Delicious Seaside Eateries on the Amalfi Coast.
Seaside eateries have to be the very best thing about the Amalfi Coast in summer… OR winter if you rug up and can find an excellent eatery by the sea that is still open, few are but go for it! Alternatively head out to sea in high summer with your best swimmers and T shirt and you are ready for action!
If you are obliged to “watch your wallet” whilst travelling, this does not mean you have to miss out on some of the better seaside eateries. Positano for example offer several ‘free boat’ services to various little seaside restaurants and beach bars close to the town – generally a 5 – 10 mins boat ride away.
If on the other hand you can manage to hire a boat with it’s own personal boat boy for the day, then the Med is your ‘clam’, a decent substitute for an oyster. Including swimming while sipping chilled Prosecco, visiting any of the special grottos along the way like the Grotto Smeraldo in Conca dei Marini or a quick trip out to the Galli Islands. I have sent plenty of young people out for the day on a nice sized boat, they split the bill, have the best time, and their costs are decent. If you are a bigger group of say 12 then apx 70m euro a head to hire a fabulous boat for an unforgettable day out on the Amalfi Coast…is not too shabby.
Families with babies can also enjoy this fabulous day out on the Mediterranean on a gentle local boat, ‘a gozzo’ with a covering canopy for shade at the back of the boat and soft lounge cushions at the front for sunning and relaxing while you float around the Mediterranean on your way tranquilly to one of the fine eateries which dot the coastline.
All the boat guys speak decent English and are a wealth of information about the area, so ask away! They can also supply you with ‘sea toys’ like snorkels and mask or floating devices but best to book these when booking the boat. Just let me know and I will get you the perfect rental.
When you arrive at your foody destination, you can leave all your gear on the boat as the boat guy will look after your possessions and just take your wallet on land to the restaurant, bar or trattoria. You will either be dropped off at the restaurant’s jetty by your boat guy or you will be scooped up by the restaurant’s own run-about boat at your mooring.
If you get a faster boat you can make it all the way to Capri or right down the other end of the coastline to Cetara. Both boast exceptional restaurants which are fit for a king, but you can arrive in a swimsuit and sarong OR swimsuit and T-shirt for the guys. Most good eateries accept casual dress and ALL snack bars do!
Here are just a few of my favourite spots on the coastline. Contact me to discuss other options…there are plenty!
The tiny fishing village of Cetara possess one of the best fish restaurants on the coast. The clever owners even have their own fishermen who fish only for them every day. The restaurant is chic but easy with a definite cutting edge feel to it, like their wonderful & original dishes. They are also the ‘kings’ of the anchovy, fresh or salted. It is a 1 min walk from the port. This is not a cheap & cheerful but extremely cheerful & worth every mouthful.
Just a short distance before Cetara arriving from Positano is the town of Maiori, certainly not the prettiest town on the coastline but it does possess an amazing eatery! Just on the outskirts is a 12 century tower which is run by 4 brothers! Two on the floor and two talented chefs in the kitchen. I have know these boys for years since they ran a small trattoria in Minori, their home town and just next door to Maiori. The tower offers a myriad of opportunities, weddings, big family celebrations, birthdays…..anything you want but all with best dish for the occasion! You can laze down by the seaside in their ‘al fresco’ section of the tower lunching almost with your toes in the water or if weather does not permit, head inside to the top floor of this magnificent and ancient structure which embraces spectacular views of the coastline looking back toward Amalfi and Positano and enjoy their fabulous service and food from high above. Open for lunch OR dinner. A little up market price-wise but easy to dress down by dining on the rock by the sea & an unforgettable meal.
Moving back even closer to Positano is another little jewel of a town called Atrani home to yet another delightful restaurant, open not only for lunch but also for dinner. It is a 2 minute stroll into the town’s piazza from the main beach and your boat to this fabulous eatery. There is no fancy view or open air terrace, just excellent food and wine. Two brothers have run this institutional restaurant since many years and are well loved amongst locals & visitors alike, so bookings are essential. When I lived in the area this was a favourite dining spot of ours at night after seeing a concert in nearby Ravello. It is just down the hill on the sea and also perfect for a hot summer’s day lazy lunch in the shade! They do a shrimp risotto to die for! Middle of the road price range, depending on your choice of dishes.
Back in Positano, and a hot spot that does not even require a hire boat to get there as it supplies its own free transfer from the main beach, is one of my favourites. Just 5 mins from the main beach is the tranquil and small beach of Arienzo which has one of the best little beach restaurants in town. Well priced with all the classic dishes of the Amalfi Coast, this is a must. But you should book your beach bed and lunch to avoid disappointment on the day if its high summer. It is a small eatery with a BIG turnover, but always feels relaxed. They do wonderful grilled fresh fish! especially their fresh anchovies! Easy and not over priced at all!
All of the above will do you a mouth watering version of THEIR Pasta con le Vongole (Clam pasta), a classic dish in this part of the world.
Heading towards Capri you will come across a beach with wall to wall restaurants on their main beach called Nerano, but be careful….some are excellent, the other are just good. One of my favourites is tucked into a corner of the beach and offers an endless array of antipasti on arrival. These sumptuous dishes arrive at your table before your bottom has hit the seat. Juicy mozzarella, baby sweet tomatoes with rocket, naughty little seafood fried delicacies…the list is endless. And after if you have the appetite, their pastas and grilled seafood are sensational. To accompany all this, there are litres of chilled white wine with local peaches. A day to die for! Easy and middle of the road price-wise.
Next stop could be Capri. But this is another boat ride away and needs special planning. I have my own ideas about Capri in high summer so please email me and I will fill you in. There are a handful of excellent seaside eateries on this island worth noting. A bit costly but sensational choices.
These last two places are officially NOT part of the Amalfi Coast but are certainly very accessible so happy to include them.
Give me your dates, preferred time to eat and budget and I will book you. I promise you won’t be disappointed! I will also advise on the best things to see and do while on the open seas, depending on your likes and dislikes. This is My Contact or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org