Restaurants in the Area of Dalmatia from Neum to Metkovic
Dalmatian food is Mediterranean. Not exactly Italian but much like it. Lots of fish or grilled meat for dinner and something lighter for lunch. Most places will provide white Italian-style bread free of charge while you wait for your food.
Lunch typically costs around 8 Euros. Lunch might be pizza or a salad with a soft drink or a beer.
Dinner is 10-20 Euro. If your holiday takes you to one of the countless small family-run roadside restaurants, it pays off to ask what they can recommend. Maybe a member of the family or a friend has just caught calamari or butchered a lamb.
Prices (on everything) are higher in Dubrovnik.
Croatian wine is excellent though mostly unknown outside the former Yugoslavia. There are the normal table wines (stolno vino), the home-made wines and the high-quality wines (kvalitetno and vrhunsko). You get what you pay for - maybe with the exception of the home made wines that can be anything from plain to excellent.
The Villa Bili restaurant across the street from
Apartment Tedo is the most obvious possibility. It opens mid-morning,
and the kitchen closes around ten at night. The picture to the right is
from the restaurant terrace.
Villa Bili also has a konoba (a cafe). It is much cooler in there in
the middle of the day, and you can have your food served
A new Beach Bar has opened in 2015. Nothing fancy, but they can serve you sandwich or pancakes and if you order a day in advance you can have a full meal with fish or meat.
There are numerous restaurants everywhere on the road from Split to Dubrovnik as well as on the inland road to Mostar.
The small settlement of Duboka just south of Komarna has a good restaurant next to the main road. The Villa Malo Misto is open all year but is closed on Sundays. It has good food, and prices tend to be slightly higher than what you would expect.
Klek three kilometers south of Komarna were the place to go for a holiday if you were a communist official in old Yugoslavia. The plenitude of small worn down flats and bungalows might seem like something out of the 70's, but luckily, the restaurants by the beach are in better shape.
The Hotel Plaza has good food and attentive waiters. The Adriatic on the coastal road and restaurant Skoj on the beach are also acceptable.
Neum eight kilometers south of Komarna is in Bosnia- Herzegovina.
Despite Neum's size, it is a bustling market
town. All restaurants and shops in Neum will accept Croatian Kuna.
There are lots of reasons why tourists on holiday and locals alike
go to Neum, and one main reason is lower prices than in Croatian.
Cigarettes and liquor are cheaper than in Croatia and so are food and
things as well.
The restaurants on the coastal road are neither good nor bad. We recommend that you use them for a snack or a cup of coffee and drive on towards Dubrovnik where you find Restaurant Karaka almost at the end of Neum. You can also turn right and drive down towards the beach. On the right-hand side of the road, you will find two restaurants. They both have a good selection on the menu and a reasonable price/quality ratio. Humska Kuca (mountain hut) is the first one just after the entrance to Hotel Sunce and then there is Bonaca about 100 meters before the bottom of the road. Bonaca has excellent fish, and Humska Kuca has the biggest menu card. Both are reasonable with their prices and provide a good and professional service.
Some people prefer the beach in Neum to the beaches in Klek and Komarna. Maybe it is the wide selection of souvenir shops and smaller restaurants, but the place is really crowded during the high season.
Going North from Komarna you head into the Neretva River Delta.
Opposite the petrol station in Opuzen, the Hotel Merlot has a large
card and a good kitchen. On the town-hall square in Opuzen, there is a
Metkovic 20 km. away has two restaurants and two pizzerias. Restaurant Tabakera at Kralja Zvonimira 5 (behind the natural history museum) and Restaurant Casa Nostra at Oca Ante Gabria 11 (behind a very old former prison). You can find both of them on Facebook. There are also dozens of cafes everywhere and especially on Sportska Road by the stadium. On Sportska, there is a pizzeria with a reasonable selection and behind the hospital, another pizzeria with a limited selection.
There is a "secret" bar outside the walls of Dubrovnik old town. It is not easy to find, but do try. From the main square walk past Rector's Palace and the Catredral, then through small alleys until you hit the wall. At this point, turn right and look out for a sign saying, "cold drinks". That's it. Through a small door, you are able to get to the other side of the wall and to the bar.
When you visit Dubrovnik, as you really ought to, there are some top-rated restaurants that can give you a good experience. Restaurant Nautika just outside the Pile Gare, Proto and Mimoza. Our personal choice is Taj Mahal. It is a restaurant (surprisingly) specialized in Bosnian food, and the address is south of Placa on Nikole Gucetica 2.
Croatian restaurants in Komarna and the area near Metkovic, Ploce, Klek and Neum in South Dalmatia
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