Palmižana, Sveti Klement, Hvar Town, 21450
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Culture vultures, Foodies, Honeymooners, Sporty types, Art, Escaping the crowds, Great views / scenery, Nature / wildlife, Romance
Best for Romance - Expert review of Palmižana Meneghello
On a lovely terrace, set amid pines, palms and lush Mediterranean planting, you’ll find this charming restaurant on the islet of Sveti Klement, opposite Hvar Town. The deep-red walls are decorated with driftwood sculptures and paintings by contemporary Croatian artists, and you also get views of the sea, moonlit at night, with the island of Vis rising in the distance. The property has belonged to the Meneghello family for three generations, and is still managed by them. Former guests include Formula One multimillionaire Bernie Ecclestone and American actor John Malkovich.
The restaurant specialises in typical local seasonal dishes, prepared with creative flare and beautifully presented. You might start with fish carpaccio or a rocket and goats' cheese salad, then choose from barbecued fresh fish, Dalmatian pastičada (beef stewed in sweet wine with prunes), or a vegetarian option.
This is a great place to try Hvar’s signature dish, Hvarska gregada (fish and potato casserole, made with scorpionfish, lobster and fresh herbs). Here it’s done the old-fashioned way - cooked over an open fire and served in a big black pot.
Evenings are totally romantic at Palmižana Meneghello, with the boat ride to get here providing part of the fun. What I really love is the arty, back-to-nature, bohemian atmosphere - besides great food, there's the amusing modern art, with nature's colours added by giant potted hydrangeas. The table clothes and napkins are linen, and at night there’s candlelight. It’s stylish but not overtly dressy - many guests are sailing types, who keep their boats at the nearby ACI marina, or put down anchor in the bay then come ashore to eat.
The staff are friendly and attentive.
It's on the tiny island of Sveti Klement (where you’ll also find the ACI sailing marina), a 20-minute taxi boat ride from Hvar Town. A signed footpath leads from the marina to the restaurant (about 200 metres).
Expect to pay around 450 kuna for a two-course meal for two people, with wine, but remember that costs vary vastly depending on what you choose to eat.
More information on Palmižana Meneghello:
- Price guide:
- Mediterranean, Seafood, Traditional
- Palmižana, Sveti Klement, Hvar Town, 21450
- 021 717270
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- April-October: daily 11am-11pm.
- Accepts Credit Cards: