If you would like to know where to eat in Split, in this post we share all of our favorite Split restaurants. We love eating out in Split! Anytime we travel south, we stop in Split just to try out another Split restaurant.
The only problem with restaurants in Split is the constant change: the old favorites changing hands, or just losing their charm and quality (hello Fife!), and new ones emerging, just to see them changing a chef or a concept and then losing it again or closing permanently (like O'Zlata).
But don't worry, we keep track and keep this list of the best restaurants in Split constantly updated.
From fine dining restaurants, to affordable local taverns and fast food joints, Split, Croatia food offer is diverse and there is something for all budgets. Traditional food in Split is a mainly Mediterranean.
Upscale and fine dining restaurants in Split use fresh local produce to prepare mouth-watering and eye-appealing dishes; have great chefs lead their kitchen teams, and they are at the higher end when it comes to price. Many mid-scale restaurants have the rustic look of a traditional tavern, and serve regional specialities prepared in a traditional way. In Split there are a couple of specialty pizzerias, using only top-notch ingredients and innovative toppings. 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 interesting food and wine bars in Split. Whether your morning routine includes eggs, bacon, avocado toast, or a smoothie, you'll be able to enjoy your perfect breakfast in Split. In Split, there is a decent number of restaurants with various vegan and vegetarian options. Bakeries in Split can be a great place to have a cheap and quick bite on the go. 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 is our list of Split restaurants not to miss on your next visit to Split.
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Top Split restaurants
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- Best upscale restaurant in Split: Konoba Nikola in Stobrec
- What's the best local & affordable place to eat in Split: Villa Spiza
- The best pizzeria in Split: Basta
- Top vegan & vegetarian restaurants in Split: Pandora Greenbox
- Where to eat breakfast in Split: Kat's Kitchen Deli
- Best fast food in Split: Kantun Paulina
- Best place for desserts in Split: Os' Kolac
Food in Split
Similar to other places in Croatia, 90% of the Split restaurants serve the same menu. It is a grill, pizza, pasta, or risotto. Full stop. However, there are always restaurants that are trying harder than others to stay true to themselves and their heritage, using local produce, and serving traditional and regional dishes either in a fine dining manner or in a casual setting.
Traditional food in Split is a mainly Mediterranean. It includes grilled whole fish 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, but also boiled veal with tomato sauce, pork or veal chops, grilled beef tenderloin or various pasta dishes.
Many restaurants also serve a blend of Mediterreanean and Balkan cuisine. They offer dishes like cevapi (grilled skinless minced meat sausages usually served with a red pepper spread, onions, and fries), meat and veggies screwers, and platters of grilled meat.
Grilled and fried calamari are also omnipresent, especially in restaurants catering mainly to tourists.
Food Prices in Split, Croatia
From fine dining restaurants, to affordable local taverns and fast food joints, Split, Croatia food offer 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 350 Kn to 500 Kn (50€ – 75€) per person. A similar menu, in a mid-scale restaurant or a good local tavern, will cost anywhere between 200 Kn to 350 Kn (27€ to 50€) .
If you want to eat good in Split, but you don't want to break the bank, look for local taverns serving daily lunch menu (called marenda here!). Marenda is a mid-day meal for workers. These meals usually costs anywhere between 35 Kn to 80 Kn depending on the place, food choice, and serving size. A popular place for a marenda in Split is Ostarija u Vidakovi, near Bacvice beach. Many modern-day taverns, like Villa Spiza, also have a single dishes in the range of 70 Kn to 100 Kn (10€ to 13€) and they can serve as a cheap but nourishing meal.
A cheap meal in Split can be a piece of burek (savory phillo-dough pie with various fillings), or a pizza-cut and it will only costs 2€. A big portion of cevapi (10 pcs), or a whole pie of pizza in a local pizzeria, will set you back 7€. Pasta with various sauces costs anywhere from from 60 Kn to 100 Kn (8€ to 13€), and it is another cheap meal in Split.
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 they are at the higher end when it comes to price.
Expect to pay anywhere between 350 to 500 Kn (50 to 70 €) 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. 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 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 it is not spectacular. However, it is a very good restaurant with beautiful views and friendly and efficient service.
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: [email protected]
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 the attentive eye of chef Hrvoje Zirojevic, the team of chefs prepares 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 they 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 it is a good value for money.
Braco Sanjin, a chef in charge of Kadena's kitchen, is a well-known and established name in the Croatian restaurant world. Along with Hrvoje Zirojevic and Ivan Pazanin, he is a leader of the Split gastronomic scene.
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.
The restaurant is located in the Zenta neighborhood. This is an upscale restaurant, serving Croatian classic 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, we find that the restaurant is rather too large for our taste.
Contacts | a: Ivana pl. Zajca 4, Split | t: +385 21 389 400 | Website
Konoba Nikola Stobrec
Konoba Nikola, a family-run tavern, is one of the most popular places to have seafood in and around Split. Actually for us, 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 | Tripadvisor
Mid-scale local restaurants
You'll find two types of mid-scale restaurants in Split: konoba or a tavern, and contemporary restaurants.
A word Konoba signifies a typical restaurant found in coastal Croatia with a simple rustic interior (think wooden beams, exposed stone walls, wooden benches, and alike). Originally, these konoba served simple, tasty, nutritious, and affordable dishes. But, today many konoba are rather mid-scale restaurants serving dishes well-over 100 Kn. However, many mid-scale restaurants have the rustic look of a traditional taverns, and still serve regional specialities prepared in a traditional way, their dishes are just not as affordable as they used to be.
Expect to pay 200 to 250 Kn (27€ to 35€) per person for a three-course meal with drinks. An average price of a dish is around 80 Kn, but within the menu, you will find many dishes in the range of 60 Kn (8 €). So, here you can eat cheap or expensive, depending on your mood and the type of dishes you choose.
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 a half at their outdoor terrace. Reservations are needed, especially during the summer.
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. This konoba 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 | Facebook Page
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, just ask locals. There are only two tables for two outside and a 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 it is still great value for the money. Now that Fife lost its touch, Villa Spliza 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 | Facebook Page
Tavern Kod Hvaranina
Tavern Kod Hvaranina is a shabby-looking restaurant, just out of the Palace walls. The restaurant has a really weary look, but the food is very good. Besides, I like places with such an interior as they make me feel nostalgic, reminding me of some other times.
It is a small, family-run restaurant, and you feel it. The food is homely, fresh, and tasty. They serve a very 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
Uje Oil Bar
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 | Facebook Page
The Articok is not a typical konoba. 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 | Website
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 | Website
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 just 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 | Tripadvisor
We like this unpretentious restaurant located in 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 | Tripadvisor
Pizzeria in Split
Many places in Split feature pizza on their menu, but that doesn't make them great pizzerias. I used to love eating pizza in Croatia. Many places had a wood-burning oven and made a thin crust pizza. And, many still do. However, in the last few years, I found that pizzas got worse, and mostly due to using bad quality cheese (if that sticky mass is cheese at all).
So now, we don't eat pizza any longer in just any pizzeria in town. We look for specialty pizzerias.
In Split there are a couple of specialty pizzerias, using only top-notch ingredients and innovative toppings. Pizza in these places can cost up to 30% more than in ordinary pizzerias, but they are well-worth the money.
Pizza starts at around 60 Kn per simple Margherita and can go up to 100 Kn depending on the garnishing.
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 interesting 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 so many labels that you aren't familiar with. Thus, the best way to make yourself familiar with Croatian wines is through a wine tasting. This way you can sample various wines, and do so under the guidance of a skillful local sommelier.
Here are some of our favorite wine bars in Split.
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 | Facebook
Food & 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 | Facebook Page
Bokeria Kitchen & Wine
Bokeria is a new star on Split's restaurants' sky. Open in 2015, the owners of this place were inspired by Barcelona's famed market – La Boqueria. This is the exact vibe they created in their restaurant in Split.
The two-story interior is beautifully decorated, modern, and airy. The menu includes a selection of Croatian tapas-style dishes, but also full meals. The menu changes seasonally. Excellent choice of Croatian wines!
Contacts | a: Domaldova 8, Split | t: +385 21 355 577 | Facebook
Best restaurants in Split to have breakfast
Croatians aren't big breakfast eaters unless you consider a coffee as a food. Therefore, restaurants serving breakfast or brunch didn't exist just a couple of years ago.
But in the last few years, restaurants serving breakfast started popping up. Whether your morning routine includes eggs, bacon, avocado toast, or a smoothie, you'll be able to enjoy it in Split.
Here are two of our favorite breakfast spots in Split. 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, and the dishes are artfully presented on plates. This is also a good place for vegans and vegetarians.
Classics include dishes like protein omelet, their own 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 | Website
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, are closed off the season, 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 | Website
The best vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Split, Croatia
Eating vegetarian in Split isn't all that difficult. Although you will find yourself more often picking things you can eat from the ordinary menu than reading through a thoughtfully crafted menu with vegetarians in mind.
Vegan, on the other hand, is still a kind of vague term in Croatia, especially in smaller towns and villages where you might have trouble finding things to eat in the restaurants. Luckily, Split isn't one of those places. In Split, there is a decent number of restaurants with various vegan and vegetarian options.
Some of them we have already mentioned above, 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.
Some of the other vegetarian- and vegan-friendly restaurants in Split we list below.
Marta's Veggie Fusion
A tiny cafe serving vegan dishes, raw cakes, freshly squeezed juices, and a surprisingly good choice of Croatian and international craft beers. The menu is quite diverse offering bowels and burritos, as well as various plates and salads. With an open concept kitchen, the staff prepares yummy healthy dishes right in front of you. Marta's Veggie Fusion is a must-stop restaurant in Split for all vegetarians and vegans.
Contacts | a: Kresimirova 8, Split | t: +385 21 553 748 | Facebook
This beautifully decorated restaurant serves yummy vegan and vegetarian dishes 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 70 Kn (10 €) per dish.
Contacts | a: Obrov 4, Split | t: +385 21 236 120 | Facebook
Bakeries in Split
Bakeries in Croatia are extremely popular, and Split is no different. You'll find them on every corner in the town.
The majority of bakeries in Split offer white bread in various forms like baguettes, loaves, rolls, etc… Other popular items to find in the bakeries include various kinds of sweet and savory pastries including phyllo dough pies with different fillings (burek), a sweet roll buhtla made of yeast dough, and filled with jam or chocolate, croissant, donuts, etc.
Bakeries in Split can be a great place to have a cheap and quick bite on the go. You can grab something for as cheap as 1 or 2 €.
Locals claim that Pita-Jelo in Put Plokita 81 Street makes the best burek in town. The Kruscic in Obrov 6 Street is the best artisan bakery. A chain of bakeries Bobis is a real Split institution since they've been serving bread and pastries since 1949. Bobis also makes traditional cookies and nougat that you can take home as a souvenir or a gift for someone.
Where to eat the best desserts in Split
There are many places in Split serving cakes and ice creams, but to be honest with you, we don't recommend eating them just anywhere. Some are too industrial for our tasty, others contain too much margarine, and some are simply too sweet.
Bobis is the most popular place for various confections. It is a large company from Split with long tradition and many outlets throughout the town. Although industrial, locals like their cakes, especially sweet bread sold during the Easter, mandulat – a dessert made of almonds and honey, similar Italian torrone, and dry cakes like krostule (sweet crispy fried pastry), rafioli (a shortbread cookies filled with almonds), and breskvice (peach-shaped cookies filled with jam and rum). Since many of these cookies and confections are sold sealed, they can make a good souvenir 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!
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If you are looking for that kind of place, below are our suggestions for the best places to have a dessert in Split.
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 as well as her passion for pastry shows 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 | Website
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 a great 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 | Facebook
Fast food & cheap eateries 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, 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 has been serving sandwiches in Split since 1992, and today it has four locations in Split. They have a great homemade bread (the secret of a good sandwich is in good bread), and a variety of subway-style sandwiches, as well as bruschettas. Sandwiches come in two sizes: big, and small. Prices vary from 12 to 20 Kn depending on stuffing. You can also choose extra ingredients for an additional 2 Kn per ingredient.
Contacts | a: Tonciceva 4, Split, | Tripadvisor
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
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 owner of the restaurant in Slobodna Dalmacija.
Contacts | a: Dosud 9, Split | t: +385 21 346 683
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 (should be a good sign!).
Contacts | a: Matosica 1, Split
Where to eat in Split, Croatia: Location on the map
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