The Best Restaurants in Kotor, Montenegro

The Best Restaurants in Kotor, Montenegro

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Hey there travel foodies! If you’re headed to the charming coastal town of Kotor in Montenegro, you’re probably wondering where you can find the best restaurants and culinary experiences. As someone who has spent a lot of time exploring Kotor’s winding cobblestone streets, quaint plazas, and medieval architecture, I’ve had the pleasure of discovering some of the best restaurants in Kotor.

I’ll take you through the essential info on the food scene, share my picks for the best restaurants in Kotor, and give you some tips to plan the perfect gastronomic adventure in Boka Bay. 

Whether you’re looking for fresh seafood with harbor views, traditional Montenegrin fare, or modern international cuisine, Kotor has something delicious for every palate!

What is the food like in Kotor, Montenegro?

Montenegrin cuisine is heavily influenced by Mediterranean and Balkan flavors.

In Kotor, you’ll find lots of grilled meat and fish, fresh vegetables, olive oil, garlic, herbs like rosemary and thyme, cheese, and wine.

Seafood is particularly exceptional in Kotor since it’s a coastal town – you’ll find dishes made with fresh fish like sea bass, octopus, squid, shrimp, and mussels.

Meat-focused specialties include ćevapi (grilled minced meat sausages), pljeskavica (a burger-like patty of mixed meats), and roasted lamb or veal. Side dishes include potatoes, polenta, and pickled vegetables. One unique aspect of Montenegrin food is the sheer quantity – portions are large! Meals are meant for lingering and socializing.

Now let’s get to the main event – my list of the best restaurants in Kotor to sample all the delicious local specialties!

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The Best Restaurants in Kotor

Restaurant PRŽUN

Tucked away on a side street in Kotor’s old town, restaurant PRŽUN offers an intimate setting and wonderfully executed traditional cuisine. The menu focuses on seasonal ingredients and time-honored recipes perfected over generations. 

Restaurant Przun Kotor Old Town

Standouts include Njeguški pršut (prosciutto from the Njeguši region) paired with cheese, roasted veal shank, and seafood brodet (stew). Portions of grilled meat and fish are beautifully plated. The food quality and elegant ambiance make this one of the best restaurants in Kotor’s old town.

Konoba Portun

If you have an affinity for fish and seafood, snag a table at Konoba Portun, just steps from Kotor’s harbor. This laid-back family-run restaurant excels in freshly caught seafood prepared in traditional ways. 

Kobona Portun in Kotor

You’ll find dishes like octopus salad, grilled calamari, mixed shellfish platters, and whole-roasted fish. Meat dishes like veal or lamb cooked under sač (a bell-like lid) are also excellent. With a cozy atmosphere and top-notch seafood, Konoba Portun is my pick for the best seafood restaurant in Kotor with a sea view. It’s a must-visit!

Little Bay Old Town

For delicious Mediterranean flavors in a casual setting, Little Bay is a go-to. Situated in a hidden square in the old town, the restaurant has al fresco seating ideal for long lunches under stone arches and vines. 

Little Bay Old Town

Tuck into wood-fired pizzas, salads, plates of cheese and cured meats, and herbed omelets for brunch. The menu has lots of gluten-free and vegetarian options too. Everything is prepared with the freshest seasonal ingredients. Little Bay’s relaxed vibe and delicious food make it rank among the best restaurants in Kotor.

Pescaria Dekaderon

Seafood lovers rejoice – Pescaria Dekaderon serves up the very best catch from the Adriatic in an elegant setting right on the coastal walk. Specializing in traditional Montenegrin seafood dishes, you’ll find grilled fish, seafood risottos, mussels sauteed in wine, whole grilled branzino, and more. The oysters and sushi are also exceptional. 

Pescaria Dekaderon Kotor

With harbor views from the terrace seats, masterfully prepared seafood, and excellent service, Pescaria Dekaderon offers one of the best fine dining experiences in Kotor. This is one of the best seafood restaurants in Kotor.

Platanus bar & food

For delicious breakfast, lunch, or dinner in a buzzing atmosphere, head to Platanus in Kotor’s old town. Dine under the namesake sycamore tree on creative sandwiches, burgers, salads, and Montenegrin tapas plates perfect for sharing. 

I recommend their famous Kotor burger, feta salad with roasted peppers, and the bacon & blue cheese melt. Platanus also has excellent craft cocktails and local wines to perfectly complement your meal. With its central location and vibrant energy, Platanus is easily one of the best casual restaurants in Kotor.

Caffe del Mare

Caffe del Mare is one of the best restaurants in Kotor for dinner with an amazing ambiance. 

This charming restaurant located right on the waterfront walkway is a fantastic spot for fresh seafood in an elegant yet relaxed setting. 

Request a table on the seaside terrace and soak up the harbor views as you enjoy dishes like black risotto, fried calamari, crab ravioli, and whole-grilled fish. The wine list focuses on excellent local varietals. 

The service is excellent and the romantic seaside setting makes Caffe del Mare one of the top choices for dinner in Kotor.

Konoba Bonaca

For a cozy tavern atmosphere and hearty traditional fare, make a reservation at Konoba Bonaca in Kotor’s old town. beloved by locals, this family-run tavern serves up dishes made according to age-old recipes. You’ll feel like you’re dining in someone’s home! 

Standout menu items include cevapi, mix-meat stews, veal under sač, and giant platters of roasted meat and vegetables. To finish, try the traditional custard cake krempita. Konoba Bonaca offers an authentic taste of Montenegro’s culinary traditions.

Resto Bar Taraca

For unbeatable Kotor harbor views and open-air dining, head to Resto Bar Taraca located right on the Bay of Kotor. Snag a table on the terrace and tuck into fresh Adriatic seafood like octopus salad, fish carpaccio, and black risotto with cuttlefish ink. 

The chefs put a creative spin on traditional recipes too – think shrimp and mango carpaccio or seafood risotto with saffron. With the shimmering blue harbor before you, the experience is sublime. This is one of the best Kotor restaurants with a view.

Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants?

While meat and seafood take center stage in Montenegrin cuisine, Kotor still has excellent options for vegetarians and vegans. Some great restaurants to try are Leila’s Vegetarian Food which offers Balkan dishes made with fresh seasonal produce. 

Cesarica is known for its vegan breakfasts and lunches, with homemade pastries and sandwiches. Little Summer Kitchen is a cute vegan-friendly cafe. 

For something more upscale, try Galerija restaurant’s tasting menu which can be customized for dietary needs. With farm-to-table Mediterranean flavors, there are plenty of ways to enjoy Kotor’s dining scene on a plant-based diet.

Average Price Per Meal in Restaurants in Kotor

Eating out in Kotor restaurants ranges from budget to high-end options. Informal cafes offer meals for about €5-10 per person

A meal at a nice restaurant generally costs around €30-40 per person including appetizer, main course, and wine. Upscale seafood restaurants average €40-60 per person for a multicourse dinner. 

Tipping is appreciated but not required – locals usually round up the bill or tip modestly.

I hope this guide gets your mouth watering for Kotor’s amazing culinary scene! Let me know if you have any other restaurant recommendations in the comments. 

Enjoy the delicious food, wine, and relaxing ambiance during your time in this medieval jewel on Montenegro’s Adriatic coast.

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