Dubrovnik and area
I'm going to be in Dubrovnik for a week in October. I've trawled around Chowhound and read some of the excellent postings about restaurants there. I'm grateful to everyone who's already made recommendations. I'll check them out. Let me ask some follow-up questions to earlier postings:
(1) Are there any new restaurants in Dubrovnik worth checking out that haven't yet shown up on Chowhound?
(2) Are there good, simple, not terribly expensive places for breakfast in the old town?
(3) Does anyone know of locals who open their homes to outside diners at a fairly reasonable cost (and who know at least a few words of English)?
(4) Could anyone recommend restaurants at Lokrum, Lopud, Mljet, or Cavtat?
Azur restaurant was the best place we ate at in Dubrovnik. It is deep in the old town maze, very near to one of the Buza bar entrances. (You should go there too, before or after eating at Azur.)
Azur is a Asian fusion type restaurant, no terribly expensive, very fresh and different. Basically, they took local fresh ingredients and put a slight Asian twist on them.
Lokanda Peskarija is a reliable choice located right in the harbor. It is a huge restaurant with big portions of seafood, risotto, etc. served in huge black cauldrons. Nothing terribly special but it was a good choice.
Was just in Croatia in July with my boyfriend -My favorite spot in Dubrovnik was Taj Mahal which is Bosnian food- try their bread and anything with cheese filling. Their meat is also amazing. It's a nice change from the usual fare in Croatia. There's also a decent pizza spot called Oliva. Buza bar is not at all overrated for drinks. Do it. The view is wonderful.
Dubrovnik has rather uninspired cuisine, unfortunately. The city is very tourist driven, and many menus look the same but prices vary. The fanciest place we went was "Dubravka 1836" and I was not impressed with the service or the food though a lot of people on the interwebz seem to love it- it was super overpriced for what it was.
All in all we had better food in Split and Istria. By far the best place we ate in Croatia was Monte (near the church- not to be confused with the hotel) in Rovinj... I will never forget that meal!
Also regarding finding locals who open their homes, there are a few sites to check out like EatWith or MealSharing. Did not do this, but would love to hear what your experience is like!