Sesame

Price guide: Mid-range

Dante Alighieria bb, Dubrovnik, 20000

Price guide: Mid-range

Sesame seen from outside

By Jane Foster, your Dubrovnik expert

#3 of 15
expert-rated restaurants in Dubrovnik
Expert overall rating:4.6 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.6
4.6
Ambience:
4.6
4.6
Service:
4.1
4.1
Location:
4.3
4.3
Value for money:
4.2
4.2
Recommended for:
Couples, Foodies, Honeymooners, Art, Romance

Expert review of Sesame

Expect creative Mediterranean cuisine at this romantic eatery just outside the Old Town.

One of my favourite eateries in Dubrovnik, Sesame occupies an early 19th-century stone building on a leafy pedestrian sidewalk. Run by art collector Miško Ercegović and his partner Marina Zibert, it actually began life as a bar in 1993. Customers used to ask Marina to make them sandwiches, and before long they wanted pasta and salads too. Due to popular demand, Sesame eventually became the bistro-style restaurant it is today.

Food and drink: 

The menu changes with the seasons, offering a slightly more refined choice than many Dubrovnik restaurants. Traditional local ingredients such as seafood, beans and vegetables are prepared with imagination and flair to produce some delicious and subtle surprises. Expect goodies such as fresh figs with pršut (Dalmatian prosciutto), tagliatelle with truffles, tuna carpaccio, steak with truffles, and lemon soufflé. They also have a fine selection of local wines, with many available by the glass, which is a plus.

Recommended dishes: 

Try anything with truffles (which come from Istria in north Croatia), plus one of Marina’s colourful salads.

Ambience: 

In summer, you’ll sit outside on a very romantic vine-covered loggia on the first floor. In winter, the little ground floor dining room comes into use – a barrel-vaulted space with wood panelling, framed prints and bentwood chairs. There is a nice bohemian ambience, very conducive to drinking lots of red wine. It’s popular with local academics, students and visitors in the know. Miško’s golden labrador will greet you when you arrive, adding a homely welcome.

Service: 

The staff are welcoming and the service amiable if a bit slow. But then, what’s the hurry?

Location: 

A 10-minute walk from Pile Gate, it's in a narrow side street off the main road, Branitelja Dubrovnika, close to the Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik.

Price advice: 

Expect to pay around 700 kuna for a three-course meal for two people, with wine.

More information on Sesame:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Bistro, Wine bar
Food:
Mediterranean, Seafood, Steak, Traditional
Address:
Dante Alighieria bb, Dubrovnik, 20000
Telephone:
020 412 910
Website:
http://www.sesame.hr
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Daily 11am-midnight.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested

Have you been to Sesame? Would you recommended it?