Awe-inspiring in every way, Dubrovnik is one of the most enchanting cities in the Mediterranean. Its stunning red-roofed Old Town has drawn in travelers from far and wide over decades, and in recent years serving as one of the filming locations for Game of Thrones, the numbers of people coming here to be amazed have only increased. Despite that, this Croatian gem still remains just that – a gem in the truest sense. The dazzling blue Adriatic waters surrounding the city are not only beautiful to look at, but they also provide a daily catch of fresh seafood that the city’s finest restaurants take full advantage of. The cuisine here is heavily inspired by the close proximity of the sea and you can expect to see many local Croatian seafood dishes alongside uncomplicated menu items like scallops, lobster, and tuna. Furthermore, while staying true to the Croatian culinary traditions, many restaurants combine tradition with the French school of cooking, and you can also see regional influence from nearby countries. Here is our pick of the 5 best restaurants in Dubrovnik!
Not only is Nautika one of Dubrovnik’s finest restaurants when it comes to exquisite cuisine, but it also prides itself with one of the finest locations in the whole city. Boasting panoramic views of the Adriatic and the fortresses of Lovrijenac and Bokar, Nautika guarantees a memorable dining experience. As the name clearly implies, the restaurant draws inspiration from everything nautical. You can see this in the tastefully-decorated interiors as well as the menu. Understandably so since Nautika is located in the former Dubrovnik School of Maritime Studies which dates back to the second half of the 19th century. Moreover, Condé Nast Traveller magazine, as well as Architectural Digest, named Nautika as one of the most romantic restaurants in the world. The cuisine is a combination of tradition, quality, and creativity. The menu offers an innovative and refined take on the Mediterranean cuisine with the majority of its seafood options coming from the nearby waters; always fresh, local, and seasonal. Lobster, scallops, bisque, and tuna tartare are only some of the fine delicacies from the sea, while beautifully-prepared veal and lamb will impress those craving something meatier. Previous guests include Pope John Paul II, Japanese and Norwegian royalty, as well as Hollywood A-listers.
Included in the renowned Michelin Guide, Restaurant Dubrovnik constantly maintains its status as one of the most sought-after dining spots in town. Located at the very heart of the Old Town, the restaurant has one of the finest terraces in the city ensuring the most romantic dining experience. Smart, elegant, yet still very contemporary and stylish – the beautiful setting is accompanied by flawless service. Fish and seafood options are the main highlights on the menu but you can also choose lamb, duck, or a stunning wild mushroom risotto as a vegetarian option. Locally-sourced and always fresh, only the best ingredients are selected to be turned into culinary works of art by a talented team of chefs.
Another Michelin Guide-recognized restaurant in Dubrovnik is the impressive Stara Loza. While the interiors are tasteful and infused with art, it’s the rooftop terrace that cannot be missed and we definitely recommend booking well in advance – it does get busy. Boasting views of the Old Town as well as the sea, it’s the view that elevates the whole dining experience which within itself is a 5-star affair. The menu, while filled with only the best ingredients, doesn’t only do one thing – it’s a well-balanced mix of Croatian, Italian, and Asian influences, with visually-pleasing dishes put together by a skilled culinary team. While the menu is nice and concise, it offers a great variety of dishes – various risottos, seafood options, and some of the best desserts in town. A local wine pairing is a must!
The Michelin-starred Restaurant 360 is a true gem in every way possible. The exquisite restaurant terrace stretches along medieval walls and the fortress of St John, opening up to a view of the Old Town and the sea. Every space within the restaurant is steeped in historical significance and there is an excellent balance between the old and the new. The semi-open kitchen – divided by a glass – allows guests to peek inside the creative process that goes in creating some of the most unique and delightful fine dining dishes in Dubrovnik. The menu consists of dishes that are inspired by flavors and ingredients of Dubrovnik and the surrounding Mediterranean cuisine. Chef Marijo Curić’s concept is based on adapting favored dishes of Dalmatia and Dubrovnik to modern cooking based on French school. Each dish is a skillful play of contrasts and textures, with at least one local segment brought to particular attention.
Yes, it’s all about rooftop dining here in Dubrovnik and Above 5 is no exception. Surrounded by ancient city walls and enjoying views of the red-roofed Old Town, Above 5 offers beautifully-prepared Mediterranean cuisine with a Croatian twist. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the menu delights throughout the day. Unlike the majority of the fine dining restaurants in Dubrovnik, Above 5 doesn’t just focus mainly on seafood, but rather offers the perfect balance between options for everyone – house-cured swordfish starter is every bit as good as the pigeon breast, while it’s not easy to decide between the rack of lamb and lobster for the mains. The restaurant carries an excellent selection of local and world wines, and the suggested pairings are always on point.