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Discover the BEST Places to Eat in Positano

To be honest, you’ll likely not have a bad meal in Positano, but I wanted to share the best places to eat during your visit. Each of these restaurants not only serve delicious meals that will make you wanting more, but they also have great views.

I recommend making reservations for all of your dining in Positano, even if you’re visiting during shoulder seasons. You can easily make reservations on most restaurant websites or reach out via their email, social media, or phone.

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Best Places to Eat at in Positano, Italy

1. Il Tridente

For a special occasion or a romantic meal, Il Tridente is a great option and truly one of the best places to eat in Positano. This restaurant’s outside terrace provides stunning coastal views. A variety of seafood meals, such as fresh fish, calamari, and prawns, are offered on the menu. The mouthwatering handmade pasta with clams and cherry tomatoes is one of the outstanding dishes. The taste and excellence of the food prepared by the chefs at Il Tridente are a direct result of their genuine love for using products that are sourced locally. The wine list is remarkable and offers a wide variety of both domestic and foreign wines to go with your meal. Lemon sorbet and tiramisu are two must-try homemade treats for individuals with a sweet tooth.

Even though it was rainy and we weren’t able to sit on the outdoor terrace, we really enjoyed the experience at Il Tridente. John had the slow cooked beef cheek in red wine, while I had the mezzi paccheri pasta with lobster. Both meals were perfection!

2. Rifugio dei Mele

Nestled high in the hills of Positano is another one of the ultimate placec to eat, Rifugio di Mele provides a scenic escape from the bustling coastal town below. This charming and intimate restaurant offers sweeping views of the Tyrrhenian Sea and the breathtaking Amalfi Coastline. The menu is a delightful fusion of Mediterranean and traditional Italian cuisine, featuring fresh, local ingredients. The knowledgeable and personable staff are happy to make recommendations and guide guests through the menu.

Rifugio dei Mele was a last minute reservation for us. It came highly recommended by our hotel. It did not disappoint. They offer a free shuttle service to and from Positano. The dining experience was absolutely incredible, plus the views were breathtaking. I chose to have the chicken, while John had the catch of the day. Then we selected the black forest for dessert.

sunset views from Rifugio dei Mele in Positano
Talk about incredible views

3.Ristorante Bruno Positano

The elegant and sophisticated atmosphere, paired with stunning views of the coast, make for a memorable dining experience and best places to eat in Positano. Bruno’s menu features traditional Italian dishes with a twist, such as the perfectly cooked spaghetti Carbonara. The restaurant also offers an extensive wine list, with many local favorites and international options. The attentive staff provides impeccable service, adding to the overall experience.

The views of Positano from Ristorante Bruno are magical and it’s a great place to catch the sunset. Once again, John had the fish of the day, while I had the spaghetti saracena. We also couldn’t help but have tiramisu for dessert.

meals at ristorante bruno positano

4. Lo Guarracino

Tucked away in the winding streets of the town, this intimate and cozy restaurant offers a romantic ambiance for an unforgettable dining experience.

The seafood at Lo Guarracino is particularly noteworthy, with the octopus cooked to perfection and the grilled sea bass with lemon and capers providing a delightful burst of flavors. Whether you’re looking for a cozy lunch spot or romantic dinner, make sure to add Lo Guarracino to your list of must-visit restaurants in Positano.

I had the fried prawn and calamari and John enjoyed a spicy salami pizza (he couldn’t get enough pizza in Italy). We loved hearing the ocean waves as we devoured our meals.

View from Lo Guarracino featuring crystal blue waters and hillside in positano, italy

5. Chez Black

Since the 1950s, Chez Black has been a fixture in Positano and continues to draw both locals and visitors. The menu emphasizes local fish and shellfish, and the restaurant is well recognized for its seafood. The pasta with clams is a highlight dish; it is bursting with fresh, plump clams and has a broth that has been flavored with garlic and is ideal for dipping crusty bread into.

Although the seafood is the star of the show, Chez Black also serves a variety of other foods, such as homemade pasta and traditional Neapolitan pizza. The restaurant’s patio is the ideal place to people-watch as you eat because of the busy and enjoyable ambiance.

One thing we learned in Italy is that if you’re splitting a pizza, it’s going to arrive precut for you! We opted to share a pizza for lunch at Chez Black as we were planning a big dinner that evening. Chez Black is also the perfect place to enjoy an Aperol Spritz!

Pizza at Chez Black in Positano, 5 Best places to eat

Other Restaurants to Consider in Positano

  • La Tagliata
  • La Sponda
  • Casa e Bottega
  • Franco’s Bar (for drinks and great sunset views)

BEST Places to Eat in Positano: Conclusion

In conclusion, Positano’s culinary scene is a must-see for any foodie or traveler looking for a one-of-a-kind experience. Between Il Tridente’s expertly prepared seafood, Rifugio die Mele’s stunning views, Ristorante Bruno Positano’s cozy atmosphere, Lo Guarracino’s traditional cuisine, and Chez Black’s trendy vibe, there’s something for everyone. Don’t miss the chance to indulge in the authentic flavors of southern Italy’s coast. As the saying goes, “when in Positano, eat like the Italians do.” So, add these five must-try restaurants to your list and let your taste buds take you on an unforgettable journey.

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Have you been to any of these restaurants in Positano? I would love to hear what you thought or share another restaurant to try!

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  • Annalisa
    May 17, 2023

    I’m Italian and I live in Milan. This guide is actually very well written and I will use it as I was planning to go to Positano in September 🙂

    • Brittney
      → Annalisa
      May 17, 2023

      That’s great! We didn’t make it to Milan during this trip, but I would love to see more of Italy! Truly an incredible country.

  • Tracy
    May 17, 2023

    Positano makes me think of the movie Nine with Daniel Day Lewis and Kate Hudson. I love Italy! I would like to visit Positano one day. And the food looks delightful 🙂

    • Brittney
      → Tracy
      May 17, 2023

      Missing the food everyday. So, so good.

  • The Curious Dig
    May 17, 2023

    This post has made me so nostalgic for my trip to Positano many moons ago. I want to go back now!

  • Titles and Jotters
    May 17, 2023

    brb, need to go book a trip! These are fantastic and look delish!