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5.4 /6 Excellent 66 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!


66 Reviews

5.4 /6 Excellent 66 Reviews
Food: heavenly
Waiting Time: short
Atmosphere: excellent
Service: extraordinary
Quality/Price: cheap
Noise: quiet
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1 review so far 6
19.09.2017 06:32

A lovely comfortable environment. Music nice and relaxing. Staff very friendly and attentive. Food presented beautifully and taste absolutely delicious. Our overall experience was very delightful. Will definitely come back again.

1 review so far 6
28.08.2017 18:11

Food was amazing like that you can order some dishes as entree or main as I can only eat a small meal Service was excellent. I had the crayfish risotto , it was delicious

1 review so far 6
19.08.2017 13:22

Lovely food and great attentive and friendly wait service. The meals took a little while to arrive but well worth the wait!! Very authentic Croatian food.

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
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
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
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
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 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 !!

2 reviews 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.