Lucullus

Price guide: Mid-range

Petra Hektorovića bb, Hvar Town, 21450

Price guide: Mid-range

Open-air dining at Lucullus

By Jane Foster, your Hvar expert

#3 of 7
expert-rated restaurants in Hvar
Expert overall rating:4.6 out of 5
Food and drink:
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Ambience:
4.4
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Service:
4.2
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Location:
4.3
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Value for money:
4.3
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Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Foodies, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Great views / scenery, History, Nightlife, Sightseeing

Expert review of Lucullus

Enjoy genuine Dalmatian cooking in a centuries-old building in Hvar Town.

On the go since the 1970s, Lucullus is known not only for its Dalmatian dishes, but also for the eccentric owner-cook, Antun Matković. Hailing from the island, he claims that food cannot be cooked well unless the cook weighs over 100kg, a criteria for which he clearly qualifies. Lucullus occupies the ground floor of a 17th-century palazzo, which is also home to Villa Nora. In case you’re wondering, Lucullus is named after a Roman general who was well-known for staging lavish banquets in the 1st-century BC.

Food and drink: 

Mr Matković prides himself on offering traditional home cooking, served in generous portions. So you can expect local specialities such as brudet (fish stew) served with polenta; whole fresh fish baked in a brick wood-burning oven with potatoes, capers and white wine; and roast lamb served with tomato and caper sauce. All of which certainly warrant a carafe of house wine, red or white, depending on what you’re eating.

Recommended dishes: 

The menu changes at a whim so ask your waiter what’s good that day.

Ambience: 

It's in a 17th-century stone building with a lovely long narrow walled terrace out front, so you can’t really go wrong if you sit outside. On chilly days, you’ll eat at heavy wooden tables and benches in the ground floor dining room.

Service: 

The waiters are welcoming and friendly, and knowledgeable about the island and its food and wine.

Location: 

It's in a narrow stone alley one block back from the main square, in pedestrian-only Hvar Town.

Price advice: 

Depending on what you choose, expect to pay anything upwards of 300 kuna for a two-course meal with house wine for two people. Remember that fresh fish is priced by the kilo, and can work out expensive.

More information on Lucullus:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Mediterranean, Seafood, Traditional
Address:
Petra Hektorovića bb, Hvar Town, 21450
Telephone:
021 742498
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
May-October: daily noon-1am.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested

Have you been to Lucullus? Would you recommended it?