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Top Restaurants on the Dalmatian Coast

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Long lunches on sun-dappled terraces, wine tastings in rolling vineyards, dinners created around the freshest possible seafood: dining on the Dalmatian Coast means taking full advantage of the bounty of this rich region. Sip bright white wines and deep reds from Croatian vineyards and nibble local olives and fresh oysters right at the water’s edge. The tastes of Adriatic cuisine are as sunny and memorable as the coastal landscapes.
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Sv. Dominika bb, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
This extraordinary restaurant holds a prime position in Dubrovnik: It's located on the city walls with wide-open views of the old town harbor. The expert staff puts a unique spin on Mediterranean cuisine and presents it in an almost artistic...
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Palmotićeva ul. 4a, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Wine is an integral part of life on the Dalmatian Coast, a region with many indigenous varietals; a visit to Dubrovnik shouldn’t go by without a glass of local wine. Tucked away on Palmotićeva Street off the main Stradun, D’Vino offers...
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Barba practically invented "fast" food in Dubrovnik, serving tasty items like octopus or shrimp burgers, anchovy sandwiches, and fried calamari, all prepared with today's catch. Their arugula salad with shrimp and Parmesan cheese is a refreshing...
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Crijevićeva ul. 9, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Climb the grand baroque staircase and pass the Jesuit church, cross Gundulić Square, and follow the COLD DRINKS WITH THE MOST BEAUTIFUL VIEW signs. Then, yes, walk through the walls. Buža translates to “a hole-in-the-wall,” and a...
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Gundulićeva poljana 8, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
This iconic restaurant in Dubrovnik's Old Town stands out even in the midst of the lively atmosphere of Gundulić Square and its innumerable pigeons. What sets it apart? Well, blue-and-white-striped chairs on the terrace outside, and inside, the...
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Poljana Ruđera Boškovića 7, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Facing the impressive Jesuit complex in the Old Town, Kopun is just far enough from the busy Dubrovnik hot spots to elevate the already good food with a boost of serenity. With a focus on traditional delicacies from the region,...
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2, Ul. Cvijete Zuzorić, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Its name honors an avant-garde woman poet from Dubrovnik’s golden age, Cvijeta Zuzorić. Its menu, by star chef Jeffery Vella, honors one of the Cvijeta’s tenets: No compromising on the things you believe in. And what the staff believes...
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Domaldova ul. 2, 21000, Split, Croatia
At the heart of Diocletian’s Palace, this colorful bar—a recent addition to Split’s dining scene—is already a favorite for its globally flavored tapas-style dishes. The menu is small but far-flung, featuring everything from...
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Ul. Petra Kružića 3, 21000, Split, Croatia
As the daughter of one of Croatia’s most legendary chefs, Ivana Gamulin was inspired to follow in her late father’s footsteps. Villa Spiza, a countertop eatery within the palace walls, is where Ivana and her sister stir up Dalmatian...
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Ul. Marka Marulića 2, 21000, Split, Croatia
As a tribute to the zinfandel grape, which originated in Croatia, this food and wine bar has a zin-centric wine list, but doesn’t ignore other regional favorites. Among 100 bottles, about 30 are available by the glass, so it’s a great...
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Trg pet bunara 1, 23000, Zadar, Croatia
On the edge of Zadar’s historic quarter, steps from Pet Bunara Square, this Slow Food–inspired restaurant invites you to linger and enjoy your meal. Sit inside the exposed-stone dining room or out on a terrace fringed with olive trees....
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Ul. kralja Dmitra Zvonimira 2, 23420, Zadar, Croatia
For a seafood experience featuring fresh-caught Adriatic fish, book a table at this lovely restaurant in the small harbor of Foša Zadar, right by Zadar’s ancient city walls. The interior incorporates original details, like exposed...
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Ul Jurja Dalmatinca 1, 22000, Šibenik, Croatia
Voted Croatia’s best restaurant several years in a row, Pelegrini is reason enough to come to Šibenik. The talented owner and chef Rudi Štefan continues to raise the bar at this gorgeous spot housed in an ancient palace. In...
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Brsalje ul. 3, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Right by the Pile Gate, in a beautifully restored maritime school, Restaurant Nautika feels special even before you taste the food. With mesmerizing views of Kolorina Bay beyond and Lovrijenac Fortress looming overhead, this elegant...