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Hvar – the capital of gastronomy and fine dining

Hvar is one of the most famous and most visited Croatian islands, which for many years has the title of capital when it comes to gastronomy and enology. Hvar is an ideal place for a holiday if you are aiming for pure hedonism and relaxation. The tourist offer of the island offers also much more, whether if it comes to night outs and clubs, beaches or hidden coves, or restaurants with top Mediterranean specialties and wines. Hedonism has been present on the island since the Roman period, when Roman villas and summer residences were built on the island, which today represent the preserved cultural and historical heritage of the Hvar.
Hvar is a place of good events but also a place of high prices and exceptionally high quality restaurants that contain the most famous and top quality wines in Dalmatia. In the town of Hvar you can find traditional restaurants and taverns, and you can also find a large number of elite restaurants for fine dining.

When it comes to fine dining, according to Tripadvisor,  these are the top 3 restaurants in Hvar:

1. Restaurant Albatros – 5.0* 105 Reviews

This restaurant is listed as one of the best places in the Old Town to feature a varied and versatile menu. Albatros Restaurant features classic Mediterranean cuisine with gourmet dishes and local and diverse regional products.

Tripadvisor Reviews

”Service, food, quality! – The owner and his daughter were very kind to us. They carefuly explained their local dishes. We tried the owners signature Bacalao fish dish. It was incredible. Truly authentic delicous food with incredible service. Also ask for the house wine and olive oil, produced by the owner himself! Top notch. Thank you so much!!!!”

”Best fish restaurant on the island – Best fish restaurant on the island, fresh fish, great host, wonderful prosek and overall great service. Highly recommend to everyone to visit.”

” Amazing food! Try the fish pate! – Very nice restaurant with amazing food a chef. We ate fish pate for starter than steak with rosemary potatoes and vegetable rizotto. Sure to come back!”

2. Zori restaurant – 4.5* 650 Reviews

Zori Restaurant has 60 years of tradition in preparing gourmet specialties and providing unforgettable dining experiences. This restaurant boasts exceptional cuisine, extremely professional and friendly staff, an ideal location, and a relaxing atmosphere and ambience of the restaurant. This restaurant’s menu features organic meat specialties, seafood dishes and desserts.

Tripadvisor reviews

Great viewWe turned up on a Sunday night unexpected. Luckily a table set away from the rest had just been vacated so we grabbed it. Food was very good and everything enjoyed their meals. Although a little pricey we all enjoyed ourselves here and would recommend.”

Pleasant surpriseThe restaurant is positioned right on top of the beach/marina in Palmizana beach where friendly staff will help you mourn the boat. That’s the only way to arrive at this restaurant. The food was well presented and delicious. We had mussels and scampi on ‘buzara’ and fresh fish grilled and then skilfully filleted by staff at the table. Every meal was beautifully presented and the service was outstanding – friendly and efficient, multilingual staff. The venue is perfect with every table having a view of the turquoise water bay. Heavenly.”

Excellent excellent excellentSuch a gorgeous spot, great food and the restaurant had super friendly staff! I highly recommend this restaurant!”

 3. Restaurant Divino – 4.5* 619 Reviews

Divino Restaurant is one of the restaurants with a nicer ambiance that offers a beautiful view of the Pakleni Islands where restaurant guests can enjoy Mediterranean colors, scents and sounds from the terrace. This restaurant offers a unique menu with the best wines that can also be purchased at their DiVino shop. On the menu are some of the best meat and fish specialties from the Mediterranean cuisine accomponied with vegeterian dishes.

Tripadvisor reviews

Great food in a great locationWe had an very nice 5 course tasting menu with Croatian wine pairings whilst taking in the sunset from the terrace overlooking the harbour. The beef tartar, grilled octopus with an octopus polpetta, and the lamb crepinette were three dishes that stood out, with the wine pairings from Hvar and neighbouring islands a major highlight to support the food. The staff were welcoming, polite and very knowledgeable which added to the nice evening we had at Divino restaurant.”

Gourmet delightWe arrived in Hvar, beautiful town, toured all around and then ended up in Divino. We decided on the Tasting menu and were not disappointed. Grilled Squid, Lamb for main course. Avoid the Foie Gras (too much). Great meal great view.”

Great restaurant with view of the harborWe had dinner at Divino for a group of 20. We sat out in a private area on the upstairs deck. Service, wine and food were all great. A perfect place to watch the sun set over dinner with friends.


Hvar is the sunniest and most visited island in Dalmatia, and it would be a shame not to visit one of the most famous Croatian islands during your trip. If you are in Split and looking for a Split boat tour where you will visit a number of Croatian islands, we recommend our Blue Cave tour from Split, where you will visit one of the biggest tourist attractions, named Blue Cave Croatia along with 6 islands, and one of them is the island of Hvar.

For more information on our Blue Cave tour and to book a place, click the link below:


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