Just north of Porto Montenegro on the waterfront, this casual restaurant is a good choice if you want to relax with crew from the marina over beer and pizza. With reasonable prices and a young crowd who love nothing better than to meet here for coffee and conversation, the patio seats get snapped up quickly during the busier summer months.
With a wide range of fish, crab, shrimp and other seafood specialties, the magnificent view of the two islands in front of Petrovac, Katic and Sveta Nedjelja makes this a pleasant lunchtime option.
The finest seafood restaurant in Montenegro say some, this spot boasts a charming location in an old water mill. It is surrounded by nature, greenery and running water, not to mention the fish. Service is excellent, the wine list spreads its wings beyond the confines of ex-Yugoslavia and the extensive menu means there should be something for everyone no matter what their preferences. Highly recommended.
CesaricaOld town 375, 85330 Kotor
+382 (0)69 049 733
Cozy and charming, this small family-run restaurant is a longtime Kotor favourite. A traditional, stone walled grotto, the best dishes are grilled squid and cuttlefish risotto, and it’s very well known fish soup or ‘riblja corba’.
Open year-round and ideally set on Perast’s historic Venetian waterfront with terrific views over the islands of St. George and Our Lady of the Rocks, 'Conte' offers a good regional wine list, an enviable trio of risottos, and tasty grilled squid stuffed with langoustine. Our tip would be to order a plethora of antipasti first, including a black risotto or two, followed by some grilled fish such as orada or sea bass.
DemizanaSlovenska obala 3, 85315 Budva
+382 (0)33 455 028
Just steps from Budva old town, this charming house with a large terrace was among Montenegro’s first fine dining establishments and its star has not diminished. With only 80 seats (and half as many in winter) it can be difficult to get a table, so we recommend booking ahead. The service style is old school but they are used to tourists so will happily recommend some of their favourite dishes for the uninitiated visitor. For a taste of quintessential Montenegrin coastal cooking, Demizana is right up there with the best of them.
Looking like something from a Cape Town hip hotel guide, Forza Mare represents the contemporary face of the local hotel scene. This hidden gem situated in the quiet residential neighborhood of Dobrota, just outside Kotor, sits right up against the water, spills across the main waterfront pathway and colonizes a prime piece of promontory. Upstairs, things are kept simple with just three room categories to choose from and each individual room named after the place that inspired its décor. We recommend the brightly coloured China room and the unashamedly OTT Dubai suite for something a little different. While there is no beach on offer here, at least not in the sense of white sand and volleyball, there is a private terrace area with loungers that works just as well as a midday suntrap. Restaurant Forza Mare is then a firm lunchtime favorite in summer, known as one of the few places in Dobrota where you can dine on the Bay side of the road rather than the mountain side. Completing the picture is a spa and remarkably well equipped wellness area.
Cantilevered over the water just 5 minutes walk from Kotor old town, this spot is particularly attractive at night when the bay and the Kotor walls are beautifully illuminated. Owned by the Hotel Vardar, the menu is contemporary Adriatic and makes use of local produce with a rare touch of international flair. Service is smooth and efficient as they are clearly used to catering to demanding tourists, it fills up fast in summer season as well so booking is advisable. Classics such as fish soup, fish paté, grilled sea bass and orada are all worth trying, as are the excellent regional wines.
This traditional style, family restaurant owned by Krsto Niklanovic specializes in fish and in summer allows for outdoor dining. There are three different terraces, by the sea, pond, and main promenade. Freshly caught fish, clams, and crab are all cooked on a coal grill to enhance the flavours. A selection of Mediterranean and local dishes complete the picture.
Konoba FeralSetaliste pet Danica 47, 85340 Herceg Novi
+382 (0)31 322 232
One of the better taverns in Herceg Novi, Feral is known for its excellent fish and seafood lunches. Located next to the old railway station, on “Skver” square, it’s an ideal spot for people watching while enjoying a fillet of delicately prepared fish and a glass of local white wine. Freshly grilled vegetables are also served with every dish.
Konoba Kod RankaAda Bojana n.n., 85362 Ulcinj
+382 (0)69 525 433
Take a table by the terrace and enjoy the view of the Bojana waterfront while working your way through an extensive menu of grilled fish and seafood. This is another one of those restaurants that you will find nowhere else than Montenegro, it's an absolute classic.
8am - 1am
Located a stone's throw from the Porto Montenegro Yacht Club in Seljanovo, the Merlin beach bar overlooks a superyacht marina and is one of the best spots for a sea swim in central Tivat. A simple food & drinks menu provides plenty of options for families looking to enjoy a beach day in the tideless Boka Bay. Locals flock to this place for its smart deco, tables just a few metres from the water and efficient English-speaking service, making it a refreshingly low-key choice for a morning or afternoon escape in summer.
Misko has personality by the bucket load and is popular with in-the-know locals who have been coming to Ada Bojana for years. Ignore the meat and focus on the fresh fish whilst enjoying the quirky Montenegrin decor. The complimentary fruit platter at the end of your meal is a nice flourish too.
This corner site on one of Kotor's livelier squares is part of a 13th century building with plenty of charm. The Monte Cristo has a certain old world feel about it with its fairly formal service style and white table cloths. Cooking is quintessentially coastal Montenegrin so expect lots of risotto-style dishes, white fish and sea food.
Movida is a restaurant, beach bar and night club. It has a nicely tended, spacious and well equipped beach. On the beach, there is a snack bar and those who appreciate mediterranean and international cuisine can enjoy it on a restaurant terrace overlooking the beach. During the evening hours guests can indulge in positive night vibes with good music program.
The Aman Resort's Olive restaurant directly overlooks the iconic island of Sveti Stefan and has extensive outdoor seating on offer as well as a quintessentially Aman-style minimalist modern interior that may be the most luxurious restaurant interior in Montenegro to date. Open to hotel guests and outsiders, the highly trained staff in smart uniforms make sure that every guest is treated as a VIP. The concise menu of superior meat and seafood dishes meanwhile includes a handful of local classics that are worth considering as, if anywhere is going to prepare them well for an international audience, it is the Aman.
This charming hotel restaurant is set in the charming environs of the Dobrota waterfront promenade. Combining regional dishes with various Mediterranean options to ensure hotel guests always find what they want on the menu, the fish stew, veal medallions in mustard sauce and of course the very special olive ice cream all come highly recommended. Berthing is available for those arriving by boat.
PantaganaDobrota 223, 85330 Kotor
+382 (0)67 508 286
Also known as “Budo’s” after its irrepressible proprietor who is known to pick up his guitar and sing a local ditty or two when the mood takes him, this is an utterly charming waterfront eatery in Dobrota, just outside Kotor. The steak fillet, generous salads and freshly caught fish (call to order ahead out of season) are all timeless classics. Similarly, the interiors look like they have been there for centuries, making this a perennial favorite of sophisticated locals and in-the-know visitors alike. Opt for a table by the water on a balmy summer evening and you may find yourself in one of the finest dining spots Montenegro has to offer.
Located in the colossal Splendid Hotel complex, this stylish dining room is surprisingly good, thanks to the hotel’s Asian executive chef. If you really must have your dose of miso soup, sake and spicy tuna hand rolls, you won't be disappointed here.
Owned and operated by the team behind Porto Montenegro's highly successful Al Posto Giusto pizzeria, this beach bar-cum restaurant on a promontory overlooking Zanjica beach was a hit with locals from the first day it opened. Service is quick and responsive, the location allows for pick-ups and drop-offs by boat and the food is simple, fresh and reasonably priced. Come in summer for more of a party vibe or choose a quiet table by the fireside in winter.
Royal at Cattaro HotelMain Square Old Town Kotor
+382 (0)32 311 000
The Cattaro-Maximus complex, set into the fortress walls on the main square in what was once a Venetian palace and Napoleon’s Theatre (build in the emperor’s honor in 1810) is now home to a hotel, casino, discotheque, and the Royal restaurant. Serving an Adriatic menu, it’s designed in baroque style and lined in large nautical paintings with a terrace overlooking the square.
Scala SantaSkaljarska Piazza Old Town Kotor, 85330 Kotor
+382 (0)32 322 736
Quaint and cozy with a fireplace in winter, this place prides itself on century-old decor and artifacts. Like most restaurants along the coast, Scala Santa is first and foremost a fish restaurant so ignore the menu’s curious Mexican offerings and opt for the homemade risottos, seafood, goulash, and fresh baked bread.
Fifteen minutes drive outside of Kotor, and very popular in summer, this family-run restaurant has been serving fish out of its onsite fish hatchery and mussel bed for 30 years. The best table is one outside on the landscaped terrace next to the brook and still-working mill wheel. If you have a special occasion to celebrate, a colleague to impress, or simply wish to see what all the fuss is about at Montenegro's most talked-about restaurant, book in advance and, ideally, arrive by boat for the full Stari Mlini (literally 'Old Mill') experience.
One of the few coastal restaurants to serve ‘pecenje’, a slow cooked meat dish traditional to the mountains. This basic roadside restaurant - a small house, outdoor wooden tables, an open fireplace - is a ten to fifteen minute drive from the marina in Radanovici just beyond Tivat. Don't expect any modern luxuries here so come with an open mind for an authentic taste of mountain food.