Babaluu Bar and RestaurantTQ Plaza Budva
+382 69 040 440
8am till late
A funky restaurant and bar located in TQ Plaza, they serve a decent breakfast and cocktails at reasonable prices so there is often a buzzy young crowd to be found on the terrace.
Away from the more touristy parts of Kotor old town, this traditional Montenegrin restaurant is tucked into an old stone house on a quiet square. Edged by the Old Town’s fortress walls, the candlelit summer terrace makes a romantic backdrop for dinner.
Specializing in meat, with a brightly lit, Yugoslav-era atmosphere, this is one of the few coastal restaurants that turns out a serious steak. As most standard Montenegrin cuts would baffle any Westerner, it’s best to order the ‘biftek na zaru’ (‘grilled steak’) medium rare.
Ivanova Korita is something of an undiscovered gem in the vast woodland area on top of Mount Lovcen. It's worth the journey, as this reliable old favourite does traditional food with a touch of class in a way that few other establishments in Montenegro manage to pull off so well. Keep it simple and order one of the local specialties. This is hearty, mountain fare ideal for a post-hike meal.
MostinaRijeka Crnojevica n.n., Cetinje 81250
+382 (0)69 843 317
Sitting right up against the water, this is the place for great fish soup when passing through the centre of the country, most likely on the way from Cetinje to Podgorica.
VodenicaUlica Breza bb, Kolasin 81210
+382 (0)69 241 507
Kolasin may only have a limited dining scene due to its seasonality but Vodenica wins top prize for its setting in a converted mill. The mountain village decor is as authentic as it comes, as are the generous plates of red meat, river trout and the infamous kacamak (pronounced "ka-cha-mak"), a hearty mix of potatoes, flour, cornmeal and cheese.