As others have noted, reservations are almost always needed, and there are two seatings each evening, one 7 to 7:30 and the other 9 to 9:30. Despite operating close to capacity, the service is extremely attentive and uncommonly considerate. And the food is a break from the Croatian national menu, which I heartily enjoy, but it is great that Bugenvila offers some intriguing variations on that and some inventive choices that expand it. Lots of emphasis on good ingredients as well.
Contrary to what another reviewer felt, you can order the chicken. I had a breast filet with a delicious cream sauce infused with mustard seed. This gave it a kind of curry twist, and I think I'll try to work with that idea in some dishes at home.
If there is any weak point, it is the salads. I ordered the "Bugenvila" and got a collection of vegetables that I had to dress myself with oil and vinegar--a salad kit in other words. Undressed salads are frequently encountered but not universal in Croatian restaurants. I felt that such a fine place might have used more of their ingenuity to make a salad worthy of their name.
My companions had beef and seafood and soup. All of us were more than pleased with those and the interesting vegetable sides, mostly grilled. An unusually good wine was available too, and it wasn't from the top of the list. So much of the food was so good that I can't bring myself to deduct anything from the food score.
There are many good restaurants in Cavtat, but this is the one not to miss.
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