Via Marina Grande 216, Sorrento, 80067
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Great views / scenery
Expert review of Bagni Delfino
Marina Grande feels like another Sorrento altogether - and one I much prefer. It has the feel of a Sorrento 50 years ago; the boats are still put out to sea to catch fish, the nets are still mended portside, and there is little here apart from the tiny church of Sant'Anna, a few restaurants and the beach. Thanks to the fact that it's a little bit of a walk from the centre, it's mercifully free of crowds too. Jutting out, as it does, over the sea, Bagni Delfino is the place for those looking for a sea view with their seafood. The restaurant is a long and narrow (three tables wide) bathing platform with a roof on top. If you fancy a swim (not too soon) after lunch, there are steps off the platform straight into the sea.
Fresh fish is the thing here in all its various guises: seafood risotto, pasta bows with mussels, the fresh 'catch of the day' - but if you're after a quick lunch, then a plate of gnocchi with a simple tomato sauce, or a pizza, will suit a smaller appetite. Wine by the carafe is a good way of reducing the bill. On the evening of my last visit, the meal got off to a great start with complimentary fresh bruschetta covered in a garlicky tomato topping, and I followed it up with a sensational spaghetti alle vongole (clams).
The interior is simple (plastic tables and chairs, with umbrellas, on the outside deck, but the table napkins are linen) and the clientele on my visit had all eaten here before and were greeted by the waiter.
Service is friendly and waiting staff are happy to make recommendations of whatever is particularly good that day. Families enjoy the relaxed atmosphere (and the kids particularly enjoy the proximity to the water).
Pretty Marina Grande is the setting for Bagni Delfino so you can watch the boats bobbing as you tuck into a fish supper. It's a pleasant 10-minute walk from central Sorrento down to the harbour and, if it gets late and too dark to see your footfalls, you can just take the bus back (Linea D).
Depending on whether you choose a simple omelette or 'catch of the day' (priced by weight at around 55 euros per kilo so be sure to find out how much fish you'll be served) the price will be around 20 euros to 50 euros. A plate of spaghetti, wine, water, cover and a 2 euro tip is around 30 euros. A limoncello after your meal is usually free.
If the weather is fine, there are tables on the deck that are literally over the sea. If it's a bit cooler, then a table by the window will offer a lovely view of Marina Grande without the sea breeze.
More information on Bagni Delfino:
- Price guide:
- Italian, Pizza, Seafood
- Via Marina Grande 216, Sorrento, 80067
- 081 878 2038
- Opening times:
- Daily noon-3.30pm, 6.30-10.30pm. Closed November-March.
- Accepts Credit Cards: