Best restaurants in Istria, in Frank’s opinion, are located in north-west Istria. With lots of restaurants catering exclusively to the tourists, it is easy to lose a track of the good restaurants. However, this tiny region of Croatia has so many fantastic restaurants. You just need to know about them. This guide on the best restaurants in Istria should help visitors to avoid mediocre establishments that serve overpriced food of average quality and live exclusively off the tourists.
Frank’s list of the best restaurants in Istria
Batelina (Banjole, Čimulje 25; t +385 52 573 767) is a heaven for seafood aficionados. Located in Banjole near Pula, this restaurant is considered one of the best in Istria. Run by fisherman’s family, all the seafood is fresh. Main characteristic of this restaurant is that they use in their dishes all the parts of the fish. Nothing is wasted. Reservations are needed. Restaurant closes for the first three weeks of August.
Damir & Ornella (Zidine 5, Novigrad; t: +385 52 758 134; e: email@example.com;) is another seafood restaurant. It is located in Novigrad. Its popular dishes are based on raw ingredients.
Restaurant Marina (Sv. Antona 38, Novigrad; t: +385 98 969 0492; e: firstname.lastname@example.org;) is another seafood restaurant in Novigrad. It is a fine dining establishment. The restaurant doesn’t have fixed menu. Daily menu is based on the catch of the day. Their tasting menu is the must.
Puli Pineta (Orbanici, Zminj; t: 385 98 9911 795;) is a small restaurant in Orbanici near Zminj. This family-run restaurant serves traditional Istrian dishes.
Stari podrum (Most 52, Momjan; t: +385 52 779 152; e: email@example.com) is tucked away in a country side. It offers the best local dishes you can find anywhere in Istria. Its specialties include truffles, homemade pasta and steaks. It gets really busy and you should have a reservation.
Tavern Nono (Umaska 35, Petrovija; t: +385 52 740 160; e: firstname.lastname@example.org) in Petrovija near Umag is another restaurant serving traditional Istrian food based on local produce.
Morgan (Bracanija, Brtonigla; t: +385 52 774 520; e: email@example.com; ) is a restaurant located in a quite location with nice views from the terrace. Ingredients are locally sourced. Don’t miss their hunter’s soup. It is delicious.
Monte (Montalbano 75, Rovinj; t: +385 52 830 203; e: firstname.lastname@example.org;) is a fine dining establishment located in Rovinj. The best way to sample Monte’s remarkable cuisine is to order their tasting menu.
Martin Pescador (Trget 20, Trget; t: +385 52 544 976;) is a seafood restaurant in a remote seaside village of Trget. The produce is fresh and succulent. Service can be a bit slow.
Toklarija (Sovinjsko polje; t: +385 91 9266 769; ) is a traditionally styled restaurant serving Istrian dishes in a casual atmosphere with fine dining elegant touches. Be ready to pay a very high price. However, the experience can be sublime.
Toncic (Cabarnica 42, Zrenj; t: +385 52 644 146; m: +385 91 2060 512;) is a family-run farm and a tavern. The produce served is homegrown.
Wine Vault (A. Smareglie bb, Rovinj; t: +385 52 636 017; e: email@example.com;) is a fine dining French restaurant located in a 5star luxury hotel Monte Mulini. The menu is exciting, food is tasty, and wine list features over 500 wines to choose from. Book Chef’s table and enjoy as many courses as you can eat.
San Rocco (Srednja Ulica 2, Brtonigla; t: +385 52 725 000; t: firstname.lastname@example.org;) is a fine dining establishment in the little village of Brtonigla. The restaurant is a member of the Association des Jeunes Restorateurs d’Europe.
Vodnjanka (Istarska bb, Vodnjan; t: +385 52 511 435; e: email@example.com;) is a stylish tavern located in Vodnjan. The restaurant serves traditional Istrian dishes.
St. Nikola (Obala M. Tita 23, Porec; t: +385 52 423 018; m: +385 99 3154 295; e: firstname.lastname@example.org;) in Porec is a fine dining restaurant. The restaurant has a superb, seaside terrace.
Mondo (Barbacan 1, Motovun; t: +385 52 681 791; e: email@example.com;) is a tavern in hilltop town of Motovun. The tavern serves traditional Istrian dishes, based on truffles from nearby forests.
Tramerka (Andrije Mohorovicica 15, Volosko, t: +385 51 701 707; e: firstname.lastname@example.org;) is a small fish tavern located in a fishing village Volosko. The offer changes with the season.