The Best Restaurants To Eat In Positano

There are quite a few things I can say you can expect out of a trip to Positano and one is that you will eat more good meals than bad ones! In this area of Italy, a region known as Campania, the cuisine is somewhat different than the traditional Italian dishes we are used to in the States. Being situated so closely to the sea, you will find that the protein in pasta dishes to be seafood as opposed to meat. If fish and crustaceans aren’t your thing, lucky for you, there are mountains on the other side of all of the towns along the Amalfi Coast with luscious fertile soil, perfect for growing fresh vegetables like tomatoes and eggplants, so seafood isn’t the only thing you’ll see incorporated into dishes here. Also, if anything has lemons in it, you are safe to assume it’s going to be delicious! This area is known for its lemons so definitely venture outside of your norm and opt for a lemon sorbet or cake for dessert!

Some traditional dishes you will find in this area include:

Mozzarella di bufala alla caprese [Caprese salad with buffalo mozzarella]

Parmigiana Melanzane [Eggplant Parmesan]

Spaghetti con le vongole [Spaghetti with Clams]

Risotto alla Pescatora [Seafood Risotto]

During our eight day stay in Positano, Victoria and I ventured to some of the city’s most popular restaurants. Today, I’m excited to share which ones we loved, liked and could have done without! Here we go!

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This little spot was a last minute choice for Victoria and I one day for lunch. I was wanting something on the lighter side because we were going to La Tagliata that night, and I had heard that you needed to really come hungry, so I opted for a Caprese di Bufala, a caprese salad with buffalo mozzarella. My love for authentic buffalo mozzarella cheese is so strong so I was so happy to be back in this area to enjoy it! The salad delicious and a lot of their other dishes looked amazing, as well. I’d recommend as a lunch spot! Let me know if you go for dinner and enjoy it 🙂

Address: Via Regina Giovanna, 84017 Positano SA, Italy

La Tagliata

La Tagliata is one of the most highly sought after restaurants to enjoy dinner. There is no menu and you have to have a shuttle take you up to it but I can assure you, it will be the most authentic Italian dinner experiences you will have while in Positano. If you’re staying in a hotel, ask your hotel concierge if they can call to see if they have any reservations available [I would set this up when you first check-in to ensure you find a date that works] and then set up the shuttle to stop by and get you in the evening. From what I gathered, there are two shuttle pick-up’s and drop-off’s to the restaurant every evening. We were staying at an AirBNB so the person we talked to a La Tagliata asked what hotel was closest to us, so we told them, and they told us to be there at a particular time. MAKE SURE YOU’RE THERE ON TIME FOR PICK UP. We were arrived at the pick-up point RIGHT at the time of pick up and the bus was arriving at the exact same time. Thankfully we weren’t running any later than that!

Now, on to the meal …. y’all, it was absolutely delicious and just when you thought it might be over, more would come out! So, again, there is no set menu. They make whatever ‘Mama’ feels like making that day based on whatever is fresh and available from the garden, which is located on the property of the restaurant. Everything is brought out family style and begins with antipasta [starter], a first course [usually pastas and vegetables], a second course [multiple meats], and desserts. All I can say is … pace yourself! It’s a lot of food and it’s all SO good! It’s nothing like any other restaurant you’ve been to in Italy.

Unfortunately, we went late in the evening and the dining room is pretty dark so we didn’t take photos but, I’d recommend going at sunset if you can. The restaurant is located up at the top of a mountain and overlooks Positano. I can imagine the view is beautiful! Something to also keep in mind that because there is no set menu and everyone gets the same thing, everyone pays the same price. It was €40, which I found to be fair considering how much food you get. You get wine that the family has made themselves with dinner, as well!

Overall, I highly recommend this restaurant! It’s absolutely amazing and worth the effort to get up there … even though it really isn’t that hard! It just takes a little bit of initiative to plan it 🙂

Address: Via Tagliata, 32B, 84017 Positano SA, Italy

Ristorante Bruno

On our first night, Victoria and I wanted to eat somewhere close to our AirBNB as it had been a really long day. We still hadn’t wrapped our mind around where all of the places people had suggested were in comparison to where we were in Positano so we just picked Ristorante Bruno, which was a short 5-minute walk. After we sat down, I opened the spreadsheet I had made with all of your recommendations and was so excited to see that this spot came recommended! Gabriele was our server and he was so quirky and fun! I got spaghetti alle vongole, which is spaghetti with clams and a traditional dish of the area, in a red sauce! It was great but, I think I prefer this dish at Chez Black. But, please don’t mistake that for my distaste for the restaurant overall! It was REALLY good and I do recommend you give Ristorante Bruno a try! Sit outside. The view is great!

Address: Via Cristoforo Colombo, 157, 84017 Positano SA, Italy

Casa e Bottega

Casa e Bottega was probably one of my favorite spots and I’d highly recommend it if you’re looking for a refreshing, light meal. If you are tired of pastries every morning or heavy pasta dishes, this is the spot to retreat to to enjoy high quality healthy options instead!

Victoria and I went for lunch one day. She opted for and loved the chicken salad and I inhaled the zucchini noodles with fresh tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella and parmesan. I wish we had gone back one more time because there were quite a few things on both the breakfast and lunch menu we wanted to try outside of those two.

They also have a little home goods section of the space where you can buy some kitchen wear and home decor items that are inspired by this area of Italy. I was so tempted by their tea cups and saucers. They were so cute!

AddressViale Pasitea, 100, 84017 Positano SA, Italy

Next 2

I’m not going to lie, we were a little unsure about Next 2 at first. We had passed it on one of our long walks one day and it looked a absolutely beautiful. With an all white outdoor courtyard with large umbrellas over all of the tables and climbing jasmine blossoming along the walls, it truly exudes an elegant and romantic vibe but seemed a little inauthentic to the area we were in and experience we were looking to have. I was almost positive this restaurant wouldn’t offer the type of food we were always hoping to find each time we sat down to a meal. Thankfully, we were completely wrong!

We decided to commit to the 15-20 minutes trek from our AirBNB over to Next 2 on one of our last nights’, despite our super long day exploring Amalfi, Atrani and Ravello, because we had gotten a few recommendations for it. Honestly, we almost didn’t go but I am SO glad we did. It was one of my favorite meals of the trip. The presentation of the meal was always stunning but the taste was even better. The service was amazing! Our server was very attentive and would check in from time to time, which is rare in Europe! They also have really good looking Italian men working there which, for a single girl, was a huge perk! 😉

You can’t go wrong here! Everything was good. Victoria and I both enjoyed and would recommend the stuffed zucchini flowers as a starter. We also got the same thing as a main, which was conchiglioni pasta stuffed with cheese and pork ragu sauce. My mouth is watering. Oh my gosh, I want to go back … just for this meal!

Address: Viale Pasitea, 242, 84017 Positano SA, Italy

Da Vincenzo

We got so many recommendations for this spot. You definitely need to call ahead for a reservation because it is so popular! I was really looking forward to this meal but, there wasn’t a lot on the menu that I was excited to try to begin with and what I ended up ordering was just okay. Victoria and I were also sat at a table to the side of the restaurant so we kind of felt a bit removed from the excitement brimming from the restaurant. I would read the menu before making a reservation. You can’t go just off of my experience. There are a lot of other people who recommended this spot to us that said it was amazing. I just personally didn’t love it!

Address: Viale Pasitea, 172/178, 84017 Positano SA, Italy

Ristorante Il Capitano

We came across Il Capitano on one of our first nights in Positano as we were walking around exploring. It is situated on top of a building and gives you a perfect view of the beautiful sea and the city of Positano to your left. If for nothing else, you should definitely go for the view! We called ahead and made a reservation and requested the corner table that has the best of both views!

I’m going to be honest. I didn’t love what I ordered. I got seafood risotto because risotto is one of my favorite things. I also love seafood so I thought it would be fine but, something that I didn’t realize, is that they cook the risotto in the seafood water. So, the seafood is cooked in water then they use that broth to make the risotto. Personally, it’s not a flavor that I love. I kind of feel like it tastes too much like what seafood smells like before it’s cooked. I hope that makes sense! But, Victoria got ravioli with tomato and melazone [eggplant] stuffed with ricotta and LOVED it. So, I wouldn’t say this place is terrible in the slightest! I just chose poorly, ha!

Our server was very sweet and attentive! Make sure you call ahead! This spot is one you should not miss!

Address: Viale Pasitea, 119, 84017 Positano SA, Italy

Ristorante Max

Ristorante Max was also highly recommended by readers! It’s situated in the center of the city and supposedly has amazing pizza! Victoria and I were craving something a little different so we didn’t try it that night but that is the word on the street! So, here is where Victoria introduced me to stuffed zucchini flowers as a starter. I had never heard of them, much less had them, before! Verdict is in and y’all … you HAVE to try it if you come to Ristorante Max! They were SO delicious.

What’s a zucchini flower? Supposedly zucchini flowers grow on the marrow plant and are only available in the Spring at market stalls in this region of Italy. They are prepared differently throughout the region but they are usually stuffed with Parmigiano Reggiano. Highly recommend!

Victoria loved the fish of the day as a main and I got the ravioli stuffed with cheese and eggplant and topped with a red sauce. We loved Ristorante Max. They were a little more hands off in terms of service. They answered our questions and everything came out looking and tasting beautiful in a short amount of time but they don’t check in super often! Just a heads up! I recommend calling ahead, especially during June, July and August, as we heard this is one of the most popular restaurants in Positano.

Address: Piazza dei Mulini, 22, 84017 Positano SA, Italy

L’ancora Ristorante

This restaurant is located at the L’ancora Hotel and was a short walk from both of our AirBNB’s so we went here for breakfast one day and lunch another day. It offers a very traditional menu of Campania cuisine and both times we ate here, we were really happy with our meals. It’s pretty casual and there didn’t seem to be a need to make a reservation.

Address: 18, Via Nuova Provinciale Chiunzi, 84010 Maiori SA, Italy

Chez Black

Chez Black is hard to miss in Positano because it’s located down by the beach along the main walkway. It’s my unfair assumption that restaurants located along the busiest areas of a city can get away with having mediocre tasting dishes because their location almost guarantees business regardless of how good the food is. Thankfully for Victoria and I, who suggested we go here for lunch on our first day with our friends Stephanie and Neal, this was not the case! We actually ended up eating here a couple of times!

During our first visit, I got the spaghetti with clams, or spaghetti alle vongole, which is a dish that is particularly popular in Campania, the region of Italy that Positano resides in. They can make it in a white or a red sauce and, this time, I opted for white. To be really honest, I don’t eat clams in the States because they don’t taste like anything to me but, in Italy, they’re delicious! [Same with anchovies! They’re SO good. I promise!] This was one of my favorite meals of the trip! Absolutely delicious!

** Chez Black had the best spaghetti alle vongole that I consumed during my time in Positano. It was my favorite dish to order so I had it at three places and feel it’s necessary to mention their’s is the best! 🙂 **

Victoria and I enjoyed heart shaped pizza’s on our second, and final, time dining at Chez Black. They had the best pizza, in our opinion! We also became best friends with a few of the servers, Antonio and Antonio [one of the most popular names in the area although we met more Luigi’s than anything else, ha!]. To be honest, they really wanted to marry Victoria. A blonde who speaks Italian was seriously the way to their hearts!

Address: Via del Brigantino, 19, 84017 Positano NA, Italy

Collina Bakery

We frequented Collina Bakery during our stay in Positano. It was a favorite of mine last year. The staff is so fun and friendly and they allow you to take away your coffee, which is typically looked down on in Italy. The also have the most delicious baked goods, desserts and pizza! I also love their gelato! It’s essentially a one-stop shop for anything you could want, except pasta dishes! 🙂

Special thanks to Guilia and Francesca for their kindness to Victoria and I. This isn’t a sponsored promotion but they gifted us a couple of coffees after seeing that I shared them on IG stories, which wasn’t necessary but very, very sweet of them!

Address: Via Cristoforo Colombo, 1/3, 84017 Positano SA, Italy

Covo dei Saraceni

So, Covo dei Saraceni is a beautiful hotel that overlooks the beach of Positano. It has a couple of restaurants associated with it. They have a beautiful restaurant located on their first floor terrace that overlooks the sea. Victoria and I did not eat here, although it looks lovely! There is a smaller restaurant that they have underneath that restaurant, that you can access on your way our to the dock, where you board the ferry and rental boats. I ate breakfast there last year with my best friend and our Mom’s and it was delicious! You can get eggs here, which is a rarity in Italy! Victoria and I also ordered pizza’s to go on our last night from this spot and they were really delicious.

Address: Via Regina Giovanna, 5, 84017 Positano SA, Italy

Love gelato?

Gelato is essentially it’s own food group in Italy! Here are a few of the places we enjoyed getting gelato from:

Collina Bakery

La gelateria della buca di bacco

Covo dei Saraceni

Alright, y’all! That about does it! I’ve eaten at a few other places along the Amalfi Coast but will put them in my Quick Guide to the Amalfi Coast, which is coming to the blog soon, but I do hope this helps you navigate the cuisine scene in the beautiful city of Positano! Have a great time during your trip! Leave any other restaurant recommendations in the comment section below!

Buon appetito! xo.

Editor's Notes

Not sure what to pack for your trip to the Amalfi Coast? Be sure to check out the packing list I put together HERE!

Photo Credit: Victoria Metaxas

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44 Comments

  1. La Bijoux Bella | by mia wrote:

    Wonderful post of tips for Positano … good eating places are life! 🌷👍🏼🌷

    🌸🍃LA BIJOUX BELLA 🌸🍃| By Mia | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

    Published 5.18.18 · Reply
  2. Natalia wrote:

    Love this post!!!! Thank you for taking the time and share with us your restaurant experience!!!! You have become one of my favorite bloggers!!💕💕😘

    Published 5.18.18 · Reply
  3. Lori wrote:

    Sure, I will run right down there and try these restaurants after I get off work today in the US…lol! Not very relevant to most people.

    Published 5.18.18 · Reply
    • AlysonHaley wrote:

      It is my sincere hope that you go to Positano in the future and remember that one time you left a rude, unkind, sarcastic and unnecessary comment on a blog post that you then realize would actually be really helpful for your upcoming trip. Please choose to be kinder in the future, Lori, and challenge yourself remember that not every blog post on every blog you read is going to be helpful to you personally.

      Published 5.18.18 ·
    • Sara wrote:

      You don’t have to read this blog post if you don’t want to.

      Some of us love reading her recommendations for potential future trips. Don’t you have anything better to do than leave a rude comment on a person’s blog who you don’t even know? Get a hobby.

      Published 5.18.18 ·
    • Cara wrote:

      Actually, this post is motivation for me to work extra hours so I can travel there in the future! Thanks for the post, Alyson 🙂

      Published 5.18.18 ·
    • Kelsey wrote:

      Why follow a fashion and travel blogger if you don’t want to know about fashion or travel? Kindness people – it’s free and necessary!

      Published 5.18.18 ·
    • Rob wrote:

      Lori, just in case you thought you were being cute or witty, let me assure you…the only thing you accomplished was revealing the sad, hateful bitterness that must govern your life. Cara, I am exactly one of those people who busted my ass to save up money to take a trip there (leaving tomorrow!!) so yeah…it is definitely relevant to people who want to get out and LIVE instead of staying at home and hiding behind an anonymous screen name. Thanks for the wonderful suggestions. Will make reservations right now!

      Published 8.30.18 ·
    • Mike wrote:

      Thank you for the recommendations and reviews. My wife and I will be traveling the Amalfi coast soon and will check some of these out a

      Published 5.4.19 ·
    • Tone wrote:

      I came across your blog by googleing where to eat in Positano. Thank you for sharing! We are traveling from Norway, looking forward to visit some of the restaurants you tried out!
      ❤️ Tone

      Published 6.10.19 ·
  4. Erica Holland wrote:

    Ok my mouth is watering now. Love these recs! I also had the zoodles at Casa e Bottega, and they were the perfect break from a very carb-heavy vacay!

    Published 5.18.18 · Reply
  5. Laura S. wrote:

    Love this post and recommendations! I’m one of those people who plans trips around good food 😂. Last time I was in Positano, I didn’t have the time to look up good food recommendations and just ate whatever was convenient. Glad for people like who take the time and effort to help us out!! Thank you!! 💕

    Published 5.18.18 · Reply
  6. Allison wrote:

    We went to Positano a few years ago and visited Ristorante Bruno, Chez Black and La Tagliata! So happy to see your restaurant reviews and made me reminisce on our time there and the food we enjoyed. I was glad to see you went to La Tagliata, it was such a fun dining experience! It was recommended to us by a friend and was our favorite meal of the trip!

    Published 5.18.18 · Reply
  7. Kelly wrote:

    Ok now I’m totally making homemade pizza tonight! Lol! It won’t be as good as what you had in Italy but you’ve inspired me! 🍕🍝🍷😋 Thanks for sharing!

    Published 5.18.18 · Reply
  8. Dominique wrote:

    Love the blog posts! Thanks so much! We are most likely going here on our honeymoon later this year and I can not wait to try them when we are there! I was so excited when I saw you were going to be doing Travel posts on Positano!

    Published 5.18.18 · Reply
  9. Alessandra wrote:

    Love this post! I may not being visiting this magical city again in the near future, however I am going on a different European trip and love the travel inspiration in general from this type of post! Keep ‘em coming sistaa!!
    *They are very relevant 🙂

    Published 5.18.18 · Reply
  10. Missy wrote:

    Love this, can’t wait to use this someday! Any chance you’re traveling to Dubai, Thailand, or Iceland soon? Those are our next 3 goal destinations and I can’t find good travel guides anywhere.

    Published 5.18.18 · Reply
    • AlysonHaley wrote:

      I told Victoria that I would loooove to go to Dubai with her because she grew up there but we don’t have any immediate plans for any of those places. All of them are on my list, though!

      Published 5.18.18 ·
  11. Gemma wrote:

    Oh my goodness, I love that you do these travel posts! We are planning a trip to Italy and felt so overwhelmed with all the amazing locations to visit. This has helped us lock in Positano. Ready to see the homeland! 😂❤️🇮🇹

    Published 5.18.18 · Reply
  12. Susan wrote:

    I don’t know how you kept all of that straight to write about it!! I can barely remember where/what I ate 2 days ago, lol. Great job, I know with all of your followers that this will come in handy!

    Published 5.18.18 · Reply
  13. Heather wrote:

    This is SO helpful. Lori must be having a bad day. I’ll be there in a few weeks. Can’t wait to check out these spots!

    Published 5.18.18 · Reply
  14. Yanneth wrote:

    I literally travel for food (Is that weird? Lol 😂) Positano is now on my bucket list!

    Published 5.18.18 · Reply
  15. Jerica wrote:

    Drooling over that pizza, I’m feeling the need to plan a trip just based off that picture!

    Published 5.18.18 · Reply
  16. Lizbeth de la Torre wrote:

    I love how throughout the years that I’ve been reading your blog you have evolved so much. It’s not always going to be about beauty or style and it’s perfectly ok with most of your readers. I don’t know about the rest but I enjoy diversity. Your posts are always so helpful.

    Published 5.18.18 · Reply
  17. Sophia Torres wrote:

    Love love love these types of blog posts!! I love to travel and having all this information makes my travel experience so much better! Thank you for taking the time to share in so much detail!

    Published 5.18.18 · Reply
  18. kate goldsmith wrote:

    Loved reading todays post, the heart shaped pizza looked delicious! I can’t wait to go to Positano one day and check out your restaurant recommendations!(:

    Published 5.18.18 · Reply
  19. Janice wrote:

    I don’t think Lori’s post is rude at all. She was only stating her opinion of the post. Let’s all be kind and a little less defensive.

    Published 5.18.18 · Reply
    • Chadwick wrote:

      It was sarcastic and unnecessary. (And not sarcasm for humour).

      Published 5.24.18 ·
  20. Robin Marie wrote:

    I have no trip on the books but hope to in the next year and will most definitely remember this post! Thank you for taking the time to detail your adventures. Please keep it up! Love your travel section 💕

    Published 5.18.18 · Reply
  21. Stefanie wrote:

    Thank you for always putting out such carefully thought out posts. You obviously put your heart and soul into this thing!

    I am another former nurse getting my feet wet in the blogging world 😉 Cheers to career changes!

    Published 5.18.18 · Reply
  22. Natali wrote:

    You should truly work as a lifestyle guru and foodie guide! I mean, look at this post? Once again making me want to get up and just jet over to Positano NOW! Beautiful photos, great recommendations and super delish looking food!

    https://lartoffashion.com

    Published 5.19.18 · Reply
  23. Allison wrote:

    I will be traveling the Almafi coast in a little less than two weeks and I am soooo glad these Positano posts are up before I leave! Can’t wait to try some of these places!! Thank you! 😊

    Published 5.19.18 · Reply
  24. Jude wrote:

    Brings back memories. We have been to Positano many times and know your restaurants. Good choices. We opted to stay in Praiano the last time. Less touristy. All the coast is gorgeous. We go in the fall. Driving is a challenge but my husband has no fear. Good for you sharing your experience.
    You look cute as always but I hope you carried the heels and had good walking shoes. I know you did…
    The walks are tough. 🙂
    Curious about your airbnb. We have been renting through them all over the world. Most recently Portugal.

    Published 5.19.18 · Reply
  25. Rubi wrote:

    Wow these restaurants look sooo good! I NEED to plan anothet Positano trip, was there last summer and absolutely fell in love!
    x Rubi
    Pose & Repeat

    Published 5.20.18 · Reply
  26. Jennifer wrote:

    All of this food looks really good!!

    Jennifer
    Effortlessly Sophisticated

    Published 5.21.18 · Reply
  27. Jennifer wrote:

    All of this food looks really good!! I want to go!

    Jennifer
    Effortlessly Sophisticated

    Published 5.21.18 · Reply
  28. Chadwick wrote:

    Thanks for the detailed list of recommendations. More than enough for a week’s visit!
    Zucchini flowers are – wait for it – the flowers of the zucchini plant. Not just marrows, but zucchini and other squash produce these big delicate flowerheads. Once fertilised, the flowers are replaced by the fruit that we eat. They’re generally available in the spring because that’s when the flowers appear.

    Published 5.24.18 · Reply
    • AlysonHaley wrote:

      Interesting! Thanks for the info! xo.

      Published 5.24.18 ·
  29. Maria wrote:

    Thank you for sharing! The food looks delish and the views amazing! Also, do you have a link for the red dress you’re wearing in Chez Black? I’ve tired searching the site but no luck.

    Published 5.28.18 · Reply
  30. Jenn wrote:

    Hi!! Planning a trip to Positano in June and this blog post is SO helpful!!!! Thank you!! 🙂 Cannot wait to try these places!

    Published 1.13.19 · Reply
    • AlysonHaley wrote:

      Hiii Jenn!! I’m so happy to hear that! Hope to have a full travel diary for this area up before your trip!

      Published 1.13.19 ·
  31. Ciara kostadin wrote:

    Hi! I just read part of your blog and LOVED it. My fiancé and I plan on doing Italy for our honeymoon. I really want to do the amalfi coast just wondering what you recommended and or where should we go in Italy! All your help would be appreciated. Thanks so much!

    Published 2.24.19 · Reply
  32. Jason wrote:

    This has been SOOOO helpful! Thank you! My husband has been gently nudging me to find restaurants so we’re not trying to decide and find a place to go on the fly. You’re suggestions and reviews, and your readers comments as well, have helped me complete one of my vacation “tasks!” Thanks again! We fly out of San Diego on June 4!

    Published 2.28.19 · Reply
  33. Gordon Starkey wrote:

    Very informative.

    Published 5.31.19 · Reply