With a seaside location and a history of maritime trade, it’s no wonder much of Dubrovnik’s local cuisine includes freshly caught fish and seafood, grilled with local olive oil, garlic and lemon. Italian influences can be experienced as well, with many pasta and risotto dishes, often served with a squid ink sauce. |
Many of Dubrovnik’s local resto’s also serve oysters that have been freshly farmed from an oyster bed located 60km from shore. And if desserts are your thing, you will need to try Dubrovniks’ most famous dessert, crème caramel pudding, known locally as Dubrovacki Rozata...
Whatever your gastronomic preferences, you will not be disappointed in the local cuisine of Dubrovnik, or the number of quality establishments to enjoy a wonderful meal. Here are four I recommend.
A popular seafood restaurant located in the old harbour along the city walls, Lokanda Peskerija offers a limited but authentic Croatian menu amongst a rustic vibe. Popular menu items include traditional local cuisine favourites such as calamari, grilled prawns, mussels in wine sauce, cuttlefish risotto, and octopus salad, all served in small pots. Try to grab a table on the terrace under an umbrella for views of the harbour.
Located on the small, quiet island of Kolocep, Villa Ruza has an easy, laid-back atmosphere and is accessible by taxi boat. The sunset views can’t be beat and the restaurant will even provide guests with blankets on cool evenings.
Popular is the grilled “catch of the day” fish fillet and freshly-baked bread. You may also want to start your meal with a choice of smoked swordfish carpaccio with crushed pepper, marinated zucchini, tempura prawns or the beef tagliatelle pasta with truffles. Delicious!
Located a little outside the old town and opposite the Valamar President Hotel is Restaurant Komin, a traditional Croatian restaurant. Serving simple but hearty local cuisine, the charm of this restaurant rests in the open grill in the middle of the eatery. Choose grilled lobster, lamb, or fish with veggies roasted on the grill and you will not be disappointed.
If you’re not in a hurry, order Peka – a Croatian tradition of cooking food slowly in a shallow but wide dish with a terracotta or metal lid over burning wood embers for several hours, producing a flavour like none other. Request a seat on the terrace, as the parkland makes for a lovely setting for dining outdoors.
Located outside of the old city, it’s no secret that Pantarul is one of the most popular restaurants for authentic local cuisine and attentive service. Reservations are not only recommended, they are a necessity and should be made well in advance.
The fillet of beef is a favourite, as are the scallops, calamari risotto, and tuna dishes. You can even order a fried chicken starter dish with garlic mashed potatoes – something a little different than the usual Mediterranean fare popular to the area.
With so many delicious options to choose from, however, you may want to opt for the tasting menu, and be treated with a variety of small dishes and wine pairings sure to please every palate.
John Dixon is an experienced world traveller and the Managing Director of Prestige Holidays. For over 30 years, he has been providing luxury holidays in Croatia, Bermuda, Sicily and many other destinations around the globe to explore thelocal cuisine, culture and attractions. John tries to visit each of the destinations regularly in order to ensure the quality of his properties, and stay up-to-date about the latest local news and events. He has a taste for the finer things in life and has an interest in arts, history and culture.
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