Above: ZOI in Split, Croatia

Dining Along Croatia's Dalmatian Coast

In tandem with its wines, Croatia has developed a world-class culinary scene. On my first visit to the country’s coast, I loved the fresh seafood, but the sameness of the presentations and recipes felt deadening. Chefs now are more daring and innovative, putting contemporary spins on traditional dishes and fully exploiting the rich variety of local, seasonal Mediterranean ingredients.

The Michelin Guide now reviews Croatian restaurants, and the country recently received its first Michelin stars (one each in Rovinj, Šibenik and Dubrovnik). I have no doubt that there will be more to come.

Listed in order from north to south, these restaurants were my favorites along the Dalmatian Coast outside of Dubrovnik. I also recommend the superlative restaurant of the Lešić Dimitri Palace hotel in Korčula.

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