Down on the beach (Spaggia Grande), there is a restaurant that specializes in take-away pizzas. The prices there were very very inexpensive, especially if you get whatever the special of the day is (for example, they will give you 2 for the price of 1), only if you take it away.
Favorite Dish: Pizza Funghi
We were there recently in March-07. The view and food was amazing. That night, they were doing a pre-fixe menu apparently because that's what "Mama" felt like doing that evening. We ended up with 5-8 different antipasti, a plate of 4 different pasta, a huge plate of grilled meats (their specialty), salad, french fries, a plate of 3 different kinds of dessert, pitcher of wine, bottled water, limoncello and espresso... all for 35 euro per person. Tagliata is very famous in Positano. Apparently, the Prime Minister has eaten there. Our hotel owner has eaten there and had their phone number handy. Have your hotel call and make a reservation. The restaurant will send a van to pick up/drop off at your hotel. It's worth it!
Favorite Dish: Antipasti and Grilled Meats
..but you will get excellent (and huge) rolls made for you whilst you wait.
This little grocery shop/delicatessen is half-way up Via Cristoforo Colombo, just above the little 'square'. Not entirely sure if 'Delicatessen' is its name, but that is what's outside the doorway.........
It has a wide selection of cheese, meats and grilled veg etc with which to construct your rolls. They really are huge (we had to eat our in two stages during the day!).
I recommend the grilled courgette, with chilli/garlic oil, buffalo mozzarela cheese and prosciutto..........but you can choose whatever you like.
The true attraction of Chez Black is not so much the food, although it is wonderful, rather its the setting and view that comes with it. Chez Black is situated right on the beach, one of two places where you can eat on the beach. Be sure to get a table outside and take in the view of the beach while you eat. Now on to the food. The menu is loaded with seafood fare as well as the Italian dishes you would expect for the region. I had the spaghetti and meatballs, and while its sounds normal, the way they prepared it and the taste of the sauce is excellent. For a second course I had the homemade sausage that came with grilled olives on the side. The price is expensive, but than again its what you would expect from an expensive town. I didn't have a beverage and still spent 23 euro. However the view and the food made it well worth it. They also bring out a dessert cart full of sweets that will have you opening up your wallet once again, not me though, I was on a budget!
Da Adolfo's was the WORST dining experience of my life! Although Frommer's and other guides recommend this restaurant, I encourage everyone to stay away from it. Here's why...
My wife and I were on our 10 year anniversary in Positano last week. One day, we took the free water shuttle to Da Adolfo's to have some lunch and planned to return to Positano for shopping in the afternoon. Upon arrival, we were approached by a man (I believe Sergio, the owner, or his son). He pressured us into renting chairs and an ubrella from him on his beach for 18 Euros (ouch!). We told him that we were not there to sunbath and were interested in ordering some lunch from his restaurant. After waiting for 15 minutes in his restaurant, we finally asked this same man if we could order some food. He said the restaurant was not currently open and to wait a bit. So, we ordered some wine and waited, and waited, and waited for someone to offer us something (anything) to eat. At 12:45PM, after waiting for an entire hour and never being offered to order any food, we decided to return to Postiano on the next boat. We paid for our wine and walked down to the pier. When the next boat arrived, we waved to the boat driver and indicated that we would like to return to Positiano. After the last passenger got off the boat, it immediately pulled away from the pier to leave... without us. We found this Sergio character and told him we would like to get on the boat. Then he had the nerve to tell us "the boat is only for the restaurant"! We were sitting in his "restaurant" for over an hour without ever being offered food or served! He then waved off the boat to leave and we were stranded as it was the last boat returning to Positano until 4PM. We ended up paying 10 Euro for a water to taxi to leave.
In short, if you don't mind being intimidated into renting chairs on a "free" beach and enjoy waiting hours for cheap Italian food while being treated like second-class citizens... then this is the perfect restaurant for you.
You have been warned!
This restaurant is like marmite...you will either love it or hate it! If you are only interested in getting good food with relaxed service then this place ISNT for you... the dishes take a long while to come out... the waiters try their best to cover up the wait and are very attentive but it is obvious that they are experienced in the food coming out a very steady pace - this is clearly down to the chef wanting to ensure everthing is of a good standard and also in Italy if the company is good then the wait isn't a big deal...eating in this part of Italy is more like going round someones house for some supper... you get fed when the food is ready ... so if you are in a rush and not in great company then stay away!!
The view is breathtaking... one of the best in positano (ladies take a wrap or a pashmina as it can get a bit chilly!!) and the atmosphere of the restaurant is lovely.
The food does now have prices on the menu - there isn't reams of pages to sift through ... I always fell nervous when there is a long menu - how can all that food be cooked from scratch ...there were probably about 5 each for antipasti, primi pati and secondi patti, a good menu is quality not quantity... ...everything here is cooked fresh which is why it takes so long.
I disagree the food is just as good as elsewhere, the presentation and the way the dishes were executed was superior (only just) to most meals we had, however the atmosphere is very special, and it was the only restaurant we revisited in Positano... and they remembered us.
It isn't particularly cheap either (about €150 for 2 people) but come on you are on holiday, have a luxurious night enjoy the company of whoever you are with and just in dulge!!
Favorite Dish: The fillet of beef for main course and the king prawn antipasti were delicious...
The food looked great here , tasty pizzas and large ice-creams but the service was too slow for us to hang around - we were on a deadline for the boat back. We were glad to sit down after our long hike here in the dust and the heat - indeed I don't think my legs could have gone on much further without some respite. Being lunch time it was busy though so we cleaned our mucky legs from our hike (maybe they didn't want to serve us in our dishelvelled state!) and went to the take away counter for lunch on the go - yet more pizza :-))
What was really intriguing about the restaurant though was the lemon trees growing inside!
The restaurants on the waterfront looked quite sophisticated with tables well set out - like this one, Chez Black. Probably expensive being in a prime location but such a pleasant place to sit ....but we wanted to explore the town in the time we had.
Favorite Dish: Being a fishing town the fish dishes seemed to be a popular choice as well as the customary pizzas and pastas dishes.
The dining room at Hotel Palazzo Murat is entirely outdoors, surrounded by trees. It is gorgeous! If you're going to have an elegant, special night out while you're in Positano, this is the place to dine. It's expensive, but the atmosphere is so gorgeous, the food so delicious and the service so attentive that the experience is worth every penny.
Favorite Dish: We had a five course meal that included salad, ravioli, John Dory (whitefish) fillet, gelato, cake, and limoncello. It was all really delicious!
This was our favorite meal in Italy. We had the seafood gnocci and seafood platter....we once ordered a seafood platter in sorrento, and only got a few clams and mussels. So i was pleasantly surprised to see a huge palte of calamari, sardines, mussels, clams, and some other sea creatures....It was just veryyyyy good. The gnocci was also amazing, the best i had! On top of the great food, we had the most amazing scenery. see pics below
This place is at the 'private' beach we went to...there are little boats (with a fish sign) that takes you to this beach free of charge. But you still have to pay for the sunbeds.
I'm sorry, but i didn't ge tthe name of the restaurant.
we paid about 35 euros for two dishes, the fish plate and drinks...a great value!
There are several restaurants vying for toursit business on the beachfront. All of them have great views, but La Cambusa (along with one other) has the advantage of being on the second "floor" overlooking the busy sidewalk. This way you can avoid having to watch a constant stream of people walk by, and you can enjoy the lovely view of the sea instead.
Besides all that, La Cambusa ranks in my top five food restaurants of all time--amazing quality, excellent portions, attentive and friendly service, incredibly al dente pasta, phenomenal bruschetta and tiramisu. Prices are sensible for this area, and the restaurant is attitude-free. A must-eat in Positano!
IMPORTANT: If you want dinner here, especially if you want to be near the front with the best view, make sure you make a reservation at least by early afternoon. Service is unrushed so you can have the table as long as you want it, meaning that once the restaurant is full its likely to stay that way all night!
We went in because the place was crowded but what a night it turned out to be.
Favorite Dish: The food was average, but the night was unforgettable. When the snowy haired gentleman got up to sing the first time we thought it was part of the act. Two musicans had been softly strumming tunes for the half hour before.
Lo Guarracino is a wonderful, unpretentious restaurant tucked away into the mountainside of Positano and overlooking the ocean. It's not as crowded as the restaurants down on the beach, but the views are just as wonderful and the food is even better. This was the best meal we had while in Positano.
Favorite Dish: The wine is served in earthenware carafes. Order lots of it. I had a wonderful spinach and cheese ravioli dish and the bruschetta was very tasty. My friends enjoyed the lasagna and pasta l'arrabiata.
Buca di Bacco is located right on the beach in Positano, a very convenient spot for dining during your visit. While it's always crowded due to its location, I found the service to be extremely good and the food quite tasty. They also have a gelato bar if you just want to pop in for sweets.
Favorite Dish: I ordered the catch of the day, a local whitefish. It was roasted whole and then filleted tableside (very impressive to all of us). The fish was delicate and flaky-- really delicious. It was great to eat something so light after all the heavy pasta dishes we'd been having. It was served with roasted potatoes. We also had a good dessert here. It looked like a pie and had custard and fresh berries in it. Yum!
Fornillo beach is a small and quiet beach, few minutes walk away from the crowded town center.
There are few bars and this nice restaurant on a terrace above the beach and the sea.
For a romanitc candlelight dinner this is the place.
The food is OK and so is the service, but if you manage to get a table at the edge of the terrace, directly overlooking the sea and the moon...