Split restaurants are plentiful surrounding visitors with lots of flavors. However, you need to know one thing about restaurant’s offer in Split (and elsewhere in Croatia): 90% of the Split restaurants serve the same menus. It is a grill, pizza, pasta or risotto. Full stop. For this reason, if you like to eat differently and well on your visit to Split and Croatia, do your homework before visiting any destination in Croatia.
Every town has restaurants that are trying harder than others to stay true to themselves and their heritage, using local produce, serving traditional and regional dishes either in a fine dining manner or in a casual setting. Below is Frank’s list of Split restaurants, you should definitely give a chance on your next visit to Split.
Best Split restaurants
Tavern Matejuska (a: Tomića Stine 3; t: 385 21 355 152) is located close to the harbor. It a small, family-run restaurant with great atmosphere and excellent food. The restaurant can accommodate approximately 30 people, half inside, and half at their outdoor terrace. Reservations are needed, especially during the summer. Tavern offers traditional regional dishes mostly based on a seafood, but they have a meat dishes as well. Offer changes with the season. Food is prepared in a simple way. Everything served here is so fresh and tasty. Service is friendly and prices are affordable. House wine is cheap and of a good quality. It is one of the highly recommended Split restaurants.
Villa Spiza (Kruziceva 3; 385 91 152 1249) is a tiny, charming restaurant located in a small alley in the old town. This little hole in the wall place could be a bit difficult to find, but don’t just give up. If you get lost, just ask locals on the streets. There are only two tables for two outside and a counter seating for 7-8 inside. Counter seating inside has a direct views over the kitchen. The food is fresh and locally sourced. There is a daily menu based on what’s available and fresh. If you are looking for a fine dining and intimate atmosphere, this is not a place for you. But if you like authentic, fresh and unpretentious food, prepared in a simple way, this is a place to choose. Prices are reasonable. Portions are a bit moderate, but it is still great value for money. This is one of the must visit Split restaurants.
Tavern Kod Hvaranina (a: Ban Mladenova 9; +385 91 767 5891;) is a shabby looking restaurant, just out of the Palace walls. Restaurant has a really weary look, but the food is very good. Beside, Frank likes places with such an interior as they make him nostalgic, reminding him of some other times. It is a small, family-run restaurant, and you feel it. The service is really warm and welcoming. The food is homely, fresh and tasty. They serve a very good traditional baby beef stew with gnocchi (Cro. pasticada). Seafood served there comes from local fishermen. Prices are reasonable. Cash only.
Uje Oil Bar (a: Dominisova 3;t: +385 95 200 8008;) is a tapas style restaurant, located at the heart of Split old town. It opened recently, in May 2013. The place has a very good vibe, friendly staff, tasty food, excellent choice of olive oils and wines. The food is served on wooden boards. The menu with cooked dishes is updated daily, while cold cuts, marinated fish, olive oils and choice of oils are available daily. Prices are reasonable.
Zrno soli (a: Uvala baluni 8; t: +385 21 399 333; e: email@example.com;) is a fine dining restaurant located in town’s marina. Restaurant has a beautiful terrace overlooking the sea, boats in the marina and the town. The view over the lighted town is especially nice at nighttime. The food is fresh, well cooked, innovative, but it is not spectacular. However, it is a very good restaurant with beautiful views and friendly and efficient service. This is an upscale restaurant and the prices are high (as expected for such a place). This is one of the fine dining Split restaurants.
Tavern Buffet Fife (a: Trumbiceva obala 11; t: +385 21 345 223;) is located just outside the town walls and 3-minute walk from the seafront promenade. This place is an institution for people of Split. It’s been there for ages and locals love eating here. The restaurant is as authentic as it gets, and the prices are very affordable. It has a lively vibe, and sometimes grumpy staff, but it is all the part of the folklore. It is an excellent place to try local cuisine. Ingredients are fresh, locally sourced, and the portions are massive. This is one of Split restaurants where local and tourist mingle together.
Tavern Tri Volta (Zalogajnica Dioklecijan) (a: Dosud 9; +385 21 346 683;) is a truly special place for people of Split. This restaurant has been here for 40 years. There is no fancy signs, and very few tourist come in. The place is not decorated in a fashionable way. Crowd is mixed, young and old, many people know each other, and the atmosphere is convivial. Food is honest, homemade, it is an excellent place to taste a working class Dalmatian plates. Frank loves this place and the story about it. For those of you who understand Croatian, there is an excellent interview with the owner of the restaurant in Slobodna Dalmacija.
Wine & Cheese Bar Paradox (a: Poljana Tina Ujevica 2; t: 021 395 854; e: firstname.lastname@example.org) is the the most popular Split restaurant on Tripadvisor. This is not a full-service restaurant. It is a wine & cheese bar, offering over 100 wine labels (many of them served by glass) and choice of small bites (cheese, prosciutto, olives, etc.). it is well located, just few minutes walk from the Palace. Staff is very knowledgeable and eager to help you to choose food and pairing wines. This is very helpful, especially if you are not familiar with Croatian wines. It can be crowded on summer evenings, especially over the weekend.
Food & Wine Bar Zinfandel (a: Ulica Marka Marulica 2; t: 385 21 355 135;) is located in the old part of Split. The place is modern and chic. Design is contemporary with brick walls and big floor to ceiling windows that can open completely. Zinfandel has over 100 international and Croatian wines on offer, as well as wide choice of seasonal tapas and cold platters. Look for their lunch time specials when you get a free glass of house wine if you order a meal.
Restaurant Dvor (a: Put Firula 14; t: +385 21 571 513; e: email@example.com;) is located 20 minutes walk from the old town. Dvor has a beautiful outdoor garden seating with views over the sea. Make a reservation in advance to get one of their best tables. The restaurant has a stunning location, good food and attentive staff. Their meat and fish dishes are excellent, many are prepared on a charcoal grill, and they have very good desserts. The place is not cheap, but it is a good value for money.
Tavern Stare Grede (a: Domovinskog Rata 46; t: 385 21 485 501;) is located 1 km from the old town. It is rustically decorated tavern, with rustic wooden benches and tables, and stone walls. This restaurant is very popular with locals. The place is family-run and the food is homemade. During the winter they often have game on menu, as the owner is a hunter. Everything is made from scratch and the produce is locally sourced.
Restaurant Makrovega (a: Leština 2; t: +385 21 394 440;) is the only fully vegetarian restaurant in Split. Since there are plenty of vegetarian, Frank thinks it is important to list it here. Although it wouldn’t be Frank’s first choice. They offer snacks and sandwiches, as well as set menu of cooked food.