Foodie’s Guide to the Best Restaurants in Rovinj

Are you curious about where to eat in Rovinj on your next visit to the town? Sit back and relax, we are here to help! In this post, we share the 14 best restaurants in Rovinj for every budget and lifestyle.

From good old Rovinj seafood classics to 7 € mid-morning snacks, we bring you here some of the best eateries in Rovinj that locals like!

We love eating out in Rovinj, and we always recommend guests of our villa to go and eat in Rovinj rather than in Porec. Although I must admit, the Porec restaurants scene has improved massively too. 

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Many restaurants in Rovinj look attractive from the outside. Located at the seafront, within the old town, or overlooking it, they all have amazing settings. 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

You will find below various types of Rovinj restaurants, from a simple pizzeria, small mom-and-pop eateries, to serious fine dining establishments with crisp white table cloths and multi-course feasts. Whatever your style, you'll find something for yourself. As for us, we like the most to eat at the Maestral, Konoba Jure, and Barba Danilo.

Here you have it, a handful of restaurants in Rovinj that will satisfy a foodie in you.

Maestral

We love eating out in Maestral, and many times we wish we had a similar place in Porec. It's our go-to place for a slice of fisherman's pie (a focaccia-like dough filled with salty anchovies, shredded onions, and chopped tomatoes), then tuna tartare, as well as squid stew served with creamy polenta. We could eat these three dishes every day.

The restaurant has only outdoor seating, right by the harbor, and with lovely views over Rovinj's old town. Oh, and they also have a wide menu including pizzas, pasta, grilled sardines, and alike.

Contacts: Obala Vladimira Nazora, Rovinj | t: 385 52 830 565 | Tripadvisor | Closed: November-Easter

Konoba Jure

This is another place where we like to eat in Rovinj. Jure is located in a residential part of Rovinj. The location isn't what draws people to Jure, neither is the restaurant's setting. What makes Jure popular is its food: fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and well-prepared dishes just like mum would do at home. Oh, and the french fries are homemade (not frozen!). Something that seems impossible to find these days in Croatian restaurants.

Contacts: Cademia 22, Rovinj | t: 385 52 813 397 | Tripadvisor | Open year-round, closed on Wednesday in winter

Restaurant Barba Danilo

Restaurant Barba Danilo is located at the outskirts of Rovinj, within a small, family-run campsite Ulika. Danilo's dishes are one of the kind, and you can only eat them there. They are innovative yet not pretentious, and super yummy. We always eat a variety of cold and warm starters, and just occasionally we have a main dish. Cakes are also excellent!

The restaurant is very popular, so make sure you make a reservation in advance.

Contacts: Address: Polari bb, Rovinj | t: +385 91 121 9487 | Tripadvisor | Facebook | Closed: November-Easter

Restaurant Giannino

Restaurant Giannino is located on 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 Monte

The first Croatian Michelin-star restaurant, Monte has always been a world apart. Monte is located in the old town, just below the St. Euphemia Church.

The restaurant offers excellent food and a lovely atmosphere (although it might come as a bit stiff at times). It offers a 3, 4, and 6-course menu. The service is very attentive. Restaurant Monte is super expensive, but it is worth the money.

Contacts: Montalbano 75, Rovinj | t: +385 52 830 203 | e: [email protected]Website | Closed: November-Easter

Restaurant Puntulina

Restaurant Puntulina is a bit pricey, fine dining restaurant with excellent food, and an amazing location right at the waterfront. This restaurant 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 dinner.

Contacts:  Sv. Kriza 38, Rovinj | t: +385 52 813 186 | Closed: December-March

Restaurant Wine Vault

Located on the ground floor of the luxurious Monte Mulini Hotel, Restaurant Wine Vault is best known for its elaborate wine list with over 600 wines, and for Chef's Table experience.

There is a table for six right in the kitchen and from there the staff takes you on an unforgettable journey through as many courses as you can eat. And each course is paired with great wine.

The restaurant has a nice atmosphere, exquisite food, good and professional service. It is pricey!

Contacts: A. Smareglie bb, Rovinj | t: 385 52 636 017 | [email protected] | Website | Closed: November-Easter

Pizzeria Da Sergio

Pizzeria Da Sergio is located in Grisia Street, in the old town of Rovinj. Pizzas are excellent with thin crust and a 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

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 used to be very popular among locals. And it still is until certain extent. However, we find that in the last few years the quality went down a lot. We live it on our list because some of our friends still claim it to be their favorite. So, we leave it for you to judge!

Contacts: Gripole 70, Rovinj | t: +385 52 816 851 | e: [email protected] | Website | Open year-round, closed on Tuesday in winter

Restaurant Male Madlene

Restaurant Male Madlene is a special little place in the old town. The restaurant has only 3 tables inside and the terrace on the seafront. It serves finger food. The food is tasty and beautifully arranged on the plate. However, it is a bit expensive and the portions are small. A good place to go for a pre-dinner snack.

Contacts: Svetog Kriza 28, Rovinj

Restaurant La Serra (ex. Lanterna)

Restaurant La Serra (ex. 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 minutes by boat to reach the island. Boats depart hourly from April to October.

Contacts: Crveni otok 1, Rovinj | t: +385 52 802 580

Grota

For a quick bite head to Rovinj's green market. Grab a seat at one of the wooden barreled tables at the Grota bar, order a plate of local cheese, prosciutto, and a glass of wine, and soak up the atmosphere.

Contacts: Valdibora bb, Rovinj | Tripadvisor | Open year-round

Gelateria Italia

Our favorite place for ice cream, not only in Rovinj but in entire Istria, Gelateria Italia is run by an Italian couple from Brescia. They make real Italian gelato, flavors vary from one day to another. While the wife is behind the counter, you can often see the husband preparing the ice cream in the next room divided only by the glass wall.

Contacts: Campitellijev trg 60, Rovinj | Tripadvisor | Closed: mid-October-Easter

Restaurant & Pizzeria Dario

If you are after a cheap cooked meal, head to the restaurant Dario during lunchtime. Dario offers marenda, a daily dish for 5-6 € including beans and sausages, stuffed bell peppers, gulasch, and alike.

Contacts: Brace Bozic 3, Rovinj | t: +385 52 830 555 | Facebook | Open year-round

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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.

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14 thoughts on “Foodie’s Guide to the Best Restaurants in Rovinj”

  1. Hi,
    Do you have any restaurant recommendations for Vis? Looking for great food, don’t really care about view etc. Also, Have you tried Apetit in Split?
    Thanks!

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  2. Hi Frank,

    Great blog I did research on a number of websites and yours included the top restaurants incl in the all the others,
    I stayed in Hotel Monte Mulini for the last week..Awesome hotel with great staff and food,
    I ate in 5 of the restaurants listed above, the poorist was Pizzeria Da Sergio I liked the thin bases but it was soggy from half way in and I have had much better.
    From there on the restaurants only got better. Puntulina was lovley and the seafood to a high standard..my recommendation would be to walk up the church to watch the sun set and then down to the restauarnt for a late sitting, much more comfortable temp and you wont be blinded by the low sun.
    We enjoyed Giannino even more we ate out in the square and had a magnificent Turbot cooked in a large dish for two which was deboned and portioned up at the table and there own house white wine is excellent and good value.
    The Wine Vault was very good as well and the head waiter was excellent with choices of different glasses of wines with each course and the food is of a very high standard.

    And finally the Monte with out doubt one of the finest meals I’ve ever had, we knew it was going to be expensive but it is good value for the quality of the food and wine, We also had the terrace table the only outside table for 2 which was perfect..We counted 12 dishes of various sizes put in front of us along with 6 different wines with the 6 courses of the Red munu the bill came to €360 including two glasses of Rose to start with. My recommendation would be leave it till your last night as no where else measures up to it !

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  3. Restaurant Graciano is excellent, great venue, fantastic view of the harbor, delicious food and friendly waiters. Graciano has it all for a moderate price. Tipico Old Town is also worth trying.

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  4. I highly recommend Male Madlene Restaurant, we dined there tonight and it was one of those never to be forgotten experiences. Tiny, exquisite, only 3 or 4 tables, food cooked with love and the setting sublime sitting right on the waters edge watching the sun setting. A four course dinner either fish or meat, made fresh just for you and light,tasty, delicious, it was lick the plate, my highest award.

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  5. Tutto Bene
    Ulica E. de Amicisa – Via E. de Amicis 16, Rovinj.
    This place is really worth a visit! Great food, wine and lovely athmosphere :)

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  6. My partner & I sampled the delights at the Lanterna restaurant last year whilst staying at the Hotel Istra. It was our last night there, so decided to have a special meal in beautiful surroundings. We were not disappointed, the food was excellent, as was the service! We watched the sun go down as we dined…couldn’t have asked for more! Would definately recommend!

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  7. Phenomenal Blog, really enjoyed Puntalina, food pretty good but pricey well worth it for view. Monte very good food but for the price a little over priced particularly the wine, the food was worth it. Pizza da Sergio was auful worst pizza in a long time. I had a seafood pizza poor quality frozen fish not nice my wife had one with rocket and prosciutto but there was no prosciutto on it. The guy next to us couldn’t eat his. Maybe they were having a bad day but I would suggest you ask some other people or give it another visit. Thanks for excellent blogg, Owen

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  8. Staying at Hotel Eden in Ravinj in July
    What delights are we needing/ must seeing in and around the area. Is the public transport system easy and reliable to navigate?

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  9. Hi Frank
    We wil be spending a week at Monte Mulini in July, just wondering whether we need to hire a car to get to places or is there enough to do within walking/cycling distance for the week , thats including some island hopping if possible and if any are close enough for day trips besides St Anthony

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    • Hi MIlvia, thanks for stopping by. Great choice of destination and the hotel. Monte Mulini is one of the best hotels (perhaps the best) in Croatia. You can do it without a car: you can visit local islands: St. Andrew’s (or Red Island), and Sv. Katarina. Both islands are small, and each feature a hotel. But they have lovely parks, and on Red Island there is a nice restaurant – Lanterna. You can arrange olive oil tasting and / or wine tasting with a hotel, or two wine bars in town (San Tommaso and Piassa Grande). However, maybe you can rent a car for a day if you’d like to visit Istrian hinterland: like hilltop towns of Groznjan and Motovun; or to visit an olive oil producer (we recommend Chiavalon in Vodnjan), or wine producer (like Kabola, or Kozlovic). Have a great time and let us know if we can help with anything else.

  10. Hi Frank! We discovered your blog just in time for our 10 days in Croatia. We are in the midst of trip around the world. Rovinj was a highlight to be sure, and we arrived just in time for the St Euphemia festival, complete with wine tasting event and grape stomping competitions. We loved our time there, even though it was hard to pry ourselves away from Hvar. We’re writing about our travels at ashlanddispatch.com if you want to take a look! We’d love to collaborate, if you are interested please get in touch!

    Best,
    Alex
    [email protected]

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  11. Frank, I am planning a trip in the fall to Split , Dubrovnik and Hvar. But besides fresh seafood I am also a lover of porcini mushrooms (experienced in Italy last year and still dreaming about) and I understand these are to be had in the Istrian peninsula. So now I am thinking of adding Rovinj as a fourth base for my trip, just for this reason. Trying to find more specifics through Google I came up with little information. Can you give me any insight when and where I should go porcini (and maybe even truffle) mushroom dishes?

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    • Hi Razvan, porcini mushrooms you can find in Istria. Many tavern serving traditional dishes serve them. I believe they do have them a year around. Usually thy serve them with pasta. Check the tavern Stari podrum in Momjan. Just email them and ask if they have porcini at the time you’ll be visiting. They can even put some aside for you. You can also check with tavern Toncic in Zrenj. And tavern Nono in Petrovija. Let us know if we can help with anything else.

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