Iconic, the benchmark, unmissable, the superlatives and adjectives to describe Nautika Restaurant are numerous. One thing is for sure, Nautika is much more than just a restaurant, it is an experience.
Widely considered as the leading restaurant in the wider Dubrovnik region as can be seen from the more than impressive guest list. From Pep Guardiola, Sir Roger Moore, Eva Longoria and Kurt Russel and Goldie Hawn, the list not only goes on and on but includes royalty, rock stars and actors.
Nautika Restaurant lies on the very edge of the sea at Pile, alongside the western entrance to Dubrovnik's Old City, the location is unique and lends itself to the harmony of the cuisine, like I said it is an experience.
So, as I have written on many occasions I much prefer a restaurant that has a short menu. So much more time and creativity is put into a short menu, and the head chef at Nautika clearly has been doing lots of creative work. The service is the best and most professional in Dubrovnik, it seems that they have a whole army of waiters and serving staff. Its white-glove all the way and at its best. They somehow just make you feel extra special.
So what to choose, there is a tasting menu, both five and seven courses, if you can't decide. I, as I often do, asked the waiter for his advice. To say that he was knowledgeable would be a massive understatement. "I would suggest a main course of Veal Fillet and Dubrovnik Malvasija Sauce, so therefore you could probably plump for the Beef Charolais Carpaccio as a starter," he smiled.
He actually went through the whole list of ingredients and how each dish was prepared when he brought the meals to my table. Beef Charolais Carpaccio, with a dijon sauce, herbs, celery, I learned and it was absolutely magnificent.
And in the surroundings of the illuminated Old City walls and the Adriatic Sea on my horizon, it was a real high-end Dubrovnik experience. With an in-house sommelier to walk you through the wine list the service is just superb.
The main course, Veal Fillet and Dubrovnik Malvasija Sauce with potato gratin with truffle essence, pea mousse with mint, glazed carrots, now if I thought the starter was great the main course was even better. And yes, the waiter was right the two courses were the perfect match.
I just love this combination of locally sourced ingredients along with a creative and somewhat funky menu. It seems to respect the history and culture of Dubrovnik and at the same time show a modern future. Well done to the Nautika team.
I still can't quite find the right adjective to describe the restaurant, all I do know is that you absolutely must visit it, and maybe you'll find the best word to describe it.
LOCATION & CONTACT
Brsalje no. 3, 20 000 Dubrovnik
Telephone – (00385) 20 44 25 26
Website - https://www.nautikarestaurants.com/restaurant-nautika/