Lovebirds spoiled for choice!
“If you are in love and you are looking for the perfect place where you and your better half can celebrate this intoxication with each other, but also with life itself, you’re on the right page.“
Dubrovnik has always been the favorite destination for all those lovebirds out there. It’s enough to remember Habsburg Prince Maximilian, who with his wife Charlotte here found a dreamy refuge, as well as the Hollywood’s most passionate lovers – Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton or even millionaire heiress Fabiola Beracasa and her fiancé Jason Beckman who in 2014 tied the knot in the glorious Sponza Palace. For all of them, this city provided an ideal backdrop for their romance. Following that, we present you with a guide to the restaurants of Dubrovnik, specially tailored to the needs of those who managed to catch the notorious love bug. Now, let’s get going…
Overlooking the Lovrjenac Fortress where Hamlet professed his undying love for the young Ophelia, the Nautica restaurant in Pile is an ideal corner of the Universe where you can spend an intimate evening while tasting the best food and drinks that Dubrovnik’s gastronomic and oenological scene has to offer. For years this restaurant has been and still is a synonym for fine dining with the signature of the enchanting southern Adriatic.
Just take a few steps away from the historic City center and you will find yourself in heaven made for everyone’s palate. With a tradition dating back to 1836, Restaurant & Café Dubravka has been a favorite gathering place of domestic and foreign visitors for ages. Immerse yourself in the magnificent view of the ancient walls and savor meals that are worth each mumbled: “mmm”.
As its name indicates, this restaurant located in a 200-year-old stone house is a veritable treasure cave. Immersed in greenery and bathed in the fragrance of orange and pittosporum, Sesame is an everlasting symbol of fun for all the senses. Its garden with autochthonal Mediterranean herbs, a culinary festival that is daily taking place on its tables and live romantic piano play, makes Sesame Restaurant a choice you can’t go wrong with.
Inside the City walls, on the street of Damjan Juda, there is a hidden oasis for all those who have a sweet tooth. The first artisanal dessert and ice cream parlor in Dubrovnik’s historical center – Gianni offers a wide range of pastry as well as gelatos and sorbets to freshen you up during those long, hot summers days. With something for everybody in his window, once you try Gianni, leaving this place seems the most impossible and toughest mission.
Located in the heart of Dubrovnik’s Old town, Stara Loza is set in a 15th-century patrician palace. Filled with amazing history, stunning architectural details and artwork, the food here tells thousands of stories, each more enchanting than the other. No wonder Stara Loza has had its place on the Michelin Guide ever since 2017.
Art Renaissance, a unique restaurant near the main street of Dubrovnik – Stradun, due to its location is an excellent stop to visit between jumping from one tourist attraction to another. Hidden from passers-by wondering eyes, deep in the shade of a charming back alley, here you can enjoy traditional dishes inspired by the local climate and the era of the Renaissance.
The very name Dalmatino, meaning “Dalmatian” in the Croatian language, sums up the entire essence of this lovely restaurant where you can taste the love for local cuisine and tradition in general. Dalmatino provides a unique gastronomic experience infused with heritage, but with a slight modern twist. That sounds tempting, doesn’t it?
Gradska Kavana Arsenal
Set in a repurposed Renaissance shipyard, overlooking the main square Luža and the Old city harbor, Gradska Kavana Arsenal is a must-visit destination for all those lovey-dovey foodies out there. Being surrounded with timeless beauty and history really makes those delicious bites prepared with special care and passion, all the more thrilling.
This cozy alfresco restaurant located in the Old town of Dubrovnik delights its visitors with an imaginative menu designed especially for the ones infatuated with all the riches our crystal blue sea has to offer, but with a surprising, modern touch. The finest ingredients as well as the culinary mastery of chef Pasko Kapetanić make eating at Zuzori a holiday for your palate you’ll cherish for a lifetime together.
Not every day you get to visit a restaurant with an open kitchen where all the dishes are being made right in front of you. Decorated in a Dalmatian style with vintage wooden cabinets, traditional lace framed on the wall and cute chairs, Lucin Kantun is a place where you’ll feel at home right away. Be ready to spend hours here, enjoying the warm hospitality of the staff and some really high-quality food.
Set on the most recognizable terrace in the Old town, in the mere vicinity of the popular Greenmarket, Restaurant Dubrovnik is one of those hidden-from-the-prying-eyes types of locations where you can bask in your romance while eating some exquisitely made local delicacies and breathing in the citrus-scented fresh air.
Banje Beach Restaurant
With definitely one of the most beautiful panoramic views of the Old City of Dubrovnik, Banje Beach Restaurant guarantees you a one-of-a-kind experience you will keep reminiscing in your mind over and over again. The sound of waves crashing on the shore, salty air, and exceptional Dalmatian cuisine will set you in the mood for love in a bat of an eyelash.
Ezza Steak & Cocktail Bar
Located just outside the City walls, Ezza Steak & Cocktail Bar, in not just a restaurant. Ezza is a lifestyle, a gourmet celebration, a festival of love and passion for impeccably made meat-based dishes. If you’re looking for that extraordinary flavor to enrich your romantic evening, this is a place to thrill, to inspire, to dream.
Imagine yourself having a meal 415 meters high above the ground with only blue skies over your head and the most charming city in the world right under your feet. Sounds surreal, right? Panorama restaurant, situated on top of the hill Srđ, besides the breathtaking views serves an exquisite array of dishes and authentic homely tastes with the magic of typical flavors of Mediterranean.
A family-run restaurant in the vicinity of Dubrovnik, at Veranda you can taste culinary specialties from every Croatian region as well as from the nearby state of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The cozy atmosphere here is almost palpable so don’t be afraid to overstay your welcome. The Veranda family team is happy to have you as long as your palate desires so.
Gverović-Orsan is a family restaurant located on the Dubrovnik coastline where you get to enjoy the best of our Dalmatian ambiance, hospitality and of course food. Prepared following the recipes of our nonnas, these place dishes, made with organically grown ingredients will leave you asking for seconds. Truly, a gourmet sensation like no other!
Near the City of Ston, an hour ride from Dubrovnik, this family-run restaurant Ficović Hodilje is worth of every traveled mile. Time has literally stopped there. With the authentic ambiance of a coastal village along with seafood served to the table the moment it has been caught in fishnets, this place manages to win its guest’s hearts over and over again.