Foodie’s Guide to the Best Split Restaurants: Where To Eat In Split, Croatia

Are you ready to discover the best restaurants in Split, Croatia? Our comprehensive Split Restaurants Guide answers where to eat in Split, Croatia.

Whether you’re craving budget-friendly local eateries, popular bakeries, delectable seafood spots, or fine dining restaurants in Split, we’ve got you covered!

The finest Split restaurants pride themselves on using fresh, locally sourced ingredients in their tantalizing dishes that satisfy your taste and offer excellent value.

Whether you choose a refined dining experience or a cozy local eatery, you can rest assured that the culinary scene in Split is impressive.

Best Split Restaurants: Where To Eat in Split, Illustration
Best Split Restaurants: Where To Eat in Split, Illustration

Split, the second-largest city in Croatia, is known for its vibrant food and wine scene. With numerous restaurants to choose from, deciding where to eat in Split, Croatia can be challenging.

But don’t worry, we’ve compiled a list of the best places to eat in Split that cater to all budgets and dietary preferences, including vegan and vegetarian options.

Food enthusiasts love the restaurants in Split! The Split restaurant scene offers a diverse range of dining options, from fine dining restaurants to affordable taverns, pizzerias, wine bars, and bakeries.

As you wander through the quaint cobblestone streets, you’ll find restaurants serving traditional Dalmatian cuisine, international dishes, and innovative culinary trends.

Having visited Split multiple times a year, we’ve had the pleasure of trying many of the top restaurants on our list.

For an fine dining experience, Tavern Nikola is a must-visit, while Villa Spiza offers delightful traditional specialties.

Pizza lovers will delight in Basta Gourmet Bar, and Zinfandel’s is the perfect spot for tapas and wine.

Start your day at Kat’s Kitchen Deli with a delicious breakfast, or opt for vegan options at Pandora Greenbox.

Kruscic Bakery serves mouthwatering rustic bread, and Os Kolac pastry shop is a must for dessert. Lastly, don’t miss out on the delectable ice cream at Luka’s – our favorite place in Split.

Below is our list of Split restaurants not to miss on your next visit to Split, Croatia.

Best Split restaurants for all budgets

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Upscale and fine dining

You’ll have lots of choices when it comes to eating out in Split. However fine dining upscale restaurants are few, but they all offer amazing food experiences.

Upscale and fine dining restaurants in Split use fresh local produce to prepare mouth-watering and eye-appealing dishes, have great chefs behind their kitchen teams, and are at the higher end when it comes to price.

Expect to pay anywhere between €70 to €100 ($77-$110, £60-£86) per person for a three-course meal with a glass of wine.

Zrno Soli is a fine dining restaurant located in the town’s marina.

The stunning location, literally two steps from the beach, the most beautiful terrace, dangerously good food, and Hrvoje Zirojevic, one of Croatia’s best chefs in charge of the kitchen, are reasons why locals love eating in the restaurant Dvor.

In Kadena, you can expect imaginative dishes based on the best local ingredients and inspired by traditional Croatian cuisine but prepared and presented in a modern way.

Konoba Nikola, a family-run tavern, is one of the most popular places to have seafood in and around Split.

Have your pick among these top fine-dining restaurants in Split, Croatia!

Zrno Soli

Zrno Soli, restaurant Split

Zrno Soli is a fine dining restaurant located in the town’s marina. The 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, and innovative but not spectacular. However, it is one of the best restaurants in Split Croatia with a view. Service is friendly and efficient.

This is an upscale restaurant, and the prices are high (as expected for such a place). This is one of the few fine dining Split restaurants that offer a 6-course tasting menu that can also be paired with wines.

Contacts | a: Uvala baluni 8, Split | t: +385 21 399 333 | e: zrnosoli.split@gmail.com | Google Maps

Restaurant Dvor

The best outdoor dining in Split, Croatia - Restaurant Dvor
The best outdoor dining in Split, Croatia | Photo credit: Restaurant Dvor

The stunning location, literally two steps from the beach, the most beautiful terrace, dangerously good food, and Hrvoje Zirojevic, one of Croatia’s best chefs in charge of the kitchen, are reasons why locals love eating in the restaurant Dvor.

Under chef Hrvoje Zirojevic’s attentive eye, the chefs prepare top-quality and creative dishes such as raw tuna stuffed with goose liver, pork crackling candy with bacon chips, smoked sea risotto, or ravioli in wild rabbit sauce.

Their meat and fish dishes are also good (although we prefer their selection of cold and hot starters), many are prepared on a charcoal grill and have very good desserts.

Restaurant Dvor is located a 20-minute walk from the old town. Make a reservation in advance to get one of their best tables. The place is not cheap but a good value for money. It is one of few split restaurants with a view.

Contacts | a: Put Firula 14 | t: +385 21 571 513 | e: dvor.split@gmail.com | Google Maps

Restaurant Kadena

A modern interior of the fine dining restaurant Kadena | Photo credit: Restaurant Kadena

In Kadena, expect imaginative dishes based on the best local ingredients and inspired by traditional Croatian cuisine but prepared and presented in a modern way.

The restaurant is located in the Zenta neighborhood. This is an upscale restaurant that serves classic Croatian dishes in an elegant way.

From the outdoor terrace, Kadena offers wonderful views over the sea and the nearby islands of Brac and Solta. While we can only say the best things about Kadena’s food and service, the restaurant is too large for our taste.

Contacts | a: Ivana pl. Zajca 4, Split | t: +385 21 389 400 | Google Maps

Konoba Nikola Stobrec

Konoba Nikola, Stobrec

Konoba Nikola, a family-run tavern, is one of the most popular places to have seafood in and around Split. Actually, Konoba Nikola is the best seafood restaurant in Split.

The seafood here is fresh, local, and simply as good as it gets. Everything here is prepared in a simple way, so fish remains flavorful and tender.

The restaurant is a bit hard to find, as it is outside of Split, in neighboring Stobrec, but well worth the trip. If we had to choose only one restaurant in Split to eat at, that would be Konoba Nikola.

Contacts | a: Ivankova 42, Stobrec, | t: +385 91 1110 113 | Google Maps

Sug

Sug Restaurant Split

Restaurant Sug is Split’s only Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant. This neighborhood restaurant attracts tourists and locals alike with its exquisite cuisine, carefully selected local wines, friendly service, and a homely ambiance.

Specialties include Royal Tecada, a rich seafood stew, juicy Lobster à la Sug served with homemade pasta, and venison stew with gnocchi.

Sug also offers a 5-course tasting menu for €90 ($99, £77) per person, which can be paired with local wines for the ultimate Split culinary experience.

Sug is the most affordable and the best value-for-money fine dining restaurant on our list.

Contacts | a: Tolstojeva 1a, Split | t: +385 99 4588 994 | e: info@sug.hr | Google Maps

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Mid-scale local restaurants

You’ll find two types of mid-scale restaurants in Split: konoba or a tavern and contemporary restaurants.

The word Konoba signifies a typical restaurant found in coastal Croatia with a simple rustic interior (think wooden beams, exposed stone walls, wooden benches, and like).

Initially, these places served simple, tasty, nutritious, and affordable dishes. But, today, many konoba are rather mid-scale restaurants serving dishes well over €15 ($16, £13).

However, many mid-scale restaurants have the rustic look of traditional taverns and still serve regional specialties prepared in a traditional way. Their dishes are just not as affordable as they used to be.

Expect to pay €40 to €70 ($44-$77, £34-£60) per person for a three-course meal with drinks. An average price of a dish is around €15 ($16, £13), but within the menu, you will find many dishes in the range of €11 ($12, £9). So, here you can eat cheap or expensive, depending on your mood and the type of dishes you choose.

Konoba Fetivi

Konoba Fetivi, Split

Konoba Fetivi, located close to the harbor, is a small, family-run restaurant with a 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.

This tavern offers traditional regional dishes mostly based on seafood, but they have meat dishes as well. Offer changes with the season. Food is prepared in a simple way. Everything served here is very fresh and tasty. The service is friendly.

The Konoba Fetivi is more expensive than the others listed here. It is one of the highly recommended Split restaurants.

Contacts | a: Tomića Stine 3 | t: +385 21 355 152 | Google Maps

Villa Spiza

Villa Spiza, Split

Villa Spiza 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, ask the locals.

There are only two tables for two outside and counter seating for 7-8 inside. Counter seating inside has 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.

The prices are reasonable. Portions are a bit moderate, but they are still great value. Villa Spliza, in our opinion, serves the best food in Split, and it is our favorite place to eat in Split. This is one of the must-visit Split restaurants.

Contacts | Kružićeva 3 | m: +385 91 152 1249 | Google Maps

Tavern Kod Hvaranina

Konoba Kod Hvaranina, Split

Tavern Kod Hvaranina is a shabby-looking restaurant just out of the Palace walls. The restaurant looks weary, but the food is very good.

Besides, I like places with such an interior as they make me feel nostalgic, reminding me of past times.

It is a small, family-run restaurant, and you feel it. The food is homely, fresh, and tasty. They serve a good traditional baby beef stew with gnocchi (Cro. pasticada).

Seafood served here comes from local fishermen. Service can vary from great to poor. The prices are reasonable.

Contacts | a: Ban Mladenova 9, Split | m: +385 91 767 5891 | Google Maps

Buffet Fife

Photo credit: Buffet Fife

Tavern Buffet Fife is a popular restaurant located in the Varos neighborhood of Split, known for its delicious traditional Dalmatian cuisine and warm hospitality.

Since it was established in the late 1980s, Fife has become a go-to dining spot for both locals and tourists. Some of the most popular dishes on the menu include boiled meat, meatballs, stuffed peppers, cod stew, and baby beef stew.

The atmosphere at Fife is lively and welcoming, the food is homemade, delicious, and reasonably priced, and the service is consistently friendly and inviting. On average, a meal at Fife costs between €20 and €30 ($22-$32, £17-£26) per person.

Contacts | a: Trumbiceva obala 11, Split | m: +385 21 345 223 | Google Maps

Uje Oil Bar

Uje Oil Bar, Split Croatia

Uje Oil Bar is a tapas-style restaurant located at the heart of Split old town. 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 and in tinware. The warm dishes’ menu is updated daily, while cold cuts, marinated fish, and a choice of olive oils are available daily. The prices are reasonable.

Contacts | a: Dominisova 3, Split | m: +385 95 200 8008 | Google Maps

Articok

Split restaurant Articok

The Articok is not a typical tavern. It is a tiny, modern restaurant just outside the Diocletian Palace. They try to distinguish themselves by some original and quirky dishes, like gin gazpacho or gnudi pasta.

However, the place is not pretentious. In fact, the service is one of the friendliest you’ll find in all Split restaurants.

Prices are a bit high while the portions are a bit small. However, the food is fresh, tasty, innovative, and definitely worth a visit.

Contacts | a: Ulica bana Josipa Jelacica 19, Split | t: +385 21 819 324 | Google Maps

Konoba Matoni

Konoba Matoni, Split

This lovely tavern with vaulted ceilings is located near Bacvice Beach. It offers typical Dalmatian (Mediterranean) dishes made of fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

It’s a real gem and one of the rare places in Split where vegetarians (and even vegans) can indulge in more succulent and elaborate food (instead of eating side dishes in fish / meat-focused restaurants). The menu changes seasonally.

Contacts | a: Prilaz brace Kaliterna, Split, | t: +385 21 278 457 | Google Maps

Corto Maltese

Corto Maltese freestyle food, Split

Opened in April 2015, Corto Maltese quickly gained regular patrons for its cozy interior, laid-back atmosphere, friendly staff, great food, big portions, and affordable prices.

Food is fresh and made on the spot. Corto Maltese is more of a hangout place than your typical restaurant. It serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but you can also pop up here for a coffee or a local beer. Good value for money.

Contacts | a: Obrov ul. 7, Split, | t: +385 21 587 201 | Google Maps

Movi

We like this unpretentious restaurant located in the Firule neighborhood, just across the tennis courts. The food is excellent and super fresh.

Besides the items on the menu, there are always a couple of daily dishes written on a chalkboard. We always go with the daily dish and have never had a bad meal here.

Prices are affordable, and the staff is friendly.

Contacts | a: Put Firula 47, Split, | t: +385 21 571 540 | Google Maps

Fast food and cheap Split eats

Kantun Paulina, the best cevapi in Split
Kantun Paulina, the best cevapi in Split

Fast-food eateries are popular in Split. In fact, you”ll find them scattered throughout the town, from places serving pizza cuts, sandwiches, and burek with various fillings to international fast-food chains like McDonald’s and KFC.

Below we list a few of locals’ favorite fast-food and cheap eateries in Split.

Rizzo Sandwiches

Rizzo has been serving sandwiches in Split since 1992, and today it has four locations in Split. They have great homemade bread (the secret of a good sandwich is good bread), a variety of subway-style sandwiches, and bruschettas.

Sandwiches come in two sizes: big and small. Prices vary from €2.40 to €4.3 ($2.60-$4.70, £2-3.70) depending on the stuffing. You can also choose extra ingredients for an additional €0.50-€0.80 ($0.60-$0.90, £0.40-£0.70) per ingredient.

Contacts | a: Tonciceva 4, Split, | Google Maps

Kod None

A no-frill grab-and-go kind of place serving good old greasy full-of-carb food, like fried calamari, pizza, cevapi (sausage-shaped grilled minced meat), pljeskavica (Balkan-style patties), soparnik (Swiss chard pie), and alike.

Great place if you feel like having a bite on the go, getting full quickly for very little money.

Contacts | a: Bosanska 4, Split | Google Maps

Tavern Tri Volta

Tavern Tri Volta (Zalogajnica Dioklecijan) is a truly special place for the people of Split. This restaurant has been here for 40 years. There are no fancy signs, and very few tourists come in.

The place is not decorated in a fashionable way. The crowd is mixed, young and old, many people know each other, and the atmosphere is convivial.

The food is honest and homemade. It is an excellent place to taste working-class Dalmatian plates. I love this place and the story about it.

For those of you who understand Croatian, there is an excellent interview with the late owner of the restaurant in Slobodna Dalmacija.

Contacts | a: Dosud 9, Split | t: +385 21 346 683 | Google Maps

Kantun Paulina

Kantun Paulina, located in the Varos neighborhood, is a takeaway joint, serving the best cevapi in Split for over 37 years.

They also serve other fast food like beef patties and grilled chicken breasts. It is cheap! There is always a queue (which should be a good sign!).

Contacts | a: Matosica 1, Split | Google Maps

Food & Wine Bars

If you feel like having a few tapas, or a simple cheese and prosciutto platter instead of a full meal, you can do so at a couple of exciting food and wine bars in Split. They are also great places to learn about Croatian wines.

It’s not always easy to pick the wine you like among many labels you aren’t familiar with. Thus, wine tasting is the best way to familiarize yourself with Croatian wines.

This way, you can sample various Croatian wines and do so under the guidance of a skillful local sommelier.

Here are some of our favorite wine bars in Split.

Food & Wine Bar Zinfandel

Wine Bar Zinfandel

Food & Wine Bar Zinfandel is located in the old part of Split. The place is modern and chic. The 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 a wide choice of seasonal tapas and cold platters.

Look for their lunchtime specials when you get a free glass of house wine with food, or sometimes they just put all the items on the menu at half price.

Contacts | a: Ulica Marka Marulica 2, Split | t: 385 21 355 135 | Google Maps

Bokeria Kitchen & Wine

Bokeria Split

Bokeria is a restaurant in Split that opened in 2015. The owners drew inspiration from Barcelona’s La Boqueria market, creating a modern, airy two-story interior.

Their menu includes Croatian tapas-style dishes and full meals that change seasonally. They also offer an excellent selection of Croatian wines.

Contacts | a: Domaldova 8, Split | t: +385 21 355 577 | Google Maps

MoNIKa’s Wine Bar

Monika is a great little bar with a cozy interior, central location, friendly owner and staff, and perhaps the best wine tasting in town. Paired with the wine, the bar also serves tasteful tapas.

The owner, Monika, is a sommelier and winemaker herself, and many of the wines included in wine tasting come from her family’s estate.

A must-visit bar if you like wine!

Contacts | a: Ban Mladenova 1, Split, | t: +385 98 177 6162 | Google Map

Breakfast in Split Croatia

Traditionally, Croatians aren’t big breakfast eaters unless you count a cup of coffee as a meal. Therefore, it wasn’t common to find breakfast or brunch places around just a couple of years ago.

However, recently in Split, restaurants offering copious breakfasts started popping up. Whether your morning routine includes eggs, bacon, avocado toast, or a smoothie, you can now enjoy all these breakfast options in Split.

Kat’s Kitchen Deli and Ciri Biri Bela offer the best breakfast in Split Croatia. Both places also serve lunch and dinner.

Kat’s Kitchen Deli

Located a little bit out of the center, close to Mestrovic Museum and Jezinac Beach, Kat’s Kitchen Deli is kind of a hidden gem, frequented more by locals than tourists.

The restaurant serves breakfast, brunch, and lunch but no dinner. They use organic and locally sourced ingredients and free-range eggs; the dishes are artfully presented on plates. This is also a good place for vegans and vegetarians.

Classics include dishes like protein omelets, homemade almond milk, raw cakes, and innovative salads. This is a great little place with tasty food and friendly staff.

Besides items on the menu, Kat’s Kitchen Deli offers one main dish and one salad that changes daily. Definitely worth a visit!

Contacts | a: Ulica Antuna Mihanovica 33, Split | t: +385 21 582 880 | Google Maps

Ciri Biri Bela

A lovely courtyard terrace, fresh local ingredients, innovative dishes, extensive wine and cocktail list, and friendly staff make Ciri Biri Bela a popular eatery for locals and tourists alike.

They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. But unfortunately, the place is closed from November to April.

They offer a great variety of dishes for breakfast, from poached eggs and omelets to fresh salads and fruit platters, and everything in-between, even the New York-style bagels.

Contacts | a: Plinarska ulica 6, Split | t: +385 95 798 4963 | Google Maps

The best vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Split, Croatia

Pandora GreenBox Vegan Restaurant
Pandora GreenBox Vegan Restaurant

Finding vegetarian food in Split is relatively easy, although you may have to select vegetarian dishes from the regular menu instead of having a thoughtfully crafted menu for vegetarians.

Vegan, on the other hand, is still a vague term in Croatia, especially in smaller towns and villages where you might have trouble finding vegan options in restaurants.

Luckily, Split isn’t one of those places. In Split, a decent number of restaurants with various vegan and vegetarian options exist.

We have already mentioned some of them, like Kat’s Kitchen Deli and Ciri Biri Bela. Both use organic local produce and offer a variety of dishes that suit a vegetarian and vegan diet.

And if they don’t fit completely, the kitchen staff is ready to adjust the dish to your dietary style. Just talk to them.

Below, we list some other vegetarian- and vegan-friendly restaurants in Split.

Veg

A tiny cafe serving vegan dishes, raw cakes, freshly squeezed juices, and smoothies. The menu is quite diverse, offering bowls, burritos, and various plates and salads. Veg is a must-stop restaurant in Split for all vegetarians and vegans.

Contacts | a: Ujeviceva poljana 5, Split | t: +385 98 448 476 | Google Maps

Pandora GreenBox

This beautifully decorated restaurant serves yummy vegetarian and vegan food in Split Croatia, like beetroot risotto, eggplant parmigiana, pea soup with smoked tofu, etc.

They also have a good choice of freshly squeezed juices, smoothies, a good choice of wines, beers, and cocktails. Prices are moderate, averaging about €10 ($11, £9) per dish.

Contacts | a: Obrov 4, Split | t: +385 21 236 120 | Google Maps

Where to eat the best desserts in Split

Os Kolac, a pastry shop in Split
Photo credit: Os Kolac

There are many places in Split serving cakes and ice creams, but honestly, we don’t recommend eating them just anywhere. Some are too industrial for our tasty, others contain too much margarine, and some are too sweet.

Bobis is the most popular place for various confections. It is a large company from Split with a long tradition and many outlets throughout the town.

Although industrial, locals like their cakes, especially sirnica – a sweet bread sold during Easter, mandulat – a dessert made of almonds and honey, similar to nougat, and dry cakes like krostule (sweet crispy fried pastry), rafioli (shortbread half-moon cookies filled with almonds), and breskvice (peach-shaped cakes, filled with jam and rum).

Since many of these cookies and confections are sold sealed, they are a good souvenir from Split to bring home.

However, if you are looking for the best places to have a dessert in Split, then Os’ Kolac pastry shop is the place to visit!

Below are our suggestions for the best dessert places in Split.

Os kolac

Os Kolac, in our opinion, isn’t only the best cake shop in Split but in all of Croatia. If you like sweets, you absolutely must visit this place.

The owner and the head pastry chef, Tea Mamut, not only studied pastry at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, but she also worked in two famed New Your City restaurants – Jean Georges and Daniel and learned the skill alongside the best international pastry chefs, like Dominique Ansel, Johnny Iuzzini, and Rene Frank.

All this experience and her passion for pastry show in the cakes she makes. They are simply another level and some of the best we ever had.

Contacts | a: Ciril Metodova 4, Split | t: +385 21 480 444 | Google Maps

Luka’s Ice Cream and Cakes

If you feel like having ice cream, head to Luka’s Ice Cream and Cakes shop.  We find Luka’s Ice Cream the best in town.

There is an excellent variety of flavors, with new flavors being introduced on a daily basis. Don’t miss his lavender or yogurt and rosemary ice cream.

Contacts | a: Svaciceva 2, Split | t: +385 91 908 0678 | Google Maps

Michelin star restaurants in Split Croatia

There are no Michelin-star restaurants in Split. Restaurant Sug is the only Bib Gourmand restaurant in Split. However, seven other establishments got Michelin recommendations, indicating simply good meals based on quality ingredients.

Michelin-recommended restaurants in Split include Zoi, PiNKU Fish & Wine, Konoba Fetivi, Dvor, Zrno Soli, Kadena, and Bome.

Best Pizza in Split

Pizza in Split, Basta Pizzeria

Many places in Split offer pizza on their menu, but not all of them make great pizzas. While wood-burning ovens and thin crusts were once standard, we now instead seek out specialty pizzerias that use only the best ingredients and innovative toppings, even if it means paying up to 30% more.

Pizzerias BASTA (location) and BOKAMORRA (location) serve the best pizza in Split. Prices start at €12 ($13, £10) per simple Margherita and can go up to €15 ($16, £13) depending on the toppings.

Where to eat in Split, Croatia: Location on the map

Food in Split

Most restaurants in Split offer the same kind of food: grill, pizza, pasta, or risotto. However, some stand out by staying true to their heritage, using locally sourced ingredients, and serving traditional dishes in a fine dining or casual setting.

The traditional food in Split is predominantly Mediterranean, with an abundance of seafood, vegetables, and some meat, everything drizzled in olive oil.

Typical dishes are grilled whole fish served with Swiss chard, grilled veggies or boiled potatoes, stews with various legumes like squid stew with broad beans, lamb stew with green peas, or fish stew with chickpeas, various shellfish and shrimps in white wine sauce, fried small fish, and very popular black risotto.

Additionally, there are options like boiled veal with tomato sauce, pork or veal chops, grilled beef tenderloin, and a variety of tantalizing pasta dishes.

Many restaurants offer a mix of Mediterranean and Balkan cuisine, including cevapi, meat or veggie skewers, platters of grilled meat, and grilled/fried calamari, especially in tourist restaurants.

How much does it cost to eat out in Split Croatia?

From fine dining restaurants to affordable local taverns and fast food joints, the offer of food in Split Croatia is diverse, and there is something for all budgets.

Prices of food in Split are still affordable, although they have been rising constantly, and the price difference with other towns, like Dubrovnik or Hvar, is getting smaller.

A three-course menu in an upscale restaurant will set you back €70-€100 ($77-$110, £60-£86) per person. A similar menu in a mid-scale restaurant or a good local tavern will cost anywhere between €40 to €70 ($44-$77, £34-£60) per person.

If you want to eat well in Split, but don’t want to break the bank, look for local taverns serving a daily lunch menu (called marenda here!). Marenda is early lunch for workers.

These meals usually cost anywhere between €6 to €10 ($7, £9) depending on the place, food choice, and serving size.

Many modern-day taverns, like Villa Spiza, also have single dishes, like a plate of beans with pasta, or a veal risotto, or a tuna steak with Swiss chard) in the range of €10 to €13 ($11, £9). They can serve as a cheap but nourishing meal.

A cheap meal in Split can be a piece of burek (savory phyllo-dough pie with various fillings) or a pizza cut that costs only €2.5 ($2.75, £2.15).

A big portion of cevapi (10 pcs), or a whole pie of pizza in a local pizzeria, will set you back €8 ($9, £7). Pasta with various sauces costs anywhere from €8 to €13 ($9-$14, £7-£11), and it is another cheap meal in Split.

Have you eaten in any of Split restaurants? What kind of restaurants do you choose when visiting a new place? Let us know in the comments below.

International Food in Split

In addition to traditional Croatian and Mediterranean cuisines, Split offers a variety of international food options.

Rooh is the only Indian restaurant in Split. But, if you are seeking Indian restaurants in Split, consider also fusion places like Fig and Silk that offer Indian-inspired dishes like curry bowls and korma.

To je tako is a popular Mexican spot serving tacos, enchiladas, burritos, and also some South American specialties such as baleadas and ropa vieja.

Sexy Cows makes wraps, Chops Grill – Steak & Seafood offers premium meats from all corners of the world, and Brooklyn Bagel Co. makes handmade 100% natural NY-style bagels.

Bota Sare Sushi & Oyster Bar is our favorite sushi spot.

Bakeries in Split

Bakeries are extremely popular in Split, Croatia. You’ll find them on every corner of the town.

They offer a variety of baked goods, including baguettes, loaves, rolls, sweet and savory pastries such as phyllo dough pies with various fillings (burek) or a yeast dough roll filled with jam or chocolate, and quick bites for as little as €1 or €2 ($1.10-$2.20, £0.85-£1.90).

Locals claim Pita-Jelo in Put Plokita 81 Street makes the best burek in Split. Burek is a savory phyllo-dough pie filled usually with meat, potato, cottage cheese, or spinach. ST Burek takes that title for burek in the old town.

The best artisan bakery in Split is Kruscic, located in Obrov 6 Street. Additionally, there are two French bakeries: Amelie in Zagrebacka Street in the old town, and Zrno Ljubavi in Kroz Smrdecac Street in Split-3 residential area.

A chain of bakeries, Bobis, has been a Split institution since 1949 when they first started making bread and pastries. Bobis also makes traditional cookies and nougat that you can take home as a souvenir or a gift for someone.

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56 thoughts on “Foodie’s Guide to the Best Split Restaurants: Where To Eat In Split, Croatia”

  1. Hm, hard to say, but I would say that 50% of places will be open (regarding restaurants, bars, tours). The best way is to short list places you are interested in and contact properties directly.

  2. HI
    Frank,
    We are coming to Split on 29/10/23 and Dubrovnik on 30/10/23. We are wondering how many places are going to be open so close to November. Do you know how we find out which places stay open? Thanks! Your list looks amazing.

  3. What do you know about a restaurant called Mazgoon? I did not see a review from you on this place??

  4. Frank, Vera, We would like to thank you for your advises. Without you we would never have discovered Konoba Nikola. Great seafood, excellent wine and perfect waiters, funny and experienced. We loved that it was off the beaten path and nicely old fashioned. Kadena was good but a bit too “try hard” for our taste. The waiter have helped us discover a great Croatian white wine though. Os Kolac has great pastries. I don’t think you have recommended Kava2 for coffee. Great place!
    Thanks you!!!

  5. My husband and I are visiting Croatia from the US and are loving your website! We went to The Daltonist, a craft brewery/cocktail bar/tapas restaurant while in Split and really enjoyed it. I would definitely recommend next time you’re in the area!

  6. Thanks for letting us know, Stephen! So sorry about your experience. We have removed Fife now as you are not the first one to report a disappointing meal. As for the rest, I can’t really agree. But if you’ll enjoy Greece more, it’s great for you!

  7. Just been on tavern Buffet Fife.

    That was just disgusting. had to send back my fries back twice to the kitchen and still were not eatable.

    All meals were served cold or were poorly reheated with microwave. The table wine was ok. Service was ok. No card accepted, just cash but it is not expensive.

    It’s been mi tenth time in croatia (I have a boat there, but I am moving it to Greece:)))) the locals are really destroying the attractiveness of the country.

    Enjoy Greece: great warm welcoming people, excellent food, wonderful islands.

    Will never go back there.

  8. Thanks for the info, Mihaela! We’ll correct it asap. Meanwhile your comment can serve our readers well :)

  9. Hi Frank,
    I went to the address where Tavern Fetivi was supposed to be. They moved on the other side of the alley. The new address is Tomića Stine 4.
    There is another restaurant (Matejuska) that was recently opened at the address indicated on your blog.
    Tonight I will go to Bokeria:-)
    Thanks for the suggestions.

  10. We loved our month in Split and loved trying some delicious new foods! Just came across this article and we ate at a few on this list on our last trip that were really really great, but there are plenty more that we have not tried yet…we will be back in Croatia in a few weeks, if we make our way back to Split we will try some of these for sure. And perhaps get another Cevapi from Kantun Paulina while we are at it as you are right, they do do the best cevapi :)

  11. Hey Frank, your website has been insanely helpful, my wife and I got married a year ago, we didn’t take a honeymoon, and she’s now pregnant! So…we’re celebrating a honeymoon/anniversary/baby-moon these first two weeks of July coming up!!! So crazy excited, and usually I am a travel-planning maniac (I work in the food/wine business so I plan around those things usually haha!) but I’ve been crazy busy and am leaving Friday! I’m wondering if I can email you with some questions, we’ll be in Split and a handful of other spots. THANKS!

  12. Hi Cristina,
    late night dinner should definitely be arranged in advance. Most restaurants keeps kitchen open until 23 (while dining room works longer). It all depends what you look for. My favorite fish restaurant in and around Split is Nikola in Stobrec (although not cheap, it is a good value for money). Other places to consider: Konoba Fetivi, Pimpinella, Uje Oil Bar, Matoni. Hope this helps! Enjoy it!

  13. Thanks for the info, Frank G :)
    I will be sailing through the Dalmatian Islands on the first week of July – we are a group of 8 – and we will have one late dinner (after 22:30) at the arrival day and a lunch the next day in Split.
    What can you recommend us? We like great food at cool places (don’t we all ;-))
    If you have suggestions regarding what to see on the islands, let me know :)
    Cristina

  14. Hi Frank, the other night we went to Tavern Kod Hvaranina in Split. Very cosy place. Local feel with good food and nice people. Thanks for the recommendation. Tavern Kod Hvaranina does take credit cards, so you can update your post ;-D

  15. I’ll be using your recommendations. We’re in Split now and will be here for the next 6 weeks. Plenty of time to try out all these restaurants.And you mention the Trg Sperun area – that’s exactly our spot!
    Will let you know if we come across anything we can recommend.
    Frank (bbqboy)

  16. Thanks so much Fred! So glad that you loved Uje and Dvor. But, like you said, there are so many great places to eat in Split. Sometimes it’s difficult to decide where to go :).

  17. We’ve tried Dvor and Uje Oil Bar when we were in Split and we loved both of them! There are so many great places to eat out in that town, your guide will certainly be useful for a lot of travellers!

  18. Patricia, let us know if you visit Croatia. It’s a sailing paradise, and I sure hope you’ll experience it for yourself. We dream of living on a boat. Seriously! Since we still hold a full time job, the only condition would be to remain working somewhere along the coast. Not such a hard thing to commit to :). Fair winds!

  19. Thanks for your comment, Heather! If you like local places, you’d enjoy Split. I too like to try just about anything … once :)

  20. Great guide! I need to get myself to Split it seems. So many fantastic opportunities for food.

  21. Hmmmm I want to eat all of the things! I’ll have to take up some of these suggestions when I finally make it back to Croatia :)

  22. Oh we had some great meals in Split. It’s probably my fondest memory of the town actually. Although I can’t remember every place we tried I do remember Tavern Buffet Fife – SO GOOD! This looks like a great list – and clearly well researched. I only wish we had an opportunity to try some of your recommendations!

  23. I ADORE Villa Spiza. I have been a few times and I think I ate some of the best food of my life there :) I love it how the menu is handwritten and simply pulled out of a spiral notebook!

  24. Another massive thumbs up for buffet Fife from me. I was actually based in Trogir, 30 km from Split, so didn’t have much time to fully explore the city :(
    One of Frank’s reviews alerted me to Fife and it was also recommended in my Lonely Planet guide to Croatia, too.
    Portions were way too big, but they seem to be aware of this and happily provide containers for people to take home what they can’t manage! Great chicken ‘cordon bleu’, stuffed with ham and cheese, fries and a great side salad and carafe of house red wine – 77 kuna! The wine alone would cost that in England ;)
    Sadly, not enough time to locate Zinfandel or Paradox, but should I ever be in the fine city again, ……….

    Thanks for the recommendation Frank.

  25. Frank, Split must be the only place I have actually been to out of all great places in Croatia I keep reading about on your blog. Too bad I didn’t know about all these restaurant choices when I actually did visit. But I shall definitely keep them in mind for next time, especially Tavern Buffet Five. “As local as it gets” and “very affordable” are perfectly describing the kind of place I like to frequent for my meals and the only thing left to hope is that they also serve some vegetarian options… :)

  26. A great Roundup of restaurants! Pizza, pasta, say no more – I’m sold! I love that there is an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients!

  27. How interesting that most of the places serve the same menu. Since we’re traveling with kids, we tend to go to the more relaxed and loud restaurants. I think Villa Spiza sounds very interesting, and I am intrigued by serving food on a wood board as they do at Uje Oil Bar.

  28. Looks like a great list of restaurants for someone visiting Split! Posts like this are super helpful once you get to a city.

  29. I know who’s blog to keep close by when we get to Croatia. We are on our way there in the next year or so. I don’t think we’ll get further than Sicily.
    I just love being part of Sunday Traveler.
    Maybe my blog can find some direction now. Not that I want to live and write in a box. My boat’s a bit bigger than a box mind you. So maybe I’m live in a big box that floats.
    Ciao,
    Patricia

  30. I’ll have to tuck this one away as I have a friend who has offered me a stay at her Split apartment. I seek out eateries that make simple regional food well whether that’s a small family run place in a back alley or a high end restaurant. That cheese plate looks divine.

  31. This will come in very handy for us later in the year. I think I pretty much like the sound of all of those places! :)

  32. What is hanging from the ceiling at Zinfandel? I ate at a place in Spain that had legs of ham hanging in a similar fashion, but not sure if that’s what they are. Given what you say about the typical menus in Split, this is a really handy list to ensure better meals.

  33. I wish I’d had this list last summer when I was in Split, as it’s true most places seemed to serve the same thing.

  34. What a great rundown of places to eat in Split. Really makes me want to go and visit, I like the sound of Dvor and Tavern Tri Volta especially. Thanks for more great Croatia tips!

  35. I really need to visit Croatia and just eat my way through my visit. When you and SJ do food posts, I feel like I just drool through the whole reading. =)

  36. I haven’t been there! Definitely now adding to my list. I’m a fan of local places, but will definitely branch out and try just about anything once. Sometimes twice. ;) – Heather, Life of a Traveling Navy Wife

  37. Hi

    My husband and me are going to Split in a few weeks. I am vegetarian and not having been to Croatia before, wondered what is on offer for veggies?

  38. Hi guys, thanks for stopping by. I really like that area around Trg Sperun. And thanks for heads up on Konoba Marjan. I’ll need to try it out on my next visit to Split.

  39. Hi Frank,
    Nice selection of new and old there. I’d also add Konoba Marjan to the list (at Senjska,1 – just off Trg Sperun at the west end of the Riva). It’s another family run place and the fish is really superb as is their Pasticada.
    That whole area around Trg Sperun has become the restaurant district of Split (Matejuska and Hvaranin that you mentioned are also there, along with at least half a dozen others), which is great for us as we live just up the road!
    I’m glad you found some of the more tucked away gems like Villa Spiza, Tri Volta and Makrovega. They are worth searching for. Villa Spiza has a great feel and superb home cooked food – but get there early if you want the best choice because ‘when it’s gone, it’s gone’. Tri Volta is an institution and there’s nothing better than whiling away an afternoon looking out towards Brac from their terrace while watching lost tourists ambling by. And it’s even worth carnivores trying the veggie stuff at Makrovega – I have and I must say it was really tasty. The set menus are very good value there as well.

  40. Hi Igor,
    thanks for stopping by and for the heads up! Konoba Nikola in Stobrec sounds like a place I could really enjoy. Love small restaurants ising fresh produce. Will check it up for sure. Thanks again!

  41. Frank
    Next time when you arrive in Split, tray sea food restaurant /konoba Nikola(Stobrec) this is just few km out of Split,100% fresh daily see food.
    Restaurant has just 6, 7 tables and food is amazing.
    Price similar with Zrno Soli.

  42. Hi Joyce, thanks so much for stopping by and for your comment. Seems like tavern Fife is coming up to be a number one place to eat in Split. Have you visited any other restaurant in Split?

  43. We traveled to Split in October this year and our Airbnb hosts recommended Tavern Fife, I agree with Our Adventure in Croatia…great atmosphere and food, we were not rushed either, and enjoyed the company of the other guests at the table we were sat at. We liked it so much we ate there 3 times during our stay! I highly recommend their specialty Pasticada with the Gnocci, excellent.

  44. Thanks for your comment! I find that Split restaurant scene improved a lot in the last years. Split is quickly becoming really exciting tourist destination.

  45. went to Tavern Fife this summer on recommendation locals at the tourist office.
    Great atmosphere, good fresh and tasty food, huge portions (1 portion could feed 2 people) very reasonable priced and we were not rushed. I recommend it and will go again. Another recommendation seem to be Villa Spiza, but …. could not find it…. will try harder next time :)

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