Most beach bars tend to focus on a basic combination of cocktails, live DJs and plenty of exposed flesh. Almara does that better than most others and then adds in a respectable restaurant operation as well for good measure. It's sheer popularity can cause a delay on service but, that aside, this is still a consistently fun way to while away a day in the sun.
The names may change but the settings and operational professionalism stay the same at these two delightful dining options on the island. The shaded Piazza sits hidden away in the middle of the island, ensuring it has a romantic feel, especially with the magnificent views from the outer tables. The Signature Restaurant steps things up even further with an unbeatable location seemingly designed to take your breath away. Both restaurants are open seasonally for lunch and dinner but do try the Aman’s Villa Miločer restaurant out of season. Advance reservations recommended.
BelvederKrusevo zdrijelo n.n., Cetinje
+382 (0)41 235 282
The Belveder has great views over Skadar Lake and offers authentic, traditional cuisine with good service standards. In winter, opt for a table near the fireplace.
The cavernous Italian-themed Bruno bar and restaurant offers haute Mediterranean classics in a striking interior space featuring lots of natural woods and stone wall details. The sheer scale of the place mean that it only ever feels truly full on a Saturday night in high season or when there is an event taking place. That said, for those looking for a dash of urban sophistication in or near old town Budva, Bruno is a fine choice.
Bura BuraObala Marsala Tita 7, Tivat
+382 (0)63 222 007
This hidden gem beneath the Hotel Palladium sits amongst what remains a rather lackluster array of dining options on the Tivat promenade ensuring Bura Bura stands head and shoulders above the rest, combining consistently high quality cooking with friendly staff. To cap off, the interiors would look comfortably at home in Belgrade or Milan, yet the prices remain distinctly Montenegrin, making this a remarkably good value for money.
ByblosKralja Nikole 36, Podgorica
+382 (0)67 311 342
Byblos restaurant and mezze lounge is a sophisticated Lebanese operation with authentic cuisine, elegant interiors and a passionate service team. Open all day for breakfast, lunch, dinner, mezze and shisha, food can be prepared in a variety of ways to satisfy all tastes. Highlights include zesty mezze, marinated meats and distinctive herbs and spices that transport you straight to Beirut.
Byblos restaurant and mezze lounge is a sophisticated Lebanese offering located directly across from the Regent Hotel. Its authentic cuisine is matched with elegant interiors and a passionate service team. Open all day for breakfast, lunch, dinner, mezze and shisha, food can be prepared in a variety of ways to satisfy all tastes. Highlights include zesty mezze, marinated meats and distinctive herbs and spices that transport you straight to Beirut.
De GustibusPorto Montenegro Yacht Club, Lido Pool
+382 (0)69 333 010
Monday - Sunday: 07.00 - 01.00
De Gustibus delivers a premium, open-air dining experience in summer with views over the Porto Montenegro Yacht Club pool. All the fish and sea food is on display for customers to inspect at leisure, a reassuringly transparent approach that reflects the simple premise behind this business - the freshest fish, well trained English-speaking waiting staff and a unique location. A winning formula.
Dukley Gardens may not be fully operational yet as a residential community but their waterfront lounge and restaurant certainly is. Service is generally excellent thanks to a great team brought in from Belgrade, a live DJ often plays in the evenings and the menu extends well beyond the usual Montenegrin standards. Add in an outdoor sun deck overlooking Dukley's beach and you've got a recipe for success.
Hard Rock CafeCetinjska 1, Capital Plaza, Podgorica
+382 (0)20 226 992
Podgorica might seem an odd location for this rock-themed global franchise given the lack of other such restaurant concepts in the country; the gamble however appears to have paid off with locals embracing the American-inspired menu full of burgers, steaks, shakes and fries. This is an undemanding form of Americana, deliberately family-friendly and popular with birthday groups.
A bijou restaurant attached to a high-end boutique hotel at the far end of the increasingly upmarket Tivat promenade, La Roche has a menu offering a mix of local and international dishes. The sea-facing terrace is popular amongst locals looking to upgrade their daily coffee ritual with one of the town's more elegant venues, La Roche is evidently a few years ahead of the curve but seems comfortable leading by example while other local businesses play catch-up.
MitsuMilena Building, Porto Montenegro, 85320 Tivat
+382 (0)67 626 973
Monday - Sunday: 09:00 - 23:00
Mitsu proudly stakes its claim to be Montenegro’s first authentic Japanese fusion restaurant and the owners have gone out of their way to secure the finest ingredients and culinary talent to back up the claim. Add in a funky soundtrack, Asian-inspired interiors and a terrace overlooking Venice Square and it’s not hard to see why this place is so buzzy on a summer’s evening.
OneTeuta Building, Porto Montenegro, 85320 Tivat
+382 (0) 67 486 045
Sunday - Sunday: 08.30 - 00.00
With a spacious terrace at the foot of Porto Montenegro’s glamorous Jetty 1, this stylish brasserie is the perfect place to spend a few hours watching the marina go about its business. A modern Adriatic slant to the food menu and expertly curated wine list with the widest rosé selection in the country makes this an ideal venue for brunch, sunset drinks or a romantic dinner. One caters effortlessly to latte drinking entrepreneurs with a laptop, through to more formal business lunches and lively crew drinks at the bar after dark.
Wrapped by a large, palm lined patio, and shaped like a ship’s bow, this uniquely designed restaurant overlooks the Adriatic and the seafront promenade. The menu offers a modern take on local dishes like fish, risotto and seafood pasta along with good salads, bruschetta and wraps. Service can feel awkwardly formal at times, given the seafront location, and the chef caters for local tastes in his use of sauces and portion sizes but this remains one of the favourites on Tivat's evolving restaurant scene.
A modern take on the patisserie and gourmet delicatessen, the Gourmet Corner’s selection of pastries, quiches, sandwiches, chocolates and cakes makes it a favourite for both breakfasts and afternoon snacks. The outdoor terrace facing Venice Square is both an ideal people-watching venue and a sun trap; for more seclusion, opt for the shaded seating area around the corner.
Regent Porto Montenegro Dining RoomRegent Porto Montenegro
+382 (0)32 660 660
Monday - Sunday: 07.00 - 23.00
This all-day dining venue offers elegant gastronomic experiences with a focus on fresh ingredients and natural flavours. Breakfast is a cold buffet spread served alongside hot a’ la carte options while lunch and dinner menus feature a mix of Mediterranean and Adriatic-inspired dishes, prime local meats and grilled seafood. A six-course degustation menu is also on offer in the evenings.
Yacht ClubPorto Montenegro Yacht Club (PMYC)
+382 (0)32 660 970
Open Summer season only but available for private hire all year-round.
An informal daytime restaurant located at the foot of the Porto Montenegro Yacht Club's iconic pool. Open to the general public and PMYC members, it features a selection of fresh salads, seafood pastas and grilled fish using locally sourced ingredients prepared in a refined yet casual style.
Lebanese food had yet to make its mark in Montenegro until the Ziya took a punt on it being the next big thing. Service levels can be hit and miss, the room feels like a hotel restaurant rather than a destination restaurant in its own right and the food often swings more towards Montenegrin than true Lebanese in style but, nonetheless, top marks to the Ziya for trying. This may be one to watch in the future.