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“I kept saying.... "pinch me, pinch me,I must be dreaming" !”
Review of Konoba Dubrava

Konoba Dubrava
Ranked #15 of 381 Restaurants in Dubrovnik
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $11 - $22
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Seafood, Croatian, Grill
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Authentic delicacies in the relaxed setting.
Tynemouth, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“I kept saying.... "pinch me, pinch me,I must be dreaming" !”
Reviewed August 8, 2014

We went up on the cable car and admired the breath-taking views of Dubrovnik.

While up there we saw a sign for the Taverna Konoba Dubrava and decided to walk down the road to it for some authentic lunchtime cuisine rather than dine at the cable car restaurant..... which I'm sure would have also been nice ;0)

Off we set down the hill, we were feeling very happy and carefree, singing songs from the 'Sound of Music' admiring the view and taking photographs as we went.

We soon arrived at Bosanka a small village, that had seen a lot of bomb damage, the village had lost a lot of loved ones, in the tragic war that took place.
There was a war memorial to commemorate the loss of life from Bosanka.

We walked some more and were seriously beginning to think we were lost as we didn't think it was as far down,then suddenly there it was.... like a mirage.
But not a mirage but a very real Taverna...

We sat outside and ordered two large beers and were in heaven as we deliberated over the menu and what we should order..

We ordered Biftek Dubrava medium rare and could hardly wait.
What a brilliant last day, a cold beer, a wonderful atmosphere of happy dinners and birthday party revellers being serenaded by musicians..

The Biftek Dubrava soon arrived and it was the best.......
It melted in my mouth and was so tender and so flavoursome.
I kept saying to my husband "pinch me, pinch me, I must be dreaming"
What an amazing lunch, so happy we decided to go there.

While drinking our second beer, we seriously contemplated staying there all day. we worked out that we could order the lamb in a bell which required three hours notice. But we knew that wasn't an option that we had to get back and pack.

The staff at Taverna Konoba Dubrava were just so lovely (see pics).

We paid our bill, said our goodbyes and left to walk back up the hill to the cable car.

N:B We did actually start to walk down the hill thinking we could get on the road and walk back into Dubrovnik that way. But after about 30 minutes we realised to our horror, that we would be only able to walk into Dubrovnik on the busy motorway. So we had to turn round and walk back up the hill past the Taverna Konoba Dubrava again and on to the Cable Car.
Let's just say we were not singing songs from the sound of music on the way back :0(

  • Visited July 2014
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1 Thank FrankB01
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Halstead, United Kingdom
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“An unexpected gem”
Reviewed August 7, 2014

Hidden in a small, and let's face it, not very attractive, complex in Babin Kuk, this restaurant is far better than you might expect. There are three areas, the best being the terrace out the back, which you are advised to book in advance during high season. The inside is nice and probably a better bet when the weather is cooler. The tables are nicely laid out with "national" tablecloths (i.e. the red and white squares of Croatia).

Service is friendly and efficient, and the prices are very reasonable, but what stands out is the excellent food, which is a steal at the price. I can highly recommend the excellent veal risotto, which was certainly the best thing I ate on my stay. The fried calamari are also excellent, crisp and yet tender, with a lovely taste. Fish and skewers are also top notch. It's not surprising that this is one of the few restaurants that stays open all year round - much of the trade is local.

  • Visited August 2014
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Thank Peter C
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Perth, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Delicious hearty food”
Reviewed August 6, 2014

My partner and I ate here twice during our stay in Dubrovnik. The meat here is cooked in a traditional manner (i.e. - a massive open bbq grill) and it is absolutely delicious. We had the large meat tray for two, and could not finish it.. not through lack of trying :-)
We actually stayed in Bosanka, so it was easy for us to get to. For others, it is easily reached by Bus No 17 from Pile (Just keep a lookout for the little van, rather than a full sized bus).
Highly recommended.

  • Visited August 2014
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1 Thank aussiepoida
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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“Amazing experience”
Reviewed July 31, 2014

This place is high up above Dubrovnik, a 20 minute bus ride on the no. 17 from the Pile Gate bus stop, but worth every moment. The restaurant is a 2 minute walk from the bus' final stop. It can also be reached from the top cable car station and it must be more than a 30 min walk from here. But the views from the top of the cliff have to be seen to be believed. Stunning views over the city and surrounding islands below.
As for the restaurant it provides a truly memorable experience. The food is top notch - the food cooked under the bell is delicious, the service is attentive and very friendly - they are happy to show you the bell while it is cooking, different servers come and check your meal is to your satisfaction and truly seem to care what you say. They even walk you to your taxi at the end of your night. A local band were playing the night we were there (a Saturday) - very entertaining, they knew songs from all over the World depending on where you're from.
All in all a very memorable night, amazing food, great music, great memories!

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank sge31
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North East England
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“Perfect! - A Very Special Restaurant”
Reviewed July 29, 2014

While planning a visit to Dubrovnik we came across the reviews for Konoba Dubrava and decided we should give it a try. It was an excellent decision.

It’s hard to add to what others have already written about this restaurant but we can confirm that the excellent reviews are totally justified. Booking in high season is recommended as this place gets really busy. We reached the restaurant by cable car from the Old Town and then walked down the hill for a couple of kilometres to the village of Bosanka but it’s easily reached by taxi from the town. The restaurant is located in a beautiful rural setting.

The food and the atmosphere were amazing and what started as a lovely meal seemed to turn into a real celebration as the evening progressed. Service was excellent with incredibly welcoming and friendly staff.

The food is fresh, delicious and great value for money. We didn’t bother with pre-ordering food cooked under the bell but chose from the ample selection on the menu. All four of us we delighted with our choices of food.

We would like to give our sincere thanks to Brigita who was so very kind to us in sorting out transport for us back up to the cable car after a perfect evening. Brigita helped to make our visit even more special and memorable. We are already looking forward to our next visit!

  • Visited July 2014
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2 Thank worldecho
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