There is a legend according to which Korčula was named after the nymph Korkyra who was transformed into an island paradise by the jealous Poseidon. All the civilizations that settled on the Island have left their mark, such as the Illyrians, Greeks, Romans, Croatians, Venetians, and Austro-Hungarians. The traditional food in Korcula island that you’ll find on most home menus is grilled fresh fish, stewed meat, homemade pasta and shellfish.
LD Restaurant is a Michelin Starred Restaurant in Korcula Old Town. This jewel in the crown of Korčula‘s foodie scene is curated by chef Marko Gajski (who’s also had stints in several top London restaurants). Guided by seasonal availability “above and below sea level,” this is assured fine dining amplified by its spot in the 17th-century Lesic Dimitri Palace. LD Restaurant offers al fresco fine dining. Their ingredient-focused menu is inspired by what is available seasonally on land and at sea. They created a unique but local dining experience for guests. The terrace of the restaurant stretches along the Old Town medieval wall, with panoramic views across the Pelješac channel and the Korčula archipelago. There is also a beautiful interior space and two rooms for a unique private dining experience.
Filippi is a well-known restaurant in the port of Korčula on Petar Kanavelić walk, known as Zakerjan by the locals. Tables are set above the ramparts in this exceptionally attractive location, with a commanding view of the Pelješac channel and the islands of the Korčula archipelago. The restaurant offers modern Dalmatian cuisine based on local artisan pasta and fresh herbs, used creatively in a contemporary style: healthy, delicious, visually attractive, and setting a new standard for the island and town of Korčula. The wine list features mostly local wines including some from Peljašac and nearby Hvar Island.
Pupnat has well known and very popular restaurant Konoba “Mate”. The konoba is run by a local Pupnat family and is located at the very centre of the village. They specialise in home-made food – everything from cured meats to pasta to cheese comes from the family’s land. This tavern has the Michelin Bib Gourmand mark. It is awarded to taverns and restaurants that do not have the conditions for a Michelin star but offer top-quality ingredients and are leaders in simplicity and quality of preparation.
Mediterranean cuisine is a must-order one at Nonno. At this place, you may order good rolls, tuna and tuna steaks. Ordering tasty chocolate cakes and fruitcakes is a pleasant experience here. Take your chance to taste delicious prosecco, white wine or liqueur.
A bit of an institution, Adio Mare is Korčula town’s oldest family run restaurant and little has changed since it opened in 1974. It’s a friendly, buzzy, hearty Dalmatian restaurant showcasing tradition rather than innovation. There’s a decent enough selection of local wines. The dishes you will taste are prepared with a lot of love, effort and experience. All food is prepared with fresh Korčula ingredients and is cooked on the barbecue. This is a unique location for a unique gastronomy experience.
Konoba Belin is quiet domestic restaurant in Zrnovo village offering homemade food and wine in a pleasant family atmosphere. The restaurant is 4 km away from Korčula town, on the Žrnovo village entrance but this family restaurant is well worth the journey. A Konoba is a traditional Dalmatian eatery and the best place to try some local cuisine. Expect excellent meat and fish grilled on the barbecue and local specialities with veg from their own garden.
In an alley in the Old Town, Marinero offers fine seafood in an authentic and warm setting. Mother is the chef, her sons catch the daily supply of fish and the local wine flows until the guests start singing too. A favourite is fish cooked à la gregada: baked with potatoes and vegetables in a juicy sauce mopped up with hunks of bread. The lighter and rarer found version, na lešo, is fish gently boiled with vegetables to create a delectable and tender meal.