This informal, family-run eatery serves generous platters of girice (small fried fish, similar to whitebait), pržene lignje (fried squid) and miješena salata (mixed salad) at outdoor tables on the square overlooking the open-air market. If you want a dessert there’s no choice, just one standard dish, rožata, a Dubrovnik speciality similar to crème caramel. Despite having been featured in many guide books, and therefore attracting droves of tourists, it’s still frequented by locals too. They don’t take reservations, so you may have to queue. It’s a bit chaotic, but fun.
Contact: 00 38 52 03 23 68 2
Opening times: Daily, 8am-midnight, May-Oct; 8am-4pm, Nov-Dec and Feb-Apr
Reservations: Not possible
Outside of the Old Town
This long-standing restaurant has waterside tables overlooking the marina in the Orsan yacht club, and is shaded by pine trees along the stone quay. There’s also additional seating on an upper terrace. Orsan is thoroughly unpretentious, and serves first-rate barbecued fresh fish, such as whole John Dory or sea bass (which they’ll fillet at your table), along with Dalmatian favourites like octopus salad and black risotto (made from cuttlefish ink). For those who prefer meat, they do succulent fillet steak or local lamb. Breakfast is also served here through summer (8-11am).