With so many great restaurants in Istria, fresh and locally sourced food, yummy local dishes, there is no excuse for eating badly in Istria. Istria, Croatia's most visited region, is the best place in all Croatia when it comes to food and wine.
This heart-shaped peninsula offers so many fantastic restaurants: from fine dining establishments to no-frills local taverns offering authentic Istrian home-cooking.
Below you'll find our hand-picked list of best restaurants in Istria (in no particular order).
Contents For 37 awesome restaurants in Istria that locals love
- 1 Locals' favorite restaurants in Istria
- 1.1 1 | Restaurant Toni
- 1.2 2 | Restaurant Sole
- 1.3 3 | Konoba Morgan
- 1.4 4 | Konoba Buscina
- 1.5 5 | Konoba Astarea
- 1.6 6 | Restaurant San Rocco
- 1.7 7 | Konoba Cok
- 1.8 8 | Restaurant Marina
- 1.9 9 | Restaurant Damir & Ornella
- 1.10 10 | Konoba Toncic
- 1.11 11 | Konoba Vrh
- 1.12 12 | Konoba Kolinasi
- 1.13 13 | Konoba Toklarija
- 1.14 14 | Konoba Daniela
- 1.15 15 | Restaurant Sv Nikola
- 1.16 16 | Restaurant Petra
- 1.17 17 | Restaurant Trost
- 1.18 18 | Grill Gradina
- 1.19 19 | Restaurant Viking
- 1.20 20 | Barba Danilo
- 1.21 21 | Restaurant Orca
- 1.22 22 | Restaurant La Puntulina
- 1.23 23 | Restaurant Gianinno
- 1.24 24 | Restaurant Monte
- 1.25 25 | Konoba Puli Pineta
- 1.26 26 | Konoba Batelina
- 1.27 27 | Restaurant Martin Pescador
- 1.28 28 | Restaurant Dorina
- 1.29 29 | Restaurant Riva
- 1.30 30 | Restaurant Mala Riba
- 1.31 31 | Konoba Tramerka
- 1.32 32 | Valle Losca
- 1.33 33 | Stari podrum
- 1.34 34 | Vodnjanka
- 1.35 35 | Stancija Meneghetti
- 1.36 36 | Restaurant Alla Beccaccia
- 1.37 37 | Velo Kafe
Locals' favorite restaurants in Istria
1 | Restaurant Toni
Paolo and Ivan, father and son duo running this fine restaurant in Zambratija, serve remarkable seafood dishes, yummi pastas and risottos, and excellent homemade desserts.
Contacts | a: Siparska 8, Zambratija | t: +385 52 759 570 | e: toni @pu.t-com.hr | Website
Working hours | 12 pm-12 am, Wednesday closed
2 | Restaurant Sole
Similar to Toni, the restaurant Sole is a family-run restaurant specialized in seafood, although they do have some meat dishes too. Food here is superb, everything is locally sourced, all salads and veggies come from their own garden, in the back of the house.
Contacts | a: Donji Picudo, Sošići 58 , Umag | t: +385 52 730 123 | m: +385 91 150 1224 | Website
Working hours | 12 pm-12 am, closed on Tuesday
3 | Konoba Morgan
Serving a traditional Istrian comfort food, heavily based on a meat, but in a stylish manner, konoba Morgan is a lovely tavern with a superb outdoor terrace and lovely views. They also make interesting chutneys served with local cheese.
Contacts | a: Bracanija 1, Brtonigla | t: +385 52 774 520 | e: email@example.com | Website
Working hours | 12 pm-12 am, closed on Tuesday
4 | Konoba Buscina
Another great restaurant in northwest Istria, konoba Buscina offers a classical Istrian dishes with a modern touch. Menu is extensive, offering both, meat and fish dishes, many from the grill.
Contacts | a: Buščina 18, Sv. Marija na Krasu | t: ++385 52 732 088 | e: firstname.lastname@example.org | Website
Working hours | 12 pm-12 am, closed on Tuesday
5 | Konoba Astarea
A large open fireplace is the first thing to notice in this family-run restaurant. Astarea, located in Brtonigla, not far from Novigrad, is very popular among locals especially for awesome seafood prepared grilled or ispod peke (under the lid bell and covered with embers).
Contacts | a: Ronkova 9, Brtonigla | t: + 385 52 774 384 | Website
Working hours | Daily, 11 am-midnight
6 | Restaurant San Rocco
San Rocco is perhaps the finest restaurant in all Istria, offering multi-course “slow food” tasting menus. Located in Brtonigla, within a small boutique hotel of the same name, San Rocco offers fine dining experience in an intimate and quiet surrounding.
Contacts | a: Srednja ulica 2, Brtonigla | t: +385 52 725 000 | e: email@example.com | Website
Working hours | Daily, noon-11 pm
7 | Konoba Cok
Located along a side street in Novigrad, tavern Cok doesn't have views you'll find elsewhere, but exquisite seafood dishes, and a rustic interior with exposed stone walls and wooden beams make up for somewhat unattractive location.
Contacts | a: Sv. Antona 2, Novigrad | t: +385 52 757 643 | m: +385 98 255 894
Working hours | noon-3 pm and 6 pm-11 pm, closed on Wednesday
8 | Restaurant Marina
Restaurant Marina is an upscale seafood restaurant in Novigrad. This fine dining establishment offers multi-course tasting menus based on the catch of the day. On our last visit there, we’ve had a 7-course tasting menu, and we absolutely loved it.
Contacts | Sv. Antona 38, Novigrad | t: +385 98 969 0492 | e: firstname.lastname@example.org
Working hours | Daily, noon-3 pm and 7 pm-11 pm, closed mid-January to mid-February
9 | Restaurant Damir & Ornella
Damir & Ornella serves the best Mediterranean sushi and sashimi in Istria. Located in a small seaside town of Novigrad, this place itself is worth a visit to Istria. The owner is a bit weird. Reservation is needed.
Contacts | Zidine 5, Novigrad; |t: +385 52 758 134 | e: email@example.com
Working hours | noon-3 pm and 7 pm-11 pm, closed in November, and February
10 | Konoba Toncic
Toncic is a family-run farm and a tavern. This tavern is located off the beaten path, but it’s definitely worth seeking out. All the ingredients are homegrown. On warm days you can eat at their superb terrace with lovely views over the mountains, and the valley below.
Contacts | Cabarnica 42, Zrenj | t: +385 52 644 146 | m: +385 91 2060 512 | Website (Croatian only)
Working hours | Fri-Sun: 12.30 pm-10 pm
11 | Konoba Vrh
As it names suggests (Vrh means a summit in Croatian), this tavern is located, well, at the small village of Vrh, at the summit of a hill in the central Istria. This is THE place to taste real Istrian black and white truffles.
Contacts | a: Vrh 1, Vrh | t: +385 52 667 123 | e: firstname.lastname@example.org | Website (Croatian only)
Working hours | Daily 1 pm-10 pm, closed on Monday
12 | Konoba Kolinasi
Similar to Toncic, and a couple of other eateries on this list, the tavern Kolasi is worth a good one hour drive from the coast to Istrian interior for well-prepared, homegrown food.
Contacts | Kolinasi bb, Roč | m: +385 91 7294 393 | e: email@example.com | Website (Croatian only)
Working hours | Daily, noon-10 pm
13 | Konoba Toklarija
Toklarija is a traditionally styled restaurant serving Istrian dishes in a casual atmosphere with a touch of elegance. Be ready to pay a high price for this sublime experience.
Contacts | Sovinjsko polje 11, Buzet | t: +385 91 9266 769
Working hours | Daily 1 pm-10 pm, closed on Tuesday
14 | Konoba Daniela
A family-run restaurant, located in a small village of Veleniki, close to Porec, konoba Daniela is equally popular among locals, and tourists; among business people, families with kids and couples. Food is very good (and sometimes great), portions are huge, and prices are affordable. They are also famed for their steak tartar.
Contacts | a: Veleniki 15a, Poreč | t: t: +385 52 460 519 | e: firstname.lastname@example.org | Website
Working hours | Daily, 11 am-11 pm
15 | Restaurant Sv Nikola
The best restaurant in Porec, Sv Nikola is a fine dining establishment with crisp white tablecloths, candlelight dinners, tasting menus, and an excellent wine list. Sv Nikola's awesome seafront terrace gets busy during the summer, and reservation is highly recommended.
Contacts | a: Obala M. Tita 23, Porec | t: +385 52 423 018 | m: +385 99 315 42 95 | e: email@example.com | Website
Working hours | Daily, 11 am-1 am
16 | Restaurant Petra
Fabrice & Petra are husband and wife duo, behind this lovely eatery in Stancija Kapetanova near Vrsar. While they use a locally-sourced produce, their dishes bring a sparkle of international flavor. Great place to eat if you want to experience something different.
Contacts | Kapetanova stancija 3, Vrsar | t: +385 52 442 366
Working hours | May.-Sept.: noon-3 pm and 6 pm-10 pm, closed from Oct. to May
17 | Restaurant Trost
With a large terrace overlooking boats docked in Vrsar marina, at Trost everything tastes better. Although you'll find a couple of meat dishes on their menu, Trost is a place to indulge in fresh seafood.
Contacts | Obala Maršala Tita 1 A, Vrsar | t: +385 52 445 197 | e: firstname.lastname@example.org | Website
Working hours | Daily, 10 am-midnight
18 | Grill Gradina
Although it looks like just another grill along a touristy road from Vrsar to Lim Fjord, Gradina is well-known for its superb quality meat and fish, and it's loved by locals.
Contacts | a: Gradina 13, Gradina | m: +385 98 255 853
Working hours | Apr.-Sept.: Daily, noon-midnight, closed from Oct. to April
19 | Restaurant Viking
The most-visited natural sight in Istria, Lim Fjord is famed for oysters and mussels that are grown here. And Viking is one of two restaurants where to taste these delicacies. Besides shellfish, taste their tagliatelle with scampi in a red sauce.
Contacts | Limski kanal 1 | t: +385 52 448 119 |
Working hours | Daily, 11 am-11 pm, closed in January and February
20 | Barba Danilo
Barba Danilo is at the moment our favorite restaurant in Rovinj, and one of our favorite places in allIstria. Located at the outskirts of Rovinj, this restaurant offers sublime seafood in a friendly atmosphere. We love their cuttlefish tagliata, and a variety of cold and warm seafood appetizers.
Contacts | Polari bb, Rovinj | m: +385 91 121 9487
Working hours | May-Sept.: Daily 5 pm-11.30 pm | Oct.-Apr.: 11 am-11 pm, closed on Tuesday
21 | Restaurant Orca
Locals' favorite restaurant in Rovinj, restaurant Orca is a no-frills place serving simple, but tasty Istrian dishes, like beef tagliata, “dirty” calamari, grilled fish, and alike, as well as a good choice of pastas and risottos.
Contacts | Gripole 70, Rovinj | t: +385 52 816 851 | Website
Working hours | May-Sept.: Daily 10 am-midnight | Oct.-Apr.: 10 am-11 pm, closed on Tuesday
22 | Restaurant La Puntulina
La Puntulna is a cliff-edge restaurant with a series of small terraces sitting on the rocks just next to the sea. Food here is superb, mainly fish and other seafood, band the service is charming, but the setting really makes La Puntulina special, especially if you dine at sunset.
Contacts | Sv. Križa 38, Rovinj | t: +385 52 813 186
Working hours | Apr-Oct: Daily noon-10 pm | closed from Nov. to April
23 | Restaurant Gianinno
Run by the same family as La Puntulina, Giannino also serves excellent fish and seafood dishes, and tasty dessert – just try their mille-feuille.
Contacts | Ul. Augusta Ferrija 38, Rovinj | m: +385 98 420 104
Working hours | Apr-Oct: Daily 11 am-3 pm and 6 pm-midnight | closed from Nov. to April
24 | Restaurant Monte
The finest restaurant in all Rovinj, Monte offers 5- and 7-course tasting menus, paired with wine tasting if you wish. Awesome experience, and highly recommended.
Contacts | Montalbano 75, Rovinj | m: +385 52 830 203 | e: email@example.com | Website
Working hours | Apr-Oct: Daily 6.30 pm-11.30 pm | Sat, and Sun also open for lunch noon-2 pm | closed from Nov. to April
25 | Konoba Puli Pineta
Pino, owner and a chef in this family-run restaurant located in Orbanici near Zminj, is somewhat of a local legend. At his restaurant Pino serves traditional Istrian dishes, but Pino pays special attention to ingredients he uses – he's always in quest for the best local produce.
Contacts | Orbanici, Zminj | t: +385 98 9911 795 | Website
Working hours | July-Aug: Daily, 5 pm-10 pm | Sept-June: Mon-Fri, 4 pm-10 pm; Sat-Sun: 1 pm-10 pm
26 | Konoba Batelina
Batelina is a heaven for seafood aficionados. Located in Banjole near Pula, this restaurant is considered one of the best seafood restaurants in Istria. Owned by a second generation of fishermen, at Batelina you are only served fresh catch of the day. Dishes here are unique – every part of a fish is used, and nothing is wasted.
Reservations are needed. Restaurant is closed on Sunday, and the first three weeks of August. Dinner, and cash only.
Contacts | Čimulje 25, Banjole | +385 52 573 767
Working hours | Daily, 5 pm-11 pm, closed on Sunday, and closed in August
27 | Restaurant Martin Pescador
Martin Pescador is a seafood restaurant in a remote seaside village of Trget (awesome location!). The produce is fresh and succulent. Service can be a bit slow, but the front- row view of small boats and lovely Adriatic Sea makes up for everything.
Contacts | Trget 20, Trget | t: +385 52 544 976
Working hours | Daily, noon-11 pm, closed on Monday (Oct.-May)
28 | Restaurant Dorina
For a traditional Istrian food, head for Plomin, a medieval town perched on a hill above the sea. Restaurant Dorina offers traditional Istrian dishes with a modern twist. Istrian beef prepared at Dorina is excellent, as well as seafood and homemade pasta with a great variety of sauces. At Dorina, the queen of Istrian cuisine, a black truffle, is highlighted through many dishes.
Contacts | a: Plomin 54, Plomin | t:+385 52 863 023 | Facebook
Working hours | Daily from 8 am-12 am
29 | Restaurant Riva
This restaurant is our latest discovery. Sure, the restaurant has been in Plomin Luka for over fifteen years, it’s just that we haven’t tried it out until recently. While the location of the restaurant is unexciting, the food and service is impeccable. Riva is an elegant, upscale restaurant with great seafood. Read our full review of the restaurant Riva.
Working hours | Daily from 12 pm-11 pm
30 | Restaurant Mala Riba
An unassuming place, high up in the hills above Opatija, Mala Riba serves simple local fish dishes. Owners are fishermen, thus the produce is always super fresh. We particularly love their choise of Kvarner-style tapas.
Contact | a: Tometići 33a, Kastav | t: +385 51 277 945 | e: firstname.lastname@example.org | Website
Working hours | Daily from 12 pm-11 pm
31 | Konoba Tramerka
A tiny tavern located in a fishing village of Volosko, Tramerka makes delicious seafood dishes. Taste their bonito tartar, baby calamari, or monk-fish stew.
Contact | a: Andrije Mohorovicica 15, Volosko | t: +51 701 707
Working hours | Daily from 1 pm-11 pm; closed on Monday
32 | Valle Losca
Valle Losca is another gem in a fishing village of Volosko. Unlike the rest of restaurants there, Valle Losca serves meat dishes. This tavern is charming with exposed stone walls, wooden beams, and only three tables.
Contact | a: A.Štangera 2, Volosko | t: +385 95 580 3757 | Facebook
Working hours | Wed-Sat: 1 pm–10 pm
33 | Stari podrum
Stari podrum 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. Reservation is recommended. Next to this lovely tavern is a famed Istrian winemaker Kozlovic.
Contacts | Most 52, Momjan | t: +385 52 779 152 | e: email@example.com
Working hours | Daily, noon-10 pm; closed on Wednesday
34 | Vodnjanka
Vodnjanka is a stylish and elegant tavern located in Vodnjan. The restaurant serves traditional Istrian dishes, like a bean soup manestra, a hand-rolled pasta, or grilled pork tenderloin.
Contacts | Istarska bb, Vodnjan | t: +385 52 520 753 | e: firstname.lastname@example.org
Working hours | Daily, 11 am-11 pm; closed on Sunday
35 | Stancija Meneghetti
Located at a 30-acres estate, Meneghetti is an elegant fine dining restaurant with a lovely garden terrace for dining al fresco. Menu changes often at Meneghetti, and food is often paired with their own wines, and olive oils.
Contact | t: +385 52 528 800 | e: email@example.com | Website
Working hours | Apr-Oct: daily, noon-11 pm
36 | Restaurant Alla Beccaccia
A lovely restaurant with a simple interior dominated by open fireplace, a nice outdoor terrace, and a really large garden, Alla Becciacia is a heaven for meat lovers. Owners are hunters, so game meat is often on menu here.
Contacts | Pineta 25, Valbandon | t: +385 52 511 435 | Website
Working hours | Daily, noon to midnight
37 | Velo Kafe
Located at Labin’s main square, Velo Kafe is a great place to observe Labin hectic traffic and local life. A cafe is large with two outdoor terraces, and its interior extending over three floors. The menu here is extensive including a bit of everything, from pasta and gnocchi dishes to fish, meat and even fancy ingredients like truffles. Cafe offers a great selection of coffees, teas, and other beverages as well as cakes and great ice cream. They even have a vegan ice cream!
Working hours | Daily 11 am-11 pm
Do you know of other restaurants in Istria that should make it to our list? Let us know in the comments below.