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5.4 /6 Excellent 62 Reviews

Ragusa Restaurant

Williamstown Mediterranean $$ +100
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About Ragusa Restaurant

Croatian cuisine isn’t uniform – the regional dishes from Dubrovnik, for example, are immensely different than those from Slavonija. For this reason, defining Croatian cuisine can be rather difficult, perhaps even impossible. At Ragusa Restaurant in Melbourne, diners are provided with dishes that showcase the diversity of Croatia’s spectacular culinary landscape, letting them experience a range of uncommon flavours and textures. Treat your taste buds to something out of the ordinary at this local star on Williamstown’s Nelson Place.

Opening Hours

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 22:00
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 22:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 22:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 22:00
  • Saturday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 22:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 22:00
Ragusa Restaurant, Nelson Place 139, 3016 Williamstown

Further Information

Only steps from Commonwealth Reserve and Hobsons Bay, Ragusa Restaurant on Nelson Place offers Melbourne locals an unforgettable dining experience through their exquisite Croatian specialties. Situated inside of the historic English, Scottish and Australian Bank building (built in 1873), the restaurant features a beautiful interior that reminds one of old Europe, making the dining experience all the more authentic.

The gorgeous location of Ragusa Restaurant has made it a Williamstown icon, but the food has earned legendary status throughout Melbourne all on its own. An array of European wines accompany the menu offerings perfectly – ask your server for advice when looking to pair your wine to your dinner selection. Take entrees like the salata od hobotnice, an octopus salad with red onions, olives, capers and kipfler potatoes, and enjoy mains like piletina s dinstanim mahunama, a whole grilled baby chicken with tomato sauce or the hearty svinjska rebra iz paca satarasom, roasted and marinated pork belly served with tomato, eggplant and capsicum. There are desserts galore, but you’ll have to check them out for yourself – make sure to book ahead!


62 Reviews

5.4 /6 Excellent 62 Reviews
Waiting Time: short
Noise: quiet
Food: heavenly
Quality/Price: cheap
Service: extraordinary
Atmosphere: excellent
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2 reviews so far 6
29.07.2017 12:14

Good location but parking meters can be issue in that they take only coins or pay be phone. At $3.50 per hour you need lots of coins. Restaurant is rustic/nice, service is very good and food was outstanding. Whitebait was best we have had in years and the Pork Belly was also outstanding. A very pleasant Friday afternoon.

1 review so far 6
27.07.2017 09:01

Loved it so much. The food is genuine, hearty Croatian food that grandma used to make, the service is excellent and the staff are friendly; couldn't possibly have asked for more.

1 review so far 6
23.07.2017 10:57

Excellent and very traditional Croatian food, including wine and beers sections. Sarma rolls were spot on and the calamari was fresh and generous serving. Very recommended! Anthony

1 review so far 6
07.07.2017 07:44

Excellent food and service. Best risotto I've ever tasted and the calamari was delicious. Great cosy atmosphere. Best restaurant in Williamstown. Would highly recommend to anyone.

1 review so far 6
03.05.2016 07:39

Fantastic location, service and food is a given at this place. To start, we were running 30 mins late to our booking, so called the restaurant to apologise and let them know and they were more than accepting and asked that we take care on the roads. We were seated and served by a lovely young girl called Jadranka who consistently keep the wine flowing, the food coming and was extremely pleasant while interacting with us. First dish was the mussels special with white wine and garlic sauce - an absolute must have if you come to this place to dine. We then followed up with the Moreton Bay Bugs and didn't have an ounce of room for dessert. A wonderfully pleasant experience and highly recommended to anyone who is looking for a friendly atmosphere with sensational food.

1 review so far 6
22.05.2017 08:59

Was wonderfully rewarded for trying Croatian cuisine as I'd never really heard of it and didn't know what to expect. The food was glorious and the ambience was romantic in the middle section - white walls, timber beams, framed memorabilia - makes me want to go on holidays to Croatia now. Waiters were sublime - engaging, funny and danced that fine line between attentiveness and oppressive hovering just beautifully! For those burnt by the generally underwhelming food experiences provided all over Nelson Place - this is a real gem!

1 review so far 6
18.08.2016 20:54

Our first visit to Ragusa and it certainly will not be our last. My three friends and I thought the atmosphere was lovely and the food was fabulous but we got a shock at the size of the meals, they were so plentifulwe would have easily survived on 2 entrees instead of an entrée and a main. The wine selection was excellent as was the service. Thank you for an enjoyable dining out experience. Maureen Dillon

1 review so far 6
28.01.2017 11:22

The service was very good, staff were friendly and efficient. The food was fantastic, there were two of us and we ended up sharing 3 entrees between us and couldn't eat any more. The stuffed baby calamari was delicious, as were the mussels. Will definitely be going back soon, the yabby and prawn risotto looked beautiful and we need to try it.

1 review so far 5
29.05.2016 11:02

Been to Ragusa a 3-4 times over 3 years and was very happy with the food each time. This last visit was a cold and wet night mid week yet restaurant was still busy. Our group was very happy with both the quality of the food and the service. We will be back.

1 review so far 6
21.01.2017 08:12

Excellent food, excellent service, excellent atmosphere. Our waiter was helpful and friendly which all made the experience at Raguša's a great one. I took friends there that had never been there and they were very impressed, commenting that the food was amazing.

1 review so far 6
08.08.2016 14:02

Beautiful food and for a busy restaurant, the service was great. Can't wait to go back as everything looked so lovely! There is also a big table for bigger groups which is a bonus! I'll be thinking of this food for awhile!!

1 review so far 6
06.02.2016 07:31

Excellent authentic Croatian cuisine. I cannot fault the food in anyway, well balanced flavours. A great wine selection including wines from Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina. We consistently go back to try different dishes and have not been dissapointed. Book in advance!

2 reviews so far 6
21.07.2016 09:27

Great Restaurant. We had the mushroom risotto. The best risotto ever !! Very generous servings. House made desserts, so much nicer than the brought in dessert cakes that some restaurants serve. Desserts are way too big. Nice coffee !!

1 review so far 6
10.04.2017 07:11

Great food and service ! We enjoyed the yabby risotto, pork belly and seafood stew. Our wonderful waiter provided information on the menu and assisted with selection. We will certainly be returning to Ragusa, the best food in Williamstown!

1 review so far 5
15.02.2016 18:48

Love this restaurant we are locals and it really is the best place to eat in WIlli. They know their product and it is always a treat to eat here. Great seafood dishes and a good wine list with some interesting Croatian wines. Recommended.

1 review so far 6
30.06.2016 08:50

The food was delicious and true to traditional Croatian cooking. The staff were friendly and made great recommendations. The restaurant was spacious and well presented. Will definitely be a regular place for us to dine at.

2 reviews so far 6
27.10.2016 09:03

Once again, the homely atmosphere and the staff provided a great eating experience. Taking my parents there for their first visit, they complemented that the cooking was great, just like someone would have back home.

1 review so far 6
02.02.2017 22:58

Lovely food very fresh and rustic, friendly atmosphere very relaxing place and also Pino is the most professional and friendly waiter in Williamstown! We were there till very late in the afternoon and felt welcomed!

1 review so far 5
03.03.2016 11:50

seafood stew - good but a little salty and no bread provided to mop up stew squid ink dumpling - very good flavours but slightly overcooked squid as squid was rubbery pork belly special - good yabby rissotto - very delicious

1 review so far 5
20.05.2016 08:47

Food was lovely and well presented. The service was very good though it was a very quiet day in Williamstown so not too many clients making demands. I would certainly recommend Ragusa as a place to take your clients for lunch.

1 review so far 6
08.04.2017 12:33

Really lovely meal. Great wine list. The service is a really nice level of casual but attentive. Absolutely one of our favourite restaurants in Melbourne. The ribarska (seafood stew) is a must try.

1 review so far 6
31.12.2015 08:10

The service and food were excellent. A great night was had. The wait staff knew their product and were able to make helpful recommendations. The Croatian wines were fabulous. I thoroughly recommend Ragusa.

1 review so far 6
31.01.2017 08:28

The food was excellent and the serving staff helpful, polite and attentive. The seafood stew was the highlight of the meal, fresh and delicious and so big we could hardly finish it.

1 review so far 5
12.08.2016 16:09

I went for lunch to check it out for celebration lunch with 16 ladies.The stage were so helpful, food was spot on . Could perhaps have a bigger choice of white wines. Looking forward to our ladies lunch.

1 review so far 5
15.09.2016 08:51

We really enjoyed the food- great choices for entrée and mains. We were too full to have any dessert so we will need to come back to try that. Great Service as well. Thanks for a great night.

1 review so far 6
18.05.2017 08:52

Great food and service. Best restaurant in Williamstown. The choices on the food and wine menu are excellent. Great atmosphere and you can arrive on the ferry. No need to drive!

1 review so far 6
19.02.2017 08:43

Amazing seafood, love the entrees of octopus salad wow yum. We all had seafood for main too. Morton bay bugs and seafood stew amazing. This place never disappoints, our favourite restaurant

1 review so far 6
06.05.2017 09:29

Great food, fantastic venue and very welcoming atmosphere. We will definitely be returning. We took some friends there and they enjoyed the whole experience. Sasha is a very good hoste.

1 review so far 6
06.05.2017 19:04

Excellent menu - excellent service - excellent atmosphere - everything I enjoy about a restaurant night out - food was hot and delicious - presented in a timely manner

1 review so far 6
08.04.2017 08:39

Had a great night, the food and service were fantastic. Really enjoyed Ragusa and the different food. Definitely would eat there again. It's nice to try other cultures foods.

1 review so far 6
15.02.2016 08:44

Spectacular food and service, we couldnt have asked for more. Proper Croatian cuisine, huge portions and large variety of croatian drinks. Absolutely fantastic!! Cant wait to go back!

1 review so far 6
02.03.2016 09:54

Service was excellent , friendly but not obtrusive; food was delicious and menu has so many delicious dishes to choose from. The decor is simple, elegant and relaxing.

1 review so far 6
11.05.2017 07:07

Food was delicious as usual and service was excellent, I have been going for many years with friends and have never been disappointed. Always consistently good. Highly recommended.

1 review so far 6
14.02.2016 10:07

Wonderful attentive and genuine staff without being intrusive. Our meals were full of flavour and of a very reasonable proportion. Nice ambience and an overall wonderful experience.

1 review so far 6
15.02.2017 12:50

Never disappointed. Whether it be for lunch or dinner food is always beautiful & fresh. Highly recommend it to everyone I know. Even the kids loved it.

2 reviews so far 6
27.07.2016 09:43

As always a great meal and a great atmosphere. Be that on the weekend or during the week. Will definitely be booking again in the near future

6 reviews so far 4
15.02.2016 17:06

Lovely food but a little disappointing to find that a set priced menu was the only option available that day (rather than the full menu). This sort of change in options should have been communicated to patrons before the day.

1 review so far 6
08.02.2017 08:18

Great range of food and a very good wine list. The staff was very helpful and friendly, and not overbearing. Overall it was a great evening.

2 reviews so far 5
02.09.2016 07:35

As always, the food was fabulous ! Service was good, but not excellent ! The mushroom risotto never disappoints & the steak is always 10/10 Great restaurant and not too expensive.

1 review so far 5
30.04.2017 08:43

we found the food excellent. Lots of choice and wonderful flavours. The atmosphere in the restaurant is easygoing and very relaxing. Staff very friendly and helpful in discussing menu choices.

1 review so far 6
16.04.2017 07:47

Haven't tasted food this flavour some in a long time! Yum! I recommend the lamb with blackcurrants (so tender) and the sour cherry strudel....super delicious!

1 review so far 6
19.03.2017 08:40

The Food and service is excellent.! Waiter was patient and explained dishes on the menu. I Would definitely recommend this resteraunt for dinner or function.

1 review so far 6
18.02.2017 09:20

Always great food and service. We love sharing the entrees and getting a main meal each. We will be coming back for more very soon!

1 review so far 6
15.01.2017 14:19

Fresh quality food simply delicious. Service staff very friendly and pleasure to talk to. Best restaurant in Williamstown. A must visit when in Williamstown. Scrumptious.

1 review so far 6
26.05.2016 18:49

Great food and value for money.Good atmosphere and staff. Very comfortable environment and great ambiance very happy to visit again . Only issue is parking.

1 review so far 6
14.02.2016 18:58

Best croatian restuarant i've ever been to in melbourne. Definatelty be going back with other people next time. Highly recommend this place to other people

1 review so far 6
31.12.2015 10:07

The food was excellent and the service wonderful. Will definitely return. Highly recommended as a fine dining venue in a very nice setting in Williamstown.

1 review so far 2
01.11.2016 15:15

Only two tables were occupied but there was still confusion over whether we had a booking. Waiter seemed not to be able to understand my English accent. I was ready to leave at this point! The waitress however was much friendlier. The entrees were excellent however the mains were far too large and boring. I was so disappointed - I have only heard good things about this restaurant but I wouldn't go back!

1 review so far 5
22.02.2016 06:16

Great food, very nice wine, staff were very engaging and hospitable, could have a better kids menu would be my only suggestion on improving. We will be back :)

1 review so far 5
22.01.2017 10:22

We had the family dinner and got to try a range of dishes which were all delicious. Great experience. Pity we ate too much to try the dessert