orange. Book weeks ahead for the top tables, and work your way through these idyllic coastal restaurants to taste chilled glasses of local wine and feast on bowls of fresh seafood and local mozzarella grilled on lemon leaves. Here are some of our favourite restaurants to enjoy in Positano, Italy.

La Tagliata

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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Well up the hillside to the east of Positano’s main beach, this trio of terraces is made homey and rustic by forest-green linen curtains, oak barrels and hanging baskets suspended above its coral-clothed tables. The views down the Amalfi Coast’s sinuous slopes to the sparkling Med are a sight to be seen – providing you can tear your eyes away from your hearty grilled chicken and steak, served with organic veggies from the owner’s garden. Book ahead to arrange a ride up in the restaurant’s shuttle bus, from a pick-up point down the hill.

Da Adolfo

Restaurant, Italian, Seafood, $$$
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Da Adolfo Positano
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Right on the silvery shingle of Laurito Beach, this simple wooden structure has been serving visitors delicious food with a view of an unspoiled cove for four decades. It’s a fuller experience than just lunch – you have to book well ahead, then take a boat from Positano’s pier, getting an eyeful of the glorious Amalfi coastline along the way. Settle in for an indulgent time feasting on octopus, mussels, salt and pepper shrimp, and mozzarella, grilled on lemon leaves collected from the beach. Oh, and don’t miss the white-peach sangria.

Cafe Positano

Cafe, Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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Along the coast road that hugs Amalfi’s much-photographed tumble of blossom-coloured buildings, this elegant old haunt has a vine-climbed pergola hugged by scented wildflowers and foliage. The dishes – mostly simple grilled fish or seafood-sluiced pasta – come out on beautiful glazed blue dishes, and the view of the town’s thickly forested slopes and iconic hotels will keep you here for hours. While less lavish than some of the five-star hotel joints, it makes up for it in affordability.

Chez Black

Restaurant, Italian, Seafood, $$$
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Wooden mermaid sculptures front the terrace at this nautical-vibes choice on Positano’s seafront, where glossy walnut pillars and Tiffany-blue seating set the tone for an upmarket, yachty experience. It’s known for its spaghetti studded with bright orange sea urchins, as well as an olive-oil drizzled fish soup and heart-shaped pizzas – so share a few mains if you can. It’s flashy in a fun, only-in-Italy kind of way, with warm, attentive staff who up the luxury factor.

Casa e Bottega

Restaurant, Vegan, $$$
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Vegans are generously catered for at this chic, whitewashed cafe and homewares boutique, which sells daintily-painted cups, distressed wooden picture frames and pastel-print cushions in a glam, concept-store setup. It’s the pet project of chef, Tanina Vanacore, who loves whipping up superfood salads and smoothies in this earthy space, decorated with hanging baskets and bowls of lemons. You’ll end up taking half the shop home – along with several salad recipes.

Ristorante La Cambusa

Bistro, Italian
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With soothing views of purring waves and a constant, refreshing breeze, this indoor-outdoor seafront bistro is a delight for a long lunch. The food is simple but exactly what you want from southern Italy: squid-ink spaghetti, creamy caprese salads, slivers of seared tuna and wine-simmered clams. Walking past in the morning, you’ll often see the fishermen bringing up their fresh catches to be cooked for the day’s lunch. Paintbox-bright chairs, ceramics and glassware give La Cambusa a classy yet laid-back, bohemian feel.

Saraceno d’Oro

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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High on Positano’s iconic hillside, this mellow, plum-coloured restaurant has alfresco benches under the trees at one side of the road, and a cool white dining room with wood panelling and wrought-iron lanterns at the other. It’s family-run and super handy for many of the town’s hotels – and renowned for its delicious pizzas. Many Amalfi fans come here several times per trip, in search of a more down-to-earth vibe than the yacht crowd’s haunts elsewhere. Share a few dishes and a bottle of wine – you won’t sweat over the shock of a huge bill, either.

Ristorante La Sponda

Restaurant, Italian
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La Sirenuse hotel
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Just above the striking, mosaic-coated dome of the church of Santa Maria Assunta – with a colour palette inspired by its jade greens and burnished golds – this magical fairy garden of a restaurant is wrapped in vines and lit by hundreds of glimmering tea lights. It’s part of the swish La Sirenuse hotel, where reverent staff are just waiting to bring you suckling pork or citrus-spritzed lobster, in front of a show-stopping view of Positano. It’s hyper-romantic, with twinkling stars, musician serenades – and believe it or not – folks getting down on one knee.

There are so many reasons to visit Positano. Read our guide for the best things to see and do to soak up the best of this gem on the Amalfi Coast. Take a look at Positano’s luxurious accommodation options and book a stay at one of the city’s best hotels – all bookable with Culture Trip. Thirsty for more? Discover the best bars in Positano and enjoy an epic sunset cocktail.

These recommendations were updated on July 30, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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