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Are you in Portofino and are looking for more information about the best restaurants? Do you want to take your sweetheart to dinner and look for a romantic place from where you can admire the most exclusive enchanting port in Italy?

Read on and find out where to eat in Portofino: you’ll find some ideas for saving money and places for a big dinner, without thinking about your wallet.

Best restaurants in Portofino Italy where you can eat traditional seafood dishes

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One of the most beautiful seaside resorts in Italy is certainly Portofino, a town of the size of only 2.53 square kilometers with 401 residents, which has always been swarming with tourists and VIPs, because of its location, cuisine and beautiful beaches.

Portofino is like a diamond set between the promontory and the Gulf of Tigullio, offering spectacular views, seasoned with a fascinating horizon where the sky kisses the sea.

It is no surprise that this wonder is often a top destination for VIPs and celebrities, but also princesses and diplomats from around the world.


In short, if geologically it is a Ligurian pearl that attracts more and more tourists, with regard to culinary specialties, there are the best restaurants that manage to combine culinary tradition and explosive views, for a dinner or lunch at the limits of perfection.

In addition to the restaurants that offer typical Ligurian specialties, you can taste the best fish dishes cooked in every way.

Modernity and typical cuisine go hand in hand to delight the taste buds of every gourmand.

One of the most beloved characteristics of the people who visit Portofino, is certainly the romantic atmosphere that the place can offer.

Ideal for a visit with the whole family or with friends, Portofino lends itself as a love nest for lovebirds, who want to spend a romantic holiday and taste the best dishes of Ligurian fish.

Here are the best restaurants in Portofino Italy where you can eat the tastiest fish dishes.

Puny Portofino Restaurant

If you love to have lunch or dinner in a square, while the tourist life of this beautiful city slips between the crowd and its characteristic buildings, the Puny Restaurant is the ideal choice and will satisfy your thirst for views and your hunger for fresh fish.

Located in a very picturesque area near the sea, this restaurant manages to combine the glance and the grandeur of the city, through the crowds of tourists who take it by storm and remain sober at the same time.

Elegant, refined and traditional, this restaurant offers typical fresh fish dishes, cooked by the best chefs who will make your taste buds jump for joy.

The cuisine is typically Italian, in perfect Mediterranean style with fish dishes, but there are also options for vegans, vegetarians and even gluten-free dishes. The Puny Restaurant is suitable for everyone, there are high chairs for families with children, comfortable tables for a few or many people and is easily accessible for the disabled.

Here you can spend a romantic evening with your partner or have fun with friends, it is a very popular restaurant in town and even frequented by VIPs. The price range is medium to high, but it is located in a central position that offers a fascinating view, between the promontory and the sea.

There are numerous choices of spirits, such as the best typical wines from all over Italy and traditional fish dishes.

Among the courses that combine modern and traditional cuisine you can taste: trofie al pesto, salted anchovies with butter on croutons, prawns in green sauce, pappardelle with tomato and pesto, fried focaccia with cheese, octopus with artichokes, sea bream with salt and potatoes and excellent desserts, such as chocolate mousse with berries, apple fritters and much more.

The service is professional and the attention to the customer is excellent and well organized.

Puny tells the story of Portofino even before putting the best traditional fish dishes on the table. You can eat while listening to live music from the background of the best international artists and experience the real Portofino from another perspective, made up of VIPs, celebrities and unique landscapes.

If you are looking for a restaurant that gives you the feeling of being at home, this is a recommended choice.

  • Address: Piazza Martiri Dell’Olivetta 4
  • Opening hours: from Friday to Wednesday, from 12:30 to 14:30 for lunch; from 19:30 to 22:30 for dinner
  • Telephone: +39 0185 269037
  • Price range: $$$$$

Restaurant Pitosforo Portofino

Whether you’re looking for a restaurant in the heart of Portofino for a romantic evening, an important occasion, or chatting with friends or the whole family and eating well, this is the perfect place.

The breathtaking view of the port will be the unique setting that will accompany you from appetizer to dessert, the raised terrace over the sea is really lovely, the icing on the cake of a prestigious restaurant, also frequented by VIPs and international celebrities who love to admire the promontory of Tigullio that is reflected in the sea.

Numerous typical dishes are available, such as seafood spaghetti, fish appetizers, fried mixed Ligurian style, a wide range of grilled fish in an excellent way, tasty desserts and excellent wines from the best Italian wineries.

The quality of the Pitosforo Restaurant is excellent, don’t be surprised if you’ll be dining next to the King of Norway or Sweden, or if you’ll notice some VIPs enjoying the excellent fresh fish caught in the morning.

If you want to make a good impression and spend an unforgettable day you are in the right place, if you have to celebrate an anniversary or a special occasion with your partner and you are looking for a magical atmosphere, then welcome to the most romantic restaurant in Portofino.

The prices are on the high end, but it is worth it, the food is excellent, the tradition marries the creative cuisine and what comes out are innovative and delicious fish dishes.

  • Address: Molo Umberto I, 9
  • Opening days and times: every day at lunch and dinner
  • Phone: +39 0185 269020
  • Price range: $$$$$

Restaurant Da i Gemelli Portofino

This restaurant is located in the heart of Portofino, if you are around and you are in the central square, take advantage of it for a brunch, lunch or dinner: you will not be disappointed.

This restaurant is equipped with everything you may need and offers a complete service, with charming and tasty fish dishes, which combine tradition and modernity.

The menu is simply amazing, varied and really accurate to the smallest detail. You can start by choosing from seafood starters that include peppers, lemon anchovies and marinated fish.

The seafood salad contains scampi, mussels, clams and shrimp, or you can opt for the classic ham and melon.

If you’re looking for a sensational dish, the crudités of the sea will make you lick your lips: oysters, shrimp, prawns, tuna and swordfish tartare, all in one dish.

Calamaretti stuffed with the Gulf of Tigullio, Caprese with mozzarella, octopus and other seafood, are just some of the most succulent dishes available in this restaurant, also open in Milan and known throughout the world for its excellent quality and wide range of dishes on the menu.

Portofino is a magical place; if you want to make your holiday unforgettable and enjoy the excellent fish, the Restaurant Da i Gemelli is the ideal solution to spend a unique evening.

The price range is high, but the service and the location are really impeccable and beautiful, it is certainly among the most characteristic restaurants located in the seaside villages of Italy, where you can breathe the sea air and enjoy its flavor in every single course.

  • Address: Calata Marconi 7
  • Opening days and hours: every day from 12:00 to 15:00 and from 19:00 to 23:00
  • Telephone number: +39 0185 269257
  • Price range: $$$$$

Trattoria Tripoli Portofino

This trattoria is located near the pier, has outdoor tables and the inevitable, yet enchanting and impressive sea view.

The service is courteous, quick and effective; options are available for vegetarians and vegans, including gluten-free dishes.

The quality/price ratio is really excellent, not only will you be able to taste the best fish dishes cooked according to tradition, but you will be able to live the unique experience (or almost) all the while paying an average price range, which is very difficult in Portofino.

The trattoria Tripoli is the ideal place to spend a pleasant evening with friends or have a romantic lunch with your partner.

The view of the sea is simply fascinating; at sunset it is a unique spectacle.

The menu offers quality and variety; there are in fact many dishes available starting with appetizers: salted anchovies with tomato, seafood appetizers, anchovy trout, seafood muscles, crunchy octopus salad and other tasty dishes.

The first courses are really the best, tasty and traditional, with a creative eye to innovation: shrimp and lime dumplings, classic seafood risotto, trenette with pesto, fish and pumpkin ravioli and various types of spaghetti (clams or seafood).

Second courses range from the classic mixed fried seafood with shrimp, anchovies and squid, to skewers and fresh grilled fish.

The characteristic that surprises is certainly the wide choice of wines: Friuli, Piedmont, Liguria, Campania, Trentino, Tuscany, Lombardy, up to beyond the Alps with French wines.

There are many qualities available, and all of them are of excellent production.

This trattoria is able to contain the best of seafood cuisine, and is famous throughout Portofino for its quality and for the extremely attentive service to customers.

A stop here is a must if you are on holiday here and want to spend an unforgettable day of good fish cooked in the Ligurian way according to ancient traditions.

  • Address: Piazza Martiri dell’Olivetta, 49
  • Days and opening hours: open every day for lunch and dinner. Closing day: Wednesday
  • Telephone number: +39 0185 269 011
  • Price range: $$$$$

Trattoria Concordia Portofino

This characteristic trattoria is in perfect Ligurian style, with a welcoming and comfortable environment and with staff always attentive to the needs of customers.

Very often pianists and jazz musicians perform, the interior design is typical of the Ligurian tradition and the staff very nice and friendly: you will feel right at home.

Don’t be surprised if you hear the narrow dialect; this is a characteristic trattoria, faithful to the tradition that knows how to cook fish in any way. Although it is mainly famous for its fish dishes, you can enjoy the best delicacies of the Ligurian tradition.

The trattoria is recommended for lunches and dinners with family or friends.

If you’re looking for a place that offers excellent quality typical cuisine, here you’ll have everything your hunger could wish for from an unforgettable lunch or dinner.

Despite being one of the cheapest restaurants we have recommended, every single dish is of extremely high quality, with ingredients always sought after. There are options for vegans, vegetarians and gluten-free dishes; again the menu is very varied.

The fish dishes available on the menu are many and all good: seafood appetizers, fried mixed fish, stuffed fried anchovies or seafood, octopus and potatoes, crusted shrimp, prawns, prawns and prawns and the best grilled fish. The portions are plentiful and the price is mid-range.

The wine list is well matched with every typical delicacy of the Italian regions.

  • Address: via Fondaco 5
  • Opening days and hours: every day for lunch from 12:00 to 14:30 and dinner from 19:00 to 22:30; closed on Tuesdays
  • Telephone number: +39 0185 269207
  • Price range: $$$$$

Taverna del Marinaio Portofino

Located near the pier of Portofino, the Taverna del Marinaio offers a typical fish cuisine, prepared with fresh ingredients and traditional methods.

The price range is medium and is a particularly suitable place for a romantic dinner or lunch, overlooking the port is spectacular, and the horizon of the sea will manage to melt even the hardest hearts.

The dishes available are varied, and the fish is cooked in many different ways. The appetizers available range from salted anchovies with tomatoes, mussels alla marinara, marinated shrimp and mixed salad of octopus, shrimp and squid, to the typical solutions that exclude the ingredients of the sea.

First courses include the best combinations of fish and pasta and more: gnocchi with truffles, taglierini with prawns, seafood spaghetti (prawns, mussels and clams), penne with prawns and aubergines and many other traditional Ligurian dishes.

Various types of fresh fish are available in different types of cooking, fried or baked: sea bream, mussels.

A popular dish is the shrimp and squid skewers.

  • Address: Piazza dei Martiri dell’Olivetta number 36
  • Days and opening hours: daily lunch and dinner
  • Telephone number: +39 0185 269103
  • Price range: $$$$$


Here we are, at the end of this article about the best restaurants in Portofino.

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If you are looking for a hotel to spend the night in, read the list of the best hotels in Portofino.


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Andrea Semonella

Hey! I'm Andrea and I am a little bit obsessed with exploring the world and meeting people on the road. I'm in love with my city, and I'm happy to share with you all the best place and most incredible secrets of Genoa, Italy.

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