6 Best Restaurants in Alghero, Sardinia

Al Vecchio Mulino

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Slightly off the tourist track but well known to locals, this grotto-like former mill has two long rooms with low, vaulted ceilings and a brisk but cheerful atmosphere. There's a good balance between meat and seafood dishes, the menu taking in everything from malloreddus alla sarda (local pasta with sausage-meat sauce) and fritto misto di mare (fried squid, prawns, and fresh fish) to crusty pizzas. You may have to wait for a table without a booking.

Bar Pasticceria Ciro

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For a delicious cannolo, fruit tart, or bignè (cream puff), local cognoscenti make a beeline for this classic bar and pastry shop, where the sweet delights displayed are made with the lightest pastry and the freshest fillings. Good coffees, ice creams, and sandwiches are also available, and there are tables inside and out back.

Via Sassari 35/b, Alghero, 07041, Italy
079-979960
Known For
  • Light pastries
  • Old-fashioned style
  • Cordial service
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon.

Cafè Latino

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In prime position on Alghero's broad city walls, with views down to the yachting marina and across to Capo Caccia, this makes a wonderful place to pause by day or night with a spritz or fruit juice. The menu has a number of food items, too. There's a second entrance, opposite the cathedral on Via Sant'Erasmo.
Bastioni Magellano 10, Alghero, 07041, Italy
079-6766044
Known For
  • Superb views over the port
  • Good selection of snacks and cocktails
  • Friendly service
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Jan.–mid-Feb. and Tues. mid-Feb.–June and Sept.–Dec.

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Il Pavone

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Fresh flowers on white linen tablecloths add color to the bright glass-enclosed dining area of this delightful eatery on busy Piazza Sulis; gold-framed paintings and oversize wine bottles capped in wax add Italian charm—as does the seasonally changing menu of pasta and seafood dishes such as tagliolini pasta with mullet roe, artichokes, and pecorino cheese, or potato-stuffed culurgiones (a ravioli-like pasta) topped with sheep's cheese, dried tomatoes, and wild rocket. The prix-fixe menus (€40, €50, and €60) include six appetizers, two tastings of pastas or main courses, and a traditional dessert.

Piazza Sulis 3, Alghero, 07041, Italy
079-979584
Known For
  • Delicious mains and desserts
  • Impressive wine list
  • Attentive and knowledgeable service
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Wed. and 2–4 wks in Nov. and Dec. No dinner Sun. late Nov.–Easter

La Lepanto

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A covered veranda by the seafront marks out Alghero's top seafood restaurant, an expansive and sunny room complete with crustacean-filled aquarium. Summer sees crowds of both locals and tourists, many of whom come for the specialty aragosta (lobster) cooked different ways, including with linguine or alla Lepanto (with tomato, onions, and orange). In winter, when lobster isn't always available, sample the ricci (sea urchins). For starters, try linguine alle vongole e bottarga di muggine (pasta with clams and dried mullet roe).

Via Carlo Alberto 135, Alghero, 07041, Italy
079-979116
Known For
  • Superior seafood in all its forms
  • Bright interior with covered veranda seating
  • Central location
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Feb. and Mar.

Mabrouk

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There's always a lively crowd at this backstreet trattoria, where diners pack into three rooms to enjoy the same multicourse set menu. If this seems limiting, think again—you'll be presented with a range of fresh, delicious, seasonally appropriate dishes (perhaps prawns, squid, swordfish, or sea bass) in abundant portions. The usual formula is: five cold starters, two pastas, two mains, a dessert, and unlimited drinks—all for one price. Lobster is also usually available for a supplementary charge. Service is brisk and good-humored, and reservations are essential.

Via Santa Barbara 4, Alghero, 07041, Italy
340-4035349
Known For
  • Prix-fixe menus with unlimited drinks
  • Fresh seafood
  • Vivacious atmosphere
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and mid-Oct.–mid-Mar., and restricted opening in winter. No lunch Tues.–Sat.