3 restaurants to visit on your Dalmatian Sailing route
30. August, 2022
Anyone sailing the Dalmatian coast knows they’ll be met with unparalleled island beauty, authentic customs, and charismatic local people. However, sometimes it takes a real insider to feed you the best gossip on go-to grub, no matter where you find your sailing hub on the coast.
With countless culinary gems decorating Dalmatia, it’s impossible to go hungry. But if you’re searching for that standout sea view setting, one-of-a-kind menu, and overall dining experience with exceptional service, be it five-star or the warm hands of family hospitality, we know just where to take you.
Maslina Resort, Maslinica Bay on Hvar Island
If you’re looking to add a bit of glamor to your sailing holiday, Maslina Resort is located on the island of Hvar, in Maslinica Bay, not far from the 2400-year-old town of Stari Grad. And just 24 NM from Croatia’s Yachting’s largest charter base in Kaštela, it’s a foolproof spot to visit on your Hvar sailing holiday. The Restaurant at Maslina is part of a five-star Relais & Chateaux resort, which runs according to the Mindful Luxury philosophy. Putting sustainability at the forefront of its design, operations, and respectful high-end hospitality, Maslina Resort also honors Hvar's natural and cultural heritage - which is best seen in its menu. Led by young Croatian chef Massimo Cvek, The Restaurant follows the UNESCO-protected Mediterranean diet and brings nature’s edible best into local dishes. Many ingredients are harvested from the Resort’s 7,000 sqm Organic Garden, while Chef Cvek believes that anything edible found on the island can be implemented into his dishes. In an effort to promote native Croatian ingredients with a simple yet enticing earth-to-table menu, the cuisine at The Restaurant always respects local ingredients and producers and recognizes seasonality as its culinary philosophy. Diners can choose from daily a la carte menus with tasting menu options complemented by Croatian and international wines and classic and craft cocktails inspired by the island of Hvar. The quaint town of Stari Grad should not be missed when sailing Hvar, and especially the Stari Grad Plain, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2008. Ideal for a daily yacht charter from Split.
Gastro Mare Kobaš, Pelješac Peninsula
Located in the peaceful Kobaš Bay on the Pelješac Peninsula, Gastro Mare Kobaš sits just 19,5 NM away from Croatia Yachting’s charter base at ACI Marina Dubrovnik, making it a must-visit when sailing southern Dalmatia. This small fisherman’s village is situated at the start of the Ston channel, meaning it's accessible by both boat and car. However, what really stands out at Gastro Mare Kobaš is its always fresh and daily menu, crafted by the hands of Chef Ante Toni Bjelančić. An endlessly evolving menu that comes to life depending on what is harvested from the restaurant’s garden or fished from the sea that day, Chef Toni designs 3-to 5-course menus that take traditional recipes to another level, adding a contemporary touch to tried-and-true Dalmatian dishes. Its authentic yet simple interiors allow diners to watch Toni at work, thanks to an open kitchen that gives a first-hand glimpse into how each course is created. And homemade extra virgin olive oil is always the secret ingredient. Whether you choose fresh oysters from the nearby Ston that have been grilled or tempura fried, the tremendous tasting menu, or a la carte classics like lobster, the chef-recommended fish brodetto, and homemade pasta, each dish can be paired with the pearls of the Pelješac Peninsula - its world-renowned wine. But what really makes Gastro Mare Kobaš an absolute dream for boaters? The restaurant offers 14 mooring places, showers, and a laid-back beach bar where you can kick back with a cocktail to digest after your meal. Gastro Mare also organizes local Pelješac wine tastings, oyster farming, and fishing trips on the restaurant's own fishing boat! Where seafood is truly king, how could you say no to Gastro Mare on your next sailing holiday?
St. Pietro, Supetar Island near Cavtat
Our exploration of southern Dalmatia would not be complete without a stop near Cavtat at the brand new St. Pietro, located on the island of Supetar just 10 NM from Croatia Yachting’s ACI Marina Dubrovnik charter base. Where the magic of summer thrives, St. Pietro is a Mediterranean dream for sailors looking to indulge in the best bits of the season, where simple, fresh, and healthy local ingredients meet carefully crafted cocktails, cabanas, and comfortable lounging. Local specialties are enhanced with a taste of luxury, with recipes formed by generations of culinary prowess. From Adriatic lobster tagliatelle to their great grandmother’s secret cuttlefish risotto, signature steaks, and first-class fish, each dish is served with a view of the Dubrovnik Bay. An experience for all of your senses is found on St. Pietro’s spectacular terrace, where champagnes, fine wines, and sunset views are enjoyed from the picturesque cabana setting. The Lounge Bar terrace is an Adriatic treat for sailors looking to imbibe, with signature cocktails crafted with homemade syrups and local garden ingredients. The essence of relaxation comes into play here, as light bites and champagne sips mix with swimming and Mediterranean serenity. A sanctuary where you’ll sail in and stay for the day, Supetar Island is hidden from the hustle and bustle of Dubrovnik and reveals many untold stories. Namely, St. Pietro pays tribute to the first mention of the island as St. Pieter, which dates back to the 3rd century AD. Many Roman amphorae can also be found around the island, tracing back to the 1st century!