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Top 10 Michelin-starred restaurants you should try on your next Croatia yacht charter

By Steph Loseby   9 October 2022

Croatia's growing international gourmet scene has expanded massively in recent years and is now home to an impressive array of Michelin-starred restaurants, perfect for a dining experience to remember on your next luxury yacht charter around this glittering East Mediterranean destination.

Unlike some other countries, all of Croatia’s Michelin-starred restaurants are solely focused on local cuisine, giving you and your charter guests the opportunity to sample some of the most authentic yet truly modern and elegant dishes while on your yacht vacation.

Ranking 4th in the world in gastronomic excellence, Croatia has won many awards thanks to its remarkable delicacies and ambitious restaurants. Some of these accolades include the best sheep milk cheese in the world, as well as exceptional quality awards for its olive oil, with these local ingredients contributing to some of the most outstanding dishes found across the region. 

Not only does the country create exceptional cuisine, the wine is pretty spectacular too. Croatia won an impressive 3 platinum and 8 gold awards at the Decanter World Wine Awards in 2021, showcasing that it truly is the full package. 

Proving it is not just a fantastic yacht charter destination packed with hundreds of unspoiled islands, picture-perfect beaches and sun-dappled coves, even celebrities such as world-renowned chef Gordon Ramsey are keen to promote Croatia's culinary excellence. 

We've listed below the top 10 Michelin-starred restaurants in Croatia and highlighted our reasons for why you should book one (or three!) for your next Croatia Yacht Charter;

1 . 360, Dubrovnik

Best for:

  • Impeccable views over the marina
  • Situated close to Dubrovnik city centre 
  • A totally unique setting for fine dining
360 restaurant in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Overlooking the marina from an alfresco terrace carved into the Old City walls of Dubrovnik, 360 offers views that live up to their name. A fusion of fine dining and superb surroundings, 36o boasts a central dining area carved into the top of the ancient fortification wall of the city, offering a spectacular vantage point to admire the medieval limestone architecture of the old Port and the shining Mediterranean sea beyond.

Offset by discreet lighting panels that illuminate the space at nightfall, 360 is a luxurious and breathtaking Michelin-starred restaurant that provides guests with an elegant and sophisticated dining experience from the moment they arrive.

2. Pelegrini, Šibenik

Best for:

  • Picturesque setting in the heart of the charming city, Šibenik
  • Alfresco dining in a restored 14th-century palazzo
  • unparalleled contemporary cuisine and  pristinely presented dishes 
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Impeccable food at the michelin star restaurant Pelegrinidelicious food at the luxury restaurant Pelegrini in Croatia

Widely recognized as one of the best and one of the most ambitious restaurants on the Adriatic, Pelegrini offers an elaborate tasting menu as well as an outstanding 4-course dinner menu. This restaurant is a place where you can treat your tastebuds to unparalleled contemporary cuisine that bursts with local flavors. 

Enjoy alfresco dining on a warm Mediterranean evening or alternatively on cooler nights, guests can opt to sit at a table inside the 700-year-old building, where the cozy stone interior reminds you of the history of this ancient tavern. The impeccable dishes served at Pelegrini consist of such creations as the anchovies terrine, mint granita-covered oysters and duck prosciutto with goat cheese and peppers. With a sizable range of vegetarian options too, gourmands looking to sample mouthwatering culinary creations should make it a priority to visit Pelegrini.

3. LD Restaurant, Korčula

Best for: 

  • Idyllic waterside setting
  • Marvelous wine pairings 
  • Tasting menus that are inspired by what is available seasonally on land and sea 

Situated on the medieval walls of the divine Lešić Dimitri Palace, LD Restaurant is undoubtedly Korčula’s most prestigious dining experience. Indulge in the delightful local Mediterranean cuisine presented pristinely by passionate Head Chef, Marko Gajski. Tasting menus are inspired by seasonal availability and have previously included the likes of monkfish gnocchi with black truffle, dry-aged beef and foie gras, paired perfectly with the finest wines available in Croatia. 

4. Noel, Zagreb

Best for: 

  • Perfect location in Croatia's capital city, Zagreb
  • Colorful dishes bursting with unique textures and flavors
  • Trendy and stylish interiors
gorgeous interior in Croatia Michelin star restaurant
interior inside Michelin star restaurant in Croatia
bar at Croatia Michelin star restaurant Noel

Bursting with character and luxurious interior design, Noel is an eye-catching restaurant for sure. Guests will enjoy the expansive wine list composed of over four hundred labels from around the world - Croatia, Slovenia, ItalyFrance and Spain, to name a few.

Dedicated to creating high-quality gastronomy and applying top culinary techniques, Chef Vocal has a specific feel for nuances of taste and texture and is a master of detail and elegance. From the “Forest burrito” with porcini mushrooms and sea scallops to the Wild Adriatic fish with morels & apple, there is a variety of interesting plates and unique flavors for you to try at this Michelin-starred restaurant. There is also an exclusive and sophisticated lounge bar that is an ideal place to enjoy any evening refreshments for a perfect overture to the gastronomy experience.

5. Draga di Lovrana, Lovran

Best for: 

  • Breathtaking location on the edge of a mountain reed
  • Impeccable panoramic vistas 
  • An expansive wine list that is customized and carefully created to accommodate different Croatian dishes
divine views at Michelin star restaurant in Croatia

Standing out from the crowd thanks to its undeniably fascinating views, Draga Di Lovrana is a truly memorable and extravagant dining experience. Select a table on the expansive terrace and look over the spectacular panoramic views over the Kvarner islands as you treat yourself to the culinary delights of this divine Michelin-starred restaurant.

The chef prioritizes locally sourced produce in recipes that are balanced and of the highest quality, creating modern, imaginative, and highly memorable dishes for you and your charter party to enjoy.

6. Boškinac, Novalja

Best for: 

  • Several degustation menus, with optional wine pairing
  • Beautifully presented dishes delivered by waiters who add a personal touch by explaining a bit about each dish.
  • Unique, creative and modern interpretation of traditional cuisine 
beautiful courtyard at luxury restaurant Croatia
gorgeous courtyard Michelin star restaurant in Croatia
food at michelin star restaurant in Croatia

Regarded as a destination restaurant, the incredible Michelin-starred Boškinac is known far and wide for its interpretation of traditional island cuisine, transformed in a creative, modern way. With the aim to provide all guests with a "sensual, amusing and informative dining experience" you can expect a varied menu filled with the likes of locally sourced octopus, tuna, lamb, vegetables and herbs. 

Set amidst lush gardens within a beautiful stone-walled boutique hotel, Boškinac is simply an unforgettable dining experience that offers everything you could wish for. 

7. Monte, Rovinj

Best for: 

  • Picturesque setting
  • Impressive wine list 
  • Theatrical, surprising and beautifully presented dishes

A true gem, hidden within the mystic city of Rovinj, Monte was the very first restaurant in Croatia to be awarded a Michelin star in 2017 and still holds its prestigious award today. Situated right under the crowning church of St Euphemia, this gourmet paradise is owned by chef Danijel Đekić and his wife Tijtske and together, they have created this luxurious-chic fine dining spot. 

Creative and occasionally theatrical, the cooking is also somewhat of a surprise using modern techniques to create beautifully presented, Mediterranean flavor-filled dishes. The perfect combination for all senses, the restaurant boasts sophisticated plates followed by an impressive wine list, creating a truly unforgettable culinary experience for all. 

8. Alfred Keller, Lošinj

Best for: 

  • Authentic and elegant dining experience by the water
  • Outdoor terrace for luxurious alfresco dining
  • Show-stopping cuisine with masterful presentation 
beautiful terrace with outstanding views of Croatia waters

Alfred Keller restaurant takes a thoughtful approach to creating a great restaurant experience where Croatian finest produce, fish and meat take center stage. The restaurant boasts a remarkable chef, Michael Gollenz who provides show-stopping cuisine and a variety of dishes that showcase the purity of each ingredient and masterful preparation techniques. 

An elegant and sophisticated ambiance can be felt as soon as you arrive, with its warm and inspiring interiors and a deluxe outdoor terrace where you can also expect to feast your eyes on some fabulous picturesque views.

9. Agli Amici, Rovinj

Best for: 

  • Deluxe setting with beautiful marina views
  • Knowledgeable staff on hand with various recommendations as well as his in-depth knowledge of all the local and fine wines
  • Three varied tasting menus with an abundance of different cuisine
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Combining delectable cuisine with perfectly paired wine, this restaurant knows how to create flavorsome and memorable dishes. Creating pure magic for your tastebuds, this Michelin-starred restaurant has three tasting menus to choose from: Istria, a 5-course menu dedicated to regional cuisine; Godia, comprising the classic dishes which made the chef famous; and a third menu dedicated to traditional Mediterranean cuisine. 

A culinary jewel located in the luxury Grand Park Hotel resort, this Michelin-starred restaurant boasts a delightful setting with a large terrace and breathtaking sea views. If you chose to dine after sunset, the remarkable views of the illuminated Sant’Eufemia church add to the charm.

10. Nebo, Rijeka

Best for: 

  • Luxurious lounge and bar
  • Breathtaking views over the Adriatic 
  • Expansive menu, comprising of 5, 8 or 14 courses
luxurious, elegant and smart bar lounge and restaurant, Michelin star in Croatia

Situated on the fifth floor of the brand-new Hilton Rijeka Costabella Beach Resort & Spa, this Michelin-starred restaurant and lounge is one to remember. With undeniably fantastic views over the coast and the unspoiled island of Cres and an outstanding menu that is just as enticing as the location, guests on a luxury superyacht charter should definitely spend a moment of their time here. Highly professional service and a glossy wine list featuring labels from around the world add to its appeal.

Need more information?

Renting a private charter yacht around Croatia will allow you to enjoy this flawless paradise on your own terms. If you are interested in cruising around this region, please consult your chosen yacht charter broker. They can provide you with personalized information and advice concerning your vacation, creating an itinerary that perfectly caters to your individual needs.

For some inspiration, check out our sample itineraries for Croatia, handpicked by experts with in-depth knowledge of the region.

Alternatively, you can view the entire fleet of superyachts that are available for East Mediterranean yacht charters.

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