The Guardian Gives Tips on Finding Best Seafood in Croatia

By 30 November 2015

According to the Foodie Traveller, best seafood in Croatia is on the island of Sveti Klement

In Croatia, we often like to say there's no seafood like the seafood from the Adriatic. And The foodie traveller a.k.a. Luke McKay seems to agree. In his collumn in which he provides tasty tips and food trends from around the globe for The Guardian, this Sunday 29 November 2015 he decided to share his favourite seafood spot in Croatia with the rest of the world, calling it "the best seafood restaurant I've ever been to". So, what is this little gem and where is it located? Here's the entire collumn so you can find out for yourself:

The foodie traveller … finds the best seafood in Croatia

The first time I got paid actual money to cook food was on a beautiful single-masted sloop superyacht based in the Mediterranean. For two months I sailed up and down the Adriatic coast of Croatia, between Trogir and Dubrovnik, cooking for rich Americans and disdainful Russians.

And it was on that trip that I found the best restaurant I’ve ever been to. It’s a shack, only accessible by boat. The son goes out fishing and the father cooks whatever he catches over charcoal while verbally abusing the guests ... and that’s about it. Apart from the homemade “wine” he also serves, which takes your throat lining with it on the way down.

I feel quite reluctant to share the name of the place, but here goes: it’s called Konoba Dionis, and it’s in Vlaka Bay on the island of Sveti Klement, one of the Pakleni islands off the west coast of Hvar, near Split. It has views of olive trees, vineyards and across to the bigger island of Vis. You probably wouldn’t find it by accident; you’d need help from someone in the know.

The best thing that I ate there was the red Adriatic squid, grilled over hot coals until it exuded a sweet, fishy Marmitey liquor that I have craved ever since.


You can get a similar squid dish at Restaurant Capo (; it’s also a pizzeria and has apartments to let nearby) in the historic harbour town of Trogir. But you have to sit on chairs instead of rough wooden benches, and drink nice wine. And you don’t get shouted at by an irascible old Croatian man. It’s not the same.