21 Best Restaurants in Sardinia, Italy

Dal Corsaro

$$$$ Fodor's choice

This elegant but simply furnished Michelin-starred restaurant near the port offers modern and creative Italian haute cuisine on two wide-ranging tasting menus (€120 and €155 per person), consisting of a series of dishes that are only revealed when presented to your table (any food allergies can be communicated beforehand). Dal Corsaro shares its kitchen and chef, Stefano Deidda, with the adjacent Fork, an elegant and modern bistro where you may find such mouthwatering concoctions as smoked mackerel with honey and liver, and cheesecake salad with marinated salmon and citrus, while desserts might include licorice ice cream with a crunchy almond topping. Fork offers five-course tasting menus costing €70 and €75, and has outdoor dining in spring and summer.

Viale Regina Margherita 28, Cagliari, 09124, Italy
Known For
  • adventurous and sophisticated cuisine
  • surprise dishes on fixed-price menus
  • fine Sardinian wines
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Dal Corsaro closed Mon. and 2 wks in Jan. No lunch. Fork closed Mon. and Tues., Reservations essential

Il Portico

$$ Fodor's choice

Brotherly love (and ownership) and quality seafood are among the things that make this old-town restaurant so exceptional. Modern artwork, stone pillars, and arched ceilings help to provide a fitting setting for the predominantly traditional cuisine livened up with modern elements. Appetizers created by the Ladu brothers might include steamed octopus with fresh tomato, and smoked salmon with misticanza (mixed green salad). The seasonal menu always features local fish and might include homemade pastas such as lados con ragù di galletto ruspante e casizzolu (disc-shaped pasta with a sauce of free-range rooster and local cheese). Desserts such as girella al cioccolato bianco (white chocolate roll with raspberry coulis) and pineapple with zabaglione ice cream are not to be missed. Service is attentive and welcoming. Booking is recommended.

Via Mons. Bua 13, Nuoro, 08100, Italy
Known For
  • innovative takes on traditional cuisine
  • locals' choice
  • welcoming atmosphere
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon., 2 wks July–Aug., and 2 wks Jan.–Feb. No dinner Sun.

Al Vecchio Mulino


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.

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Antico Caffè


The gilded Antico Caffè once served as an intellectual haunt for famous writers like D.H. Lawrence and Grazia Deledda, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1926. With its street-front terrace and polished-wood interior, it has anchored the base of the Bastione di St. Remy since 1855, serving as a social center from breakfast time until well after midnight; the menu features local fish and meat specialties. You can also get pastas, salads, and such desserts as tiramisu and elaborate artisanal gelato coupe concoctions. A granita di caffè con panna is sublimely refreshing on a hot summer afternoon.

Bar Pasticceria Ciro


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
Known For
  • light pastries
  • old-fashioned style
  • cordial service
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon.

Bar Pasticceria Eleonora


Steps from the tourist office, you can take a refreshing afternoon break with a coffee and a pastry or panino. The friendly café has outdoor tables on the corner of Piazza Eleonora, which retains an old-world charm thanks to a neoclassical town hall, a marble monument to Giudichessa Eleonora carved by the Florentine sculptor Ulisse Cambi in 1881, and 18th-century Mameli palace with its beautiful wrought-iron balconies.

Cafè Latino

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
Known For
  • superb views over the port
  • good selection of snacks and cocktails
  • friendly service
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Jan.–mid-Feb. and Tues. mid-Feb.–June and Sept.–Dec.

Caffè Svizzero


Entering this antique, vaulted bar a stone's throw from the port is like stepping back into the 19th century. Order a steaming cappuccino, a glass of the local vermentino, or a freshly squeezed fruit juice, and nibble on a panino, a pizzetta, or a pastry. It's all served with politeness and heaps of old-fashioned charm. There are tables outside, too.

Largo Carlo Felice 6–8, Cagliari, 09124, Italy
Known For
  • historic interior
  • great pastries
  • courteous staff
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Tues.

Cocco e Dessi


The building dates from 1925 but the interior shows a diversity of styles, with the main dining area (one of five) inside a glass gazebo. Dishes featuring fresh catches of the day, vegetables, and herb-infused sauces are complemented by pizzas and pastas—just save room for a dessert of orange-flavored crème caramel topped with walnuts and chocolate or pastry with Chantilly cream and berries. The staff and clientele are mostly young Italians, so prepare for a buzzy, high-spirited atmosphere.

I Frati Rossi


In the hills above Porto Cervo, this soothing hideaway—where a sheltered terrace looks out onto a verdant garden—is a great place to take a break from the coast's glossy trappings. Recommended antipasti include sa cannacca (dried sausage with pecorino cheese) and octopus salad with potatoes; ravioli di cernia e carciofi (homemade ravioli with grouper fish, artichokes, and truffle) is a great pasta choice; and the grilled fish is an excellent main. Although seafood is the specialty, there are some notable meat dishes, too, such as osso buco that melts off the bone. The restaurant lies 3 km (2 miles) south of Porto Cervo, in the Pantogia neighborhood.

Via Paolino Azara, Pantogia, 07021, Italy
Known For
  • secluded dining
  • tasty seafood dishes
  • terrace seating with garden views
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Nov.–early Jan. No lunch Mon.

Il Gambero


This backstreet trattoria has a strong rustic flavor, its two rooms adorned with brass cooking pots, colorful embroideries, old photographs, and agricultural knickknacks. The menu, too, has a local focus and might include roast pecorino with honey, and bottarga (mullet roe) with fennel and orange. Two open fires keep everything toasty in winter, and there are tables in the alley for dining alfresco in warm weather.

Il Pavone


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
Known For
  • delicious mains and desserts
  • impressive wine list
  • attentive and knowledgeable service
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Wed. and 2–4 wks in Nov. and Dec. No dinner Sun. late Nov.–Easter

Il Rifugio


At this family-run local spot, the rustic dining area—with terra-cotta floors, brick pillars, and a wood-burning stove—is packed nearly every night. The service, presentation, and wine list are as exceptional as the food: only the freshest local meats and cheeses are served, and all the dishes are made from scratch, including the pizza (available evenings only), the pasta, and the semifreddo ice cream drizzled with honey. Orchestrated by chef Francesco Nanu, the menu might feature such starters as culurgiones (ravioli) stuffed with toasted almonds, orange zest and guanciale (cured pig cheek) followed by courses of grilled seafood, lamb with fresh broad beans, or porcetto sardo (roasted pork).  The daily tasting menu is a very good deal.



Get a true taste of regional cuisine at this family-run trattoria in the old town. The menu is not for the squeamish or for vegetarians: horse, donkey, and—one of the stand-outs—roasted suckling pig feature prominently, as do typical Sassarese dishes such as trippa alla parmigiana (tripe with Parmesan), lumaconi in rosso (snails in a rich tomato sauce), and cordula con piselli (sheep's intestines with peas). For dessert, the seadas (honey-dribbled, cheese-filled pastry packets) are a treat. Two three-course set-price taster menus (€25 and €28) are available. Tables can be had in the buzzy vaulted terra-cotta-tiled dining room, or in summer, in the courtyard. You can hear local folk music most Thursday evenings.

La Lepanto


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
Known For
  • superior seafood in all its forms
  • bright interior with covered veranda seating
  • central location
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Feb. and Mar.



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
Known For
  • prix-fixe menus with unlimited drinks
  • fresh seafood
  • vivacious atmosphere
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and mid-Oct.–mid-Mar., and restricted opening in winter. No lunch Tues.–Sat.

Ristorante Craf da Banana


The brick walls, dim lighting, and arched ceilings here make you feel as if you've stepped into a wine cellar. Aged photographs of Oristano's Sa Sartiglia jousting festival and specialty dishes from Oristano and Montiferru do a good job capturing local flavor. Favorites include lorighittas (a local pasta) with shellfish, maccarones de busa con arselle e bottarga (macaroni with clams and mullet roe from the Cabras lagoon), and pane frattau (flatbread in a sauce of tomatoes and sheep's cheese topped with a poached egg). In winter, try the fregula al porcino, casizolu e guanciale (semolina pasta with mushrooms, local cow's milk cheese, and pig's cheek).

Via de Castro 34, Oristano, 09170, Italy
Known For
  • traditional Sardinian dishes
  • historical setting
  • cozy, romantic atmosphere
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: No lunch Sun. June–Sept. No dinner Sun. Oct.–May

Sa Ide e S'Ollia


Take a tour of contemporary Sardinian gastronomy in this trendsetting place that has become a huge hit with the cagliaritani. You can choose between eating à la carte or the small dishes offered on the tasting menus (€27, €32, and €37, including desserts and drinks), which might include such bold pairings as ravioli di cernia con fragole e gamberi (fish ravioli with strawberries and prawns), spezzatino di maiale con le cozze (pork stew with mussels), and cappuccino di seppie in crema di patate e bottarga (cuttlefish with creamed potatoes and mullet roe). The weekday "business lunches" (€9, €10, or €12) are an especially good value. Dishes can be adapted for vegetarians and others with special dietary requirements.

Corso Vittorio Emanuele II 370, Cagliari, 09123, Italy
Known For
  • innovative food pairings
  • enthusiastic service
  • good-value set menus
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Nov.–late May. No dinner Sun. and Tues.

Su Cumbidu


A meal at this restaurant in Cagliari's lively Marina quarter, near the port, makes for a quick and affordable introduction to Sardinia's rural cuisine. Dishes can be ordered as part of a fixed-price meal or separately, and portions are large, so go easy on antipasti to leave room for main courses of lamb, sausage, and the famous Sardinian maialetto (roast suckling pig, aka porcheddu). Service is brisk and informal; choose a table on the street or within the brick-vaulted interior. The same family runs a similar restaurant nearby on Via Baylle, Sa Schironada, that concentrates on the island's sea-based gastronomy.

Su Furriadroxu


Amid the lime and lemon trees in this courtyard trattoria in the center of Pula, you'll find down-home Sard cooking at its most authentic, with the accent firmly on meat dishes. The menu (in the local Campidanese dialect, with Italian and English translations) lists a selection of meaty fare, with pride of place going to the most famous of island dishes, porceddu (roast suckling pig), which you'll find displayed sizzling on a spit to satisfy the most purist of local gourmands. Notify the staff on the preceding day if you want to order this. Other options include fregola (semolina pasta) with mutton ragù and wild boar stew. Each dish will be carefully explained by the staff, and abundant portions ensure that no one leaves hungry. For those with the capacity, the desserts are also worth sampling, not least the sebadas (cheese-stuffed pastry packets topped with honey). Booking is essential.

Via XXIV Maggio 11, Pula, 09010, Italy
Known For
  • authentic Campidanese cooking
  • traditional outdoor setting
  • carnivorous feast
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Wed. June–Sept., Tues. and Wed. Oct.–May. No lunch Mon.–Sat. No dinner Sun.

Trattoria Gino


Light-color walls lined with bottles of wine and two simple rows of tables deck out the single room of Trattoria Gino, beloved by locals, especially at lunch, and run by the same family for nearly a century. Although the lobster is a memorable splurge, consider trying any of the antipasto selections or spaghetti ai ricci (with sea urchins).

Via Tirso 13, Oristano, 09170, Italy
Known For
  • honest, local cooking
  • reasonable prices
  • cordial, attentive service
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and late Aug.–mid-Sept.