Kornati Islands: Dine at Konoba Opat

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Dine at Konoba Opat

Kornati Islands

You’re sailing on the Adriatic coast of Croatia. The water is blue. You are admiring the amazing view, it’s a day to remember. However something is missing, what is it?

What’s missing is, Konoba OpatIf you’ll be sailing near the Kornati Islands, you simply must make a stop at Konoba Opat. It will be an experience that will make your sailing adventure complete. I promise. I chartered a boat for the week, and we stopped in to enjoy a meal and a few drinks.

As you near the shore, you’ll see that Konoba Opat which is owned by the Božikov family, have made a very welcoming place for you to berth. There is enough space to berth more than 20 boats & electricity and water connections are available. We docked, and bounded into the Konoba Opat not expecting anything more than the usual Dalmatian Konoba experience. However, what we got was something so great it’s made my top 5 places to eat.

As I took my seat my eyes were drawn out to the bay. It was difficult to look anywhere else.

The view from your seat is of the Adriatic and her surrounding islands. It’s clear  that the Božikov family designed your experience with that breathtaking view in mind.

Once you have sat down, you don’t need to do anything else. Not even read a menu. Your waiter greets you as any good waiter should, and then will walk you through what is on offer that day. There isn’t any frozen squid to be found in this kitchen, they’ll only serve you fresh fish caught by local fishermen. This is the standout for me, any restaurant that is prepared to change the menu daily and rely on the daily catch rates very highly in my book. Plus it adds weight to an already wonderful experience. Wouldn’t you agree?

kornati island the view

The food

I wanted to order everything. And I almost did. I dined there with 3 other friends of mine and we were hungry and excited to taste what the waiter made sound so delicious.

Our Waiter suggested the following;

6 Entrées / Appetizers, plus a main meal

Fresh grilled Lobster

The Fish Pate, 

Anchovy fillet

Tuna Carpaccio

John Dory Carpaccio with truffle

Marinated Tuna with local herbs and capers

Grilled Scorpion fish with grilled vegetables

Order over, we enjoyed a few glasses of local home made wine. Here in Croatia home made wine is known as Domaci Vino – and I always recommend you try it, it’s always great value for money.

As we looked over at the open style kitchen. For me, there is something wonderful about watching a chef and his team work their magic with my food. That and it seems like the food arrives so much faster.

kornati island fish

The food all sounded so great when we ordered and were weren’t disappointed when it arrived at the table. It was simply presented and had me salivating as it arrived on the table. When we tasted the food, it was magnificent.

There were 5 blokes sitting around a table ooh-ing and ahh-ing like we’d never done before. The two standouts for me were the John Dory Carpaccio with truffle and the grilled Scorpion fish. The John Dory was super fresh and the hint of tartufo complimented the fish so well. The Scorpion fish was grilled to perfection.

Our meal was served with the bread that is freshly baked on site each day. Given our vast food selections that filled our bellies, it was a shame that we couldn’t dig into more of that perfectly baked bread

kornati island sardines

What to drink?

If you love your wine, you’re at the right place as there is a diverse wine list at Opat, which you won’t see too often in Croatia. We decided to go with the house white which turned out to be a good table wine. Following this we rounded off the perfect meal with a few rakijas (Croatian Grappa).

On the day we were dining it was not at capacity, which was great. Opat has seats for around 100 guests, which means you have loads of  room, but not so much that you lose that intimate feeling you get at a family run restaurant.

After you’ve eaten, you may not be ready to leave, or maybe you arrived but are not hungry? That’s okay, because you can head into a separate bar area, where you can sit back and relax with a cocktail or three. Opat, also has a small store onsite, which is handy for picking up last minute bits and bobs for your onward journey.

Konoba Opat ticks all of the boxes. Really, I mean all of them. Food, wine, service and the view! It’s got to be one of the best places I have eaten.

Ever. I am a great believer that if you have a quality product you should cook it simply. You cannot get seafood any fresher than Opat. In fact while we were there 2 local fisherman were unloading there catch for the restaurant. My only regret about visiting Konoba Opat, is not bringing my wife along, she would simply love it. I guess that makes it a great reason to go back, sooner rather than later.

kornati island lobster

Where is Konoba Opat?

Konoba Opat
T. +385 914732550

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Comments (29)

  1. Thank you for a great post I love a restaurant like that ,top 5 ,we now need to know the other 4 and also your number I in Sydney !!

    1. I havent been to enough restaurants in Croatia yet to give you an informed opinion. I do also like Fosa in Zadar. As far as Sydney goes there are so many good places it hard to decide. A few restaurants I like are Tetsuya’s, Quay, Marque and Rockpool Bar and Grill. Hope this helps.

      1. Konoba Bako in Komiža shouldn’t be missed. Closer to you, Konoba Šešula (Šolta, kod Maslinica) and lots of restaurants that don’t even have names! “Bez broj, bezimen”

  2. So much fish! I love fish but dont really eat any other seafood, and still this seems like a really diverse offering for someone like me. I am salivating!

  3. I love getting real Škarpine in a great restaurant – too many places will try to pass off cheaper, more common fish as Škarpina, and it makes me so mad. As a native of New England, where Maine lobster is in large supply, I giggle when I see a 5-kilo “monster” jastog, like the one you’re holding, as larger generally means lower quality, tougher meat. But the dining experience at Konoba Opat is clearly superior!

    1. I love Skarpina as well, especially in brodet! The lobster we had that day was only 2kg and his flesh was melt in your mouth!

  4. That looks so delish and beautiful. It’s freezing cold in New York and we’re experiencing non stop snow. I’d love to switch places right about now haha. Great feature! #SITSBlogging

  5. Looks like an mazing meal. Meaning something perfect for me 🙂 Ha ha ha Already saved to the bookmarks and noted the details. Thx

  6. Totally on board with the quality product + simple cooking equation. However, I really need to remember to not read this blog when I’m hungry though…dying here…

  7. This place sounds like a dream come true. Mr. Chasing the Donkey looks quite happy with that lobster he is about to eat grilled :-). Photos are awesome. And now I am officially starting to count down to summer.

    1. You should make the drive down south and we can organise to go for lunch. The lobster was great but the John Dory was divine.

  8. Mmm!! This looks like the place for me, I love seafood! Yum! That looks so amazing, not many people get to see or do that everyday. I can’t wait to chow down on that lobster! (Sorry buddy)

  9. That food looks absolutely amazing! When I come visit you, can you take me there? And, I can’t imagine just getting to look out at the Adriatic Sea all the time…must be nice 😀

  10. Wow, the food looks wonderful. Fantastic fish dishes and local wine – I am sold – definitely a place to add to my travel list! Thanks for sharing your experience 🙂

  11. Wow! Everything looks so delicious!! You also photographed the food beautifully! It must have been one amazing dining experience!

  12. WOW, looks amazing! Aagh, it’s only breakfast time here and I’m not super hungry after reading this!! Yet more reasons to visit!

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