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“Worst meal of our holiday - terrible service” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Restaurant Palace Paladini

Restaurant Palace Paladini
Ranked #105 of 132 Restaurants in Hvar
Price range: $0 - $25
Cuisines: Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Croatian
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: Restaurant Palace Paladini is placed at the old ancient part of City of Hvar. We offer fish delicious, meat and vege specialities, greatest wines and champagnes (Dom Perignon/Rose, Crystal, Moet & Chandon...).The palace where you are about to eat belonged to an old noble family from the Hvar called Paladinic (Paladinis - Italian version; de Paladinis - Latin version).Palace de Paladinis, built in renaissance style, is one of the most beautifull and outstanding Hvar palaces, situated in the southern part of the oldest nucleus of the town Hvar below the fortress known as Forto Spagnuolo. The upper palace Paladini was once the residence of Petar Hectorovic. Coat of arms found above the main entrance to the palace, on the family well erected in the garden, on the renaissance basin on the balcony of the palace and on the balustrade of the balcony bares two motives: a royal lily on the upper field and eagle`s wing of Subic family on the lower field.The present-day form of the palace (ground-floor, three upper floors and a monumental balcony - one of the most beautiful in Dalmatia) was designed by Nikola Paladinic, son of Jakov, who fought very bravely in the seabattle between Venetian and Turkish fleet. After the battle the Republic of Venice proclaimed him the knight of St Marc with golden toga.Palaces of Hvar noblemen clearly evidence of economic prosperity and cultural development of the local families in the 15th and 16th century. Furthermore, rich plebeian families always tried to keep step with noblemen which is quite manifest from their residental palaces (Vukasinovic-de Lupis, Garguric) that equal in their beauty even the most famous of noblemen of the town Hvar (Lucic, Paladini, Hectorovic, Gazarovic, Garguric, Vukasinovic...) where not erected during the period of town`s greatest prosperity, but only after the year 1571 when turks burnt the town and 1579 when lightning struck the ammunition warehouse at the town fortress causing a tremendous catastrophy.
edinburgh
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Worst meal of our holiday - terrible service”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2014

Cobbled street outside with romantic subdued lighting - tick
A beautiful courtyard - yes tick
Lovely orange trees hanging above your head - tick

Firstly can I pre-empty this review by clarifying we both know about food and cook every day and have traveled the world - food is our passion and we are open minded to try anything.

So Paladini- after a considerable wait, the waiter eventually approached our table. We had a heavy day of travel I asked if in the first instance he could bring some bread, olives and two glasses of wine (we were very hungry)…this seemed to both confuse and annoy him. He reluctantly agreed, but our prompt request seemed to irritate him…the fake welcome smile subsided into irritation...mediocre wine arrived, followed by stale bread, and a healthy lashing of attitude from the waiter.

The olives materialised, 20 minutes later, but only after having to ask a second time, they were not worth waiting for. I could buy better olives in a cheap Scottish supermarket, they were inedible and stale, with a faint aroma of fish. I ate one

The waiter then brought a tray of fresh fish to tempt our palette, this too was a sad display of (stale)fruits from the Adriatic….the fish had the tell tale grey cataract eyes - I’m sure as you know, this is an indicator that they are not fresh…further more there was a farmed trout on the plate, with a large hole in its gill plate, where clearly a growth or mutation of some sort had been cut out by the chef…

We were lacking confidence so ordered two starters, fried shrimp and Dalmation ham….how could they get that wrong….they did. The shrimp was dry and tasted stale and re-heated…the ham had a strange taste. Go to Ivo’s deli in the Fruit market and you will taste exquisite hams and cheeses…home cured…The ham offered by this restaurant was a disgrace.

Fed up and disappointed, we asked for the bill. The waiter noticing none of our starters had been eaten asked if everything was ok, but in a defensive and somewhat conflictual manner. I said no, we were’t happy and politely asked, was he prepared to reduce our bill accordingly. The waiter went off to speak to the manager, and then the manager and two other waiters staring over at our table, more dirty looks, we were eventually asked to pay the full amount..no apology was offered for this terrible dining experience.

A shameful and tired restaurant, rude staff and tasteless food. In the 7 days around Croatia, the only bad meal we experienced, and we ate in everything from small tavernas to expensive restaurants. Paladini is a candidate for Gordon Ramsay and trades on the location and beautiful courtyard. If you want good food go to Divino and Giaxa..service and food were wonderful.

  • Visited June 2014
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4 Thank Stew C
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London
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29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Great food, nice atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I visited recently and loved this place! The staff were very friendly (not pushy at all), the setting was lovely and the food was excellent. We had fresh Tuna steak which was gorgeous and Lamb which my wife loved!

Visited June 2014
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1 Thank Lee T
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“'Beware check previous Trip Advisor - they dont tell you fish is sold by weight not menu price!'”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2014

We have just returned from an amazing holiday in Hvar June 2014. This restaurant is in a beautiful setting with orange garden. Was welcomed by waiter with a fresh fish platter that looked amazing so ordered sea bass - I pointed and confirmed that this was on the menu at 260 kuna (approx £27 or euros) and they agreed. My girlfriend had steak at 150 kuna so sea bass was a treat but seemed worth it. We started our great meal but 2 chinese tourists calmly complained about being charged way too much for their fish, another young couple also asked why the wine and fish for 2 was over 1000 kuna !!! We then began to worry what our meal would be but not prepared for 640 kuna (£68 !!!) just for the sea bass. It was nearly 3 x the price on the menu !! One couple did not order fish or expensive wine and waited over 1/2 hour for a starter . Having seen the way the other tourists were treated when they complained we decided to never go back and put it down to being conned. I later looked up Trip Advisor and seen that the owner is to blame not the waiters and they are aggressive if you complain. I spoke to others who have been on the island a while and they know that this restaurant is getting a name for doing this. many paying £50 for wine and even more for fish. Thank god we had the sense to order a glass of house red at £4. I know from prev comments that the owner will reply and say its all the tourists fault but they are pushing the waiters to sell the fish and with the internet people find out what is going on here. Shame as they dont need to do this as food is good. NO WHERE on the menu or does any waiter warn you that fish you order will be far more than 260 kuna. I love Hvar and every other place I went was a fab experience.

  • Visited June 2014
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6 Thank 21HappyBunny
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Luči T, Manager at Restaurant Palace Paladini, responded to this review, June 13, 2014
Dear guest,
thank you for your review. But, I am more than shocked by this text which is malicious and rude, and more than all - totally false! With this review you lie to other TripAdvisor members and making us a huge damage.
You know best, because you saw written in the menu - the fish price for the fish is written for 500 g, with note "You can order more than 500g. How could anyone think that any fish from fresh fish platter would prize the same?! In this platter you saw there are more than one fish size, so how could fish weighted 1kg be the same prize as fish for 5 kilos?! As you also know, we have different kind of food in the menu, and you could order whatever you like from it, so your comment that we force fish is nonsense, but we do present fish, as we are fish restaurant firstly.
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“A beautiful orange recluse”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2014 via mobile

Once you have had your fill of the waterside restaurants with picturesque views - go here for a little recluse from it all in a stunning orange garden, with great food and excellent service.

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Prague
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“Amazing oranges "sky"”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2014

Wonderful ancient backyard, overgrown old orange trees. Wow! And amazing black risotto, the best I ever ate in Croatia. A little bit over priced, but hmmmm.
Waiter is not too fast, but you can admire the beautiful surroundings here :-)

  • Visited May 2014
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1 Thank robPrg
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