Restaurants in Dubrovnik
Eating out in Dubrovnik is fairly reasonable compared to many other European cities, and there is an enormous variety of food on offer. Croatia is not generally known for its cuisine, which is partly why there are so many international restaurants in tourist hubs like Dubrovnik, but there are some traditional staples which visitors should sample. Some local favourites worth trying are octopus salad, bureks (cheese or meat pies), prsut (smoked ham), and brodet and pasticada (a fish dish). Croatian food is traditionally quite sweet and the locals take their sugary treats seriously: candied orange rind and sugared almonds are popular dessert snacks and they make lovely gifts for those back at home. The coastal regions of Croatia still carry the influence of Greek cuisine, and the more recent influence of Italian (particularly Venetian) culinary traditions, and visitors may well recognise similarities.
Fresh fish is always a great option when dining out in Dubrovnik, but it can be very expensive. If you are looking for more reasonable fare then pizza and pasta is known to be good in the area and risotto, a local favourite, tends to be as tasty as it is inexpensive. Wine and beer are not generally pricey in Dubrovnik, comparatively speaking, but soft drinks can cost more than expected.
The best restaurant area is the Old Town, particularly along the Stradun, and there are some lovely places to eat out near the old harbour as well. However, there are quality restaurants of all kinds strewn throughout this magical city and the culinary adventures should be rewarding whether visitors are on a budget or not.
Not always the easiest restaurant to find, small cane tables line the steps around the entrance to Rozarij's. The fantastic seafood menu keeps diners coming back for more time and time again. Flagship dishes include shrimp with white risotto or the mixed buzzara, which is a combination of mussels and scampi cooked in a fragrant court bouillon. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Be sure to bring cash, as credit cards are not accepted.
Address: Prijeko 2 (corner of Prijeko and Zlatarska)
Telephone: (0)20 321 257
The Gaffe Pub
For some of the best burgers you've ever tasted, head to the Gaffe Pub. Locally known as the 'English Pub', the menu here includes delicious burgers, salads, omelettes and plenty of beer. With the TV permanently tuned into SKY, this little taste of home is truly authentic and a winner with locals and tourists alike. Diners should bring cash, as credit cards are not accepted. Open daily from 10am to 11pm.
Address: Miha Pracata 4
Telephone: (0)20 324 841
Nestled into a tiny side street, this restaurant may not look like much but its super-thin pizza crusts make this pizzeria one of the best in Dubrovnik. Bustling picnic-style tables line the outside street where waitstaff squeeze through tiny gaps to deliver steaming hot pizzas topped with every kind of topping under the sun. Bring cash, as credit cards are not accepted. Open daily from 10:30am to 12:30am.
Address: Bozidareviceva 10
Telephone: (0)20 323 160
Specialising in Dalmation and other continental cuisine, Porat is perched elegantly on the second-floor of the Hilton Imperial Hotel in Dubrovnik. The menu features local foods with inventive twists and creatively thought out pairings. The crispy skinned sea bass fillet with candied lemon and sea salt is a must while other exciting dishes on the menu are equally as mouth-watering. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Reservations required for dinner. Credit cards are accepted.
Address: Marijana Blazica 2, In the Hilton Imperial
Telephone: (0)20 320 320
Poklisar has been a favourite with Dubrovnik locals and tourists alike for the last 10 years. Located in the heart of the old town right by the port, the friendly atmosphere and bustling seaside tables make for the perfect dining experience in the chilly sea air. Dishes range from everything from pizza to lobster and skewers of shrimp grilled and served on a bed of blue cheese risotto. Open daily from 9am to midnight. Credit cards are accepted.
Address: Ribarnica 1
Telephone: (0)20 322 176
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