Macondo

Price guide: Mid-range

Groda bb, Hvar Town, 21450

Price guide: Mid-range

Macondo's dining room

By Jane Foster, your Hvar expert

#6 of 7
expert-rated restaurants in Hvar
Expert overall rating:4.4 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.6
4.6
Ambience:
4.2
4.2
Service:
4.2
4.2
Location:
4.4
4.4
Value for money:
4.1
4.1
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Foodies, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, History, Nightlife, Sightseeing

Expert review of Macondo

A charming seafood restaurant in a back alley in medieval Hvar Town.

The first time I went to Hvar, this is where I ate. It was highly recommended then, and it still is, despite the arrival of many new competitors. You get starched white tablecloths and silver ice buckets, but best of all, delicious fresh fish. Everything here is professional but never pretentious, which is probably why it’s so popular with French and Italian visitors.

Food and drink: 

Once you sit down, you’ll be shown a tray displaying the day's catch so you can select your own fish, which will then be weighed and priced accordingly. Alternatively you might opt for a seafood risotto or lobster spaghetti. If you have any room left at the end, I recommend the bitter-sweet tiramisu. Otherwise round off with a glass of homemade orahovica (rakija made from walnuts).

Recommended dishes: 

Apart from barbecued fresh fish, a sound bet is the local speciality, Hvarska gregada (fish and potato stew) made with John Dory and sea bass, onions, garlic and wine. Totally delicious.

Ambience: 

The setting is simple, so it’s really the food that takes first place here. Five or six tables line the narrow stone alley outside, with six or seven more in the stonewalled dining room, hung with black metal fishermen’s lamps. There’s also a fireplace inside, though it’s only lit on chilly evenings in spring and autumn.

Service: 

The staff are friendly and professional, though they sometimes get a little stressed when over busy.

Location: 

Macondo lies in a narrow side street, two blocks from the main square, on the way up to Hvar’s hilltop castle.

Price advice: 

If you opt for fresh fish, expect to pay upwards of 600 kuna for a three-course meal for two, with wine.

More information on Macondo:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Bistro, Restaurant
Food:
Mediterranean, Seafood, Traditional
Address:
Groda bb, Hvar Town, 21450
Telephone:
021 742850
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
April-November: Mon-Sat noon-midnight, Sun 7pm-midnight.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested

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