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Food, glorious food! If you have been reading our blog for a while, you’ll already know how much we love food. We have a stack of Croatian recipes in English and one of our most popular posts is this one on traditional Croatian food.
If you’re heading to our sunny shores, and are looking for the best spot to chow down this delicious food while you’re visiting, the good news is that the top ten restaurants have been announced! Within this, there are certain region’s top choices, too. So, if you’re looking for recommendations, you’ve come to the right place!
Let’s check out these top choices in a bit more detail.
Best Restaurants In Croatia
For the third consecutive year, Pelegrini is crowned Croatia’s best restaurant, with the resident chef, Rudolf Stefan also the best chef winner. Put simply, Pelegrini is outstanding and at the cutting edge of Croatian cuisine. The food here will blow your mind and looks as good as it tastes. Be sure to book well in advance. The view of the UNESCO-listed cathedral is also a big seller.
Best Restaurants in Croatia. Photo: Pelegrini Šibenik (Sea Snails)
Dubravkin Put, Zagreb
Located in the woods a short walk from Zagreb, you’ll find Dubravkin Put. It’s here that you will find stylish and sophisticated Mediterranean cuisine served to you in style. The restaurant has one of Croatia’s largest wine lists, with many of those by the glass making your experience at this restaurant even better.
Croatia’s one and only Michelin-star restaurant is certainly worth a visit when in Rovinj. Here, you’ll experience delightful contemporary Croatian food. Go for the tasting menu and take in the full Monte experience. If that’s too much, be sure to try the suckling pig, which is to die for.
This chic restaurant will impress you upon entry with its warm and sophisticated décor. The chef employs modern cooking techniques extracting every ounce of flavor from local ingredients. Go for the tasting menu for the best gastronomic experience. Its also worth noting they have an extensive wine list.
Plavi Podrum, Volosko
Plavi Podrum is a great example of great things coming in small packages. This restaurant offers superb seafood cuisine you won’t find anywhere else. Located in the charming Volosko harbor, the ingredients are ultra-fresh, with seafood caught daily a stone’s throw away.
A popular Zagreb restaurant, Vinodol serves tasty traditional continental and Mediterranean cuisine. The restaurant is somewhat casual, meaning it’s perfect for a family meal, a romantic dinner for two, or business meeting. The menu is large, and the wine list is equally as big!
Bevanda arguably has the best view of any restaurant in Croatia, located at the water’s edge in Opatija, and serves classic Croatian cuisine with a hint of modernity. Seafood dominates the menu and it doesn’t get much better than this. Try the Kvarner scampi for a taste of the region.
If you’re looking for Italian in Zagreb, look no further than Carpaccio. With a wide range of classic Italian dishes there is something here for everyone. The tagliatelle with shrimps is a house favorite, while the large and extensive wine list is always a winner.
If you are looking for seasonal, simple but exquisite cuisine, this restaurant is a must. Specializing in seafood, the menu changes according to the catch of the day. The best way to experience Marina restaurant is going for the tasting menu option. Additionally, if seafood is your thing, schedule in a visit to Marina as well.
Mala Hiža, Mačkovec
Located in the lovely Medumurje, Mala Hiža produces continental cuisine from the Medumurje region. The chef has partnered with local producers and creates modern takes on local classics. The location of this restaurant is a fantastic plus point, set in its own gardens with a small water feature and wooden bridge to complete the scene.
Best Restaurants in Croatia. Photo: Mala Hiža
Best Restaurants In Central Croatia
1. Mala Hiža, Mačkovec
This restaurant is set in its own private gardens, making you feel a thousand miles away from any hustle and bustle. The fine-dining choices are extensive and include authentic homemade dishes from the area.
2. Karlo, Plešivica
Located in the stunning Plešivica wine country with amazing views over the vineyards, the food at Karlo is authentic, made with fresh local produce and meat.
3. Kod špilje, Otruševec
If you like large portions and want to try a large range of domestic food, this is your place! Here, you can try charcuterie, local soups and game, along with a host of other options.
4. Mundoaka, Čakovec
5. Villa Magdalena, Krapinske Toplice
6. Vuglec Breg, Lepajci
7. Durina Hiža, VaražDinske Toplice
8. Academia Hotel Kaj, Marija Bistrica
9. Mon Ami, Velika Gorica
10. Dvorac Mihanović, Tuheljske Toplice
Best Restaurants In Dalmatia
1. Pelegrini, Šibenik
We’ve mentioned this one already, and it is the winner of the award for best restaurant in the whole of Croatia! Certainly be sure to book this restaurant ahead of time to avoid disappointment.
2. 360, Dubrovnik
Located in the heart of the city, with a fantastic view of the Old Town, 360 is one of the top restaurants in Dubrovnik, the second best actually! Famous for its black pork and its beetroot risotto, the menu is large and concentrates mainly on seasonal choices. Read more about Dubrovnik & food here, while you can find out where to sleep in Dubrovnik here.
3. Boškinac, Novalja
The rural setting of this particular restaurant will really make you feel like you are in the heart of the beautiful Croatian countryside. If you can visit during the summer months, you’ll certainly enjoy sitting on the terrace with a glass of wine before your meal! Be sure to try their outstanding red wine Boskinac. Read our review here.
4. Laganini Palmižana, Hvar
5. Bokeria, Split
6. Nautika, Dubrovnik
7. Foša, Zadar
8. Proto, Dubrovnik
9. Pojoda, Vis
10. Pantarul, Dubrovnik
Best Restaurants In Kvarner & Istria
1. Monte, Rovinj
Monte is the third-best restaurant in the whole of Croatia and, as previously mentioned, has Croatia’s only Michelin star! Read more about Roving and food here or find out where to sleep in Rovinj here.
2. Plavi Podrum, Volosko
This is another place that made the country-wide top restaurants list, and the marina setting is really what sells it. The freshly caught seafood is brilliant, but sitting and watching the sun glisten off the water, or viewing the sun go down with the boats in the background, is something to behold.
3. Bevanda, Opatija
This restaurant is relaxed but luxurious at the same time, with a really chilled-out atmosphere, overlooking Kvarner Bay. There are sunbeds on the exterior of the restaurant, and inside you can simply sit and chill out, with great local food, and a large drinks selection on offer.
4. Marina, Novigrad
5. Batelina, Medulin
6. San Rocco, Brtonigla
7. Johnson, Mošćenička Draga
8. Damir & Ornella, Novigrad
9. Stari Podrum, Momjan
10. Badi, Umag
Read all about the mouth-watering dishes in Istria here.
Best Restaurants In Slavonia
1. Muzej Okusa, Osijek
While most restaurants in Slavonia are authentic in their décor, this restaurant is contemporary. The building is actually a museum that has been renovated. The restaurant’s menu is a mix of continental and coastal Croatian dishes and they also have an extensive local wine list.
Find More On What To See And Do In Osijek Here
2. Baranjska Kuća, Karanac
Authenticity is the order of the day with this restaurant, where you can get a taste of Banaja county. Try the house-made bread baked in clay ovens, snails and nettle dishes for something unique.
3. Zimska Luka, Osijek, Hotel Osijek
This restaurant is part of Hotel Osijek and overlooks the countryside and river that backs onto the hotel grounds. Steak is the order of the day here, as well as the lamb chops and veal.
4. Josić, Zmajevac
5. Principovac, Ilok
6. Lumiere, Osijek
7. Dunav, Ilok
8. Kovač, ČArda Suza
9. Klub Restoran Waldinger, Osijek
10. Kormoran, Bilje
Read more about Slavonia here.
Best Zagreb Restaurants
1. Dubravkin Put, Zagreb
Voted number 2 in Croatia, Dubravkin serves modern cuisine in style as previously mentioned.
2. Noel, Zagreb
Another establishment that made the country-wide list, this is a top choice for steak lovers. Additionally, the menu is constantly evolving and changing, incorporating the freshest seasonal ingredients.
3. Vinodol, Zagreb
One more on the top list, and one that truffle lovers should definitely consider visiting! The fish and chips might sound simple, but try them and let your mouth water, with the freshly caught fish and homemade chips and dip.
5. Bistro Apetit
9. Apetit City
Read about things to do in Zagreb here and also find a place to rest your head here.
Now, what will you do with this list of the best restaurants in Croatia? Start at the top and work your way down or close your eyes and pick one at random? Either way, this list makes choosing where to eat in Croatia easy!
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by SJ Begonja