Like the most famous Western traveler who opened up a whole new world to Europeans, the namesake restaurant Marco Polo in Dubrovnik takes diners on a journey of culinary discovery. Nestled in a serene traditional courtyard within the heart of Dubrovnik's Old Town, this gem of a restaurant, recognized by the Michelin Guide, offers a gastronomic escape from the bustling days of Dubrovnik.
Established in the 1980s, Marco Polo has a rich history as one of Dubrovnik's pioneer restaurants. However, it wasn't until the owner's oldest grandson, Marko, took the reins in 2012 that the restaurant truly flourished. With a passion for food and wine driving him, Marko assembled a young and enthusiastic team of professionals dedicated to providing guests with an unforgettable dining experience.
Marco Polo Restaurant
Modern Dishes Inspired by Marco Polo's Adventures
At Marco Polo, the menu reflects a blend of tradition and innovation. The restaurant's philosophy, as stated on its website, is to preserve the rustic recipes passed down from their grandmothers while presenting new, modern dishes inspired by Marco Polo's adventures. Embracing locally sourced ingredients from Dubrovnik, Marco Polo offers a tantalizing array of Dalmatian cuisine with contemporary twists.
For those craving authentic Dalmatian flavors, Marco Polo recommends dishes like Octopuss Carpaccio i Šporki Makaruli (traditional meat pasta). However, it's the signature dishes inspired by Marco Polo's travels along the Silk Road that truly steal the spotlight.
Take, for example, the Precious Blue Tuna steak in a crispy sesame crust seasoned with extra virgin olive oil from the island of Korčula. This dish pays homage to the semi-precious stone lapis lazuli, which Marco Polo used as currency. Its deep blue hue mirrors the Adriatic Sea from which the fish is sourced, creating a culinary masterpiece that delights both the palate and the eyes.
Another standout dish is the Kublai Khan Steak in a leek sauce, named after the Chinese emperor whom Marco Polo served for 17 years. Reflecting the grandeur of Kublai Khan's court, this unique creation is a testament to Marco Polo's diverse culinary experiences along the Silk Road. We believe that even Marco Polo's palate would be delighted by these dishes.
Exquisite Wine List of More Than 25 Croatian Wines
Complementing the exquisite cuisine is an impressive wine list boasting more than 25 distinctive Croatian wines. From Krajančić's Pošip to Bibich's Shiraz Sangreal to Korak' Chardonnay Sur Lie, Kozlović's Muscat Momjanski and Toljanić' Žlahtina, each selection enhances the dining experience, showcasing the diverse terroir of Croatia's vineyards.
If you're looking for a delightful and cozy dining spot in the heart of Dubrovnik's Old Town, Marco Polo is the perfect choice. Situated at Lučarica Street 6, this hidden gem promises a unique culinary experience. From the moment you walk in, you'll be treated to a special journey of flavors and exceptional service. To ensure you don't miss out on this gastronomic oasis, it's a good idea to make a reservation ahead of time. So, reserve your spot and get ready to enjoy a charming dining experience at Marco Polo in the heart of Dubrovnik's Old Town.
Marco Polo Restaurant