Where to Eat in Capri, Italy

For over thirty years, my in-laws have spent two to four weeks on the gorgeous island of Capri, Italy. Over time they have gotten to know the shopkeepers, hoteliers, and restauranteurs, and many have become close personal friends. Clearly over that stretch of time they’ve also learned where to eat in Capri. We were thrilled to join them last year for five days in Capri, and even happier to see that some of our favorite restaurants from our last visit 13 years prior were still there.

I’ve put together a list of some of our very favorites in Capri to help with your trip planning.

1. Villa Verde

You can’t spend time in Capri without at least one meal at Villa Verde (we went twice in five days.) As you walk in you’ll notice the wall of celebrity pictures (see if you can find the non-celebrity photos of Ellen and Arnold Gruber), and those aren’t all from decades ago. One of the nights we ate at Villa Verde, Magic Johnson was also eating there with his wife. Magic is a fan of Capri and you’ll see his yacht anchored in the harbor frequently. Earlier in the week we saw him walking through town with Samuel L. Jackson.

When you go to Villa Verde, you’ll want to sit in the expansive garden. The dedicated staff has worked here for years so you are ensured top notch service, service that sometimes goes back generations. Everything here is fresh and “from their garden” but there are a few specialties you’ll want to try. First, the fried stuffed zucchini flowers are some of the best that I’ve ever had.

Where to eat in Capri, Italy -- Villa Verde is a must for its fried zucchini flowers and pasta fagioli
Villa Verde’s fried zucchini flowers

Another dish that you just have to order at Villa Verde is the pasta e fagioli. It is more like a pasta dish than a soup, and it is absolutely delicious. But you don’t order it just for the taste, you’ll also enjoy the theatrical presentation — but I don’t want to ruin the surprise.

Where to eat in Capri, Italy
Villa Verde’s pasta e fagioli

I was also completely blown away by the Veal Milanese. I usually don’t order veal but when I had a bite of my in-laws, I just couldn’t stopping stealing from their plates. It is so incredibly tender with crisp breading on the outside. For dessert, try the wild strawberry tart. You will see these tiny wild strawberries throughout Capri and if you like strawberries, you should get them…every…single…time.

Where to eat in Capri, Italy
Wild strawberry tart at Villa Verde

Villa Verde is located at Via Sella Orta, 6; +39 081 837 7024.

2. Terrazza Brunella

Terrazza Brunella at Hotel Villa Brunella offers one of the most spectacular views in Capri, and one of the most delicious meals. I’ve been here for lunch a few times and it is easily one of my favorite restaurants in Capri.

Where to eat in Capri, Italy -- Terrazza Brunella
The view from Terrazzo Brunella

All of the pastas are amazing, as is the lemon risotto, but my favorite is the pasta with eggplant, tomatoes and fresh mozzarella.

Where to eat in Capri, Italy -- Terrazza Brunella

Terrazza Brunella is located at Via Tragara, 24, not far from the Faraglioni Rocks viewpoint. Tel. +39 081 8370122, [email protected].

3. Da Paolino Lemon Trees

It is a bit of a hike to get down to Da Paolino, but it is worth the price of the cab. You will be seated in a lemon grove lit with twinkling lights and the sound of trickling water fountains in the background. Watch out for those lemons because they are as big as a grapefruit so you wouldn’t want one falling on your head. As you can imagine, everything is here lemon themed. From lemon pasta to salt-crusted branzino with lemon, to grilled mozzarella in lemon leaves — and everything is delicious.

Where to eat in Capri, Italy
Our meal in the lemon grove at Da Paolino

You’ll start off with an abundant buffet of antipasti with grilled vegetables, seafood, cheese, olives and more than you could eat for your entire dinner. I fell in love with the zucchine alla scapece — lightly sautéed zucchini finished with vinegar and mint. It was so good that I had to recreate it with some fresh zucchini from my garden last summer. As generous as the portions are, you’ll want to save room for dessert. The dessert buffet is set in its own climate controlled room. Just imagine, a room full of dessert! And of course, Paolino won’t let you leave without a sample of their very own limoncello.

Via Palazzo a Mare, 11, Phone +39 081 8376102, [email protected].

4. Ai Faraglioni

Named after the famous Faraglioni rocks, Ai Faraglioni has been a favorite of my in-laws for many years. Instead of being stuck inside, at Faraglioni you can eat outside at a table lining the popular Via Camerelle, tucked away in your private little booth while doing some people watching of the tourists walking by. They are well-known for their lemon risotto and their seafood, including urchin and crab. Any of their salt-encrusted fish are delicious, especially the branzino. My father-in-law is a fan of the chef’s egg specialty.

Where to eat in Capri, Italy

Ai Faraglioni is located at Via Camerelle, 75, Tel. +39 081 8370320, .

5. Buonocore Gelateria

If you are walking through town during the day, you’ll inevitably smell the mouth-watering aroma of freshly baked waffle cones at Buonocore. As you can imagine, the thing to get here is gelato — in a cone. It may be messy to eat, but it is delicious.

Where to eat in Capri, Italy -- Villa Verde is a must for its fried zucchini flowers and pasta fagioli
Thoroughly enjoying the gelato from Buonocore and the homemade waffle cone

Buonocore Gelateria is located at Via Vittorio Emanuele 35Capri.

6. Lemon Granita stand

If you take a walk up Via Tragara to the Faraglioni rock view point, you’ll probably hear singing from up ahead. The joyous song is coming from the small lemon granita stand close to the path down to the beach. You’ll want to stop and sample the icy cold lemon granita, which is so refreshing on a hot day and the service couldn’t be more pleasant.

Where to eat in Capri, Italy -- Villa Verde is a must for its fried zucchini flowers and pasta fagioli
The famous singing granita maker

Bonus: La Scalinatella

The reason this is a bonus, even though I think it may just have the best food on the island, is that the restaurant at La Scalinatella Hotel is only open for lunch and only for guests of the Morgano Hotels — La Scalinatella, Casa Morgano, and Grand Hotel Quisisana. If you are lucky enough to be staying at one of those hotels, you must go. My in-laws have been stayed at the Scalinatella for years and last year we stayed next door at Casa Morgano (Scalinatella is strictly adults only but Casa Morgano accepts kids.)

Lunch here is not going to be a quick affair, but you are in for a treat so relax and settle in for the ride. There is no fixed menu and the waiter will list the dishes of the day for you to choose from. I recommend starting off with one of their amazing peach bellinis and snacking on their light and crispy zucchini fritti while you wait.

The pasta is delicious but you really want to sample their fresh seafood. Everything is fresh from the sea and offered in abundance. I’ve had crab the size of my head and the spaghetti vongole has enough small, delicate clams to feed an army (see below.)

Hotel La Scalinatella is located at Via Tragara, 8, Tel. +39 081 8370633, [email protected].

Where to eat in Capri, Italy
Spaghetti vongole from La Scalinatella

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Publish Date: July 1, 2015

13 thoughts on “Where to Eat in Capri, Italy”

  1. fabulous tips. Do you recommend reservations? Could we do “walk-in?” We are only on capri through a day tour and im not Sure of Exact timing of where we’ll be On our free time.

    1. Hmm, definitely for dinner but it sounds like you will be there for lunch. I would highly suggest lunch reservations at Terraza Brunella but you could probably walk in to Villa Verde, it is quite large.

  2. Starting our Italy vacation this October with Capri and Amalfi. Your post will be a useful reference point. Thanks 🙂

  3. I am so envious! When I first went to Capri I was visiting on a day trip from Rome. I absolutely wanted to stay overnight but alas we had to depart by 7 which is when the restaurants begin to open for dinner service. There’s always a reason to return – the food if not for the spectacular scenery.

    1. It is a very different place in the late afternoon and evenings. If you can stay I highly recommend it!

  4. Wow! We never got the chance to visit Capri because there was no time but I’m definitely going to have to go back, thanks for the tips 🙂 your pictures look good enough to eat!

  5. Esther of Local Adventurer

    that is so cool! I’d love to pick a place and make it our place where we go every year and get to know it like it’s our second home. 🙂

  6. I love pasta e fagioli so simple and delicious. I have never had a bad meal anywhere in Italy!

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