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“Reliably wonderful” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Konoba Vinica Monkovic

Konoba Vinica Monkovic
Ranked #4 of 42 Restaurants in Cavtat
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $20
Cuisines: European, Croatian, Seafood, Mediterranean
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Good for: Kids, Special occasions, Dining on a budget, Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Local fammily restaurant with traditional home produce food. Beautifull sittings on the river.
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14 reviews
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“Reliably wonderful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2012

I love Konoba Vinica Monkovic. We spend our summers in this area and the quality of the local restaurants tends to vary year by year, but never at Konoba Vinica Monkovic. The service at this family-run restaurant is always friendly and attentive and the food is always delicious. There can't be a more pleasant way to dine than next to a river. It's especially nice on a hot day, since it's always cooler by the river.

This is the first place I have seen that carries the local Zinfandel from Konavle. I like the wine and especially like drinking the wine in the country in which it originated.

The beefsteak and mixed grill is delicious, as is the lamb under the bell, although I usually don't plan ahead enought to order it. The grilled vegetables with cheese are good, as is a starter platter of cheese. We always order salad, which is a nice change from the ubiquitous cabbage, tomato and cucumber salad, more refined, with baby lettuces.

The only caveat is to wear some mosquito repellant, since they also seem to enjoy a snack in a beautiful river setting.

Whether you are staying in Durovnik, it is worth a little drive south to Gruda to experience the charm of Konoba Vinica Monkovic.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank CavtatAnne
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
“We could not resist returning again and again”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2012

Spent 3 weeks in Cavtat and visited most of the restaurants recommended by tripadvisor.. For some reason Vinica Monkovic does not appear in the research resutls (there is obviously some problem with research on tripadvisor iphone/ipad app). So initially we poped in Konavorski dvori - most advertised restaurant in Konavle region. It appears to be Ok - normal turistic place, and I would agree with most of the reviews of it here.. So next time we came to Ljuta, we decided to check Vinica Monkovic. Taken the table under the bridge with Ljuta river running just below your legs. Most of our 10 people group did not really wanted to eat, so we taken only one dish each - result you can see on picture.. We finished it all )).. It was real traditional Croatian food of great taste. (though I would not recommend shashlyk). My risotto was really the best I ever had..
All together - athmosphere, food quality, chilled water and fresh air, coming from this water, old millstones and our kids, who falled in love with this place, resulted us to come back to Vinica Monkovic 3 times during 1,5 week!

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Chuk_I_Gek
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
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“Give it go”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2011

Great local home made food with excellent service next to the Ljuta river unforgettable experience

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Excellent Croatian Country Cuisine by a Scenic River with Mountains in the Background”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2011

Located a short drive from Cavtat, this is an old country house that had been a mill for 200 years and, though the millstones are still there, it's now run as a restaurant by the same family that started the mill. The place is very scenic, on a pretty river, with dining on a terrace outside by the river and inside in the old house. The food is Croatian Country. We started with an assortment of lovely homemade cheeses, followed by pasticada (a traditional hearty seasoned pot roast with vegetables and gnocchi), and fresh river fish done on a charcoal grill. They have a large selection of foods available cooked "under the bell" but you have to order it three hours ahead of time so check the website: www.konobavinica.com and call ahead. (Don't rely on the e-mail address.) Lovely homemade wines available. The drive out is exquisite and the views of the mountain and the river are a treat. The fresh seafood in town is very good but this foray into traditional Croatian country cooking was a nice change. There's also a charming little gift shop on the premises. Excellent service. Definitely recommended.

  • Visited July 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank remlesotla
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Harleysville, PA
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“One of my favorite places on Earth”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2011

We are owners of a small group tour company, Niche Touring, and we take our groups to this restaurant as the 'icing on the cake' at the end of our tours in Croatia. It's always a 'wow' moment for all of our guests. Our special table, perched directly on a trout stream (if you go there from this review, and we happen to be there, don't try to take our table! :-) is so serene, and peaceful, all our your senses are occupied. The sound of the water, the smells of nature, the food, the beauty surrounding you in this countryside, outside the bustle of Dubrovnik, will remain with you long after you've parted. The owners, the Monkovic's, are a very kind, hard working family-- they treat you like you are part of their family. The service is so gracious, they work to ensure that your experience is special every time. We typically order a 'peka' in advance, which is lamb and veal roasted 'under the bell'. They're experts with grilled meats, and also grilled trout, which is fresh from the surrounding streams. The bread, the cheese & ham starters, the pickled eggplant, the salad, the potatoes, the grilled vegetables-- are all homemade and delicious. Their house-made liquors are also incredible, especially the walnut and the cherry. They now have a new small gift shop next to their restaurant, where you can purchase these liquors in small bottles. They also have more of their domestic products for sale there, such as smoked figs, candied orange peels, homemade wines, and local crafts of this region. Konoba Vinica is a must if you're in the Dubrovnik area, you'll feel like you've discovered something special!

  • Visited June 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank jruth
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