Restaurants in Dubrovnik
The difference between Lokanda and other seafood restaurants in town is the local-to-visitor ratio, which often favors the local crowd. They know to book a table to ensure their lunch of black cuttlefish risotto with prawns. Don’t worry if you don’t have a reservation; lines move swiftly.
As with most of central Dubrovnik’s restaurants, seafood is the mainstay in this 200-year-old house, surrounded by fragrant orange trees. Don’t overlook the regional smoked ham.
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This small restaurant is well-known among local clientele for its traditional preparations of seafood. Dishes like fish soup, shrimp with white risotto, and buzzara – a dish of scampi and mussels cooked in bouillon – are favorites at Rozari.
Located on the southern coast of the Adriatic Sea, this seafood-focused restaurant is located inside the former Dubrovnik School of Maritime Studies. In the lobby, there is a large stained-glass ceiling in the shape of a compass.
Run by the same family for more than 75 years, Old Town’s most elegant restaurant has a large selection of fresh catches, along with pastas and smooth Dalmatian cheeses.
This upmarket restaurant (complete with a pianist) may look like the usual touristy suspect, but it compensates with an unbeatable cliffside view of the harbor and consistently good seafood risotto.
Though its pricey seaside sister restaurant Nautika gets all the press, Proto is a better choice; it charges half as much for the classic fisherfolk recipes it has been dishing out in the heart of Dubrovnik's old town since 1886.
Lokanda’s owner, Mario Hajdarhodic, recently opened this bar and lunch spot in an old boatbuilding warehouse, in what was the city’s covered boatyard in medieval days.
The scene here is reminiscent of fin de siècle Vienna, making the ornate café a fabulous spot for dessert: try the cake or a rich hot chocolate.