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Dubrovnik eat list

The 38 best Dubrovnik restaurants

Your guide to eating out in the best restaurants in Dubrovnik

By Time Out contributors
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Dubrovnik restaurants offer the culinary quality and variety that should be expected of such a luxury destination. But dining in Dubrovnik needn't cost an arm and a leg: many places offer simple, wholesome dishes at wallet-friendly prices. We've compiled a list of the best restaurants, from budget fish and seafood to fine dining. In no particular order, these are the top tables in town.

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The best restaurants in Dubrovnik

Nautika
Nautika
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Nautika

5 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Mediterranean Pile

One of Dubrovnik’s most prestigious restaurants, Nautika offers two panoramic terraces of starched white-tablecloth formality. Chef Mario Bunda insists on fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. Shellfish star in dishes from shrimp risotto to St. Jacob's scallops, and meat lovers aren't forgotten either, with hearty entrees like veal fillet in wine sauce gracing the menu too. Diners can also opt between two types of tasting menus; one with five courses and one with seven.

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360

5 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Seafood Dubrovnik

At this top-drawer setting overlooking the harbour, you get top-drawer cuisine - Michelin-starred at that. Under the expert gastronomic stewardship of head chef Marijo Curić, you can expect modern Mediterranean dishes and contemporary refashions of Croatian classics. The menu is meticulously sourced, painstakingly created and immaculately presented. Pro tip: beg for a booth in the gun chambers.

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Fish Restaurant Proto
Fish Restaurant Proto
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Fish Restaurant Proto

5 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Mediterranean Dubrovnik

Seafood-oriented Proto claims a tradition dating back to 1886, and it was here that Edward VIII entertained Wallis Simpson in the 1930s. As well as lobster in simple, superbly-balanced sauces, there's fresh shellfish from Mali Ston up the coast. You can spend an enjoyable hour over the fisherman platter for two and the extensive wine list covers just about every quality wine that Croatia has to offer. An award-winning sommelier is quick to offer up smart suggestions, pairing both domestic and international wines with meat and fish specialities.

Restaurant Dubrovnik
Restaurant Dubrovnik
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Restaurant Dubrovnik

5 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Croatian Dubrovnik

One of the fine-dining addresses that more than deserves its Michelin Guide-listed status, Restaurant Dubrovnik spoils you with attention right from the start, with a guest greeter at the bottom of the stairs, a maître d waiting for you at the top and a qualified sommelier available along with your waiter. Fortunately, this is more than just fancy-restaurant theatre; the food here is genuinely show-stopping. The menu is classicly-European with Adriatic leanings: signature mains stick to classic choices like sea bass, steak and duck; while an armoury of the creative invention is brought to bear on presentation and accompanying flavours.

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Bowa Restaurant
Bowa Restaurant
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Bowa Restaurant

5 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Croatian Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik may be one of the hottest destinations in Europe at the moment, but there’s no getting around the fact that, on certain days in peak season, the city suffers from its popularity as a cruise port. The solution? Explore the city's landmarks and surrounding coastline by boat. You can hire a speedboat to the restaurant Bowa, secluded in a lush cove of crystalline waters on Šipan, the farthest and largest of the three Elafiti islands. Šipan’s fishermen deliver fresh daily catch, and the nowadays atypical though traditional Dubrovnik dishes like the cuttlefish orzotto or the fig and ginger salad promise to indulge demanding palates. No need to announce your visit for a lunch at the terrace, but call ahead and prepare to splurge to meet the minimum spend at one of the elevated, tiki-style cabanas, where you might occasionally spot a supermodel or a Real Madrid player. Apart from that (avoidable) minimum-spend, the only thing to mind in this idyllic bay might be the few too many Instagram-pleasing floaties and the accompanying photoshoots. On the way there, take a dip at Koločep’s Blue Cave, illuminated inside with an electric, slightly eerie aqua light, and visit the quaint Suđurađ town afterwards, where the nobility of Dubrovnik’s glory era spent their idle summer days.  

Bistro Tavulin
Bistro Tavulin
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Bistro Tavulin

5 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Bistros Dubrovnik

The challenge of dishing out creative cuisine in a tourist-trudged corner of the Old Town has been well-met by the team at Michelin Guide-listed Tavulin. It’s with the evening spread that Tavulin’s keep-it-local-but-be-inventive philosophy comes to the fore, with signature dishes like mussels in white sauce and a standout octopus ragout.

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Azur
Azur
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Azur

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Contemporary Asian Dubrovnik

This superbly-located eatery sits by the Rector's Palace in the heart of Dubrovnik’s historic centre. It's also within easy reach of the sea. Tuck into reasonably priced Mediterranean-Asian fusion cuisine before bathing in the afternoon sun or enjoying a nightcap overlooking the waves.

Klarisa Restaurant

Klarisa Restaurant

5 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Mediterranean Old Town

Located in the heart of the Old Town, in the former Convent of St. Claire, this elegant restaurant offers a full range of fresh Adriatic fish, clams and crabs, along with locally-sourced vegetables. Succulent and substantial main dishes can be enjoyed casually on the courtyard terrace, while those after a quick bite can pop into the adjacent snack bar. 

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Oyster & Sushi Bar Bota
Oyster & Sushi Bar Bota
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Oyster & Sushi Bar Bota

5 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Seafood Dubrovnik

Freshly-farmed shellfish from the famed oyster beds of Mali Ston are the star attraction at this open-air bar beautifully situated on a raised terrace behind the Dubrovnik Cathedral. Oysters are served fresh, fried in tempura or in a sushi roll. The menu includes diverse sushi options oozing with creative Adriatic-Japanese combinations. Fish carpaccios, tuna tartar and tempura-fried shrimp round out the genuinely fascinating menu that demands repeated sampling.

Kopun

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Croatian Dubrovnik

Kopun is local dialect for capon, the fleshy rooster that was once a mainstay of traditional European dinners. So - not surprisingly, it's Croatian-raised capon that provides much of the inspiration behind the menu at this restaurant, with speciality dishes ranging from roast capon in a mushroom sauce to capon with oranges and honey – the latter dish lovingly described in sixteenth-century Dubrovnik playwright Marin Držić's comedy 'Dundo Maroje'.

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