Italian cuisine inspires a lot of Dalmatian food, which means you’ll find pizza, pasta, gnocchi and risotto in most restaurants along the coast. So if you’d like to enjoy some true local specialities and escape the beaten track, we highly recommend heading to Konavle.
In this beautiful, little-known area of Croatia, there are several family-run restaurants offering typical, traditional and delicious Dalmation dishes. One of our favourites is Koraćeva Kuća, a beautiful, charming auberge-style restaurant run by two brothers and their sister in the village of Gruda.
A unique setting and unrivalled hospitality
Set in relaxing surroundings, the view from the terrace is breathtaking: lush vineyards, majestic mountains and fabulous sunsets that bathe the countryside in a pink and orange evening light. The sound of crickets and the gentle background music all add to this special atmosphere, with no other noise to break the spell.
The family’s talent for hospitality, cuisine and interiors is evident from the moment you walk through the door. High-quality cotton napkins and fresh flowers or lavender sprigs dress the tables, creating a welcoming, homely ambience. The friendly owners are attentive and always available, but never overwhelming or intrusive.
Typical Dalmatian dishes to try in Konavle
And what about Koraćeva Kuća’s food? As you’d expect, it’s equal only to the beautiful setting and the wonderful hospitality. Only the freshest seasonal products straight from the family’s garden will do, which means the menu varies according to the time of year, with around a dozen dishes to choose from.
If you visit in spring, try the bruschetta with wild asparagus starter, which is a house recipe you’ll only find at Koraćeva Kuća. (The asparagus is hand-picked that day in the local area.) Two signature Dalmatian dishes you must try are:
- peka – a blend of meat and vegetables slowly baked for several hours under an iron dome in the embers of an open fire (needs ordering in advance)
- pašticada – a slow-cooked beef dish where the meat is first marinated in wine and herbs, then stewed in a mouthwatering plum sauce and served with homemade pasta or gnocchi.
Make sure you keep room for dessert! The house carrot cake and lemon cake taste unlike any others we’ve tried; apparently, the secret is to use only lemons from the family orchard and carrots from their vegetable patch. There’s also a great wine selection, including an affordable own-label option. Our favourite tipple is the homemade limoncello.
How to book at Koraćeva Kuća
Koraćeva Kuća offers high-quality food and excellent service for a very reasonable price. We’ve visited several times with friends, family and guests, and everyone agrees that it’s a very special place thanks to its simplicity and authenticity. We love it and hope you will too. Bon appetit!
- Location: 155 Gruda, 20215 (40 minutes south from Dubrovnik on the way to Montenegro)
- How to book: call + 385 20 791 557
- Facebook: Koraćeva Kuća restaurant | Facebook
Want to know more about Konavle?
Check out our previous blog post on the Konavle region for a great overview of what’s on offer. And if you’d like to know more about the area, or book a place to stay in Konavle, please get in touch with us. We’d love to help!