Top Dubrovnik Restaurants

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In popular Dubrovnik, restaurant prices tend to be higher than in many other cities in Croatia. But those willing to spend a little more can enjoy meals of international quality — Dubrovnik just earned its first Michelin star — in wonderfully atmospheric settings. The seafood is especially delicious.

In addition to the restaurants below, I also very much enjoyed our dinners at Villa Dubrovnik’s Italian-Mediterranean Restaurant Pjerin and Villa Orsula's Peruvian-Adriadic Victoria Restaurant & Lounge Bar. Both have patios with sublime views of the sea and old Dubrovnik.

Nautika Restaurant

Tuna tartar with garlic sprouts and wasabi from <em>Nautika Restaurant</em> in Dubrovnik, Croatia
Tuna tartar with garlic sprouts and wasabi from Nautika Restaurant in Dubrovnik, Croatia - Photo by Hideaway Report editor

Formal Nautika may be old news, having opened in 2002, but it should still be on the list for any gourmand visiting the city. The interior of the mansion-like restaurant is pretty, and its terrace has unforgettable views of the rocky cove between the Bokar bastion and the Lovrijenac fortress. My reservation guaranteed me an ideal table on the terrace’s edge, one of the most romantic spots in the entire city. Rather than the culinary fireworks of Restaurant 360° (below), Nautika serves more-classic dishes that are simply exquisite. I relished a course of flawless prawns atop rich polenta with goat cheese cream and almond flakes; superb veal tenderloin with Malvasija wine sauce, truffle jus and minted pea mousse; and a dessert of mille-feuille with orange-mascarpone cream and Prošek (sweet wine) gelée. Gracious sommelier Vinko Fornažar masterfully paired local wines with each dish. Some pooh-pooh Nautika as being old-fashioned and overpriced, but I loved every minute of my meal.

Nautika Restaurant
Brsalje 3. Tel. (385) 20-442-526

Proto Fish Restaurant

Olive tapenade-crusted sea bass with purées of carrots and peas from <em>Proto Fish Restaurant</em>
Olive tapenade-crusted sea bass with purées of carrots and peas from Proto Fish Restaurant - Photo by Hideaway Report editor

In the center of the walled city, Proto has outdoor seating on its pedestrian-only street, but the shady roof terrace is a far more attractive place to dine. It feels like the deck of a large yacht, as befits Proto’s seafood-focused menu (meat dishes are also available). My smoked-tuna appetizer with arugula, capers and sun-dried tomatoes tasted bright and well-balanced, and my main course of tapenade-crusted sea bass with purées of carrots and peas was impeccably fresh and flaky. Some refined and citrusy Grgić Pošip paired beautifully.

Proto Fish Restaurant
Široka 1. Tel. (385) 20-323-234

Restaurant 360°

Sea bass with cuttlefish rosettes, lemon cream, potato-garlic cream and purée of chard and parsley from <em>Restaurant 360°</em>
Sea bass with cuttlefish rosettes, lemon cream, potato-garlic cream and purée of chard and parsley from Restaurant 360° - Photo by Hideaway Report editor

Dubrovnik’s most stylish restaurant earned a Michelin star shortly before I dined there. Alas, its unique terrace on the ramparts above the old port had not yet opened. Fortunately, the interior space was attractive, and the food made me forget about the lack of a view. It’s possible to order à la carte, but I opted for the Retrospective tasting menu, featuring modern takes on Croatian classics (an even more contemporary tasting menu was also available). A buttery carrot course proved surprisingly delightful, as did a dish of tender sous-vide octopus tentacles with sweet glazed fennel, a deep fish reduction and delicate ravioli filled with lime cream. I also appreciated chef Marijo Curić’s interpretation of Dalmatia’s classic sea bass with boiled potatoes and Swiss chard. Add in highly professional service and a huge selection of wines by the glass, and it’s easy to see why 360° has earned such praise.

Restaurant 360°
Svetog Dominika BB. Tel. (385) 20-322-222

Restaurant Posat

The second floor of <em>Restaurant Posat</em>, offering views of the walls of Dubrovnik and beyond
The second floor of Restaurant Posat, offering views of the walls of Dubrovnik and beyond - Photo by Hideaway Report editor

A parking lot stands between this seafood restaurant and the view, making it wise to avoid the sidewalk tables. The industrial-chic second floor is much nicer, with floor-to-ceiling glass windows affording views of the terrace and the walls of Dubrovnik beyond. Lunch started with an irresistible bread service, including fresh cornbread and black bread spiked with cuttlefish ink and herbs. The swordfish carpaccio — topped with a fresh orange sauce and olive oil — melted in my mouth, and delicious homemade pljukanci pasta (like elongated gnocchi) came with shrimp, scallops, a langoustine and surprisingly thick slices of black truffle, all in a rich shrimp bisque-like sauce.

Restaurant Posat
Uz Posat 1. Tel. (385) 20-421-194

Restaurant Stara Loza

Tuna steak with broccoli, chard, fennel, capers, baked olives and samphire from <em>Restaurant Stara Loza</em>
Tuna steak with broccoli, chard, fennel, capers, baked olives and samphire from Restaurant Stara Loza - Photo by Hideaway Report editor

The most casual of the restaurants I tried in Dubrovnik, Stara Loza is in the Prijeko Palace hotel on the north side of the old center. The roof terrace was unfortunately still closed when I dined here, but the sidewalk tables provided some fun people-watching. I had a simple and satisfying lunch of crunchy vegetable tempura with red bell pepper cream and mint mayonnaise, and a perfectly fresh medium-rare tuna steak with zucchini, mangold (chard), capers and samphire.

Restaurant Stara Loza
Prijeko 22. Tel. (385) 20-321-145


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