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Because of all its natural, high-end ingredients, Croatia is a great place to eat — a point that often gets overlooked. Here is Forbes Travel Guide’s take on the five best places to eat in Croatia:
1. Hotel Boškinac (Pag Island). Located in Novalja on Pag Island, this family-owned restaurant is part of a boutique hotel and vineyard complex that’s helping to change the rules of service and quality in Croatia. The menu celebrates the country’s inland and island traditions, serving locally sourced dishes like roasted lamb, octopus salad and tuna.
2. Konoba Bako (Vis Island). Year in and year out, this tavern ranks among the best seafood restaurants in the country. Classically Dalmatian with its old-stone decor, you can’t go wrong with any of the grilled fish you choose. However, those in the know rave over the local specialty of brodet: a stew with lobster.
3. Konoba Morgan (Istria). Located in the village of Buje on the Istrian Peninsula’s northwest corner, this down-home bistro is a secret to many. But those who know of owner Marko Morgan’s game-filled dishes like polenta with wild boar or rabbit will tell you this is one of the best eateries in the country.
4. Restaurant Nautika (Dubrovnik). Located inside the former Dubrovnik School of Maritime Studies, Nautika specializes in Mediterranean dishes. It combines top-shelf seafood (with luxurious ingredients like truffles) and a seductive setting on the sea.
5. Marcellino (Zagreb). This fashionable spot — its upscale dining room is enclosed in glass and overlooks a leafy park — serves dishes like veal, salmon and baked lamb.