by Iva Ralica
Earlier this year the first-ever restaurant in Croatia to be awarded a famous Michelin Star was announced. Monte in Rovinj met strict criteria and now is the proud owner of a Michelin Star.
The criteria it had to satisfy refers not only to serving up delicious food but also to the quality of ingredients, the preparation itself, consistency and the interior design of the restaurant.
There is only an exclusive list of dining places in the world that Michelin consider are up to these standards. A small country like Croatia does not have a wide specter of the places described, but this is only because we don´t have enough guests who would be able to visit them on a regular base.
The main reason for that is the expensive prices in accordance with the luxurious interior design these restaurants have. Still, the list of the restaurants that could live up to the standards in the gourmet criteria itself, is not a short one. A lot of the restaurants could easily make it on the list.
Here are just 8 restaurants located on the Dalmatian coast whose innovation and tradition should put them on Michelin’s radar.
This restaurant, settled in the middle of the historical town of Šibenik, offers a beautiful view over the St. Jacobs Cathedral. The recommendation is to try fish, the specialty being the monkfish. If you prefer meat, beefsteak is made with cheese to which, when the season starts, marmalade made of the local sort of cherries, is added to it.
Local ingredients prepared in a different way are what makes Pelegrini a great choice. Pelegrini was voted the Best Restaurant in Croatia this year.
Boškinac, a restaurant, winery and a hotel, is a place to enjoy the peace under the pine trees, near the olive grove and rich vineyards of the island of Pag. Its beautiful setting and delicious menu make it a perfect place for the gourmets and wine lovers.
Famous for cheese, lamb, and salt, this beautiful island and the restaurant it hides is a must see when exploring the Croatian coast. Served with organically grown ingredients of the season, the food served here will give you the unique experience of flavours.
3. Don Dino
A true gem of Trogir hides only the best flavours of Mediterranean cuisine. Following the local tradition, Don Dino and its chef combine the known and the original, both set to wake the forgotten tastes of these areas. A personal touch is seen in the fish menu, homemade pasta, veal, truffles, goat chess and red onion marmalade, all to make your taste buds dance a bit.
A beautiful surrounding and exquisite menu will make you come back again every time.
Settled in the middle of Diokletian palace in Split and, as its name states, right next to the Golden Gate, surrounded by ancient walls, O’zlata serves dishes which quality could easily replace the highly prized gold itself.
Fine dining on one, and casual cuisine on the other side, the restaurant serves carefully prepared innovative Dalmatian classics. The modern rustical decoration and cozy ambiance invite for one beautiful gourmet experience.
An old villa hiding in Split, with gorgeous 19th-century gardens surrounded with palms, flowers, fountains, and details of the past times, with scents of the Mediterranean plants, hides a rich variety of flavours. This restaurant offers the best of Croatian cuisine: truffles, tuna steak, sea bass, risottos and signature specialties – desserts made of the sweetest ingredients.
Opened only two years ago, it was very soon elected as a perfect choice for summer nights.
Hidden in one of the most beautiful bays of Paklinski islands next to Hvar, Laganini restaurant is perfect for the summer days. In its 50-year long tradition, this fish restaurant is offering delicious food and cocktails to enjoy during the hot summer days.
It became one of the best destinations for gourmet cuisine: unique recipes for fresh fish and the selection of the best wines and champagnes guarantees one unforgettable experience.
Set inside Dubrovnik walls, above the port, surrounded by beautiful architecture, this famous restaurant prepares Mediterranean specialties. Influenced by the local history and the Adriatic sea, the menu is based on the classics of Croatian cuisine, combined with a modern twist.
Perfect for a relaxation and fine dining above the beautiful scenery of one of the most picturesque places in the world.
Using local products from Konavle and Župa, this Dubrovnik based restaurant prepares amazing high-quality fish and meat, uses homemade pasta and bread, combines it with an interesting wine list of Croatian wines and offers one tasty experience.
Unusual menus will make your taste buds crave for a visit. Pantarul is a restaurant everyone would like having nearby, offering amazing flavours and service.