A Michelin Star rating is the benchmark for restaurants around the world. Michelin, however, is selective about which cities they visit to award these ratings. With the great interest and the influx of tourism and travelers to Croatia, Michelin has taken notice and they’ve awarded their first Michelin Star in the country. We’ve profiled it below, as well as a few other restaurants in Croatia worthy of praise. These are all on the Michelin radar and have garnered a Michelin Plate which indicates “good food simply”.
The only Michelin Star-rated restaurant in Croatia, Monte has created a great deal of buzz and quite a name for itself among travelers and locals alike.
The cool, contemporary style of this softly lit, romantic restaurant comes as a contrast to the old town, in whose enchanting lanes it is hidden. Creative and occasionally theatrical, the cooking is also somewhat of a surprise; using modern techniques to create beautifully presented, flavour-filled dishes.
Whether you order a five- or seven-course selection from the menu or choose an a la carte entree, you’ll taste the local flavors from the Rovinj marketplace. You’ll also want to pair your choices with a selection from their extensive wine list featuring both local and international options.
Located in the San Rocco Heritage Hotel, their gourmet restaurant has been earning accolades for years. They note that they are on the top of the Istrian and Croatian cuisine scene. They also note that they offer “a vast gastronomic array based mainly on typical seasonal specialties, such as fresh locally caught fish, truffles, mushrooms, ham, game and other typical Istrian specialties.” Located in the center of Verteneglio or the “City of Wine”, their menu reflects the heritage of the area and the culture of great wines. This makes it an ideal destination to experience Istrian tradition.
Reviewers describe Apetit City Restaurant & Bar as welcoming, pleasant, and also unpretentious in both its style as well as its offerings. They serve international and Mediterranean food under the direction of Chef Stjepan Bistrički.
Our menu rests on the aromas and flavors of Central European cuisine with Mediterranean touches. We use the best that Zagreb provides its position. Closed on the continent, at the same time an hour from the Adriatic Sea, Apetit City is the place to meet different aromas and flavors.
Their wine menu is always changing and its variety is dependent on the best selections available.
Seafront dining at its best, Sv. Nikola’s menu focuses on traditional Croatian and Italian dishes. Their proteins focus on fresh local fish as well as other local ingredients. They describe a meal with them as a “perfect dining experience” and Michelin has taken note. Enjoy an incredible, lovely waterfront setting with stunning views. You will also love the food they serve and also the manner in which their staff tends to their guests.
You will find our next restaurant tucked away on the edge of old town Dubrovnik up a quiet, little lane. Azur focuses their menu on the most delicious, fresh, and finest ingredients sourced locally for their Mediterranean-Asian fusion cuisine. Azur’s vision statement includes their methodology.
Taking the amazing local produce of Croatia and blending it with oriental spices and cooking methods, the result is a unique adaptation of fresh vibrant dishes; Croatian cuisine with an Asian twist.
With its adorably quaint location and delicious fusion cuisine, Azur is certain to be on the Michelin list for awhile. Perhaps in the future they will even earn a star.
So, tell us, where will you begin on our list? Will you opt for a Michelin Plate mention or go right to Croatia’s lone Michelin Star-rated restaurant? With the vibrant food scene emerging throughout the country, there will certainly be more Michelin Stars awarded in Croatia. If you’re looking for more to do on your Croatian vacation, read How to Spend Three Luxurious Days in Zagreb.