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Top Dubrovnik Restaurants to Experience the City’s Culture

Discover the vibrant soul of Dubrovnik through these top restaurant picks

Dubrovnik is a city that is full of life and buzz. The best way to experience this lively energy is through top-notch city’s restaurants that have a vibrant atmosphere. From traditional Croatian cuisine to international flavours, Dubrovnik has a wide range of culinary concepts and some of the best restaurants in Croatia. Whether you’re in the mood for seafood, pasta, or steak, you’ll find something to suit you. Here are our top picks for urban-vibe dining in Dubrovnik.

 

Restaurant Sesame

Restaurant Sesame, located just a short walk from the Old Town and housed in a two-hundred-year-old stone building surrounded by lush greenery, serves exquisite food made with fresh and locally sourced ingredients, with a focus on sous-vide methods, homemade bread and pasta, delicious house desserts and top-notch wines. From Foie gras to slow-baked lamb, or Popara seafood dish, Sesame’s menu is something else. You can enjoy your meal inside in a vintage-vibe interior, or outside on the vibrant ivy-covered terraces, in the shade of pittosporum trees.

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Restaurant Taj Mahal

Dubrovnik’s Taj Mahal restaurant brings the authentic taste of Bosnia to your doorstep. From traditional ćevapi and burek to mezze, soups, and top-notch grill, Taj Mahal guarantees a delightful experience. They also cater to vegetarians with great options. Indulge in their top-notch desserts, including Baklava, Tufahija, and Hurmašica. Pair your meal with a traditional Bosnian coffee, served strong in small cups. Taj Mahal’s commitment to quality has earned them a Michelin Guide recommendation.

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Restaurant Arka

Arka restaurant offers a unique dining experience in the heart of the Old City, surrounded by stunning city palaces beneath the famous “Walk of Shame Stairs.” This vibrant restaurant brings to life the spirit of casual Mediterranean living, but in the same time manages to offer a glamorous dining out experience filled with great food and wine. Arka’s concept is cantered around creative cuisine, paired with the finest regional wines and craft beers. The eclectic menu offers a variety of sharing plates that attracts true bon-vivant crowds.

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Restaurant Kopun

Located in a serene square near the Jesuit church, Kopun restaurant is a top find for foodies seeking an extraordinary culinary experience. Their menu showcases local Dubrovnik delicacies and national Croatian cuisine that’s a feast for the senses. Kopun’s goal is to revive old, authentic recipes from the era of Marin Držić, a prominent Dubrovnik poet. With their honest efforts, high ambitions and innovative techniques, Kopun’s food is genuinely unique and a must-try for all food enthusiasts. Their hard work has been recognized with a Michelin Guide recommendation.

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Restaurant Dalmatino

For a truly authentic Dalmatian culinary experience, Restaurant Dalmatino is a must-visit. Situated in the lively Prijeko street, the restaurant boasts a charming ambiance and delicious cuisine. Whether you prefer fresh seafood or hearty meat dishes, Dalmatino has something for everyone. Their menu features traditional Dalmatian dishes with a contemporary twist, including the popular beef carpaccio and grilled Adriatic tuna as well as a fair number of vegetarian options.

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Bistro Bacchus

Located just a stone’s throw away from the popular Uvala Lapad promenade, Bacchus Bistro has earned its good reputation not because of a stunning view or proximity to landmarks, but rather for the unforgettable dining experience it offers. With a fusion of Japanese and Mediterranean cuisines, their menu boasts innovative flavour combinations that cater to a wide range of tastes. They take pride in using fresh locally sourced ingredients, ensuring that each dish is of the highest quality. For wine lovers, Bacchus feature an impressive wine list. Tucked away in a peaceful urban neighbourhood, this charming bistro provides a cosy and secluded haven away from the city buzz. It’s the perfect spot for guests seeking a tranquil atmosphere.

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Soul Kitchen

Soul Kitchen is a restaurant that offers a unique and inviting dining experience. The restaurant has an aesthetically pleasing interior and staff who prioritize guest comfort. Their menu caters to various preferences, including plant-based options and pasta dishes. What sets Soul Kitchen apart is their commitment to sustainability and support for local businesses. They use organic and sustainable ingredients sourced from the community, ensuring that each meal not only tastes good but also benefits the environment and local economy. Soul Kitchen fully embraces a plant-based lifestyle and provides tempting vegan and vegetarian options for all customers. They believe in finding a balance and joy.

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Restaurant Azur

Chef Vedran Perojević opened the first Azur restaurant in Zhuhai, China in 2010. Later, he partnered with his brother Darko to establish Azur Dubrovnik, which combines Asian flavors with traditional Mediterranean cuisine. This unique concept has received international recognition from renowned publications such as New York Times, Vogue, National Geographic, and the Michelin Guide. Azur Dubrovnik is located in a serene alley and provides a delightful dining experience at affordable prices. The restaurant focuses on using the freshest and finest local ingredients to create their meticulously crafted dishes. These recipes are inspired by the chefs’ personal experiences and travels across Asia, the USA, and Europe.

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Bura Bistro

Bunićeva Poljana is a charming Mediterranean piazza that offers a tranquil alternative to the bustling main street Stradun. With fewer crowds and a relaxed atmosphere, it is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the moment. Bura, a popular restaurant in the square, serves a delectable array of tapas, as well as classic mains like steaks and fish. The cocktails are out-of-this-world and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable, always willing to assist and provide honest recommendations. The chef specializes in simple yet flavorful dishes that evoke a sense of nostalgia. The tapas menu offers something for everyone, from mouthwatering clam and crab buzzara to creamy liver pate on toast. Bura takes great pride in their extensive wine list, so be sure to ask for their recommendations. Don’t miss out on the bruschetta, a perfect accompaniment to your drink of choice.

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Restaurant Porto 

Porto restaurant & bar is a hidden gem located in the heart of Dubrovnik. Situated on the ground floor of Boutique Hotel Porto, this urban oasis offers a delightful eating-out experience. Whether you’re looking for a leisurely breakfast, a quick lunch, or an intimate dinner, Porto has something to satisfy everyone. The menu features both local and international dishes, ensuring there is a wide variety of options to choose from. In addition to the delicious food, Porto also boasts a well-stocked bar with an impressive wine list and a wide selection of cocktails. The inviting atmosphere and central location make Porto the perfect place to enjoy a memorable dining experience in Dubrovnik’s “business” centre.

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Fish Restaurant Proto

Proto is a renowned restaurant located in the Old City, offering a delightful dining experience with delicious food, exquisite wines, and impeccable service. The restaurant features a beautiful interior and offers both street seating on the ground floor and a quiet terrace on the upper floor with stunning views of Široka Street and Dubrovnik palaces. Chef Boško Lonac has carefully crafted a menu that showcases tradition and respect for gastronomical heritage. While Proto is well-known for its exceptional fish dishes, it also offers a wide selection of vegetarian and meat options to cater to all preferences.

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