Places to eat in Dubrovnik
Fresh local seafood tops the menu in Dubrovnik, from octopus burgers in low-key, hole-in-the-wall eateries to slap-up sushi feasts with fresh oysters and amberjack sashimi. Other options in this city of food lovers range from hearty sandwich joints to intimate Bosnian eateries. Telegraph Travel's expert, Jane Foster, rounds up Dubrovnik's best restaurants.
Old Town Bota Sushi & Oyster Bar
On a small raised terrace with high tables and stools shaded by big white parasols, close to the Cathedral. Bota serves fresh oysters caught on the owners farm' in the Pelješac peninsular (they can also make oyster tempura if you prefer them cooked), plus a choice of beautifully presented sushi prepared from outstanding locally-sourced fresh fish. For a celebratory feast, order the sumptuous selection of salmon maki, amberjack sashimi, tuna tartar and tiger prawn tempura, plus a bottle of champagne. Bota serves fresh oysters, plus a choice of beautifully presented sushi.
Proto, An old-fashioned and romantic establishment that dates back to 1886. The best tables are on a leafy first-floor covered terrace, plus there's a ground-floor dining room and tables on the street out front. It is widely regarded as the best fish restaurant in Dubrovnik, and specialises in classy Dalmatian seafood. You can indulge in fresh oysters from Ston, škampi na buzaru (shrimps in garlic, white wine and parsley) and whole fresh fish, served filleted. Recent illustrious customers include US film director Francis Ford Coppola and Serbian tennis player Novak Đoković. Proto is old-fashioned and romantic, and dates back to 1886.
Azur, This restaurant on Pobijana was founded by two Dubrovnik-born brothers and serves Croatian cuisine with an Asian twist. The menu is short but innovative - most dishes are based on fresh Dalmatian seafood, with exotic flavours added by Thai spices and fragrant herbs. Think cream of pumpkin soup with croutons; stir-fried prawns with cashew nuts, lime and fresh basil; swordfish fillet in black curry sauce. The atmosphere is relaxed and fun, with tables in a whitewashed vaulted space, with stone floors, Oriental rugs, subtle lighting and mellow music. Azur serves Croatian cuisine with an Asian twist.
Taj Mahal, This is one of the very few eateries to stay open all year in the old town, and offers a break from ubiquitous Dalmatian seafood. It's intimate: there are just five tables inside, and half-a-dozen more in the stone-paved street out front. The kitchen turns out Bosnian specialities, with an emphasis on meat. Look out for Begović čorba (creamy chicken soup with vegetables), zeljanica (spinach and cheese filo-pastry pies), charcoal grilled kebabs, and syrupy Turkish-inspired deserts such as baklava. They also serve a Bosnian breakfast, with strong gritty Turkish coffee. Taj Mahal offers a break from ubiquitous Dalmatian seafood.
Pink Shrimp Street Food This casual-chic eatery was opened by highly regarded Dubrovnik chef Ruđer Jelavić. His signature dish - light and crispy shrimp tempura on shredded courgette with creamy soya sauce - takes pride of place, along with a limited but creative choice of shrimp-based delights, including shrimp carpaccio with honey and lemon dressing. Rather like tapas, each plate is a 'taster', so you can order several for a light supper, with a bottle of good local wine. You'll find it in a narrow alley off Stradun, with just half-a-dozen high tables with wooden stools. Pink Shrimp Street Food is a casual-chic eatery serving tapas-style dishes.
Barba specialises in 'sea food/street food', and is ideal for lunch or supper on the run.
Buffet Škola is renowned for its slabs of freshly-baked bread filled with local pršut (prosciutto) and sir (cheese).
Kamenica This informal, family-run eatery serves generous platters of girice (small fried fish, similar to whitebait), pržene lignje (fried squid) and miješena salata (mixed salad) at outdoor tables on the square overlooking the open-air market.