Combining Italy’s food culture with this island’s unique culinary identity, Sardinia is filled with outstanding restaurants that take pride in the produce from both land and sea that’s so abundant here. Among the Italian island’s many celebrated places to eat, these are the five best restaurants in Sardinia for fine dining.
This relaxed fine dining restaurant lies within the coastal city of Olbia. The food here is based around Sardinia’s seasonal ingredients and the island’s culinary traditions, and each dish is then elevated with the chef’s creativity and appealing presentation. Try hearty Italian classics like Sardinian gnocchi with lamb ragout, and rabbit with lime and Vermentino olives, along with seafood dishes such as roulade of sea bass and shrimp with fava bean and mint cream. The wine selection here is equally as thoughtful with a number of labels representing the island.
I Frati Rossi
Located in Porto Cervo, this restaurant is perched on a hill that runs down to the sea, and is celebrated in particular for its sea views. Guests can sit on the restaurant’s terrace to savor these views while dining on traditional Sardinian cuisine with the local wine. The food here is based on the principles of home cooking, tradition and territory, taking premium seasonal ingredients—with a particular focus on the local fish and seafood—to create simple dishes, such as grilled shrimp, baked fish of the day, spaghetti with lobster and gnocchi with pesto. Much of the focus is on regional and national wines but labels from exclusive international wineries also have their place.
Tucked into the old town of Sardinia’s medieval city Alghero, Ristorante Al Tuguri draws gastronomes in for its culinary offering that blends inventive cooking techniques and Sardinian tradition, as well as for its atmospheric dining space within a historic building facing onto a cobbled street. The chef and owner of Al Tuguri, Benito Carbonella, creates the menu based on the ingredients of the season, advising the best wine to pair with each dish. Diners can choose between the fisherman’s menu, menu of the territory, and the market gardener’s menu, or dine a la carte with options ranging from fettuccine with marinated tuna to bavette with Bottarga caviar and basil.
This restaurant was established by Filippo Deiddo and his wife Ester in 1967, before being passed down the family, and now it’s Stefano Deiddo that’s behind the food here. Dishes embracing seasonality and simplicity have won Dal Corsaro its Michelin star, and these plates can be tried in seven, nine and 11-course tasting menus, incorporating specialties such as shrimp and vegetable carpaccio, ravioli of Pecorino and pork with Jerusalem artichoke and garlic.
Ristorante Il Fuoco Sacro
Named ‘sacred fire’ after the passion that’s poured into the food, this restaurant lies within the Relais & Chateaux boutique hotel Petra Segreta, which sits overlooking Costa Smeralda with the islands of Caprera, Maddalena and Corsica on the horizon. Here guests can sit in the elegant dining room with a view over the Gulf of Arzachena or out on the veranda to savor the cuisine of accomplished chef Luigi Bergeretto. Tasting menus based around seafood, meat and vegetables are offered, with a la carte options including a range of pasta, pizza and classic Italian desserts.