Gundulićeva Poljana 8, Dubrovnik, 20000
- Recommended for:
- Backpackers / Students, Couples, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Mature travellers, Great views / scenery, No fuss, People watching, Sightseeing
Expert review of Kamenica
Kamenica (which means ‘oyster’) is a no-frills eatery, much loved by locals for its limited menu of unpretentious Dalmatian seafood dishes, prepared just as they would be at home. As it’s always busy, the fast turnover guarantees that everything on offer is fresh. It stays open all year.
The menu is short (which is a good sign), and what they do, they do very well. This includes generous portions of girice (small fried fish similar to whitebait), pržene lignje (squid fried in a delicate batter), dagnje na buzaru (fresh mussels prepared with garlic, white wine and parsley), crni rižot (black risotto made from cuttlefish ink), and kamenice (oysters). They’ll also whip up a cheese omelette if someone on your table doesn’t like seafood. Dessert is limited to one dish, rožata, a Dubrovnik speciality similar to crème caramel.
If you like oysters, these are some of Croatia’s best, farmed in the nearby village of Ston. However, I always have whitebait, a mixed salad and a glass of house wine. Simple and delicious.
With big white umbrellas and tables set out on the square opposite the fruit and vegetable market, Kamencia is hugely popular with locals, especially on a sunny spring or autumn afternoon. And provided you like seafood, it's one of the best places for lunch in Dubrovnik. Note that in high season you may have to queue for a table.
Brusque and brisk – there are no false smiles here but the service is friendly enough and speedy.
On Gundulić Poljana, overlooking the open-air market, it's in the heart of the Old Town, a couple of doors up from the Pucic Palace.
Expect to pay 300 kuna for a two-course meal with house wine for two people.
More information on Kamenica:
- Price guide:
- Mediterranean, Seafood, Traditional
- Gundulićeva Poljana 8, Dubrovnik, 20000
- 020 323682
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- May-October: daily 8am-midnight. November-April: daily 8am-8pm.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Not possible