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Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Sardinia Alghero

Sardinia is a great place to chill out with amazing food and picturesque scenery and a real feel of Italy. While staying in the old town the trek to the beach may have been slightly on the long side, but there was an immense amount of amazing restaurants all within walking distance. 

Although some of the restaurants which are located on the 'walled' part of the city could be considered as tourist traps (95% of the 'tourists' were Italian anyway), they still all delivered amazing fresh seafood, pizza and pasta. I was highly impressed by the selection, and here is just a few of the ones which I enjoyed and recommend.


Via Santa Barbara | Centro Storico, Alghero, Sardinia, Italy

I would really suggest making a reservation at Mabrouk. There is no menu to choose from and you are served whatever is caught fresh on the day; a perfect arrangement for any restaurant by the sea. This added excitement to the meal. With at least six different dishes which included cold Sardinian starters on arrival, followed by fresh seafood pasta both ravioli and linguine, seafood risotto, grilled prawns, grilled whole fish served with potatoes, calamari friti and dessert, this has to be one of the best value for money dinners at just 40Euros per head, including house wine and beer. Not only that, it was absolutely amazing. Everything was super fresh, perfectly seasoned and there was loads of it! The service was attentive and welcoming. We rolled out of there after a few hours, but not before having a shot of Mirto with the wonderful owner. An absolute must go!

Ristorante Aquatica Marina Club

Banchina Sanita | Porto di Alghero, 07041 Alghero, Sardinia, Italy

This restaurant is situated on the harbour of Alghero, right on the water with fantastic views. We arrived with no reservations at around 9pm (although I would suggest trying to make a reservation), and were able to be seated inside by the window. The restaurant is very open and airy with white table cloths. We were presented with a selection of fresh fish of the day on a tray, which included a giant lobster. The service was excellent, and the seafood was fresh and tasty. I would suggest ordering a side salad with the catch of the day fish as the white meat does become quite repetitive. The steak was slightly on the cold side when brought out, but cooked as ordered. Overall however a good place to go.

Website: here

Fresh fish to choose from

Ray layered with ruccola, tomatoes 12Euro
Fresh Fish of the day 7Euro/100g

Trattoria Al Refettorio

Carrero del Porxo (Vicolo Adami) n. 47, 07041 Alghero, Sardinia, Italy

This restaurant is hidden down an alley way in the old town. The best thing about the location is the outdoor seating which is situated underneath a long archway, making the setting quite romantic.  Inside was empty, however I would suspect that this is the case for most restaurants in Alghero during summer. The service was swift, although in some places patchy but overall quite good as we stayed till nearly midnight while having after dinner drinks. The seafood pasta was slightly lacking the promised seafood, however the flavours were fresh and robust. The muscle soup was also good, however I preferred the one from Kings Restaurant (below). This restaurant is a good option if you are staying for a week. Most Restaurants in Alghero are all genuinely good, you will not be disappointed if you come here, however you won’t be overwhelmed either. 

King’s Restaurant
Via Cavour 123 | Bastioni Marco Polo 507041 Alghero, SardiniaItaly

King's Restaurant is located on the 'Wall' with stunning views and it was mostly excellent. The service was attentive, and the dishes creative fresh and local. The muscle soup in particular was perfectly seasoned and the muscles very fresh. In fact, they were some of the best muscles I have had in a long time. We also shared a lobster pasta between three, and although the pasta was perfectly al’dante and the flavours rich and satisfying, there were loads of shell pieces all throughout the dish. A very dangerous and unprofessional oversight from the kitchen.

Ristorante Pizzeria "Les Monges"

Via Sant'Erasmo 14, 07041 Alghero, Sardinia, Italy

This is a great pizza restaurant, however if you have pizza they will not let you sit overlooking the harbour. This is a small price to pay as there is still seating alfresco style just a few steps down. There are loads of a la carte choices, however from my experience the pizza is the best choice. The staff are super friendly and are more than willing to suggest places for night life around Alghero.

Website: here

Where to stay

We rented a private let apartment with a company called Magic Orange. It was situated right in the old town and was perfectly equipped.  Polly, our contact, was very friendly and ensured we were happy and had everything we needed. I have seen two apartments from Magic Orange and both were perfectly clean and in a great location. Staying in the old town will give you a real sense of the culture in Alghero, I highly recommend, even though the kids in the streets can be slightly loud.


  1. Food is one of the keys to achieving an enjoyable holiday. Thank you for these fine restaurant reviews. Perhaps you can do some reviews too on Sardinia hotels on your next blog. :)

    1. Thank you for your comment, and you are welcome :)
      I only write about what I experience hence the quick blurb of the apartment where we stayed (which was brilliant by the way). However, would LOVE to go back to Sardinia and perhaps next time I will :) - any suggestions?