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
Culture Trip Travel Team

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. Did you know – Culture Trip now does bookable, small-group trips? Pick from authentic, immersive Epic Trips, compact and action-packed Mini Trips and sparkling, expansive Sailing Trips.

La Tagliata

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.

Chez Black

Chez Black Positano

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.

Ristorante La Cambusa

Ristorante La Cambusa, Positano Italy

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.

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.

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