I am sure by now most of you have seen the famous picture of the Grotta Palazzese restaurant floating around Facebook with its ocean views, turquoise water, and dining area inside the caves. If not, let me remind you by sharing my very own photos of this beautiful place with a bit of narration so you can get an idea of what the experience was like for us. If you ever find yourself in Polignano de Mare, in the province of Bari, Italy- then this place is a must see. Let me warn you now though, it is a pretty penny to eat there, but it’s so worth it to be able to cross it off your bucket list.
Walking up to this unassuming location, you have no idea what you are about to enter.(I didn’t take this picture till on our wait out at 10:30 at night)
We had reservations for 7:30p.m. and after taking forever to find parking, we made it to the restaurant. After going down a million stairs, we finally arrived upon this view. It’s something isn’t it?
The first thing to do once you are seated is to choose from the menu. They had two tasting menu’s: One for 80 euro, the other for 100 euro. We chose the 100 euro tasting menu which included six courses, and that is per person!
After we ordered it was time to do the obligatory touristy thing and take lots and lots of photos. Here’s my hubby all gussied up!
I let him take one of me too…
The money shot…this is similar to the photo everyone has seen on Facebook.
There I am sitting at the first table to the entrance while Jayson went up towards the bathroom to take photos.
There’s our baby girl and me!
A very grainy iPhone picture of the view just before the sunset…
This was our first course, some kind of shrimp and cucumber thing, and that glass had Prosecco in it. Hubby doesn’t drink, so I had his (oh shucks!)
This was a weird one for me. That is smoked salmon, with cream cheese and avocado. It didn’t taste bad..it was just..weird.
This was by far my favorite dish. That is actually pasta with seafood and it was delicious!
This was my least favorite dish..that is fish, and the gravy was a bland and salty all at the same time.
More pasta, it wasn’t bad, but I didn’t eat much of it, too many carbs already!
Finally…dessert…it was a Bailey’s style dessert and all I can say is that it hit the spot.
And of course our night-time view..definitely my favorite.
So, let me just tell you, I have no regrets about coming here. Even though when it was all said in done it cost us $295 dollars (US) for two adults, and our daughter had some of our food. We got there at 7:30 and we didn’t get our dessert till after 10 p.m., so if you go, be prepared to be there for at least two and half to three hours. I would not advise this if you have little kiddos, but we did it, and we made it work. Sadie was ready to go half way into it though, so it was stressful keeping her calm throughout the evening.
On a final note, I have read reviews from TripAdvisor that complained that the service was rude, and the maître d’ was even ruder. We did NOT have that experience at all. The service was excellent, and the maître d’ was playing with our daughter and making her laugh. They were nothing but kind to us. The food was good, but it wasn’t great, so keep in mind when you go there, you aren’t paying for the food you are paying for the view. But for me, it was so worth it!