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Konoba Mate

Price guide: Mid-range
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Best for Gourmets -
Expert overall rating:4.8 (out of 5)

Hidden away in a rural hill village, Korčula’s top restaurant is a gourmet delight.

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Zlatna Školjka

Price guide: Mid-range
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Expert overall rating:4.8 (out of 5)

A Slow Food restaurant in a romantic courtyard in the heart of Hvar Town.

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Proto

Price guide: Expensive
#3/40
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Expert overall rating:4.8 (out of 5)

Proto is regarded by many as Dubrovnik's best seafood restaurant.

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Konoba Zure

Price guide: Mid-range
#4/40
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Expert overall rating:4.7 (out of 5)

An informal agritourism centre in Lumbarda, serving authentic Dalmatian cuisine.

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Orsan

Price guide: Mid-range
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Expert overall rating:4.7 (out of 5)

A yacht club fish restaurant in the marina on Dubrovnik’s Lapad peninsular.

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Konoba Kopačina

Price guide: Mid-range
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Expert overall rating:4.7 (out of 5)

An old fashioned konoba serving excellent local lamb in a hill village on the island of Brač.

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Palmižana Meneghello

Price guide: Mid-range
#7/40
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Best for Romance -
Expert overall rating:4.7 (out of 5)

A romantic island eatery with an arty ambience, serving excellent local fare, near Hvar.

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LD Terrace

Price guide: Mid-range
#8/40
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Expert overall rating:4.6 (out of 5)

Upmarket creative Mediterranean cuisine with a sea view in Korčula old town.

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Sesame

Price guide: Mid-range
#9/40
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Expert overall rating:4.6 (out of 5)

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

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Lucullus

Price guide: Mid-range
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Expert overall rating:4.6 (out of 5)

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

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Konoba Humac

Price guide: Mid-range
#13/40
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Best for Outdoor dining -
Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

An authentic traditional Dalmatian eatery in an abandoned village in the hills on Hvar.

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Vinotoka

Price guide: Mid-range
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Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

A family-run restaurant in Supetar, serving arguably the best fresh fish on the island of Brač.

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Konoba Marinero

Price guide: Mid-range
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Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

An informal eatery serving the best fresh fish and seafood in Korčula’s old town.

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Lokanda Peskarija

Price guide: Mid-range
#16/40
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Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

Down-to-earth seafood served at waterside tables overlooking Dubrovnik’s old harbour.

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Luna

Price guide: Mid-range
#18/40
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Expert overall rating:4.4 (out of 5)

Creative Mediterranean cuisine meets star-lit skies here in Hvar’s old town.

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Macondo

Price guide: Mid-range
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Expert overall rating:4.4 (out of 5)

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

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Škola

Price guide: Budget
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Best for Cheap eats -
Expert overall rating:4.2 (out of 5)

Tasty takeaway sandwiches made from traditional local ingredients in Dubrovnik Old Town.

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Konoba Menego

Price guide: Mid-range
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Expert overall rating:4.2 (out of 5)

This friendly Dalmatian eatery serves local wine in a rustic setting near Hvar’s main square.

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Gil's

Price guide: Expensive
#36/40
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Best for Trendiness -
Expert overall rating:4.1 (out of 5)

A stylish restaurant serving creative French cuisine within Dubrovnik’s medieval ramparts.

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If you like fresh fish and seafood, you’re going to love eating out on the Dalmatian Coast. Classic dishes here include octopus salad, black risotto (made from cuttlefish ink), seafood risotto, fried squid, barbecued fresh fish and hearty fish stews. If you prefer meat to seafood, you’ll find excellent pršut (cured ham, similar to Italian prosciutto), janjetina (roast lamb) and pašticada (beef stewed in sweet wine and prunes, served with gnocchi).

Side dishes include blitva sa krupirom (Swiss chard and potato with lots of olive oil and garlic) and fresh seasonal salads - totally flavoursome tomatoes and cucumbers in summer, or finely sliced raw white cabbage and grated carrot in winter.

Unique to the region are meals prepared under a peka, an ancient method of slow cooking food (particularly lamb, veal or octopus) over white embers, covered by a metal dome. These meals normally need to be ordered at least one day in advance.

Eateries fall into two main categories: In a restoran, which will generally be open for lunch and dinner at set hours, you can expect formal service and a menu featuring a range of international dishes; in a konoba, which will generally stay open all day from morning till night, you’ll find a more informal atmosphere, rustic décor, hearty Dalmatian specialities, and locally-produced wine served by the carafe. In fact, by definition konoba means wine cellar.

Prices are similar to those you would expect in other European countries – fish is priced according to its weight, and you’ll pay almost what you would in Italy or France. If you’re looking for a bargain meal, go for a set price merenda (fisherman’s brunch) served in some traditional konobe.

If you want something cheap and cheerful, remember that Dalmatia has some excellent pizzerias, comparable to the best in Italy. Some also do a limited choice of pasta dishes and salads.

Last but not least, note that the most authentic local food is to be found at agritourism centres in rural villages on the islands, where almost all the ingredients are home-produced. You’ll probably need private transport to get to them, but the journey will be more than worthwhile.
 

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I’ve listed my personal favourites here – places where I would choose to eat or would recommend to friends or family. Having lived in Dalmatia for six years, I reckon I’ve fairly well eaten my way up and down the coast. And local friends keep me up-to-date with the openings of new gourmet eateries - once I've tried them, some will be added to this selection.

Most of the places you’ll find listed here serve authentic Dalmatian cuisine and are popular with locals rather than ‘tourists’. The quality of the food is my main criteria, but one or two places managed to edge in because of truly exceptional setting, atmosphere and/or décor.