Aquarius Restaurant: "Succulent Seafood with Great Service" Dubrovnik Restaurant Tip by Marianne2
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The walled Old Town of Dubrovnik has hundreds of restaurants, most of them open-air in the spring, summer, and autumn. The pricier cafes, “to be seen at” if you are a local, are along the wide main street, the Placa (also called Stradun). Up the hill behind the Placa is the parallel street called Prijeko, which is lined with tourist shops, and with a strip of indistinguishable tourist restaurants – most with identical menus – which didn’t seem too authentic to us. Our local guide suggested a tiny restaurant in a more out-of-the-way location, although nothing is very remote in the Old Town.
The Aquarius Restaurant’s café tables perch alongside the medieval city wall – and, with no views of other tourists, to our delight (photo #2). The restaurant can be found right behind the main Cathedral, on a lane called Kneza Damjana Jude (photo #3 – proceed straight ahead to the Cathedral, turn left for the restaurant). The restaurant is named after the city’s Aquarium, which if you continue along the same cobble-stoned lane, is on the Old Harbor shore.
We were early for lunch, and were first to be served, before locals and a handful of tourists arrived. Service was excellent – fast and friendly. The tables are shaded by the walls, and a pleasant breeze wafts down the lane. There are no particular views, but this is well compensated for by the friendliness of the family-run restaurant, which treated us like we were family. Friends called the restaurant “intimate and off-beat.”
Favorite Dish: The Continental-style menu is quite varied, with starters such as antipasti, pastas and risottos; a wide range of main courses – mixed grill, steak, and an emphasis on fresh seafood, with plenty of shrimp/scampi dishes, octopus, stuffed squid, baby sardines, calamares, tuna steaks, mussels, seafood salad, and a selection of three fish platters. Fish is in general more expensive than meat. Most main courses are in the 70 – 100 kuna range (in April 2007, 5.5 kuna = USD$1).
We found pastas and risottos to be the best value. As a starter course, these beautifully presented dishes were a hefty, generous portion that was more than adequate for lunch – priced about 50 - 60 kunas. The scampi spaghetti was excellent, with a light and very flavorable sauce. One notable dish that we should have tried, a local Croatian dish, is brodet, a dish of various fishes stewed with rice.
Address: Kneza Damjana Jude 4, Old Town
Price Comparison: about average
Directions: Facing the side of the main Cathedral, turn left to the lane behind the Cathedral. The restaurant is in the narrow lane enclosed by the city walls.
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