For the past few years, dazzling Kotor has been putting Montenegro on the map as one of the new favored travel destinations of the jet-set elite. The city continues to make waves with the yachting community now that the five-star Porto Montenegro has flung open its doors, and as a result, the world-famous restaurants in Kotor have captured 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, here are our picks of the must-try restaurants in Kotor.
Casa del Mare
Serving self-proclaimed family secret recipes, the Casa del Mare is one of the most famous restaurants in Kotor and delivers everything you could want from a restaurant in the Adriatic. Perched on the cusp of the coast, the soft sea breeze and the salt scent are ever-present when sitting tableside with friends and family. Views reach out onto the dramatic slope of the mountains, and fish and steak style dishes populate the carefully considered menu. The exquisite array of dishes are prepared from the finest fresh ingredients from around the local area – topped off with delicious desserts and an excellent selection of wines from the region and all over the world.
When it comes to restaurants in Kotor, Galion is the go-to spot for those craving 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. In the main dining hall, the soaring glass windows filled the space with light and gift waterfront views. While fresh fish from the bay is the chef’s 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. Take it a step further at the hotel’s rooftop terrace, which overlooks the terracotta roofs of Kotor’s Old Town and remains the city’s hotspot to eat and unwind on a summer’s evening.
Konoba Bonaca is a hidden gem among the restaurants in Kotor. The restaurant is highlighted by its awe-inspiring location on the water – lending supreme views of the mountains dotted with towns and cruising yachts in the distance. As for the menu, Konoba Bonaca specializes in fresh-caught seafood, but the local cheeses and olives are perfect for those who want to come for drinks and enjoy the magnificent scenery on the terrace.
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.