Must try food in Dubrovnik

Food in Dubrovnik is delicious and unique.

Dubrovnik is not only a region of many sites; it’s also a region of many flavors. The “Pearl of the Adriatic” sits at the Southern tip of Croatia on the border of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and the Adriatic coastline.  This strategic location is directly reflected in the fusion of flavors in the local cuisine.

Each local dish gives us a greater understanding of Dubrovnik’s history and cultural unique influences.

1. Dirty macaroni

sporki makaruli dubrovnik

This traditional Dubrovnik dish is made with macaroni pasta, red meat(beef) sauce, and local herbs. This dish is traditionally served on Saint Blaise Day and it has its own Dubrovnik twist and flavor.

2. Black risotto

 

cuttlefish black risotto

 

There are various types of delicious risotto in Dubrovnik, but black risotto is a unique dish that you must try once in Dubrovnik. The risotto is made with rice, squid, butter, and sometimes some Parmesan cheese. But the risotto is made “black” from squid ink.

Unlike some other fish like salmon that is usually imported, the squid served in black risotto is usually fresh out of the Adriatic.

3. Young Cheese

 

Young Cheese Dubrovnik

 

You’ll find a variety of cheeses in Dubrovnik, but you may wonder what is “young cheese” that is seen on the menu around here. This actually doesn’t have a direct translation to English, but it is a soft cow cheese that is often soaked in oil.

This is a very popular dish in Dubrovnik among locals, especially in the Konavle region. It is best to pair with local Prsut, also known as prosciutto, or some of the locally made sausages.

4.Lamb under the bell (Peka)

 

Croatian peka

 

Speaking of Konavle, another local favorite that is popular in this region is “lamb under the bell”. This dish is cooked the old-fashion way in the outdoor kitchens called “konobas”. Lamb and peeled potatoes are put in a coal oven and left to cook for around three hours. The slow-cooking process makes the meat extremely tender and the potatoes perfectly crispy.

This dish is a popular meal to have on special occasions in Dubrovnik. Many houses in the area have this outdoor kitchen and will make this at home. If you order this in a restaurant, make sure to order in advance as it usually takes extra time.

5. Bakalar na bijelo

 

bakalar na bijelo

 

There’s nothing better than eating this regional specialty on a chilly winter day in Dubrovnik. Bakalar na bijelo is essentially mashed potatoes mixed with a dried fish called “bijelo”. This dish is usually served around Christmas, especially on Badnjak (Christmas Eve).

You can usually find this in some of the pubs in the Old Town, but only in the winter months.

6. Tuna pate

 

Tuna Pate

 

Along with the aforementioned “young cheese”, tuna pate is a popular appetizer and side dish in Dubrovnik. It’s a creamy mixture of sliced onion, olive oil, lemon juice, and tuna that is put on bread and crackers. You’ll usually find this dish year-round, but this is also very popular to make around Christmas.

7. Dubrovacka zelena menestra

 

zelena-menestra

 

If you’re a meat-lover looking for a hearty, traditional meal you’ll love Dubrovacka Zelena menestra. This dish is made from pork ribs and cabbages, boiled over a period of 2-3 hours. It comes out to be somewhat of a stew that is sure to cure your appetite.

While this dish is more popular in the winter, you can find it at some of the more authentic restaurants that are located outside of Dubrovnik’s Old Town that specialize in meats and local dishes.

8. Musule na buzaru

 

musule buzara

 

If you’re mussels or oyster fan, you must try this food in Dubrovnik. Even if you’re not a fan of the latter, do give the mussels a try. Musule na Buzara is a simple, yet popular dish in Dubrovnik that combines boiled mussels with breadcrumbs and tomato sauce. Most of the mussels in Dubrovnik are locally sourced from the neighboring Peljesac region, which is world-famous for its mussels and oysters. You have some of the best quality mussels in Dubrovnik, and this dish is one of the best ways to indulge.

9. Stone cake

 

ston cake

This dish is perfect if you love sweets AND pasta. Ston cake is a regional specialty that combines noodles with chocolate and a bit of cinnamon. It’s usually served as a dessert for dinner or sometimes with tea or coffee in the afternoon.

It’s worth trying at least once, and you can usually find it at local pastries or some restaurants in the Old Town.

10. Rozata

 

rozata dubrovnik

Last but certainly not least is one of my favorite desserts of all time. Rozata is a sort of pudding cake made with gelatin and citrus flavoring. It is one of the most authentic desserts in Dubrovnik, and for this reason, you’ll find it on most of the menus around town. It’s perfect as a light dessert or late-night treat. You surely won’t find anything like it outside Dubrovnik.

If you’re looking to get an authentic taste of Dubrovnik, don’t miss these top 10 must-try food in Dubrovnik. Join us for the Old Town Food Tour and experience a 4-course meal with a small and intimate group of travelers. Over the course of 3-4 hours, our local guides will take you on a walking tour of Old Town’s sights and hidden secrets. Along the way, you will make stops at various restaurants to try many of the regional specialties mentioned above. Even if you eat too much, you’ll have plenty of time to walk it off.

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Food

We aim to provide traditional food from our region.

We visit various food shops in Old Town. Some are run by families. Some are run by Top Chefs. 

Tastings will be prepared in advance at each location based on the info that you provide. Please let us know of an dietary restrictions when booking or send us inquiry.

Yes, the combined samples are intended to be enough to replace a bigger meal, and satisfy most.

Yes, the combined samples are intended to be enough to replace a bigger meal, and satisfy most.

A selection of beverages (including local beer and authentic wines), soft drinks, choice of sparkling or still water, coffee.

We don’t generally advertise Dubrovnik restaurants, bars, or shops. We would rather write an honest review or provide you with a recommendation based on our experience or customers feedback.

Tickets

Yes. In case of any delays or changes in travel, please let us know. We will reschedule the tour for the next day or any date that suits you the best.

We understand that things happen and plans sometimes change, and that’s why we have a flexible cancellation policy. We ask that you inform us as soon as possible if your plans do change, as we keep our tour groups small and it’s important for us to fill our groups. We also appreciate as much notice as possible to change our orders and reservations at local establishments– many of which reserve space or tastes exclusively for Dubrovnik Food Tours!

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Tours

As a solo traveler you can join our tours. We do require at least two guests for a tour to take place. If you’re the only person booked on a tour, we’ll switch you to another time or tour (if possible) or we’ll provide a single tour.

Yes, private tours are available for small parties or groups of up to 30 people. To inquire about a private tour, please fill out the contact form.

Yes, children of all ages can take one of our tours. We provide family friendly tours for families with children.

Absolutely, our reviews are outstanding, we treat our guests like family.

Old Town Food Tour – we walk about a 1.3 kilometers with few resting points. Dalmatian Flavors – with all locations combined, 1 km

Tours are available in English. For groups or private events, we can adapt the tour in Spanish, German, Italian or French.

Yes, if you curious about the series, we will show some of the key spots where filming took place within Old Town.

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If it is really bad weather, tour can be postponed for the next day or fully refunded.

Social Distancing, small number of participants, hand hygiene.

Yes. Tour cost differs due to Viator commission rates. We encourage you to book directly from our website by using our trusted third-party booking provider BOOKEO.

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Old Town Food Tour

€ 125  3- 4 hours

Konavle Tour

€ 150  6 hours

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€ 160  6 hours

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€ 600  8 hours

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Culinary Boat Cruise

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