Restaurants in Dubrovnik are aplenty, but it’s important to weed out the gems from the absolute tourist traps (and trust me, there are some!). From high-end, high-priced tasting menus, to cheap as chips, and mouthwateringly good takeaway food – here are 7 restaurants I urge you to visit on your travels to Dubrovnik.
Where? In Lapad, Kralja Tomislava 1
Why? I’d heard incredible things about the restaurant and was eager to try it – and it was next door to our apartment! It’s got a fantastic laid back vibe but definitely doesn’t scrimp when it comes to high quality food.
Can you book? Yes, and I definitely recommend you to in advance. We could only get in at a lunchtime!
I recommend: Pan seared scallops wrapped in bacon to start, the gnocchi with roast lamb and peas for mains and the almond brittle and caramel semifreddo for dessert. They also had the most phenomenal octopus as a special, so be sure to check out that day’s offer.
Where? In the harbour of the Old Town.
Why? Poklisar is definitely an affordable place to eat – especially for Old Town prices. It also had the cheapest wine we drank in the Old Town (100kn a bottle compared to 250kn elsewhere. The food was also beautifully complimented by the stunning al fresco setting.
Can you book? Yes. We booked online, however the space outside is huge so we did eat there another night without booking.
I recommend: The mussels or marinated anchovies to start, and either the seafood risotto or seafood pizza for main. They also have an ice-cream bar attached to the restaurant but I recommend grabbing a takeaway cone and sitting on the harbour edge instead.
3. Restaurant 360º
Where? Old Town walls
Why? Aside from the incredible food, the setting of this restaurant needs to be experienced to be believed. It’s the perfect place for a romantic, special meal.
Can you book? Yes, and you need to do it at LEAST two days before.
I recommend: The smoked mackerel to start followed by the pan seared pigeon breast.
4. Azur Vision
Where? Down a tiny alleyway in the Old Town.
Why? Again, word of mouth drew us to this place and we weren’t disappointed. A tiny alleyway, and an even tinier restaurant – but the atmosphere was just perfect. Plus it’s just around the corner from Buza Bar so sunset drinks are a must beforehand.
Can you book? Yes, and it’s definitely recommended that you do.
I recommend: The salmon carpaccio fajitas to start, followed by the seafood laksa.
Where? In the old town just off the main street.
Why? We want here on a whim after funds were running low but we were SO pleased with our find. You can either take away or sit on one of the few spaces they have inside. Most people in there were locals or backpackers but the staff were friendly and the food delicious.
Can you book? No, so be expected to wait if you want a seat.
I recommend: Oysters, followed by the octopus burger. They don’t serve chips, so we ordered white bait instead (greedy, I know!)
6. Oliva Pizza
Where? Just off the main square in the Old Town.
Why? You can’t really go wrong. It was authentic
Can you book? We didn’t need to.
I recommend: The Gourmand pizza
Where? Just outside the Old Town – by Pile gate.
Why? Stunning views, and gorgeous, Mediterranean food to match.
Can you book? Yes, and I would as it gets extremely busy.
I recommend: The 7 course tasting menu which includes beef carpaccio, shrimp soup, cuttlefish medallions, tuna file, veal fillet, crab cake and pag island cheese.