I decided to seek out the best restaurants in Rovinj and to share them with you. Actually, Rovinj restaurant scene is not that bad. There is definitely a handful of the restaurants in Rovinj that will satisfy any foodie. However, don't just pick any restaurant in Rovinj because of its superb curb appeal.
Located at the seafront, within the old town, or overlooking it, they all have amazing setting. You can not easily distinguish just by its look, whether the restaurant is good or not. However, don't get fooled by a charming terrace, many are just mediocre places catering to tourists. Here is my list of restaurants in Rovinj worth seeking out.
Where to eat in Rovinj Croatia: list of top restaurants in Rovinj
Ranked number one restaurant in Rovinj and number two in the entire Istria on Tripadvisor, restaurant Monte offers excellent food and atmosphere. The restaurant is located in a tiny street in the old town. It offers fix 5- course and 7-course menu, as well as a la carte menu. Service is very attentive. Restaurant Monte is super expensive, but it is well worth the money.
Contacts: Montalbano 75, Rovinj | t: +385 52 830 203 | e: firstname.lastname@example.org | Website
Restaurant Puntulina is a bit pricey, fine dining restaurant with an excellent food, and an amazing location right at the waterfront. This restaurants trades heavily on its location. Located at the top of the Santa Croce Street, Puntulina has terraces that cascade down the rocks to the sea. Great place for a romantic diner.
Contacts: Sv. Kriza 38, Rovinj | t: +385 52 813 186
Restaurant Wine Vault
Restaurant Wine Vault is relatively new French restaurant located at the luxury hotel Monte Mulini. The chef is Tom Gretic, known in Croatia for its appearance in the TV show Masterchef. Nice atmosphere, great food, good service. Pricey.
Contacts: A. Smareglie bb, Rovinj | t: 385 52 636 017 | email@example.com | Website
Restaurant L is a located at new 5 star design hotel Lone. Restaurant L seeks to position itself as unpretentious, yet elegant, fine dining establishment with fusion food designed to delight the eye and palate.
Contacts: Luje Adamovica 31, Rovinj | t: +385 52 632 000 | Website
Restaurant E is also located at 5 star design hotel Lone. I solely recommend it because it is one of the rare restaurants in Istria (if not the only one) offering sushi, although only on Friday. Well for raw seafood lovers, restaurant E is the place to go on Friday. Take away is also available.
Contacts: Luje Adamovica 31, Rovinj | t: +385 52 632 000
Tavern Kantinon Rovinj
Tavern Kantinon Rovinj is located at Rovinj's waterfront, overlooking the old town. Tavern Kantinon offers cozy and casual atmosphere featuring typical decor of an Istrian tavern. Its dishes are based on fresh, local produce. I enjoy the place mostly for the atmosphere, as the quality is somehow inconsistent (sometime it's great, and sometimes not so great).
Contacts: Obala Alzo Rismondo 18, Rovinj | t: +385 52 816 075 | e: firstname.lastname@example.org;
Pizzeria Da Sergio
Pizzeria Da Sergio is located in the Grisia Street, in the old town of Rovinj. Pizzas are excellent with thin crust and wide choice of toppings. This place gets really busy during the summer, so expect to wait for a table.
Contacts: Grisia 11, Rovinj | t: +385 52 816 949
Restaurant Orca is located in the residential area of Rovinj. It is a family-run restaurant serving Istrian and Mediterranean dishes. Produce is fresh and local. It is honest, homemade food. This restaurant is very popular among locals.
Contacts: Gripole 70, Rovinj | t: +385 52 816 851 | e: email@example.com | Website
Restaurant Giannino is located at the quiet residential street within the old town. It has a lovely outdoor terrace, serves sublime seafood (and few meat dishes). Service is friendly, prices affordable. Make sure to taste their baby shrimps in vinegar.
Contacts: a: Agusta Ferrija 38, Rovinj | t: +385 52 813402 | Working hours: 10 am-3 pm, 6 pm-11 pm | Closed: November-Easter
Restaurant Barba Danilo
Restaurant Barba Danilo is located at the outskirts of Rovinj, within a small, family-run campsite Ulika. The place is equally popular for its fish and meat dishes. Everything served here is fresh, tasty and locally sourced. The restaurant has a lovely terrace for dining al fresco.
Restaurant Male Madlene
Restaurant Male Madlene is a special little place in the old town. The restaurant has only 3 tables and it serves finger food. Food is tasty and beautifully arranged on the plate. However, it is a bit expensive and portions are small. Good place to go for a pre dinner snack.
Contacts: Svetog Kriza 28, Rovinj
Restaurant Lanterna is located on the nearby St. Andrew Island (Red Island). This classy restaurant has a wonderful seafront terrace, and it's situated in an old castle dating back to the late 19th century. This is a perfect place in Rovinj for a romantic dinner. It takes twenty minute by boat to reach the island. Boats depart hourly from April to October.
Contacts: Crveni otok 1, Rovinj | t: +385 52 802 580
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Have you tried out any of these restaurants in Rovinj? Do you have any other restaurant in Rovinj to recommend? Let us know in the comments below.