Eating out is one of the highlights of a vacation for many holidaymakers, and a superb choice of delightful cuisine can be found in the many Gibraltar restaurants. Although there are a few holiday apartments in Gibraltar with self catering facilities, the choice is nowhere near as vast as can be found is some of the more popular Spanish holiday resorts such as Benidorm.
With Gibraltar's tiny land mass of less than 7 square kilometres, real estate is prime and comes with a hefty price tag, making it more feasible to build a hotel than a holiday apartment, so eating out is the only option for many visitors. But hey, we all work hard and deserve the luxuries we afford ourselves during a holiday, so get out there and discover the great choice of Gibraltar Restaurants.
The vast majority of Gibraltar Restaurants are located on the west side of the Rock, with a small scattering on the east side near Catalan Bay, a cafeteria at the cable car top station offering spectacular views, and a further small choice nearer the southern tip of the Rock around Rosia Bay. The main areas for dining out are conveniently close to many of Gibraltar's hotels so most visitors needn't worry about driving or the expense of taking a taxi when heading out for a meal. The most popular areas are around the glamorous Ocean Village Marina, lively Grand Casemates Square, all along the Main Street in the central district, Irish Town and along Queensway Road in the harbour.
The choice of Gibraltar restaurants and the variety of cuisine they offer is fantastic, although on a whole more pricey than one would find in similar sized Spanish holiday resort towns. This can be expected with the higher purchase prices and monthly rental of property in Gibraltar, as well as the currency being the pound sterling. Restaurant choices run from small traditional tapas bars, to prestigious award winning restaurants, some found in Gibraltars four and five star luxury hotels. In between these choices are a number of British bars and restaurants, steak houses, seafood restaurants, sushi bars, Spanish, Italian, Moroccan, Indian and Chinese just to name a few.
Sky Restaurant – Located on the top deck of the luxurious five star Sunborn Superyacht Hotel, members of the public are welcome to dine in this upmarket restaurant that offers a classic Mediterranean menu with a contemporary twist, grill station serving delicious meats and fish, and an indulgent dessert and wine menu.
La Sala Restaurant – Also located on-board the Sunborn, La Sala boasts a central cocktail bar surrounded by comfortable seating where diners can choose from a great value weekly set lunch menu or an a la carte menu featuring both Spanish and international dishes. La Sala is also a popular evening venue for live music and top DJ sets.
Rock Hotel Restaurant – Delightful afternoon teas are a highlight at this beautiful colonial style restaurant with wonderful views and also one of the best club sandwiches to be found in Gibraltar. Past diners include the much loved British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill.
Nunos Italian Restaurant – Located in the Caleta Hotel on the east side of Rock, the AA Rosette Award winning Nunos is well worth the drive or taxi journey to get to it. Featuring fine Italian cuisine in sophisticated surroundings, Nunos use only the freshest ingredients to create their delectable dishes which include favourites such as smoked octopus and grilled sea bass.
The Landings Restaurant – With a wonderfully diverse a la carte menu, it's hard to define which category to put this hugely popular restaurant into, but the fact they lay on a themed Burns Night cooked by a Scottish chef and complete with a piper, we'll call it British. Located along Queensway Quay, The Landings boasts superb views and fantastic meat and fish dishes.
The Clipper – Well known for its excellent value and full English breakfast, The Clipper is located in the popular area of Irish Town and serves classic British favourites such as Sunday roast, fish & chips, and steak & ale pie.
Roy's Cod Place – Located in the lively Grand Casemates Square, Roy's is a local institute that keeps customers coming back time after time for their great portions of fresh fish & chips with mushy peas that can be enjoyed on the lovely outdoor patio.
The Lord Nelson – Also found in the Square, The Lord Nelson offers good portions of no nonsense pub grub and has a nice atmosphere, favoured by the local expat community. They also do great ales and Guinness as well as delicious wraps.
Gibraltar Arms – Located just off Main Street near the Cathedral of Saint Mary the Crowned, this is one of the few Gibraltar restaurants open on a Sunday and offers a choice of English breakfasts, great portions of Sunday roast and good old fish & chips.
La Mamela – Located on Sir Herbert Miles Road in Catalan Bay, La Mamela specialise in fresh fish dishes and delicious paellas served with a friendly smile. The sizzling king prawns and fisherman's soup are particularly good and the service is fast and attentive.
Cafe Solo – A relaxed atmosphere for people watching in Grand Casemates Square, Cafe Solo offer a varied Mediterranean menu including good portions of freshly made pizzas, pasta, tapas and crispy salads as well as an inventive daily specials board.
La Terrazita – An unpretentious little place with a big reputation, especially for their wonderful choice of delicious tapas. Located just off Main Street near Marks & Spencer, La Terrazita offers good value meals and tapas including an excellent John Dory and traditional tripe stew.
Hacienda Patagonica – A meat lovers paradise located on Parliament Lane in Irish Town, Patagonica boasts a huge and delicious mixed grill, Argentinean steaks and a tapas bar with a good choice of accompanying wines.
Moroccan Restaurant – Located just off Turnbull's Lane near Grand Casemates Square, this little one man band style restaurant, with a quirky owner is a hidden gem serving a taste of north Africa, impromptu barbecues and superb traditional tagines.
Charlie's Tavern – Quite a few of the Gibraltar restaurants have an Asian theme, even if they don't have an Asian name like the very popular Charlies Tavern located in Ocean Village Marina. Charlie's boasts an Indian theme with some very interesting menu choices such as the Trash Bucket (mixed seafood) and Charlie's Spear (huge mixed meat skewer).
Raj's Curry House – Located on Queensway Road in the harbour, Raj uses authentic herbs and spices to create mouthwatering curry favourites accompanied by delicious sides, a variety of rices, pickles and friendly, attentive service.
Wagamama – A southeast Asian favourite that has branches in the UK and serves a good selection of seafood, ramen dishes and Asian beers in a delightful setting overlooking the Ocean Village Marina.
Sai Darbar – Located in the central district at the beginning of Prince Edwards Road, this is primarily a take away with a couple of tables, and one of the very few vegetarian options out of all the Gibraltar restaurants. The food is delicious and the owner Ramu, a delightful chap.
Shanghai Gardens – Enjoying a lovely position on the Ocean Village promenade, visitors can expect Asian fusion cooking at Shanghai Gardens that can be a bit on the mild side so if you like it spicy like traditional Thai, just ask.
Lek Bangkok – Again, ask for spicy if that's your thing in this little Thai restaurant and takeaway with seating upstairs. Located on Europort Road in the Euro Towers, they do traditional favourites such as red and green Thai curries and delicious Bangkok fried rice.