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Every year, daily paper Jutarnji List joins forces with Vinart wine company, and elects the best Croatian restaurant. A lot of features are considered when giving such important award, and being nominated itself is a great recognition. In addition to proclaiming a sole winner, the contest also lists other notable places in the country where dining is unique and pleasurable experience.

Zagreb-based Hotel Esplanade hosted this year’s awarding ceremony, as numerous chefs and restaurant owners gathered from all sides of the country. Chosen by Dobri Restorani (“Good Restaurants”) website, the contestants were literally the best experts in food preparation Croatia has to offer.

Fundamentally, the best Croatian restaurant of 2016 was chosen. Without any doubt from jury, the prestigious title went to Konoba Pelegrini, a renowned diner located just next to Cathedral of St. James in Sibenik.

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In addition of being the best place to eat in Croatia (and its Dalmatian region), Pelegrini’s main cook Rudolf Stefan was proclaimed the best chef in the country. Winner in this category is chosen by hundred different cooking experts, meaning Rudolf really showed some impressive skills with his kitchen knife in 2016.

Ever since Dobri Restorani contest was introduced five years ago, no restaurant was able to win so many awards in so many different categories.  Yet, it is not surprising that Konoba Pelegrini became so popular, as it became an unofficial symbol of Sibenik. Dedicated to traditional Dalmatian approach to cuisine, this diner is passionate about innovation as much as preserving the cultural identity of the region. It is an official member of Jeunes Restaurateurs d’Europe association, which numbers only elite diners of the Old Continent.

Other notable restaurants in 2016 Include Dubravkin Put and Bistro Apetit (both located in Croatian Capital of Zagreb), Bevanda in Opatija and Plavi Podrum in Volosko settlement. We will inform you about these, and other great places to eat, in upcoming articles on Like Croatia.

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