If you eat at only one restaurant in Sorrento, make it this one. We had one of the best meals of our Rome/Capri/Sorrento trip here and it was a steal for the price. The Red Lion has an extensive menu covering pastas, meat and seafood entrees and creative wood-fire pizzas, and there are raves all over the web from travelers fortunate enough to have tucked into a plate here. I'm not kidding - if you're looking for an excellent meal for an even more excellent price, look no further.
The roomy interior is warm and inviting with red and white cloth-covered tables and graceful wooden chairs. We ate on the lovely patio - which is well-lit in the evenings, nicely hedged with greenery and has transparent flaps for protection on breezy nights.
Dinner was a shared appetizer of grilled, smoked cheese with parma ham (Diavoletti alla Brace con Prosciutto di Parma), wild mushroom risotto with provolone (Risotto del Monico) and a positively exquisite plate of mixed, lightly fried fresh seafood (Frittura di Pesce Fresco Misto). With the addition of one small dinner salad (Jer) and two large glasses of wine, the total came to an astonishing 45 euro. Sadly, we were too stuffed to try the wicked-looking desserts!
Waitstaff? Top notch and English-speaking. The menu can also be provided in English and entrees run between 7 and 15 euro (pizza is around 6.) They seem to do a healthy business with the locals so it's definitely not a "tourist" spot. Open for lunch and dinner - check their website for full menu and very nice photos. Family friendly.
Favorite Dish: Everything we ordered was excellent but the seafood platter was to die for.
This is an excellent value-for-money restaurant, busy even in February, so you must book to be sure of a table. No matter how busy they are, service is maintained and there is no pressure to move you on. Service is efficient and helpful.
Favorite Dish: The pizzas are absolutely wonderful. If you like wine with your meal, then go for either the red or white "vino locale" which is good value and very palatable. Service and cover are included in the overall price, which makes a huge difference to the bill. They have a "menu touristica" for Euro 18 - we didn't have this but on one of our visits, the people at the next table did - quite frankly, you would need to have hollow legs to do it justice! Three substantial courses, plus coffee.
Spent seven nights in Sorrento and ate here five times. Both food and service were great. We ordered the "tourist menu" the first time and it was very good. After that we ordered off the menu and split things so we could try as many things as possible. Everything we tried was excellent.
Favorite Dish: Everything we tried was so good that it's impossible to pick a favorite......although one time on the mixed vegetable plate were peas that were mushy....but then I'm not a big fan of peas.