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Golden Shell

$$$$
Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Croatian, Central European
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P. Hektorovica 8, Hvar, Hvar Island 21450, Croatia
+385 98 9177-386
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Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 71
    Excellent
  • 23
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 17
    Poor
  • 10
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Outstanding service and wine

Really impressed with the service at this restaurant - we enjoyed the restaurant even more because of this. Love the family business feel mixed with fine dining. The wine that we had was amazing! We brought some to take home from a wine shop in the neighbourhood. Really interesting ideas, we had a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 9, 2015
Jessica B
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62 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

Our tour stopped her in Hvar for a couple of hours and we lucked across this OUTSTANDING place. I could see the chef through the window actually making my potato salad, starting with the fresh, cooked potatoes! I was with a vegetarian foodie who agreed this meal was among the best in our entire European tour. We had two different... More 

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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

We were told to come in ahead of time and make reservations. We spoke to a family member and she was very nice and advised us to just trust the chef. They were waiting for us when we arrived. The food and service was spectacular. My traveling partner has a son who is a chef in a very exclusive restaurant... More 

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1 Thank Jack W
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

After browsing the streets of Hvar for about half an hour we fell upon this restaurant. We were talked through the menu and after deciding that we fancied staying we were shown inside. We were asked where we would like to sit, there were only 9 tables to choose from and 2 were already occupied we chose one in the... More 

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Thank Lauren M
New York
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21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

The family who owns this restaurant also gives cooking classes and promotes a local, time intensive approach to cuisine. These "foodie" friends found it a bit odd. Highlighting quite unusual ingredients which the chef comes to your table to describe in detail, you will probably eat things you have not eaten before and might just not want to have again.... More 

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Thank SDBNewYork
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Myself and my friend had a fabulous night here, the food was fantastic and the decor was wonderful. It also had a good couple of vegetarian options which was much appreciated as they can be scarce in Croatian restaurants! Our waiter Antonio was fantastic, he had a wonderful sense of humour and spent the evening talking to us and answering... More 

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Thank Kathleen W
Arlington, Virginia
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172 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

On our second night in Hvar, we were wondering around looking at all the dinner options, and happened into the Golden Shell. It was excellent... everything about the celebrity chef and family restaurant is absolutely true. And, it's clear that they love what they do. The quirky waiter is the chef's son. He really knows his stuff and is a... More 

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Thank Scott B
San Francisco
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

We had a recommendation to come here and it did not disappoint. I love that it is truly a family operation, and they clearly take pride in running a great restaurant. Everything was wonderful from the moment we walked in.

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3 Thank SK313
Paris, France
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015 via mobile

I would just only review the chef menu as we did not try the "a la carte" dinner. Your welcome is organized as if you get into a one star Michelin: surprise menu up to the "CHEF". First course was quite ok not so pretentious. Then came a risotto: 30 g of steam cooked rice with maybe 10 g of... More 

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Thank Galtine
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6 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

We were attracted by the ads extolling slow cooking, local ingredients and top rated chef. We were disappointed. The food was OK but not exciting. We had the 4 course chef selection. Entrees were a whole fish (common on the island) and lamb in coconut (meat was dry and not flavorful). Expensive for the island.

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Thank Michael L
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015 via mobile

Really impressed with the service at this restaurant - we enjoyed the restaurant even more because of this. Love the family business feel mixed with fine dining. The wine that we had was amazing! We brought some to take home from a wine shop in the neighbourhood. Really interesting ideas, we had a four course tasting menu. The only disappointment... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: P. Hektorovica 8, Hvar, Hvar Island 21450, Croatia
  • Location: Europe  >  Croatia  >  Dalmatia  >  Split-Dalmatia County  >  Hvar Island  >  Hvar
  • Phone Number: +385 98 9177-386

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 70
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Croatian, Central European

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?