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““Worth the culinary experience”” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Marina Restaurant

Marina Restaurant
Sv. Antona 38, Novigrad 52466, Croatia
+385 (0) 99 8121 267
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Ranked #6 of 47 Restaurants in Novigrad
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
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““Worth the culinary experience””
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

We went to Marina with high expectations and some qualms because high expectations are a bubble that’s just so easy to burst.

We have had both good and bad experiences at high end restaurants around the world. Usually the bad experiences arise when the chef insists on displaying mastery of technique at the expense of flavour and 'deliciousness' or when the restaurant has reached its 'used-by' date and they don’t know it.

We were about to enjoy 3 hours of dining pleasure encompassing some 6 dishes.

First, the service is without attitude and is very knowledgeable. This is partly because the chef who cooks the dish is the wife of the gentleman who serves it and explains the components of the dish. We found this approach to be particularly useful as there were so many ingredients that we didn't know add an exciting dimension to the dining experience here.

Wines were carefully matched to the dishes. Our advice if you are going to dine at Marina is to let them do the matching for you. It is difficult to know the flavours of the dishes you will be served and therefore impossible to match the wine and food. They do a great job so let them.

This is real cooking, real flavour and a real food experience that transcends most other dining experiences we have had.

Thank you!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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“Top Fish Restaurant -Very Different”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

After finding on Trip Advisor that this was one of the top restaurants in Novigrad we had to give it a try. My husband and I did however spend a couple of nights trying to find it as it is not in the main town of Novigrad. However if you walk to the marina it is almost opposite the Hotel Nautica the restaurant is upstairs and once you know where to look it is easy to find it. We chose to eat the speciality of the house which is about seven small plates of different fish dishes served in different ways. There was plenty to eat and the food was absolutely lovely, I can honestly say I wasn’t sure if I would like all the different dishes but once I tasted them I realised that we had definitely made the right choice. If you love fish then this is the restaurant to visit I highly recommend what we ate, but whilst we were there we saw many other diners eating whole fish which also looked fantastic and from their comments was! The staff are friendly and explain what you are eating and how it has been prepared which I also found interesting and helpful. The owners do have a dog which is allowed to run around the restaurant which I will admit is not the British way but it was not a problem to us.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Excellent fish, wine and quality of service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013 via mobile

This restaurant was a real revelation. Went to Marina with the family to celebrate my birthday. We kind of discovered the place last minute and were really astonished by the quality of the food and the service. I've been in many good places all over the world, but this one I will remember. Top!

Visited July 2013
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Writtle, United Kingdom
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“GREAT PLACE WITH INTRESTING TWIST ON FISH”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

We ate here whilst on holiday in July place was a little hard to find but it is directly opposite the Marina and Hotel Nautica. The food we had was lots of small fish dishes all done in a diffrent way each was fantastic the beer and wine where also very good as was the service price was good to. Would recomend to anyone who likes fish.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Istrian degustation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Absolutely recommend to anyone wanting to experience innovative Croatian cuisine using local produce. And warm, friendly professional service. Wonderful

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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