One of the marvelous advantages of a crewed, luxury yacht charter is having your own personal chef. Yet, while your cuisine on board will be excellent, you should not forgo the opportunity to sample local restaurants. In addition to savoring regional cuisine, you have the privilege of meeting local people and imagining what life would be like among them.
We’ve polled top yacht captains and chefs who are local to Sardinia and La Maddalena to find out which restaurants they recommend to gourmands. We are confident that dining at any of these restaurants will be a delightful experience for every discerning palate. Please note that many of these restaurants are open only for the summer season. Reservations are strongly advised.
Located on Sardinia’s northern tip, La Gritta offers imaginative, high quality cuisine with enchanting sea views. Pasta courses include sardine ravioli and pappardelle with mushrooms and fennel. Main courses of veal, chicken, grilled beef and seafood. The wine selection features local, small vineyards. The cellar is stocked by a certified sommelier. (Chef, Sommelier and seating pictured above.) Michelin Guide Inspectors 2018.
La Gritta, Via del Faro, 07020 Loc Porto,
Phone: +39 078 970 8045
Porto Cervo, Sardinia
Il Pescatore is located on a lovely, waterfront terrace. Diners enjoy a delightful panoramic view of Porto Cervo village and marina. The rustic chic ambience is elegantly casual. It is affiliated with the Sheraton Hotel, but don’t let that put you off. Of course, at Il Pescatore, the most popular dishes to sample are the local seafood specialties. This restaurant is considered by most a culinary icon. For a few, the main reason to go is for the view.
Il Pescatore, Porto Vecchio, Porto Cervo
Phone: +39 0789 931 111
I FRATI ROSSI
The unique environment, on Pantogia hill, 2 km from Porto Cervo’s center, makes I Frati Rossi an appealing escape from the busy village core. It has stunning panoramic views stretching from the Gulf of Pevero to the island of Tavolara. Outside, the charming terrace overlooks a manicured lawn and explosion of flowers, glowing in candlelight by night.
The Italian seafood-minded menu begins with selection of crudo presentations such as delicate whitefish and hearty cured tuna as well as tartare and raw bar options. Pasta course includes traditional beef and fish-topped variations ideally with portion of lobster or langoustines. Mains include ossobuco, Russian-style grilled prawns and fresh-charred meats.
I Frati Rossi, Via Paolina Azara, 07021 Arzachena
Phone: +39 0789 1876 486
This glam venue is very trendy with international Jet-setters. Cipriani is the main restaurant of Billionaire, Porto Cervo’s premiere nightclub. If you dine, stay to dance. The opulent indoor/outdoor space is decorated with oriental carpets, terrazzo tiles, regency furniture, Moroccan lanterns and stucco walls. This top-rated restaurant features an unusually extensive menu in a celebrity environment.
Cipriani, Via Rocce Sul Pevero, Golfo Pero 07020, Porto Cervo
Phone: +39 0789 94 192
LOCANDA SANT’ ANDREA
Located in the picturesque village of San Pantaleo, this is the preferred destination of artists, artisans and a few knowledgeable connoisseurs. A Sicilian chef conjures a menu of locally sourced produce and seafood. Homemade breads, excellent soups, salads topped with grilled seafood, delicately stuffed pastas and main courses featuring local beef, pork and signature seafood dishes. Simple but tasteful with a light dusting of chic.
Locanda Sant’ Andrea, Via Zara 36, 07026 San Pantaleo Olbia
Phone: +39 0789 65205
Luigi Pomata is an award-winning chef and the restaurant bearing his name in Cagliari is just near the city’s port. He is most famous for dishes featuring tuna. You will also find excellent, traditional Sardinian fare creatively prepared. Dine from a set menu that features innovative twists on classic dishes. You can even learn a few cooking secrets if you enroll in Chef Pomata’s cooking classes. Michelin Guide inspectors.
Luigi Pomata, 14 Viale Regina Margherita, Cagliari
Dal Corsaro is considered by many the best restaurant in the region. It is the only recipient of a 2018 Michelin star in Sardinia or La Maddalena. Some reviewers have evaluated it as very good, but not their best Michelin one-star dining experience. Chef Stefano Deidda manages to create dishes that are both traditional and innovative. His applies his talents in revising old recipes with contemporary flare. For some, efforts to combine many flavors into one dish occasionally results in over-complexity. Yet overall, dining at Dal Corsaro is a worthwhile, gourmet adventure.
Dal Corsaro, Viale Regina Margherita 28, Cagliari
La Maddalena Island
This lengthy moniker belongs to a petite hidden gem. With just five tables, it offers home cooked meals and reservations are mandatory.
Il Ghiottone-Cala Gavetta, Via Guglielmo Oberdan 5
Telephone: +39 320 181 3107
TRILOGY, Neel 51 sailing trimaran is an ideal yacht for guests who crave the thrill of performance sailing, but require the living space of a much larger motor yacht. TRILOGY accommodates eight guests in four double cabins.
HAWKEYE, Lagoon 450 Sailing Catamaran is a wonderful option for a romantic charter in Sardinia/Corsica.
LADY M, Lagoon 620 luxury sailing catamaran first set sail in 2016. This build is one of the most popular in the charter industry for large interior and exterior space. This floating villa lets you cruise safely, smoothly and comfortably.
Destination overview: Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily, Aeolian Islands