Eating Out in Croatia: Five Restaurants Not to Miss on Hvar
Among the many excellent restaurants catering to foreign tourists on Croatia's premier island, there are several which are worth seeking out.
Tourists visiting Hvar have a wealth of choice when it comes to beaches, stunning views and things to do. The choice does not lessen when it comes to dining. Here are five restaurants worth investigating.
Me and Mrs Jones, Jelsa
Bursting on the scene on the Jelsa waterfront in 2009, there is a lot more to Me and Mrs Jones than the unusual name. Run by a local couple seeing a gap in the market for higher standards of service and a wider choice of menu, the restaurant has just moved across the harbour to the old Napoleon restaurant, ideal for sailors, who can moor up directly outside.
A superbly renovated stone interior provides an authentic setting for a superior dining experience, which extends well beyond typical Dalmatian fare, including snails, frogs, meat fondue, tuna steaks and squid stuffed with prawns. Plenty for the vegetarian as well, and open all year (long weekends only in winter).
Ermitaz, Stari Grad
Tucked away in the pine trees across the harbour in a stunning cove and offering spectacular views of the old town of Stari Grad, Restaurant Ermitaz is worth seeking out. A deliciously rustic setting, with a quality Croatian menu to match, it is an excellent place to relax over an extended lunch.
A meal in Milna should be a must-do for all visitors. A combination of excellent seafood, and a range of waterside restaurants offering spectacular views just metres from a family-friendly beach make it an excellent location for the family, as children can play on the beach while parents relax over a glass of local wine. Nowhere does it better than Restaurant Milina, the first in the row, where a friendly family welcome and excellent dining experience awaits.
Gariful, Hvar Town
Location, location, location. Seafood, seafood, seafood. Combine the two and you would be hard pushed to beat an evening on the Hvar Town promenade at Gariful. Located next to Carpe Diem and offering excellent views of sunsets over the Pakleni Islands and the large yachts moored up opposite the restaurant, Gariful is an exquisite dining experience.
Choose your lobster from the large aquarium in the restaurant, or select your fish from the finest catch of the day. Whatever the choice from the extensive menu, dinner at Gariful will be hard to beat. Not cheap, but then the finer things in life rarely are.
Marko’s, Stari Grad
A favourite among the small expat community, the hard-working team at Marko’s are open all year and offer some of the best value food on the island. Located in the first square at one enters the old town in Stari Grad, there is ample room both inside and out for good food at affordable prices. The pizzas are excellent, and the hosts have created a very child-friendly environment.
There are also some excellent restaurants away from the sea, traditional local fare in authentic stone surroundings. Here are five of the best inland restaurants on Hvar.