Dubrovnik Food

What and Where to Eat in Dubrovnik?

We spent a month in Dubrovnik researching what local foods to eat and where to eat them. We’ve compiled a summary of the information we collected so you can start enjoying these foods as soon as you arrive!

Significantly, Dubrovnik food is strongly influenced by past Venetian rule. Many dishes combine local products with familiar pasta to make unique and delicious foods. The best examples of traditional dishes in Dubrovnik are Crni Rizot and Musule na Buzaru.

If you want to cook your dishes, there’s a Konzum grocery store in Gundulic Square. Also located in the same square is the Old Town Market, with vendors selling fresh produce and other local food items.

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Local Food Products in Dubrovnik

Mali Ston Oyster

Mali Ston oyster (Malostonske kamenice) is the name for the European flat oyster Ostrea edulis. Referred to as the “Queen of Oysters,” it’s one of the most prized oysters in the world.

Prsut

Pršut, Dalmatia’s famous dry-cured ham, is made by salting, pressing, and drying the fresh thigh of a specially fattened pig. It typically dries for a year before it is ready for consumption.

Olives

Olives are cultivated throughout the entire length of Croatia – from Istria in the north to Dubrovnik in the south. The most common varieties in Dalmatia are Oblica and Paštrica.

Traditional Dishes in Dubrovnik

Main Courses

Crni Rizot

Crni rižot is a unique black risotto made with squid or cuttlefish and a mix of other seafood, such as mussels, clams, and shellfish. Squid or cuttlefish ink gives the risotto its black color.

Some sources suggest this dish originated in Dubrovnik while it was under Venetian rule and then spread to Venice, where it’s known as risotto nero di sepia.

Musule na Buzaru

“Buzara” in Croatian means “stew,” but buzara-style cooking means that some shellfish or crustacean is cooked with olive oil, wine, garlic, breadcrumbs, and fresh herbs.

Mušule na buzaru is a specialty in Dubrovnik. This simple stew consists of mussels cooked in white wine, garlic, parsley, and breadcrumbs.

Sporki Makaruli

Šporki makaruli is a traditional dish originating in Dubrovnik. The dish is typically made with macaroni pasta, beef, pork fat, onions, tomatoes, red wine, parsley, garlic, cloves, bay leaves, salt, and pepper.

Desserts

Rozata

Rozata is a simple custard pudding from Dubrovnik. It’s made with eggs, milk, sugar, and Rozalin – a local rose liqueur. The mixture is slow-baked and then topped with caramel.

Local Markets in Dubrovnik

Old Town Market

The Gunduliceva Poljana Market at Gundulic Square offers a limited selection of fresh herbs, fruits, vegetables, and cheeses. Based on my observations, the vendors appear to be selling more to tourists than locals.

Gruž Market

The Gruž Market is not in the Old Town, but it’s a large market with lots of seafood worth visiting if you are in Dubrovnik for an extended time.

Restaurants in Dubrovnik

Following is a list of the best restaurants in Dubrovnik Old Town:

Restaurant 360

Restaurant 360 is the only Michelin-star restaurant in Dubrovnik.

Address: Walls of Dubrovnik, Ul. Svetog Dominika bb, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Nautika

The terrace at Nautika is the place to see and be seen in Dubrovnik.

Address: Brsalje ul. 3, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Above 5 Rooftop Restaurant

Above 5 Rooftop Restaurant is located in a small boutique hotel in the center of Old Town. The rooftop terrace has beautiful views of the Adriatic Sea.

Address: Ul. od Sigurate 4, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Restaurant Dubrovnik

Restaurant Dubrovnik offers a tasting menu that allows diners to taste a little bit of everything.

Address: Ul. Marojice Kaboge 5, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Stara Loza

Stara LozaAddress: Prijeko ul. 24, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Proto Fish Restaurant

Proto Fish RestaurantAddress: Široka ul. 1, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Zuzori

Zuzori

Address: Ul. Cvijete Zuzorić 2, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Bistro Tavulin

Address: Ul. Cvijete Zuzorić 1, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Restaurant Kopun

Address: Poljana Ruđera Boškovića 7, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia

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FAQs About Dubrovnik Food

What Is the Traditional Food of Croatia?

Traditional Croatian cuisine is diverse and influenced by the country’s history and geography. Some popular dishes include:

Ćevapi: grilled minced meat served with onions, ajvar (a red pepper spread), and flatbread

Peka: a dish made with meat or seafood, vegetables, and potatoes cooked under a metal bell-like lid over an open fire

Roštilj: grilled meat, often served with sides like kajmak (a type of cream cheese) and urnebes (spicy cheese spread)

Pašticada: a slow-cooked beef stew served with gnocchi or homemade pasta

Fritule: small doughnuts flavored with raisins, rum, and citrus zest

Seafood and fish dishes also play a prominent role in Croatian cuisine due to its coastal location.

What Kind of Food is Dubrovnik Known For?

Dubrovnik is known for its delicious seafood dishes. Popular local specialties include grilled octopus, black risotto (made with squid ink), and fresh fish such as sea bass and bream. Other popular dishes include lamb cooked under a bell (known as “peka”), pasticada (a beef stew with vegetables and red wine), and every Dubrovnik restaurant will offer various types of pasta dishes.

What Is the Most Traditional Food in Croatia?

Croatian food is known for its diverse flavors and influences from neighboring countries such as Italy, Hungary, and Turkey. However, one of the most traditional foods in Croatia is Peka. It is a dish typically prepared outdoors in a bell-shaped lid placed over hot coals or an open fire. The dish usually consists of meat (such as lamb or veal) or seafood (such as octopus or squid) with vegetables (such as potatoes, onions, and bell peppers) and spices.

What Is the Best Food In Dubrovnik?

Black risotto (Crni rižot) made with cuttlefish and mixed seafood will be hard to beat!

Where Should I Eat Lunch In Dubrovnik?

There are many good options for lunch in the Old Town, but Bistro Tavulin should be at the top of the list.

What's the Best Restaurant for Dinner?

If you have only one night in Dubrovnik and want to eat at the best restaurant, you won’t go wrong with Restaurant 360. It is probably the best place in the Old Town and perfect for a special occasion.

Where Do You Recommend In Dubrovnik that Has the Best Octopus Dishes?

Dubrovnik is known for its delicious seafood dishes, including the popular octopus salad. This cold appetizer can be found on almost every Croatian dining menu and is a refreshing summer dish. The octopus salad is fresh and flavorful, making it an excellent starter for any meal. Some restaurants in Dubrovnik are particularly famous for their seafood dishes, such as Portun and Heritage of Dubrovnik.

How Do You Find the Best Restaurants In Dubrovnik?

The Michelin Guide is a reputable source for finding the best fine dining restaurants.

What Time Should I Eat Dinner In Dubrovnik?

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as the best time to eat dinner in Dubrovnik will vary depending on your own specific preferences. However, some general tips for eating dinner in Dubrovnik include timing your meal around sunset, when the light and mood are at their best.

What Is Dubrovnik Known For?

Old Town Dubrovnik is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The city walls, fortresses, and towers are some of the best-preserved examples of their kind in the world, and they offer breathtaking views of the Adriatic Sea.

Dubrovnik is also famous for its role in the HBO series Game of Thrones, where it was used as a filming location for scenes set in King’s Landing.

Where is the Best Place to Stay in Dubrovnik?

Hotels in Dubrovnik

There are many great places to stay in Dubrovnik. For the best experience, we recommend staying near or in the old city (the castle marker on the map below is inside the Old Town Walls). The best bars and restaurants, as well as the best sites, are located inside the Old Town. While areas of the Old Town are hilly and have steps, some areas outside are even hillier and have more steps. If climbing up and down steps is an issue, you should do your research before booking any accommodations.

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