14 Best Restaurants in Dubrovnik, Southern Dalmatia

Azur

$$ | Stari Grad Fodor's choice

One of the perennial top choices in Dubrovnik, Azur has a fun fresh vibe and an outstanding menu of Asian-inspired dishes that burst with flavor; favorites include pork belly tacos and Szechuan chili-garlic prawns. With its two shady terraces high up in the Old Town, just beneath the city walls, Azur provides a welcome retreat from the heat and crowds. Azur has a hip soundtrack, friendly staff, and dishes that you won't find elsewhere in Dubrovnik; you'll be happy you found it.

Gianni

$ Fodor's choice

When the former pastry chef at Restaurant 360 opens his own artisanal ice cream and cake shop in Dubrovnik, you know it's going to be good; Gianni serves up the best scratch-made gelato in town, incorporating natural ingredients and some unusual flavors such as curry and chili alongside traditional favorites like pistachio and chocolate. Don't let the high-caliber credentials intimidate you—this little hole in the wall in the Old Town, located behind the Old Port, is as casual as it gets, with a few outdoor tables where you can hang out and make friends over ice cream, exquisite cakes, and great coffee.

Kopun

$$$ Fodor's choice

The name of this eatery refers to capon, the rooster cooked in a bitter orange sauce that was a delicacy during the time of the Republic; it's just one of the classic Dubrovnik recipes that this charming local favorite has chosen to reinvent. The mission here is to take the most traditional Croatian dishes and put a modern spin on them, like their mouthwatering take on the typical brodet fish stew. With a lovely terrace at the top of the Jesuit Steps and a timeless menu, Kopun is quickly establishing itself as one of the best restaurants in town.

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Pantarul

$$ | Lapad Fodor's choice

A little off the beaten track in Lapad but worth the trek, this bistro is a love letter to the gastronomy of Dubrovnik; even the name means "fork" in the local dialect. The menu changes weekly but there are a few mainstays like sea bream, foie gras, and super tender ox cheek, all accompanied by fresh local produce from nearby farms. With quirky artwork adorning the walls, stacks of cookbooks on the shelves (including a couple by the owner, a successful food writer), and a super welcoming atmosphere, Pantarul is the kind of restaurant where you linger for a few hours, eat a great meal, and leave with a few new friends.

Restaurant 360

$$$$ Fodor's choice

With its location right on the city walls and romantic views over the Old Port, not to mention the extraordinary five-course tasting menu from Dubrovnik-born-and-bred chef Marijo Curić, Michelin-starred Restaurant 360 offers an unparalleled fine dining experience. The exquisite tasting menu is a culinary adventure that will surprise and delight you with its sophistication and simplicity in equal measures; settle in for a few hours to savor the view and enjoy the ride.

Bota Šare Oyster & Sushi Bar

$$ | Stari Grad

Using the best local bluefin tuna, shrimp, and shellfish, Bota Šare turns its fresh catches into beautifully presented sushi, sashimi, carpaccio, and tartare. The spot is owned by the Šare family of fishermen who operate some of the best seafood restaurants in the region, including Mali Ston, making this the ideal place to try the famous Mali Ston oysters (if raw oysters make you squeamish, try them tempura-style). The restaurant is located in a shady alcove near the Cathedral in the Old Town; it's small, so reservations are recommended.

Đura Baglivija 1, Dubrovnik, 20000, Croatia
020-324–034
Known For
  • first sushi restaurant in Dubrovnik
  • Japanese spin on local ingredients
  • shady location near Cathedral
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Reservations recommended

Gelateria Dubrovnik

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In a city full of ice cream shops, family-run Gelateria Dubrovnik is the original. There's a reason why there's always a line out the door—and it's not just because they give free cones to local kids. They make all of their ice cream in-house, and what started with just 4 flavors is now 32, with the original recipes passed down to the current owners from their fathers and grandfathers before them. For the record, the original four flavors were chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, and lemon.

Gradska Kavana

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Occupying the ornate Arsenal building on Luža Square, Gradska Kavana remains Dubrovnik's favorite meeting place for morning coffee and cake, breakfast, or an evening aperitif. The grand café has an ample summer terrace and is a perfect spot for people-watching and admiring the sites that surround it, including Rector's Palace, Sponza Palace, and the Cathedral. City Hall is located just upstairs, so you'll often see news cameras and journalists outside waiting for politicians to emerge.

Kamenice

$ | Stari Grad

Overlooking the morning market and pigeons of Gundulić Square, Kamenice is a local institution popular for the fresh oysters for which it is named, plus generous platters of girice (small fried fish) and pržene lignje (fried squid). It's cheap and cheerful, offers unbeatable value for the location, and is much-loved by locals and tourists alike.

Gundulićeva Poljana 8, Dubrovnik, 20000, Croatia
020-323–682
Known For
  • cheap prices and large portions
  • Dubrovnik institution
  • great fried fish and black risotto

Nautika Restaurant

$$$$ | Pile

Occupying the beautifully restored 19th-century Nautical Academy building just outside the Pile Gate, Nautika has a solid reputation as Dubrovnik's finest restaurant. With an unrivaled view over Fort Lovrijenac from its two terraces, plus an exceptional seasonal menu showcasing the best local ingredients (particularly dishes featuring lobster from Vis or Adriatic shrimp), it's a reliable choice for a formal meal. Choose between the à la carte menu or the chef's tasting menu (seven courses for €164).

Brsalje 3, Dubrovnik, 20000, Croatia
020-442–526
Known For
  • long-standing Dubrovnik institution
  • five- or seven-course tasting menus available
  • romantic seaside terraces overlooking Fort Lovrijenac
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Oct.–Mar.

Nishta

$$ | Stari Grad

Specializing in vegan fare, this playful eatery on Prijeko Street has just a dozen tables and is deservedly popular; for years it was the only vegan option in town. Their menu changes regularly, but you can expect Indian-inspired dishes, different soups and salads, falafel, and freshly made desserts.

Piknik

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For a totally different foodie experience, order a Piknik. You'll get an insulated backpack thoughtfully stocked with gourmet Croatian goodies—ham, cheese, fresh fruit, homemade baked treats, and lemonade, plus chilled wine or craft beer and everything you need to get set up: blankets, utensils, and a map to the best secret beach or panoramic viewpoint to enjoy it. Twenty-four-hour notice required.

Proto

$$$$ | Stari Grad

Located right in the heart of the Old Town, Proto dates back to 1886 and most locals will respectfully acknowledge that it's still one of the best in town. It has hosted everyone from King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson to modern-day celebs and sports figures who come to try its menu of premium local seafood and reliably prepared Dalmatian dishes. Opt for the five-course tasting menu (€100), which includes the catch of the day, or go for the à la carte menu; the seafood platter for two is an excellent choice.

Široka 1, Dubrovnik, 20000, Croatia
020-323–234
Known For
  • cool history
  • fine dining in the center of the Old Town
  • excellent seafood platter for two
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Reservations required

Urban & Veggie

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This colorful bistro in Gruž features local produce from farms around Southern Dalmatia on its plant-based menu and makes a great spot to fuel up before or after a long journey. Dishes change with the season but perennial highlights include Mac 'n Tease gnocchi (gnocchi with truffle "cheese" sauce) and marinated seitan. They also have a great selection of smoothies, specialty coffees, and shared plates. There are a few tables inside or grab a seat on the spacious back terrace.