Da Adolfo: Beach Restaurant in Positano

From the moment we pulled into the port in Positano and I spotted a boat with a little red sign, I knew I was going to love Da Adolfo.

Da Adolfo Boat

You see, the only way to reach Da Adolfo, which is nestled on a private beach, is by boat.

The view of Positano as you pull away is gorgeous, and it is easy to become lost in the scenery in the 5 minute ride.

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Almost too soon, you pull up to simple dock and pebbly beach.

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Da Adolfo is part beach club, and part restaurant.

Most people go for the food, but by our second trip, we had learned better and also booked our lettini (beach chairs) ahead of time.

Positano Italy beach restaurant

At just €8 for the day, Da Adolfo has some of the most affordable beachside loungers in Positano.  Add a €5 umbrella, dump your towel to mark your spot, and wade into the clear cool sea.

Positano Da Adolfo

But really? Obviously, you go for the food.

On our first visit I spotted a plate that read “Da Natalie” instead of “Da Adolfo.”

I nearly lost my mind.

“Ma, perchè??” I kept asking the waiters, who had NO IDEA why there was a plate named after Natalie, but dutifully pulled it from the pile for me.

Mozzarella grilled on lemon leaves

We started, as you should, will mozzarella grilled on lemon leaves.

“Can I eat the leaf?” I asked the waiter.

“You can try!” he laughed.

So, no. Don’t try to eat the leaves, but do order the dish because the melted cheese is imparted with a slightly citrusy flavor that I can’t stop thinking about.

Da Adolfo Positano Menu

What to order next?

The daily menu, written on a chalkboard, is fish heavy.  The beachside setting is perfect for seafood, and if you are in the mood, don’t pass up a full fish grilled fresh to order.

Da adolfo clam pasta

Having indulged a bit in a seafood dinner, we honed in on the pasta.

Jimmy went with the classic vongole (clams) and liked it so much that he only allowed me one tiny bite.  Al dente and the right amount of sauce, he declared.

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I was too intrigued to pass up the house special – a kind of pesto made with almonds, friggitelli (mild green peppers), and cheese.

Smoky, salty, perfection.

Da Adolfo Peach Sangria

And to drink? Well, white wine with peaches, naturally.

They humored our three-hour lunch session in which we ordered a second pitcher to toast our incredible luck at having found such a perfect Amalfi Coast restaurant.

Da Adolfo restaurant amalfi coast

However, when I tried to insist that I wanted to buy the “Da Natalie” plate, I think they thought it was the white wine and peaches talking.

But I really wanted that plate…

Jimmy and I loved Da Adolfo so much that we went back to celebrate our anniversary. Knowing that Da Adolfo is just one train, one ferry ride, and a little red fish topped boat away is going to get dangerous.

Go. Go and toast your good fortune.

Da Adolfo
Via Laurito, 40,
Positano, Italy

Reservations required: +39 089 875022

Lunch from 1 pm on.

16 Comments

  • Reply Gillian August 8, 2016 at 11:29 am

    We have celebrated many a wedding anniversary and birthday lounging and eating and drinking white wine and peaches at Da Adolfo!

    • Reply Natalie August 8, 2016 at 9:36 pm

      I don’t know that we will be able to celebrate anywhere else!

  • Reply Cathy C August 8, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    Dio mio, I need to eat that mozzarella.

    • Reply Natalie August 8, 2016 at 9:33 pm

      Yes, yes you do.

      We all do.

      SO GOOD!

  • Reply Divya August 8, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    Mozzarella grilled on lemon leaves? I’m losing my mind, that sounds SO damn good and green pepper pesto? Holy moly!

    Also, happy anniversary! 🙂

    • Reply Natalie August 9, 2016 at 9:22 am

      Yes. Yes. Yes! All of it! Plus, whole grilled fresh fiiiiish.

      And thank you 🙂

  • Reply Meagan August 9, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    Loved this post, Natalie! Makes me want to go back like NOW. I want to eat every single thing you photographed. Time to start planning our next trip!

    • Reply Natalie August 9, 2016 at 6:34 pm

      Thanks, Meagan! I can’t wait to go back!!

  • Reply Paola Lauretano August 11, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    I love Positano, delicious food!!!
    Kisses, Paola.

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    • Reply Natalie August 12, 2016 at 8:16 am

      Such a gorgeous town!

  • Reply Gabriella Cuzzola June 14, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    Hi! How do you reserve a sun bed? Is it through the restaurant?

    • Reply Natalie June 16, 2017 at 9:17 am

      Hi Gabriella – yes indeed! They keep all the notes in one reservation book.

  • Reply Allen October 17, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    Hi,
    Do you know if Da Adolfo is open in November?

    • Reply Natalie October 20, 2017 at 12:15 pm

      Hi Allen – I emailed them to ask but have not heard back. You might want to give them a quick call because calling is the only way to make a reservation.

  • Reply Scott June 10, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    Is that part of the Treville Beach Club? Will definitely stop there on my next trip to Italia.

  • Reply Megan July 31, 2018 at 9:41 pm

    Does the boat over only run at specific times or will they tell you what boat to take when you make a reservation? Also, is this an all-day affair or is there a specific time of day you’d recommend?

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