So, you’ve landed in Dubrovnik, and you’ve got a hankering for some top-notch ćevapi, right? Well, you’re in for a treat because this town has some epic spots for these juicy, grilled Balkan sausages. But let’s face it, you want the crème de la crème, don’t you? You don’t want just any ćevapi—you want the best!
Lucky for you, as a local foodie, I’ve taken on the tough job of tasting my way through Dubrovnik’s ćevapi scene so that I could bring you this lip-smacking list. These are not just random suggestions but places I’ve personally visited, tested, and heartily approved. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed!
5 Best Places to Eat Ćevapi in Dubrovnik
Here are my top recommendations if you want to try delicious ćevapi while visiting Dubrovnik.
5. Fast Food Queen
Sliding into 5th place, we’ve got Fast Food Queen. Now, don’t be too quick to judge by its name. This newly opened spot, tucked away on Od Batale Street, is a hidden gem for ćevapi lovers. Sure, it’s a no-frills place—there’s just one table for quick bites—but hey, the food’s the star here!
If we were rating just on taste, Fast Food Queen would easily snag the 2nd or 3rd spot. The ćevapi here are simply out of this world, and also, they’re the most wallet-friendly option on this list. Plus, the homemade fries and “lepinja” (bread) that accompany the ćevapi are a knockout.
Feeling lazy or prefer a quiet meal at your place? They’ve got you covered with their delivery option. You can feast on their awesome ćevapi right in your hotel or apartment. Don’t forget to check their Instagram for some drool-worthy photos before you order!
4. Restaurant Komin
Grabbing the 4th spot is Restaurant Komin. It’s nestled in Babin Kuk, right next to a gorgeous park filled with olive trees and fragrant grassy spaces. So, after devouring a plate of their scrumptious ćevapi, you can take a leisurely walk, soaking in the serene surroundings.
Now let’s talk about their ćevapi. They’re downright tasty, though not the best you can find in Dubrovnik. But here’s the thing: it’s the whole package—the delicious food, the relaxed atmosphere—that takes their ćevapi up a notch. It’s all about the ambiance enhancing the flavors.
Just remember, you get your ćevapi with regular bread here, not “lepinja”. But with the environment so charming, you might not even notice.
3. Pivnica Dubrava
Now, scooping up 3rd place is Pivnica Dubrava, just a stone’s throw away from Restaurant Komin. But when it comes to ćevapi, Pivnica Dubrava wins hands down. Honestly, everything on their BBQ menu is lip-smacking good.
Tucked away in the enchanting little street called Mali Stradun, this spot is truly a joy to discover. And my personal experience here? It was just outstanding. I got to enjoy some of the best ćevapi I’ve ever had. They really know their way around a grill!
What’s more, you get delicious ajvar, fresh warm bread, and homemade fries on the side. There’s also a peaceful terrace out back where you can sit and see directly to the grill. Now, that’s a view for food lovers!
Even if you’re not in the mood to go out, no worries. Pivnica Dubrava offers delivery, so you can savor their fantastic ćevapi anywhere you like.
2. Taj Mahal Hotel Lero
Stepping up to 2nd place is Taj Mahal Hotel Lero. Now, I know what you’re thinking, “Why pay more?” But believe me, the ćevapi here are worth every kuna. They truly are a cut above the rest.
What sets them apart? It’s the authentic Bosnian flavor. You’d have to travel to Sarajevo to find ćevapi this good. And they’re served in the most traditional way, so you get the full, authentic experience.
Nestled right next to Hotel Lero, the ambiance is as stellar as the food. It’s not just a meal, it’s a full-on Bosnian culinary adventure. So, if you’re willing to splurge a little for the best ćevapi in town, this is the place to go!
1. Taj Mahal Old Town
Finally, the top spot, the pièce de résistance: Taj Mahal Old Town. If you’re exploring the winding, historic streets of Dubrovnik’s old town and get that ćevapi craving, you’re in luck. Taj Mahal has a branch right there on Nikole Gučetića Street.
Just like its sibling at Hotel Lero, the ćevapi here are out of this world. The quality? Top-notch, just like you’d expect. It’s the same authentic Bosnian experience, nestled amidst the stunning architecture of the old town.
Just remember, this is the upper end of the ćevapi scene. It’s probably the most expensive place to enjoy these tasty grilled treats in the area. But, trust me, for the flavor and experience, it’s worth the price tag.
Is Ćevapi Croatian Food?
Ah, the age-old question, “Is Ćevapi Croatian food?” Well, not exactly. While you can find mouthwatering ćevapi all over Croatia (and let’s be honest, especially in Dubrovnik), these tasty grilled sausages are actually a gift from our neighbors to the east.
Originally, ćevapi hails from the Balkans, with its roots in countries like Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, and others in the region. It’s a culinary delight that’s traveled far and wide across borders, winning over taste buds wherever it goes.
So while you’re enjoying these little tubes of delight in Croatia, remember that you’re actually sampling a piece of broader Balkan culture. And isn’t that part of the joy of food? It’s a delicious way to explore the world, one bite at a time!
In the end, there’s nothing quite like sinking your teeth into a sizzling, savory serving of ćevapi in Dubrovnik. Each bite is a flavor-packed journey through the rich culinary tapestry of the Balkans right here in our beautiful city by the sea.
I hope your journey through Dubrovnik leads you to some truly delicious destinations. May you relish every bite of the best ćevapi Dubrovnik has to offer!