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Cavtat

Best restaurants in Cavtat

Cavtat holidays are all about the views, and many of the restaurants here are situated on its eight-kilometre waterfront promenade, backed with pine forests, leaving you well-placed for a bit of yacht paparazzi. You can enjoy the wonderful views as you dine or listen to a spot of live music. Every region of Croatia has its own type of food, and popular to the Cavtat area is black risotto, made with octopus or squid. Most of the local venues offer good quality, fresh fish plucked straight out of the ocean.

Traditional feeling at Taverna Galija

Located next to an ancient monastery on the harbour, sit on the garden terrace where cats meander around you while you overlook the Adriatic. If you're lucky, the owner might share his knowledge of the area. They serve Croatian and international dishes, including a great Dalmatian cured ham platter.

Fine dining Heston Blumenthal-style at Restaurant Bugenvila

This is a stunning venue serving gourmet cuisine. Chef Lukas Widomski used to work at Heston Blumenthal's restaurants, and he's taken a traditional Dalmatian menu and redefined it with Blumenthal's well-known quirks such as dehydration, infusion, and liquid nitrogen, as well as more common methods like smoking and marinating. Try the lobster chowder and poached apple dessert.

Dine on the Ljuto River at Konoba Vinica Monkovic

Not an easy name to remember but this venue sticks in your memory for many other reasons - its special location, live music and dancing shows. Located just outside of Cavtat, tables are situated in the forest and actually over shallow parts of the river. Try the mixed grill, the delicious vegetarian platter or black risotto.

Enjoy dinner at the smart-casual Ciparis

This is a family-run restaurant serving great Mediterranean inspired food including pork in a fig sauce, fresh seafood and homemade cheesecake. It's a small place, so remember to book in advance. It offers nicely laid tables set among lush vegetation with wonderful views to the sea.

A relaxed vibe at Restaurant Pojesdon

This is a simple restaurant perfect for breakfast, lunch or an evening meal. It's situated on the corner of the main harbour, right on the seafront. You can choose from an international menu including omelette with salad, or steak and chips.

Down-to-earth at Ivan

Describing itself as a 'fish, meat and grill' restaurant, Ivan doesn't disappoint with the food or the location overlooking the bay. For something simple but tasty, order the seafood platter, or try the Dalmation Mussels a la Buzara. This isn't a fancy restaurant, so it's a nice place to pop into when you're feeling peckish.

Reaching high at Konoba Konavoski Komin

Located high in the mountains that make holidays to Cavtat so memorable, this restaurant serves fresh fish and grilled meat cooked in local style. The authentic Croatian brick building is the kind of higgledy-piggledy place you dream of discovering on your holidays. And the portions are plentiful, great for providing energy for a walk back down the mountain, or you could take a taxi up and back.

From your sunlounger straight to a table at Spinaker

You can get meals as varied as egg and chips or a giant tray of mussels at this waterside restaurant. It serves all the popular seafood dishes to perfection, too. It's a relaxed yet fairly smart restaurant, where the chairs are right on the water's edge. And if you're staying at the luxury Cavtat Hotel, you can dive into the restaurant straight from your sunlounger.

Hang out by the marina at Restaurant Leut

This is another bayfront restaurant offering fresh fish dishes. If you're feeling a tad adventurous try the octopus stew or the calamari, which is tender and just right. There's also a good wine selection including local offerings. The atmosphere is relaxed and the service is warm and friendly. It's another great spot for people watching.

A lovely ambience at Taverna Domizana

When you fancy an Italian meal this is the place to head, either for lunch or dinner. The pizza is top notch, while all the other dishes including the meat and fish are simple yet succulent. The main restaurant is situated on the water's edge, while there's also a nice outdoor canopied space just across the road.