Dining in Dubrovnik, Croatia, is such a pleasure. Long, leisurely meals taken out of doors was the standard and many of the places that we ate at also had beautiful views of the Adriatic or Old Town. It was a feast for the eyes as well as the belly! Seafood lovers can rejoice as there is a an endless amount of it on offer here. But there are plenty of meat dishes, as well. We also found that there were plenty of options for vegetarian and vegans, as well. It was a good balance of everything.
Here are five fabulous places to eat (and one to drink!) in Dubrovnik, Croatia:
Part of the Nautika Collection, Dubravka is a super casual outdoor restaurant with lovely views of the Old Town Wall, Adriatic Sea and Fort Lovrijenac.
We only stopped in for a quick bite and we weren’t disappointed. The calamari was fried light and crisp and the Greek salad was fresh and very heavy on the feta.
Peppers Eatery was one of those places that I was hesitant to try because the menu was so all over the place. And like other places that I’ve doubted, Peppers surprised me in the best of ways.
We arrived as the sun was getting low and by the time we left, the outside seating area was lit up and looking pretty.
There were plates of crispy fried calamari, chicken satay and fritto mist di mare to start. All delicious.
The mains were perfectly prepared. The garlic herb butter on the fillet steak was irresistible and the swordfish was incredible with the pineapple salsa.
There may or may not have been a brownie with ice cream for dessert that didn’t last long enough to get a picture of it. Oops!
Located across from St. Ignatius of Loyola, Kopun serves up traditional dishes from Croatia set in a casual atmosphere.
Our starter, a generous portion of šporki makaruli (pasta with beef), was devoured by all three of us. I could have made this a main and been happy with it. The beef was slow cooked and tender and the homemade pasta was perfect for soaking up the sauce.
The marinated lamb leg was delicious and the green beans and potatoes that came with it reminded me of a dish that my mother cooks. Now when she comes to visit me this summer I’m going to have to have her make it for me!
The capon we had was based on a 16th century recipe and it was stewed with honey, sour oranges and white wine. It was served with barley which was probably the best barley I’ve ever had. It was slightly buttery tasting. So good.
The pašticada (stewed beef) with dumplings was so tender and the sauce was delicious. It had the perfect sauce for dipping bread into.
We were stuffed after our meal so we didn’t order dessert but we did discover a fantastic ice cream shop on our way back to the hotel. Ice cream is always a big part of our holidays. We seek it out everywhere we go. Is there a particular food that you look for when you travel?
Within the shadows of Fort Lovrijenac lies Restaurant Orhan.
Yet another restaurant with lovely views.
We all ended up eating the Spaghetti di Mare. Not necessarily the prettiest. It was tasty, though. It was made with fresh tomatoes and loads of seafood. Shelled seafood. I appreciated that. While I love the presentation of pasta with seafood in the shell it can be a pain to eat.
Restaurant 360 is Dubrovnik’s only Michelin Starred restaurant. We chose this restaurant to end our holiday in Dubrovnik.
The views are spectacular as you’re looking over the port.
We started with bread with truffle butter (to die for) and an amuse bouche of which my picture didn’t turn out very well at all. I guess it was only meant for us to see! I can tell you the baby aubergine (eggplant) literally melted in our mouths. I wish I knew how they prepared it.
Then we moved on to our starters. They were beautifully presented and equally beautiful in flavor. I know these pictures aren’t fabulous but I didn’t want to distract the others around us. I try to be discreet when taking pictures!
The scampi was crispy and resting on lightly pickled jerusalem artichoke and served with a cream sauce flavored with shrimp.
The creamy fois gras came with homemade toasted brioche and was served with quince gel and date cream.
The pan seared scallops were served with shaved truffle, crushed peas and leek confit.
At this point we were starting to feel full but we still had our mains to eat! I don’t know how we managed to eat it all but we did.
The sea bass was perfection. It had crispy skin and was served along with the creamiest garlic potato puree.
Two of us had the sous vide lamb with mediterranean herbs. It came with broccoli and a tzatsiki sauce.
We didn’t order dessert as we stopped by our favorite ice cream shop for a (big) scoop before dinner thinking that the portions would be tiny. They weren’t. Surprise!
But we didn’t leave without eating anything sweet. They brought us these chocolates. The white chocolate with lemon were divine. The chocolate truffle with an oreo coating were superb and the passionfruit cream and raspberry jelly was like eating mini cheesecakes.
Even though we did not eat here you can get drinks. Which we did. As I mentioned in my post about Dubrovnik, one of the locations gets terrible reviews. The location on Crijevićeva was lovely although a bit crowded.
The drinks are nothing special.
But the views are! There were also plenty of people cliff diving off the rocks into the water below the bar. It was fun to watch.
I hope you enjoyed reading about the restaurants and bars in Dubrovnik as much as I enjoyed visiting them!
What has been your most memorable food experience while traveling? Let me know in the comments area below.
Thank you for reading! Cheers!