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Golden Shell

#45 of 118 Restaurants in Hvar
Certificate of Excellence
Mediterranean, Seafood, European, Croatian, Central European
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P. Hektorovica 8, Hvar, Hvar Island 21450, Croatia
+385 98 9177-386
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63 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I live on the island and visited this restaurant last night. It was a quiet night, and I spoke with the waiter to order what the suggested.. surprise me! I was a fantastic meal and I enjoyed every course that came.. It was truly amazing! Lovely evening and I hope to return Thanks all!

Thank Vid991234
Newcastle, Australia
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The restaurant is very pleasant and cheerful. The service was outstanding and Antonio is a great host. The food and wine are all sourced locally making this truly Dalmation cuisine. The food flavours were outstanding and is truly an authentic experience. Also they have a very clear understanding of what "gluten free" actually means. They have several choices on the... More 

Thank brucemaree
London, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very small dining room run by a well known local chef and his family. The outdoor dining courtyard is well isolated from the busy foot traffic on Petra Hektorovica road (an alley really), and area with many shops and restaurants. The menu offers many traditional local foods with the chef's take on interpretation. The tasting menu however is the... More 

Thank tdel2016
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17 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is by far our favorite restaurant in Hvar - and we've tried almost all of them! The place is tucked into a small street and you can miss it if you don't look out for the lovely hostess outside. It's a really small restaurant and that means that they take really good care of their guests. They have the... More 

Thank Anya L
Denver, CO
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22 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived at The Golden Shell an hour before they opened, not knowing their opening time. The chef arrived and opened the restaurant early just for us! One of our courses was Gregada, the traditional Croatian fish soup. To die for! I am allergic to eggs and the chef asked us about any food sensitivities or allergies before our meal,... More 

Thank Harpo03
New Delhi, India
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181 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a family owned place with awesome food. The father and daughter cook and the son and nephew serve. The food is amazing. The octopus salad is to die for. They also have a nice wine selection. There are 12 places in all and it would be a good idea to book. They also turn out a very good... More 

Thank dipakdeva
Andover, MA
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016 via mobile

Excellent food - entrees and salads. Great service, friendly people. Ask for Fluffy. We tried 4 entrees and all were superb.

Thank CollegeParent
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63 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
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 

Thank iLiveForVacay
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 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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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 

Thank Lauren M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$20 - $70
Mediterranean, Seafood, European, Croatian, Central European
Dinner, Lunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Families with children, Romantic
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

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?