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Golden Shell

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Seafood, Mediterranean, Croatian, Central European
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P. Hektorovica 8, Hvar, Hvar Island 21450, Croatia
+385 98 9177-386
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Good for:
Romance

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  • 43
    Excellent
  • 19
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Excellent food

I have been to the golden shell more than ten years ago and over the years. It is still as good as then and got more sophisticated. Their food is excellent and differs from most run of the mill restaurants along the coast. Great seafood, but also the gnocchi are highly recommended. Two comments. I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 14, 2014
Karabiber
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Graz, Austria
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Had a very pleasant experience here. Although named slow food, we were the first guests and service was quite fast. Food was cooked when we arrived (we could smell it), and delicious! We had the spaghetti with prosciutto and truffles - very nice. For entree I had steak and my girlfriend had sea bass - we were quite happy with... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Try to visit before they close for the season. "Fluffy" (Antonio) our waiter, and his family are producing delicious food, fresh imaginative and in a calm and leafy atmosphere. Great wine selection too. I had the brodetto ( a classic Croatian dish), and my friends tried the lamb in 2 different sauces, everything was perfect. Not to be missed.

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London, United Kingdom
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50 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

I cannot rave about this place enough. Not only was the food the most exquisite we ate on our whole trip, but the service was out of this world. The restaurant is a wonderful little family run place, and with Dad and sister in the kitchen, we were served by the son who was an absolute delight. He recommended excellent... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 via mobile

This family run restaurant is a must visit for foodies! The service was incredible with Tony the son of the owner helping us out with recommendations for the rest of our holiday. Must try on the menu is the Coconut lamb....so tender and the sauce was delicious. This small restaurant is definitely one of Hvar's hidden secrets.

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Graz, Austria
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19 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

I have been to the golden shell more than ten years ago and over the years. It is still as good as then and got more sophisticated. Their food is excellent and differs from most run of the mill restaurants along the coast. Great seafood, but also the gnocchi are highly recommended. Two comments. I found the service a bit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We visited Golden Shell on the last night of our 10 day stay on Hvar.We have eaten at all of the top rated restaurants on trip advisor and whilst some of the others were good the overall experience of food,service,wine and cost at Golden Shell made it our favourite.I don't understand why it's rating is relatively low on Trip Advisor... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Staff were friendly and food was delicious. We had the fish stew and the pasticada which are standard local favourites but these were done to a very high standard. Nice location too, in a garden at the back of the restaurant.

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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We were told by the hostess that the cook was a "master chef" so given that and the price, we were expecting a pleasant dinner... The food was plain and honestly boring - we were expecting so much more! Given how quickly everything was served, I'm wondering how long in advance everything had been prepared... Service was nice though. And... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Was recommended to us but was worst meal weve ever had. Starters were so overpowering with the cheese it ruined it and boyfriend's beef was so salty. Steak was beautiful but again bits with it were far too salty. Overpriced and rubbish.

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Vienna, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

I was here fea days ago with a few friends. I normally don't write reviews but I had such a great time here. I had a dentex carpaccio as a starter and gregada as my main dish. It was very tasty and fresh. It is a quiet restaurant and I was chatting to my friends without anyone or anything bothering... 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, Croatian, Central European

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance

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