Villa Spiza Split, Croatia: a meal that’s worth the wait

Restaurant Villa Spiza, located in the heart of Split old town, is a must-visit for everybody who loves delicious food, excellent wine, and a cozy atmosphere.

Restaurant Villa Spiza is among our favorite restaurants in Split, Croatia.

Villa Spiza, Split Croatia, Illustration

The Villa Spiza restaurant offers traditional dishes, including squids and broad beans stew, boiled veal and potatoes with tomato sauce, monkfish stew, or meatballs.

The menu is created daily based on fresh local produce available. The price of lunch or dinner per person in the restaurant Villa Spiza is between €25 ($26, £22) and €40 ($44, £35).

The Villa Spiza offers a great experience beyond the food, and it is among the best restaurants in Split, Croatia.

Villa Spiza: Overview

OverviewVilla Spiza
StyleNeighborhood eatery, noisy and fun
Type Of FoodStews, Pasta, Fish, Meat
Recommended DishesVeal Chops, Boiled Beef, Lamb & Peas Stew, Squid & Broad Beans Stew, Monkfish Stew
Price RangeStarters €8 – €10 ($9 – $11, £7 – £9), Pasta: €13 – €18 ($14 – $20, £11 – £16), Main Dishes: €15 – €25 ($17 – $28, £13 – £22), Dessert: €5 ($5.50, £4.30)
AmbianceJoyful, Fun, Loud
Car access / ParkingNo
Best ForCouples, Foodies
ServiceFriendly, Informal
Vegetarian / Vegan Some vegetarian pasta and starters are available, but no vegan options.
Capacity 35 inside, 4 outside
Distance to town centerIn the center
Credit Cards Cash-only
Working HoursSummer: Daily, 1 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Winter: Mon: 12 p.m. – 3.15 p.m. |Tue – Sat: 1 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday closed
ReservationsNo reservations
AddressPetra Kruzica 3, Split, Croatia
Contactm: +385 91 152 1249 | e: | Facebook

Where is the restaurant “Villa Spiza”?

The restaurant Villa Spiza is located in the center of Split, Croatia, on Petra Kruzica Street. This part of the city is a car-free zone. It is possible to park on streets, parking lots, and garages, and fees apply. From the nearest parking lot to the restaurant Villa Spiza is a 5-minute walk.

However, Villa Spiza is easily reachable on foot if you are staying in Split’s old town.

When is the restaurant Villa Spiza open?

The restaurant Villa Spiza is open from Monday to Saturday in winter, and daily in summer. The summer working hours are from 1 p.m. to midnight, while winter working hours are Monday from 12 p.m. to 3.15 p.m. and Tuesday from Saturday from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. On Sunday the restaurant is closed.

Opening times are sometimes different than the hours listed here, as in the winter time, restaurant adjust working hours to the demand. Sometimes in winter, Villa Spiza closes earlier, at 8 p.m.. Working hours are regularly updated on their social meadia accounts, and on Google Maps.

Reservation isn’t possible, and during the summer, waiting time takes up to two hours. The restaurant Villa Spiza is popular among locals and tourists.

Food in the restaurant Villa Spiza

Villa Spiza, Split Croatia, Grilled Tuna

Villa Spiza is a tiny little place that’s very popular among locals. It has also gotten popular among tourists in search of an authentic place with simple, but tasty Dalmatian comfort food.

This small, family-owned restaurant offers delicious and authentic Dalmatian cuisine using fresh and locally sourced ingredients. The menu changes daily depending on what’s available at the local market, ensuring a truly fresh and seasonal dining experience.

Meat, fish, and pasta are always inspired by the morning visit to the market. Fish and seafood served at the Villa Spiza are always freshly caught, and monkfish, prawns, sea bass, and tuna are often on the menu.

Prices in the restaurant “Villa Spiza”

The restaurant “Villa Spiza” offers lunch or dinner at a price range of €25-€40 ($26-$44, £22-£35) per person.

The starters range between €8-€15 ($9-$17, £7-£13), pasta €13-€18 ($14-$20, £11-£16), and main course €20-€32 ($22-$34, £17-£27). Main courses change daily based on market availability and may include monkfish, prawns, sea bass, and tuna. Desserts cost €5 ($6, £4).

Please note that the restaurant only accepts cash payments.

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The ambiance in the restaurant “Villa Spiza”

If you want to experience a real Dalmatian home-cooking, then Villa Spiza is THE place to eat in Split.

A charming local place, unique and different from any other place in the world, with a friendly and warm atmosphere, and incredibly tasty food, Villa Spiza offers a great experience that goes beyond the meal.

Villa Spiza is a restaurant that is loved by both locals and tourists alike. The dining room is small, with a bar surrounding the open kitchen, and has a lively and noisy atmosphere that makes dining there a fun experience.

Villa Spiza, Split Croatia, Cozy Interior

Locals frequently visit the restaurant, sometimes just to greet the chef, owners, and staff, other times to get takeout food, or simply to enjoy one of the daily dishes and engage in conversations with the staff or other guests.

To get a place at Villa Spiza is kind of a gamble. However, people seem considerate and the tables turn quickly. You’ll certainly need to queue, especially if you try to secure a place at lunch or dinner hours. But, trust me, the meal at Villa Spiza is worth the wait.

Our experience At The Villa Spiza in Split, Croatia

We immediately fell in love with the unique vibe of Villa Spiza as soon as we stepped inside. We found the restaurant unique and different from any other place, with a friendly, warm atmosphere and delicious food.

Villa Spiza, Split Croatia, Beans and Sausage

A daily menu, handwritten on a sheet of paper torn out of a notepad and clipped to a clipboard, was trailing at the counter near the entrance door.

The regulars kept coming in, reaching for it, reading it, and then, then deciding whether to stay or leave after chatting with the hosts. It seemed like a daily ritual.

Handwritten Menu at the entrance of Villa Spiza, Split

On the day we visited Villa Spiza, we had a wide selection of dishes to choose from. The options included pumpkin soup, meatballs in tomato sauce with mashed potatoes, beans with sausage, sauerkraut with sausage, grilled tuna steak, tuna salad, boiled baby beef, lamb chops, bruschetta alla umbra, chicken pâté, and a choice of cheeses.

Villa Spiza, Split Croatia, Meatballs and Mashed Potatoes

We decided to order beans, meatballs, and tuna steak. The food was absolutely amazing, with the meatballs in tomato sauce being the standout dish. They also served tap water instead of trying to sell bottled water.

One of the things that stood out to me the most was watching one of the cooks prepare mashed potatoes using a home mixer, just like my own mother does.

If you’re searching for a great restaurant in Split, look no further than Villa Spiza. You won’t regret it.

Villa Spiza Split: location and contacts

Contacts | a: Petra Kruzica 3, Split | t: +385 91 152 1249 | email: Facebook

Working hours | Mon: 12 p.m. – 3.15 p.m. |Tue – Sat: 1 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday closed

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1 thought on “Villa Spiza Split, Croatia: a meal that’s worth the wait”

  1. We are planning a trip to Split, group of 15-30 persons,
    could you share your Lunch & Dinner menu with us (budget from 10-15euro per person)
    we have received good feedback regards to your Restaurant & Service from our guest.

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