Reservations at Grotta Palazzese Cave Restaurant
You will definitely want to make reservations, especially if you are visiting during peak season. During July when we went there were just two seatings per night – one at 7:30 and one at 10:30.
As of right now (2022), the time limit on dinner is two hours so you will choose which two hour slot you’d like to join. The options are from 6 to 8pm, from 7 to 9pm, from 8:30 to 10:30pm, from 9:30 to 11:30pm, or from 10:30 to 00:30am.
When we went we dined at 7:30 which was the perfect timing in my opinion. I would try to get your reservation as close to that as possible. This way you will arrive while it is still light out and you can catch the sunset (depending on time of year, this will vary).
You must make a reservation in advance. You can do so on their site here.
Do note that you cannot choose a table in advance, they are assigned on arrival. Guests of their hotel, Hotel Grotta Palazzese, are the only people guaranteed a table along the railing overlooking the sea. Perhaps a good reason to stay at their hotel, depending on how serious you are about your table arrangement!
When we arrived around 7 for our 7:30 reservation there were already dozens of people in line before us. But don’t stress too much! Every seat in the house is amazing (honestly).