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We ate at Mimi's Bistro quite few times over the summer and it's hands down the best food on the island! Although we have not stayed at the hotel itself the location and overall design are first class and more than a match for any boutique hotel not only in Croatia , but in Europe too. Likewise service was fantastic!
Review by Katarina (14-Nov-2015)
We made a point of slotting this place into our sailing schedule as a result of one of my friends meeting the owner on the flight over - and we were very glad we did. As we came into the little bay it was awesomely beautiful, totally protected from the wind, and with a few boats bobbing around. We moored up and had a delicious lunch there. later in the day we got a taxi into Korcula which is 10 mins away.
The setting of Tara's in perfect. The restaurant and hotel is stylish and immaculate (we did have a look at the bedrooms). The staff superb. If I got back to Croatia I would love to stay at this place and would thoroughly recommend it.
Review by Caroline R (05-Oct-2015)
Beautiful hotel -- perfect for our honeymoon
My wife and I spent 4 days of our honeymoon at the beautiful little Oasis that is Tara's lodge. Not only is the hotel located in a pristine private bay with a unbelievable view, but the Tara's lodge staff went above and beyond in all respects to make our stay unforgettable. Mike picked us up from the port and drove us around the island, pointing out some of the more pictuaresque stops and giving us some history of Korcula. Upon checking in we were able to relax in a spacious, modern and luxurious room with a balcony offering a great view of the sea. The king-sized bed was actually king-sized (not merely two twin beds pushed together) and was quite comfortable. The food we ate at Mimi's restaurant was far and away the best cuisine we tasted in our 2 weeks in Croatia. Darko, a staff member and gracious host, not only served us delicious made-to-order breakfast each morning but also helped us plan our activities in Korcula. It is difficult to emphasize enough how wonderful this establishment is. I would highly recommend it to anyone.
Review by Alex K. Chicago, Ill. USA (23-Sep-2015)
Fresh and modern accommodation
Excellent new accommodation on Korcula. It is situated about 30 min walk out of the Old Town in a beautiful seaside location. The staff and owner are keen to please and will organise any activity you desire. The restaurant provides a good breakfast and drinks at sundown.
Review by 819ivettep (10-Sep-2015)
Loved the location and the hotel. They could not do enough to help us and make our stay fantastic. We ate in the restaurant and the staff were great and the food top notch. If you want somewhere smart and modern to stay then this is the place. The owners have a great eye in the design and feel for the hotel. Room Tip: out of the way but close enough to Korcula town (20 min walk).
Review by Andrew M. , Royal Tunbridge Wells, UK (06-Sep-2015)
Paradise in Korcula!
Tara's Lodge is a little slice of heaven - perfectly situated on a secluded bay with calm, crystalline waters. We stayed here for 3 nights from August 24-27, 2015 (two couples in their early 30s) and loved the intimate feeling of the hotel. It has 12 rooms and ours had a great view of the bay. It is a 10-15 min drive to Korcula Town but we actually never ended up going into town, we were having too much fun relaxing at Tara's Lodge with our friends (they have paddle boards, bikes, etc.) The owners, Mike and Dennis were extremely friendly and hospitable as was the rest of the staff. They extended breakfast hours for us when we were late and the owners even took us on a snorkeling tour, a very unique one where we got to watch Mike catch octopus with his bare hands. Their dinner recommendations were amazing - we ate at the hotel the first night and the food was excellent. NIghts 2 and 3, we wanted to try something new and their recommendations did not disappoint - some of the best food I had in Croatia! If you are looking for a place to unwind and enjoy upscale, boutique hotels, this is the place for you! Would love to go back someday! Room Tip: Room 30 had a great view!
Review by ManeeshaMP, NYC, NY, USA (31-Aug-2015)
We chose a sea view room with an epic view of the ocean. Mike and the rest of the staff were incredibly friendly and helpful - offering us outings in the boat to Hvar as well as fishing trips. Positives: Modern air conditioned room Modern bathroom with rain shower and thick towels Comfy bed Balcony with chairs for ocean watching Gorgeous pool and lounging area Semi private beach with comfy bean bag loungers and umbrellas Amazing meals and a view at Mimi's beach bar and restaurant located on the property 5 minutes drive from korcula old town Bikes and paddle boards available for use on property.
Review by Sandsadventures, Vancouver, Canada (31-Aug-2015)
Tara's Lodge is everything we look for while on holiday - beautiful location, specious clean and comfortable rooms, helpful staff, great food. - this place has it all. But what makes it unique and a cut above the rest are the owners and staff - the moment we 'landed' at the lodge we were personally welcomed, and from then on - had a feeling that all our needs are being taken care of without ever feeling that we are being intruded. The owners are there on site - work and eat with the guests - so you feel that you are part of a big family. The previous reviewer mentioned this in a negative way - really think he missed the idea. If you want impersonal - it's not the place for you. They took us on a boat trip to dive for octopi, and we got both an experience and a guided tour by people that are local and have deep understanding of the place - Dennis and Mike - you are stars! You need to experience the beauty of the surrounding area of Tara's Lodge to understand the unique experience while staying there. It's simply breath taking. We took a bike ride to one of the sandy beaches on the island, and while it was a nice ride, and nice villages - at the end, we turned around and went back to swim at the cove just beside the lodge. Food is expensive - very expensive, but it's also very good, and sourced locally. We continued our holiday and now in a one of the best hotel in Split (not to mention names...), while a great place in itself, we found ourselves wanting to go back to Tara's lodge - this is by far the best complement we can give. Thanks guys - we will be back. Room Tip: The family room is great.
Review by Ashkara, London, UK (23-Aug-2015)
The antidote to crowded August beaches
Our family of four (twin 15yo boys plus parents) stumbled upon this restaurant somewhat by accident after a beautiful if very crowded day at Zitna Beach on Korcula. The restaurant is situated waterside in a small, lovely, serene cove on the north side of the island, a short drive or taxi ride from Korcula town.
We have spent a good bit of time on St. Barths and this venue reminded us strongly of some of our favorite lunch venues there, where the experience was a commingling of restaurant, beachside lounge area and beautiful water views to appreciate while having lunch. Notably, unlike the experience of eating in many of the more crowded and well known zones of the island, this restaurant was extraordinarily peaceful and relaxing. I believe you may even be able to arrange to have lunch and spend time at the beach before or after if you call ahead (the beach is also somewhat rocky, as is common here, but the cove in which it is situated is gorgeous and the water is picture perfect).
For food, we had some combination of tuna, octopus, salads, and one of our sons had a burger. We all enjoyed the food, which seemed a welcome bit of lighter and healthier preparation than much of what is common in certain places. Matched with a nice glass of rose, and we would recommend it to anyone interested in a beautiful, low key setting, free of the throngs of tourists common to most places. The service was super attentive, and the owners seemed to take a genuine interest in making sure all of the guests were having their needs met.If you are someone who is seeking massive portions of deep fried junk at the lowest price in the easiest to find spot with tons of people from cruise ships, we do not think this would be a good pick for you. Otherwise, grab a taxi and spend a couple of hours having a healthy and luxurious waterside lunch!
Review by Cpharris (06-Aug-2015)
The Mediterranean as it should be
We've been coming to Croatia every summer despite it being Croatia. Mostly because for me, originally coming from Bosnia, Croatia IS equal to summer vacation. Unfortunately the country's famous tagline The Mediterranean as it once was in most cases literally means The Mediterranean as it once was. Poor service, overpriced, with a complete lack of the contemporary or any kind of innovation, only relying on tourists being happy because of the beauty of the nature.
That's why it was so extremely refreshing to visit Mimi's Bistro. The hotel and the restaurant are placed in a sleepy bay called Zrnovska banja. My family and I have spent over 30 summers in that very village and we have a lot of dear friends amongst the locals. Tara's lodge and Mimi's bistro have definitely changed the landscape of the village in a really good way.
Everything, and I really mean everything about this restaurant is how the Mediterranean should be. And it's very different from how most of the restaurants are in this part of the world. It's actually the best restaurant I've ever visited in Croatia. Through the ten days we spent in the bay we tried several things from the menu since we visited the place almost every day, and every single thing was superb.
The black risotto was the best black risotto I've ever had (and trust me - I've had many black risottos in my life). The cheeseburger is fantastic, the american pancakes too, and so on.
The interior/exterior are impeccable and every detail has been thought trough without anything feeling posh. It's simply sleek and smart. And the view is stunning.On top of that - the service. Very kind, polite, motivated and professional staff, excellent in English. It was such a relief to finally find a place where we felt welcomed and seen.
Review by stockholmtraveler (06-Jul-2015)
We enjoyed lunch and dinner at Mimi's, the Caesar Salad was great but could not beat the squid ink risotto with fresh cuttlefish. Love the approach by Fernando to use fresh produce from around the area. Such a great atmosphere, thanks to all. We'll be back.
Review by Mike (16-Jun-2015)
Great attention to detail,staff are very friendly, nothing too much trouble. The accommodation was beautiful & very clean. Only steps from the beach. The restaurant serves the best food in Croatia. Amazing views, Stayed May 2015, traveled as a couple
Review by gill19638, Dorchester, United Kingdom (24-May-2015)
During our holiday in Croatia, Dalmatia, we did a 2-day trip to Korcula. Korcula is a very beautiful Island. We walked along the promenade and saw in this beautiful bay Mimi's, Tara's Lodge. The appearance of the whole attracted us and deicided just to have a drink. Dennis and his family were very friendly. The beach with very fine pebbles in front of Mimi's is also highly recommended! In the afternoon, we had lunch at Mimi's and it was so effective that we immediately booked for dinner. We had a great day at Mimi's, great food, friendly people, very nice view, amazing place ! Thank you and good luck
Review by Frank and Nancy, Netherlands (12-Sep-2014)
The best place on the island of Korcula
Excellent food, wonderful people, beautiful view. The best tuna stake and cheeseburger on the Adriatic sea. I can’t wait to come back.
Review by Srdjan Cesic (02-Sep-2014)
Sophisticated dining in a beautiful bay
During our stay in Korcula we have dined here twice, once for dinner and once for lunch. Both meals were superb. This is quality food (not your normal holiday resort standard) and is therefore priced accordingly. The staff were very friendly and the setting is stylish but relaxed.
Review by Matt & Emily (02-Sep-2014)
Family meal was great!
We visited Mimi's on Sunday August 17th on our first night in Korcula, just walking by on the seafront and the place looked really nice, so we decided to try it. We were not disappointed, the black cuttlefish risotto was amazing and the hamburger for the children was great, the sauce on it was lovely. From the moment we walked past the restaurant Dennis was really helpful and friendly in telling us all about the restaurant. Our 2 children loved the place as they bought out paper and colouring pencils, extra cushions so they could sit up to eat their dinner. The views from the restaurant are great and its such a lovely place to relax for a meal. We went back 2 days later for our last night and this time we had tuna steak, which was brilliant, possibly better than the risotto!. Dennis and his family were really friendly and helpful and worked very hard on the second night, I would definitely go back!
Review by family from Birmingham (02-Sep-2014)
We were honoured to be one of the first guests at Mimi's and were delighted. Friendly without being familiar. Classy without being snobby. Excellent food without being fussy. Great wines without being pricey. And the location is perfect. Just perfect.
Review by AndyB (22-Jul-2014)
Great food, great view and extremely good service. Definitely a place to come back to again and again.
Review by Bojan Cross (14-Jul-2014)
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