Dubrovnik Restaurants for a Perfect Holiday

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When travelling, one way to both immerse yourself in the local culture and to enjoy all your senses is to explore the local cuisine. Indeed, being wined and dined is one of best ways to pamper oneself!
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Dubravka 1836 Restaurant

Pile Gate, Dubrovnik

West Entrance to Dubrovnik, Pile Gate

To make the most of your holiday Croatia, be sure to explore the restaurants in Dubrovnik, the jewel of the south!  

Dubravka Restaurant & Café is situated just outside the west entrance to Dubrovnik Old Town, Pile Gate. Undoubtedly, it is a special location that provides breathtaking views of the nearby fortifications. The tree tops of centenary plane trees add both shade and atmosphere. Consequently, as the name indicates, this marvelous restaurant was founded way back in 1836.

In line with tradition, but with an edgy modern twist, the menu bears a special name: Harmony and Simplicity of Mediterranean Gastronomy. You can marvel at Dubrovnik on the one side and soak up the atmosphere of the sea on the other. Meanwhile, you are sitting in the middle with a carefully curated meal. Indeed, this is a gastro holiday moment to remember!

View from Dubravka Restaurant & Café in Dubrovnik

View of Lovrijenac fortress opposite the restaurant

Restaurant&Bar Rudjer

The Shame! Shame! Shame! Stairs in Dubrovnik

Famous Baroque Staircase in Dubrovnik

Past the most famous staircase in Dubrovnik (also a Game of Thrones filming location), there’s a true gem. Surrounded by the centuries old stone buildings of Dubrovnik, the outside terrace of Restaurant&Bar Rudjer provides a peaceful location for an enjoyable meal. Overall, the restaurant offers a tradition-meets-creativity approach to food.

Restaurant&Bar Rudjer is all about traditional dishes, as well as traditional way of farming, fishing and winemaking. To illustrate, homemade products are the results of year of knowledge-passing from generation to generation. In conclusion, their dishes draw inspiration from the traditional, while presenting them in a contemporary style! Enjoy this restaurant in Dubrovnik with superb dishes and a peaceful, serene location in the warmth of the Croatian south!

Restaurant Portun

Picturesque cobbled alley way

Alley in Dubrovnik

How about dining in those charming cobblestoned allies of Dubrovnik Old Town? In restaurant Portun you get the chance to eat in the heart of the city.

Explore a fusion of Mediterranean and international cuisine! However, do try traditional Croatian delicacies. For example, opt for the traditional cheese from the island of Pag, scrumptious pasta dishes like Istrian Ravioli or a plate of black risotto. Top it all with wine from the Pelješac peninsula and there you have it! A wide array of dishes fulfills every demand. In either case, one of the restaurants in Dubrovnik worth visiting!

Black Risotto

Black Risotto

Mediteranneo Restaurant & Oliva Grill

To maximize the enjoyment of your stay in Dubrovnik if you’re staying in one of the Valamar Hotels, do visit the Mediterraneo restaurant! You will enjoy your time on a comfortable, spacious terrace with a view of the sea. Apart from the rich buffet breakfast, savor dinners with show cooking and assorted deserts. In visiting in high season, there is also the chance to experience themed dinners two times per week!

Valamar Argosy hotel restaurant

Mediterraneo Restaurant in Valamar Argosy Hotel in Dubrovnik

The lavish offer includes both local and international cuisine, so every gastro lover will be satisfied. In short – fish and meat options, along with vegetarian and vegan meals are available!

Gourmet fish dish

Gourmet Dish from Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik Hotel

If you are more a grill lover, do not miss Oliva grill. It is an à la carte restaurant with a terrace by the pool, which is a wonder in itself! Primarily, it serves various grilled dishes, pizzas, pasta and a selection of light salads for a quick meal by the pool. Of course, there is a wide choice of international specialties, alcoholic drinks, cocktails and soft drinks available!

Olivia Grill in Dubrovnik

Oliva Grill in Valamar Tirena Hotel in Dubrovnik

Café Buža 

Cafe Buza terrace

Aerial view of the Café Buža Terrace

More technically a café than a restaurant, it indeed would be unfair not to mention it as one of the gastro places in Dubrovnik with the best location. Café Buža is a unique place situated right on the cliffs below the Old Town. Buža translates to “a hole in the wall”. Consequently, this hidden gem can be reached by literally walking through a hole in the wall. Steps lead to an exciting terrace perfect for soaking up the sun and sunset gazing. Apart from that, one can enjoy watching adrenaline junkies jumping from the surrounding cliffs. In addition, yachts, kayakers and sailing boats are passing by.

Sea view of Dubrovnik

View from the Café Buža Terrace

While there are no cooked meals, instead you can relish snacks, various drinks and a limited selection of bottled wines on offer. In conclusion, a perfect place for relaxing from the crowds!

Eat It All Up in the Restaurants in Dubrovnik

Cheese and prosciutto board

Cheese and prosciutto board

Before you dig in, a few suggestions for marvelous Croatian dishes to look out for on the local menus:

  • a plate of Dalmatian prosciutto, assorted cheese and olives
  • fish carpaccio
  • Ston oysters
  • local pasta like ravioli, tagliatelle or linguini
  • octopus salad with just a touch of olive oil
  • Adriatic prawns, grilled or ‘Buzara style’
  • mussels ‘Buzara style’
  • grilled calamari
  • lamb under the bell
  • traditional desert from Dubrovnik ‘Rožata’
  • traditional candied orange peels ‘Arancini’
  • wines from Pelješac, Korčula and rest of Dalmatia
Sea food meal in a plate

Plate of Seafood

To sum up, there is a wide range of marvelous Croatian dishes to choose from. In short, there is no better way to try them then in the marvelous  Dubrovnik restaurants!


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