Set in an island location, Restaurant Zori offers the discerning customer a luxurious piece of paradise. Set beneath azure blue skies, emerald Adriatic waters encircle the lush, vibrant green of Palmizana, where you can find, constructed of sun-bleached stone, this jewel of Croatian fine dining.

Only a short boat ride from Hvar, the Vingradisce Lagoon of Palmižana welcomes you with open arms as you gently glide into the bay over crystal-clear waters, revealing your destination. This breathtaking sight should only be followed by further stimulation of your senses, such as can be found in the gastronomic wonders that await you at Zori.

This family-owned and run restaurant has gained a prestigious and regular clientèle from all over the world and for very good reason. From the intimate setting and personal, yet professional service, attention to detail and the extraordinary dishes available to you, this truly is an exceptional place that you will wish to return to, time and again.

Top quality ingredients, best cooking practices and a refined, minimalist presentation of each dish are the key features of the Mediterranean cuisine of chef Iva Tomlinovic. Her meticulously thought-out and deeply inspired creations offer to the sight and taste a colourful and delicious palette of flavors that are rendered delectably unforgettable by original touches and contrasts. We bring creative reinterpretations of classic, traditional Dalmatian dishes to the table, where only the highest quality ingredients from throughout Croatia are combined perfectly with local organic produce. The wine list features an excellent selection of the most prized Croatian wines, as well as a small number of only the best imported wines from all over the world. Zori is very proud of their continuing support of local suppliers and producers, ensuring the food on your plate is of the utmost quality and freshness.

Iva Tomlinovic, is the third generation chef, and she, together with her husband Renato, have been running this family business for over 10 years. Before them, her mother & father ran the business for over 30 years, and before them, her father's uncle & his wife (ZOrko & RIta – that's where the name ZORI comes) were the first generation of the family to begin the Zori story on the Pakleni Islands, in 1947.

Iva oversees the cooking and runs the restaurant, whilst Renato goes to the market in Hvar at daybreak everyday to procure only the best and freshest local produce for the restaurant. As a restaurant manager for 15 years, Iva cultivated her creativity and satisfied the most demanding of guests from all over the world.

Front Line

The People making us shine

Portraits by Nolte Lourens










Back Stage

and you didn't even know about them

Iva & Renato Tomlinovic

Open Positions


Ideally we are looking for the perfect balance of personality, skill, style and experience that will satisfy some of the most discerning diners. In return we will reward commitment and determination with the opportunity to succeed.Iva

We are currently recruiting :

  • Sous Chef
  • Grill Chefs
  • Commis Chefs
  • Chef De Partie

Job Description

A Sous Chef who has been working in their previous roles ideally within a fine dining establishment with recognised modern cooking techniques is required for this position. A supportive chef who is capable of working well within a dedicated team of chefs who have real passion for their trade would be well suited to this role.

As a Commis Chef, you will be trained to work across all sections of the kitchen and will be required to work in an efficient manner to the high standards set by the Head Chef. You will be keen to learn and progress your career quickly. You will have the highest work standards and ethics.

The successful Chef De Partie will have the ability to develop a working knowledge of daily menus in terms of basic nutrition and calorific values. They will also be expected to maintain the highest levels of cleaniness and hygiene, and to maintain good working relationships within a kitchen environment and with other functions in the resort.

A Grill Chef in addition to cooking you will help keeping the standards high in the kitchen including food hygiene, Health& Safety and be responsible for maintaining these standards. You will enjoy busy, hands on role where you have the opportunity to develop your skills.


We are looking for a Chef with flair and initiative. If you have previous experience, then we would like to hear from you.

To find out more about this vacancy and to arrange an interview with the Head Chef apply and send us your CV now to


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