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Bucket List Dining | Grotta Palazzese


An exclusive restaurant nestled in the side of a sea cliff, Grotta Palazzese is an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime dining experience. Located in Polignano a Mare, this restaurant specializes in Apulian cuisine and boasts exceptional views of the Adriatic Sea. There is even a man who plays his saxaphone live, which my boyfriend and I had front row seats to as we wined and dined there for our one year anniversary. It made it even that more magical that our reservation overlapped with golden hour, which all credit goes to Mario. It was the greatest surprise and I'm the luckiest girl in the world.

This restaurant has become extremely popular within the last couple of years after the likes of Pinterest bloggers and social media influencers discovered this Pugliese gem. After seeing countless photos and TikToks of this restaurant, it's no wonder that you have to book months in advance in order to secure a table. And coming from someone who had the chance to experience the beauty firsthand, it's an absolute must if you're visiting Puglia.

If you aren't staying at the hotel or in Polignano a Mare, there is parking offsite with a complimentary shuttle service that takes you through the narrow streets directly to the restaurant doorsteps. Then you descend down a couple flights of stairs to a breathtaking view and unrivalled atmosphere. You are then greeted by the kind host who will escort you to your reserved table and your dining experience begins. Of course, with photo opps snuck in between. You're in a restaurant inside a sea cliff after all!

So it's clear the restaurant is super insta-worthy and a treat for all the senses, but the question that remains is "how is the food?!" Well, I'm pleased to say that it was a culinary masterpiece as we partook in a three-course meal. I'll be the first to admit that I'm not a savant when it comes to fine dining, but it was everything and more than I could have imagined.

Grazie mille Grotta Palazzese - you were an absolute dream!


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