Positano is one of Italy’s most picturesque holiday destinations.
It’s a well-known summer destination but beautiful all year round.
Set into the cliffside of the Amalfi coast, you’ll feel like you’ve entered another world entirely.
The colorful oceanside town has winding streets, cute boutiques, pebble beaches, and world-class restaurants.
Food-wise, the Amalfi coast is well known for its fresh seafood.
You can practically fish it out of your window.
You’ll find many restaurants in Positano boasting fresh seasonal ingredients and elevated classic Italian dishes.
Check out my list of the best restaurants in Positano below!
Via Cristoforo Colombo, 30, 84017 Positano SA, Italy
Phone: +39 089 875066
La Sponda is all about the experience.
Million-dollar views, candles everywhere, and soft and sweet live music make for a romantic evening.
The food is nothing to sneer at either. Executive chef Gennaro Russo creates visually beautiful dishes filled with natural flavors.
Gazing at the crystal blue waters made me crave some seafood.
I started by sharing a small plate of tuna tartare.
It’s just the right size to appreciate and leave you wanting more.
I recommend the cod with fennel, celery, and pesto.
It was perfectly seasoned to add flavor- but not cover up the freshness of the fish.
They also have meat and pasta offerings on the menu.
Via Laurito, 2, 84017 Positano SA, Italy
Phone: +39 089 812080
Helmed by Chef Alois Vanlangenaeker, Zass is a Michelin-starred restaurant worth multiple visits.
Zass is located in Il San Pietro di Positano, a historic 5-star hotel.
The veranda directly overlooks the sea and the coastal town of Praiano, so try to request outdoor seating.
The Hotel’s beautiful old-world architecture and breathtaking ocean views are worth checking out on their own.
The food is so good it may even distract you from your opulent surroundings.
Many of the ingredients are grown right outside in Il San Pietro’s organic vegetable garden.
Ask the sommelier to assist you with the wine list.
They have over 600 labels. I kept my meal simple with chilled tomato soup and spaghetti Positano.
You ought to know that this lovely restaurant has a dress code like no shorts for men and sleeves are preferred.
Via G. Marconi, 110, 84017 Positano SA, Italy
Phone: +39 089 935 7739
Located near Positano beach, you can head to Adamo ed Eva after a relaxing swim.
This is a trendy, slightly more modern spot than the others so far.
You’ll still find the same dazzling cliff-and-water views but with a moderately laid-back atmosphere. This Italian restaurant is inside the fabulous hotel Eden Roc.
I recommend a reservation as you’ll be competing with tourists and guests.
The citrus-scented lobster salad is a refreshing starter that anyone would love.
If you don’t want seafood, the sliced veal shank is perfectly presented and will delight any meat-lover.
For dessert, the coconut panna cotta with almond pralines was superb.
Viale Pasitea, 100, 84017 Positano SA, Italy
Phone: +39 338 709 7500
If you love yummy healthy food and great design, here is the place for you.
Casa e Bottega is a laid-back and modern eatery serving Breakfast and Lunch.
It’s set back into the cliffs on a narrow busy street (Viale Pasitea).
The beautifully appointed space is light, airy, and filled with plants.
You’re surrounded by gorgeous handmade pottery that you can purchase.
It’s the perfect place to get a light lunch on a hot summer day.
They have a great mix of meat and vegan options.
The food is Mediterranean and features a few unexpected choices.
There is everything from a hummus appetizer to a raw fish menu.
I recommend the vegan rice bowl as it was a decent amount of food for the price.
Via del Brigantino, 19, 84017 Positano SA, Italy
Phone: +39 089 875036
Mermaid figureheads and porthole windows adorn the walls of this proudly nautical restaurant.
The property is beachfront, with a terrace pushing up to the sands of Positano Spiaggia.
Don’t let the kitschy interior fool you. Chez Black is high-end dining.
Of course, I’ll suggest any of the seafood dishes at this maritime restaurant.
If that’s not your thing, they have wonderful-looking meat, pizza, and pasta on the menu.
The dish they’re known for is the sea urchin pasta which goes perfectly with the ocean views.
You should also ask about their wines as this is another eatery with an extensive wine list.
Viale Pasitea, 221, 84017 Positano SA, Italy
Phone: +39 089 811498
Da Gabrisa has a refined yet easygoing atmosphere.
Though a bit further from the beach than others on this list, they still have water views if you can snag a terrace table.
The light walls and clean tiled floor made me feel like I was at a beachy bistro rather than a wine lounge.
That said, they are pricey but well worth it.
They claim their recipes have been passed down through generations.
The food certainly tastes like it has been fine-tuned over decades. They change their menu often with what’s available seasonally.
So, the homemade ravioli stuffed with caciotta cheese may not be around when you go.
But, anything you order here is sure to wow.
They are a wine bar so make sure you try wine. In my case, I had one with dinner, followed by one of their dessert wines.
Via Tagliata, 32B, 84017 Positano SA, Italy
Phone: +39 089 875872
On a list of eateries with great views, La Tagliata has one of the best.
It’s set high up the cliffs so you can see across the whole sea and the islands of Galli and Capri.
To get up there, they offer a shuttle service that will pick you up from most hotels in Positano.
The menu and wine list are both large.
If you’re with a picky group, this is the restaurant for you.
They have so many pasta options but also plenty of meat and fish.
The antipasti dishes are easily shareable, and the mozzarella and meat plates were perfect to start.
For a seafood break, I’d suggest Tagliata’s T-bone steak.
Via Regina Giovanna, 12, 84017 Positano SA, Italy
Phone: +39 089 812145
Capricci is located steps away from Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta.
This church is likely on your list of Positano tourism sites, so you’ll be conveniently able to go to Capricci after your visit.
It’s right in the heart of the tourism area, so they have excellent and quick service.
They know you have places to be.
Capricci is great for a relaxed lunch between sightseeing.
They offer all the typical Amalfi Coast fare, like seafood and pasta.
Since it’s such a busy area, I’d suggest stopping here for a refuel before getting wherever else you want to go.
Delicious personal pizzas and beers were exactly what I needed on a busy day exploring Positano.
Via G. Marconi, 76, 84017 Positano SA, Italy
Phone: +39 089 811364
Casa Mele feels like a hidden gem.
The unassuming exterior of the scenic Via G. Marconi makes it seem like you’re about to enter a store or warehouse.
Inside you’ll find yourself in an open, lively, and modern space.
This contemporary place is a foodie’s dream. The tasting menus are always creative and new. Everything is artfully presented.
The exciting part is that you can take cooking classes here.
Learn to make, then eat, traditional Italian mozzarella, pizza, Positano liquor, and much more.
The cooking class is a fun vacation memory and an excellent dining experience.
You should reserve your spot today.
If you just want to eat, the fish soup is one of the best seafood dishes in Positano.
Viale Pasitea, 172/178, 84017 Positano SA, Italy
Phone: +39 089 875128
Located on the busy hotel row of Viale Pasitea, you’ll find Da Vincenzo.
This cozy space has a homey and relaxed vibe.
There’s no dress code and no view, but there is fantastic Italian food with superb wine pairings.
The staff here were extremely helpful.
They’ll recommend dishes and wine for you. Everything was beautifully done and done well.
I got a very simple, very tasty gnocchi.
They also had some vegetarian options, plenty of seafood, and a few meat choices.
You can usually just walk in for lunch, but you’ll need a dinner reservation.
It’s conveniently located near the beach and likely near your hotel as there are many in the area.
Piazza Cappella, 3, 84017 Positano SA, Italy
Phone: +39 089 875453
Il Ritrovo is a hilltop restaurant with a shuttle service to get you to and from your lodgings.
It’s near Montepertuso Il Buco, a natural tourist attraction you can see on the way.
Outside of Positano proper, technically in Montepertuso, a hamlet of Positano, this eatery gives a dining experience that you’ll savor for years.
The outdoor dining has stunning sea views.
Inside, you’re surrounded by rustic decor and bottles of wine. Many of the ingredients for their dishes are grown in their private garden.
Because of the farm-to-table cooking, the menu changes often.
The bruschetta appetizer was fresh and satisfying, made with tomatoes right from their garden.
Whatever you get, it will be fresh, local, and prepared with creativity by Chef Salvatore.
Piazza Amerigo Vespucci, 4, 84017 Positano SA, Italy
Phone: +39 089 875432
La Cambusa offers casual, airy, terraced dining above Positano’s beach.
This place is usually bustling with tourist crowds.
They keep service moving so they can keep tables turning over.
This little restaurant is the perfect place to stop for lunch between sunbathing sessions on the beach.
La Cambusa has nicely sized pasta platters.
I would say they’re larger than some of the fancier bistros in the city. I got a simple vegetable pasta with fresh and local cheese on top.
The prosciutto and mozzarella appetizer was small but perfect on a hot day.
This is a great place to grab a quick bite that doesn’t skimp on quality.
Via Laurito, 43, 84017 Positano SA, Italy
Phone: +39 089 811302
This hotel restaurant is bright, open, and welcoming.
Going here takes you on the scenic Via Laurito road and away from the main thoroughfare of Positano.
It’s a bit off the beaten path, making it less populated with tourists.
La Taverna Del Leone is worth the trek. The menu is diverse, so everyone can find something that suits them.
The service was great.
We were given a small complimentary appetizer, and everything was presented with care.
Unlike some of the more upscale Positnano locations, portions here are excellent.
The salted anchovy appetizer is a must since they’re popular in Positano.
The risotto was also cooked perfectly, and the cannolis for dessert could not have been better.
Località Grotte dell’Incanto, 51, 84017, Positano SA, Italy
Phone: +39 089 875874
Rada Beach Bistrot is directly on the blue waters of Positano beach.
Behind you, all of Positano is rising into the cliffs.
It’s one of the more picturesque beach spots you can find.
It’s a high-end place, but because it’s on the sand, it doesn’t feel stuffy.
This is another seafood-heavy menu.
There are only a handful of non-fish options, but they are there if you need them.
The lobster linguine was one of my favorite dishes.
The wine menu was more extensive than the food menu, so we asked for help.
The staff gave perfect recommendations, making for a pleasant dining experience.
Via Corvo, 107, 84017 Positano SA, Italy
Phone: +39 089 875738
This one’s a little outside the center of the city.
You’ll need to take a cab, or the restaurant’s shuttle service, up the hill that is Via Corvo until you have fabulous views.
Da Constantino isn’t too far from Positano’s Le Tese hiking area.
You could spend a few hours in nature, then head back for dinner reservations.
Da Constantino does authentic family-style Italian dishes.
The whole feel of the place is chill, wholesome, and comfortable.
They are known for their seafood, but they do have a couple of non-fish dishes.
The seafood pasta is to-die-for, and the pear-and-ricotta cheesecake is a must-try.
Bonus: they’re typically less expensive than the more central Positano restaurants.
Positano is filled with amazing food everywhere you turn.
It’s also such a beautiful city that I suggest picking a place based on the view alone. It’s almost guaranteed the food will be great.
Of course, we don’t expect you to pick blindly. That’s why I compiled this list of the best restaurants in Positano that I could find.
If you’re planning on taking a trip to Amalfi, be sure to stop by these restaurants while you’re there!
If you think I missed something, let us know in the comments below!
- La Sponda
- Ristorante Adamo ed Eva Positano
- Casa e Bottega
- Chez Black
- Da Gabrisa Restaurant & Wine Bar
- La Tagliata
- Casa Mele
- Da Vincenzo
- Il Ritrovo
- La Cambusa
- La Taverna Del Leone
- Rada Beach Bistrot
- Ristorante Da Costantino