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Giaxa restaurant

Seafood risotto at Macondo

Hvar has developed a more-than-respectable dining scene to cater to discriminating locals and visitors alike. Naturally, pride of place goes to fish and seafood fished from the local waters and prepared with imaginative sauces and savory seasonings.

Many restaurants are closed on Sunday. For more information on tips, dress etc. see Croatian dining customs. Unless stated otherwise, the restaurants below are in Hvar Town.

Restorant Gariful
Riva 21
(tel 021 742 999)
Being right on the sea makes you think fish and seafood which is what this classy establishment does to perfection. Because of the seaside location however, prices are a little higher than town restaurants.

Petra Hektorovića 3
(tel 021-741 073)
Hvar's most romantic dining spot, the rock-walled garden of Giaxa is a favourite of the trendy yachting crowd. But don't worry, the food is prepared with a minimum of fuss using the freshest local ingredients. Giaxa won a "best restaurant" award in 2014. On a recent visit I was stunned by the quality of the olive oil which is so good, it's served with homemade crusty rolls and gazpacho as an hors d'oeuvre. The taglierini with baby shrimp was a standout and the local wine excellent.

Konoba Luviji
(tel 091-519 8444)
Behind the Cathedral, this family-owned tavern and winery offers their own branded wine to wash down wholesome dishes such as baked eggplant and octopus. Head to the top terrace which offers sweeping views of the town and sea.

(tel 021-717 411)
Groda bb
On a steep street above the Church, this is a wonderful choice. Marinated meats, cheeses and vegetables are prepared the old-fashioned Dalmatian way and the menu is rounded out by aromatic fisherman's platters.

(tel 021-741 851)
In a narrow alley over Hvar's main square this place turns out wonderful fish dishes. Their specialty is a peasant stew called gregada which includes sea bass, potatoes, onions and wine simmered to perfection. Also impressive is the risotto with seafood, a hearty dish with mussels, shrimp and baby clams in a light broth.

Paradise Garden
Bukainka bb
(tel 021-742 066)
The first time I tried the spaghetti with seafood here many years ago, I thought I had passed through the heavenly gates. It's still good, serving up expertly-grilled fish in addition to the pasta choices.

Palace Paladini
Petra Hectorovica 4
(tel 021-742 104)
Dalmatian fish specialties are prepared the traditional way here which suits the cosy interior, decorated with photos and artifacts of old Hvar. Try the "fisherman's lunch" for 150Kn which starts with mussels followed by grilled sea bream with blitva on the side. Wash it down with a glass of local wine.    

Petra Hektorovića 1
(tel 021 741 400)
This romantic rooftop restaurant has created a sensation with its imaginative takes on seafood and pasta dishes. It was closed for a one-year renovation but is now open May to October.

Konoba Humac
(tel 091-523 9463)
It's a little hard to find but once you stumble on this place (10km from Jelsa on the road to Sucuraj), you won't forget it. This is the very definition of local cooking as all is prepared without the benefit of electricity. Who needs electricity when the specialty is slow-stewed meat prepared the traditional way--under a bell (peka). It's essential to call first and order the food before heading out.

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