It is one thing to have a restaurant, but it is a completely different thing to have a restaurant that has a story. And what a story the Restaurant Sorgo has to tell. Located just a few steps from beautiful centuries-old walls in the heart of Ston in the ancient Palazza Sorgo, the summer palace of a Dubrovnik prince, the restaurant has been operating since 1989.
As the owners themselves will say, they have survived both a war and an earthquake. They are proud of this building that has lived for all of these years, is now the oldest structure in the area, and has hosted hundreds and thousands of people from all corners of the world. A restaurant in stone, with many pictures and grandiose examples of lobster shells, are only a part of the offer of Sorgo, which in addition to the restaurant also has accommodations in five beautiful rooms with 10 beds.
With seating for 30 people inside and 100 people outside during the season, Sorgo is at the pinnacle of the tourist offer in Ston, and it is one of the few places that is open year round in a locale that also features the oldest salt pan and the longest walls in the European Union.
Sorgo is a story of fish and the sea, although it does not avoid meat, so that you can also order steak or pizza. But first place is reserved for specialties from the Ston region, especially shellfish. You will not often have a chance to hear the boss sending his worker around the corner to buy five kilos of mussels! But then you are on the gulf of Ston where everyone cultivates shellfish.
All types of shellfish are on the menu – oysters, mussels, venus clams, Noah's ark, scallops, sea urchins, but also squid, cuttlefish, scampi, baby shrimp, prawns, lobster, crab (grancigule), pasta with crab, and sea eggs, raw or with pasta.
Sorgo offers everything that you have ever heard about that comes from the sea.
Grouper, John Dory, sea bream and sea bass are the quartet of the most requested fish, but there are many more, depending on how lucky the local fishermen were that morning. All of the fish are wild from the sea, none are from fish farms. The wine list is based on local winemakers, although all of Dalmatia is well represented. For a long time, we have not enjoyed house wines like here; the wine literally flows in rivers, whether it is Pošip or Postup.
The specialty of the restaurant is black risotto Sorgo, which contains probably half of the different varieties of shellfish in the bay of Pelješac – thick, hearty, and compact with excellent hard Italian rice. There is also pasta Sorgo and Sorgo popara, made from three types of fish. But the real specialty is served at the very beginning (after the fish paté in sea urchin shells), and drew the most praise. Although while in Ston you have to try raw oysters at least once, which we did, here its perfection is also – roasted! And they pour homemade olive oil over it. Sensational!
For dessert there is the famous Ston cake, rožata (similar to flan), all types of crepes, in wine chateau, and generally a very rich menu that advises you first to walk along the walls and then come to Sorgo because once you sit down, it will be difficult to leave.
Bravo. Visit Sorgo. Trust us, you will not forget that day!
Author of photography: Grgo Jelavić/Pixsell
Contact number: 020/754 666
Working hours: Monday-Sunday:
08:00 - 20:00h
Address: Jurja Dalmatinca 8, 20230 Ston
Price range: 100-200kn