Best restaurant view in Hvar hands down. Gariful is an outdoor restaurant. They have a huge awning to handle rain but the weather was perfect when we were there in mid May 2013. The restaurant is on the outermost corner of the old town harbor and the pedestrian only promenade runs in front on two sides. It has a panoramic view of the Adriatic and Hvar harbor. On the inside of the restaurant they have a bar and a couple of tables. The big deal is the floor. It’s a glass and sits on top of a huge fish tank filled to the glass floor with a lot of fish and other marine life including a couple of small sharks. Interesting watching peoples reaction as they noticed they were literally walking on top of a couple of sharks. They serve fresh fish that you pick from their just caught selection. Great service. We went twice. Both times the service was perfect. Food was outstanding. Excellent wine selection though a little pricey to be sure. They steer you to the more expensive wines which I sucked into the first night but after becoming a little more familiar with Hvar wines was able to get a great wine off their wine menu for a third of the price of the first night’s selection. We ordered a just caught John Dory fish which they filleted for us and cooked it to perfection. Damn that was good. I mentioned when I came in that it was our anniversary and wanted some special recommendations. They were great at doing that. When it came time to pay I asked for the check and the waiter asked “Why?” To which I elegantly responded … Huh? He said to take our time and enjoy the evening. A few minutes later they showed up with a desert that .. no kidding .. included a fireworks display of things shooting out the top like a volcano. All conversation in the restaurant and on the promenade came to a complete stop. Then a table of German ladies a next to us broke out singing Happy Birthday to me …which I tried to explain it was our anniversary.. to no avail. Anyway .. good time had by all. Gariful’s is expensive. By selectively picking the wine and items off the menu the price of the second visit dropped by half. Which still isn’t cheap but was very memorable.
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