The coastal cities from Šibenik to Dubrovnik are not only renowned for their stunning landscapes but also their vibrant food scenes. From fresh seafood to traditional dishes, there is no shortage of great restaurants to choose from. In this article, we will explore some of the best fine dining establishments from Šibenik to Dubrovnik which you can visit while sailing through the Dalmatian coast.

Restaurant Pelegrini - Šibenik

Located in the heart of the historic city of Šibenik, Pelegrini is a fine dining restaurant that offers a unique culinary experience. With a focus on local ingredients and traditional Dalmatian cuisine, Chef Rudi Štefan combines modern techniques with age-old traditions to create innovative dishes. Their quality is also supported by the fact that Pelegrini has been awarded a Michelin star and is a must-visit for anyone in the area.

Fish Restaurant Proto - Dubrovnik

Proto is one of the oldest and most renowned restaurants in Dubrovnik. Since its opening in 1886, it is located in the heart of Dubrovnik's historical core at the intersection of the Široka and Vara streets, and since then it has been a favorite among locals and visitors alike. The menu features fresh seafood and that is why the daily offer depends exclusively on the weather and catch. In addition to everything mentioned, Proto has more than deserved its Michelin Guide-listed status. Let's not forget to mention that many VIP guests treated their palates in this restaurant, and along with Magic Johnson, Missoni, Valentino, Sir Rod Stewart, and Richard Gere, maybe the most prominent guest was King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson! How many times in your life do you have the opportunity to say "I ate at the restaurant where the King dined?" ☺

Restaurant Nautika - Dubrovnik

Located on the edge of the sea and declared one of the most romantic restaurants in the world, Nautika offers stunning views of the Adriatic and the fortresses of Lovrijenac and Bokar. The menu features a mix of Mediterranean and Croatian cuisine, with an emphasis on fresh seafood. Some of the most popular dishes include local lobster from the island of Vis, shrimp, and many fish species pulled straight from the Adriatic, so they are always extremely fresh and healthy. Anyone who visits Dubrovnik simply has to visit Nautika and experience a real gastronomic pleasure - and only some of the famous guests in the restaurant were Sir Roger Moore, Owen Wilson, Pep Guardiola, Eva Longoria, Japanese Prince, and Princess Akishino.

Restaurant BOWA - the island of Šipan 

Restaurant Bowa on the island of Šipan is a hidden gem that offers an unforgettable dining experience. Šipan is the largest of the Elafiti islands, located just a short boat ride from Dubrovnik. Despite its close proximity to the popular tourist destination, Šipan remains a peaceful oasis, known for its unspoiled nature and rich cultural heritage.

The restaurant is located in an isolated idyllic bay Vrbova, BOWA does exactly what its name claims, offering the Best Of What’s Around. Well, literally, because everything you consume in BOWA is caught, farmed, or produced within a radius of 50 km from the restaurant. The whole menu focuses on simple, fresh, and local ingredients which highlight region - such as bluefin Adriatic tuna laid on organic Šipan arugula, Mali Ston gazpacho, and a Pelješac dingac wine. We don't have anything more to add - just “feel the present moment as you are hugged by the carob, fig, and olive trees, smeared with salt in the air and kissed by the Adriatic Sea.”

Restaurant Dvor – Split 

Restaurant Dvor is a renowned dining destination located in a part of Split named Firule, above a small bay – and it offers a unique dining experience with breathtaking views of the Adriatic Sea. The menu features an array of fresh seafood, grilled meats, and Mediterranean-inspired dishes made with locally-sourced ingredients. Guests can enjoy their meals on the outdoor terrace, surrounded by lush greenery and ancient ruins. The restaurant also boasts an extensive wine list showcasing some of the finest wines from Croatia and around the world. With its stunning setting, delicious cuisine, and impeccable service, Restaurant Dvor is a must-visit for any food lover visiting Split.

Croatia is a culinary paradise waiting to be explored, and the restaurants from Šibenik to Dubrovnik offer a diverse range of flavors that will tantalize your taste buds. From seafood delicacies to traditional meat dishes, these restaurants cater to all preferences. So, if you're planning a vacation in Croatia, make sure to include some of these restaurants in your itinerary. The experience of savoring delicious food amidst the breathtaking views of the Adriatic Sea is one that you won't forget. Get ready to embark on a gastronomic journey and explore the best Croatian restaurants from Šibenik to Dubrovnik.

Author: Velimir Hlupić

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