Proto

Price guide: Expensive

Široka 1, Dubrovnik, 20000

Price guide: Expensive

Proto in the early evening

By Jane Foster, your Dubrovnik expert

#1 of 15
expert-rated restaurants in Dubrovnik
Expert overall rating:4.8 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.6
4.6
Ambience:
4.6
4.6
Service:
4.2
4.2
Location:
4.6
4.6
Value for money:
4
4.0
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Foodies, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Celebrity spotting, History, People watching, Romance, Sightseeing

Expert review of Proto

Proto is regarded by many as Dubrovnik's best seafood restaurant.

Dating back to 1886, Proto has a long-standing reputation for fine dining among seafood aficionados. It's simple, old-fashioned and traditional, but everything is done with the utmost elegance. You'll certainly eat well here, but you'll also pay for it. Well-known former guests include King Edward VIII and Mrs Simpson, American actor Richard Gere, and U2’s Bono.

Food and drink: 

It's all about Dalmatian seafood here, though there are a few meat dishes for those who don't eat fish. Firm favourites are the dagnje na buzaru (mussels in garlic, white wine and parsley) which come with a bib provided, and the brodet (Dalmatian fish stew, made with onions and tomatoes, and served with polenta). You can also expect delicacies such as morske ražnjiće (seafood skewers with shrimps and fish fillets) and filet brancina na riži sa šafranom (sea bass fillet on a bed of rice with saffron). Note that the menu changes with the seasons, so you might also see truffles, wild asparagus, fresh oysters (from Ston) and melon, depending on the time of year.

Recommended dishes: 

I'd suggest you start by asking your waiter what fresh fish they have on offer that day.

Ambience: 

It's informal but romantic, with secluded tables on a lovely first-floor level terrace, lined with potted plants. There are also tables on the corner of the pedestrian-only street outside - which are a little more chaotic, but still fun.

Service: 

Service can be a little slow until the food starts to arrive. The waiters are attentive without being intrusive.

Location: 

It's in the old town, just off Placa.

Price advice: 

We're talking London prices here - expect to pay around 1000 kuna (approximately £120 pounds) for a two-course meal for two with a bottle of wine.

Tables to book: 

Try to get a table on the upper-level covered terrace.

More information on Proto:

Price guide:
Expensive
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Mediterranean, Seafood, Traditional
Address:
Široka 1, Dubrovnik, 20000
Telephone:
020 323234
Website:
http://www.esculap-teo.hr
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
April-October: daily 11am-11pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times

Have you been to Proto? Would you recommended it?