Cool Kotor is putting Montenegro on the map as one of the new favored destinations of the jet-set elite. Making waves with the yachting community now that the five-star Porto Montenegro has flung open its doors, Kotor is sure to capture the imagination of culinary connoisseurs. Dining is always on occasion in a place where restaurants edge the deep blue bay, mountains rear up in the background, and local produce comes straight from the sea. Whether you want lazy long lunches on rooftop terraces or sunset cocktails and seafood platters at tables close enough to touch the water – these are the best restaurants in Kotor…
Casa del Mare
Serving self-proclaimed family secret recipes, the Casa del Mare restaurant delivers everything you could want from a Mediterranean restaurant. Perched on the cusp of the coast, the soft sea breeze and salt scent is ever present when tableside. Views reach out onto the dramatic slope of the mountains, and fish and steak style dishes populate the carefully considered menu.
Galion is the go to restaurant for those wanting lavish seafood suppers with sublime coastal views. Gazing right onto the gleaming white superyachts, you can sit on the bright and breezy terrace facing the deep blue waters of Boka and sip some of the finest regional wines. Soaring glass windows gift waterfront views and while fresh fish from the bay is the chefs firm focus, carnivores and herbivores can also take their pick of tender steaks and Italian inspired pasta dishes.
A modern boutique scene invites diners to lose themselves in the casual elegance of the restaurant at Hotel Hippocampus. Dark woods, white linens, and just a hint of the exotic offer an exciting scene for cocktails. Those who can’t bear to lock themselves away from the beating Balkan sun can opt to loll on the roof terrace where views of the old town complement a fairytale like romantic mood. Seabass and shrimp with black tagliatelle are menu highlights for seafood lovers.
Gorgeous Galerija serves up grilled dishes to perfection. Sitting sweetly on the bay with views that reach both the mountains and the water – the senses are spoilt for choice. This spot truly stands out in the evening light, when sunsets turn everything crimson and gold to match the blood red cinnamon taste of the local Vranac wine. Nibble on local olives, home-baked bread and smoked cheeses to start before moving onto the chef’s seafood platter. Glistening oysters, buttery shrimp and flaky bass are good enough to leave you weak at the knees.
Not far away the mesmerizing Murano Restaurant is part of the brand-new Porto Montenegro Complex. Situated in the elegant Regent Porto Montenegro Hotel, you can rub shoulders with the yachting elite. The dining room is a vision of soaring ceilings, sculpted cornices and daring red curtains. Tables spill out into the Italian garden where lovers sit close nursing sweet wines with marina views. The chef brings an inventive kick, meddling Mediterranean flavors with a pinch of Asian flair – the perfect combination for fish caught in the bay.