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Top 10 Restaurants In Portofino, Italy

Top 10 Restaurants In Portofino, Italy
Portofino has long been a Mediterranean destination for the rich and famous, and for good reason. The charming harbor and stunning vistas are matched only by the wonderful restaurants here that take pride in typical, seafood-heavy Ligurian cuisine. We pick the best places to enjoy a romantic meal in this Italian coastal idyll.

Ristorante Puny

One of Portofino’s most popular restaurants, ‘Da Puny’ is located close to the harbor, and offers outdoor seating. Try the flaky branzino baked in salt, or the delicious house-made pappardelle. The staff are known for treating each guest as a VIP, and for good reason, celebrity sightings are not uncommon here.

Ristorante Puny, Piazza Martiri dell’Olivetta, 5, Portofino GE, Italy +39 0185 269037

Taverna del Marinaio

This local restaurant has been in business for over 25 years. More affordably priced than the many other restaurants in Portofino, quality at Taverna del Marinaio is not lacking. Travelers and locals alike rave about the antipasti, fresh seafood, and desserts.

Taverna del Marinaio, Piazza Martiri dell’Olivetta, 36, Portofino GE, Italy +39 0185 269103

Trattoria dei Pescatori

Open since 1910, this restaurant in nearby Santa Margherita takes inspiration from its long history. The restaurant is proud to serve regional fare, including a traditional fish soup and rossetti, boiled young anchovies served with artichoke and mashed potato. The menu changes depending on the season and the restaurant emphasizes the freshness of its fish and other ingredients.

Trattoria dei Pescatori, Via T. Bottaro, 43, Santa Margherita Ligure GE, Italy +39 0185 286747

La Cucina di Nonna Nina

In nearby San Rocco, this unassuming restaurant can be found in two rooms of an old villa. Its interior is charming and rustic, and guests think fondly on their home-style meals of rabbit, pasta with pesto, fresh fish, and lemon tart. Snag one of the tables on the terrace outside if you can.

La Cucina di Nonna Nina, Via Franco Molfino, 126, San Rocco, Italy +39 0185 773835

Ristorante da i Gemelli

Located in the Portofino harbor, this restaurant is owned by twin brothers, and offers fresh local seafood and Ligurian specialties. Don’t forget to check out the restaurant’s excellent selection of local wines to accompany your meal.

Caffè Excelsior

Located on the Piazzetta, this restaurant is a great choice if you like to people watch while enjoying a leisurely lunch or dinner. The menu offers a selection of antipasti, fresh fish and lamb, pasta, and pizza, along with an extensive wine and cocktail list. Locals swear by the bellinis here.

L’Altro Eden

This restaurant, though not within the bounds of Portofino itself, offers an enticing menu in nearby Santa Margherita. The establishment is recommended for its fish and seafood, and curates elaborate presentations of shrimp, lobster, seabass, and mussels.

L’Altro Eden, Calata del Porto, 11, Santa Margherita ligure GE, Italy +39 0185 293056


Ristorante-Pizzeria da Emilio

Everyone remarks on the wonderful service at this restaurant. Friendly wait staff serve you veal in lemon sauce, variations on pizza, and fresh seafood. Da Emilio is conveniently located in the harbor, with views of the boats that supply the restaurant with fish and crustaceans.

Ristorante-Pizzeria da Emilio, Piazza Martiri della Libertà, 20, Santa Margherita ligure GE, Italy +39 0185 293404


Chuflay

Situated on one side of the lively Piazzetta, Chuflay offers picturesque views, outdoor seating and quality dining. Clientele remark on the restaurant’s wonderful service minded staff and its lack of a ‘seating fee.’ The restaurant offers an interesting wine list, as noted by the Michelin guide, and serves house specialties such as gnocchi with pesto.

Chuflay, Piazza Martiri Olivetta, 1/1/a, Portofino, Italy +39 0185 267802


Da o Batti

Perhaps a more relaxing alternative to the bustle of the harbor side restaurants in Portofino, Da u Batti is located on a quiet side street away from the center of town. Visitors and locals alike delight in their delicious pesto, a sauce traditionally made in Genoa, and fresh fish grilled with lemon and olive oil.

Da o Batti, Vico Nuovo, 17, Portofino GE, Italy +39 0185 269379