Where do locals eat? Which are the great Dalmatian restaurants with a “soul” in which you will find local guests of all generations and just an occasional delighted traveller? Where can you eat and drink for less than 100 kuna per person?
This summer’s hit wining and dining spot in Zadar is called Tovar. It offers all the best traditional ingredients and dishes – excellent prosciutto and cheese, fried squid, smelt and picarel fish, local eggs, white and red wine… New daily special each day for 25 to 30 kuna. Local food, local people, friendly atmosphere. The whole dining area covers just 10 square metres. The restaurant can be found Majstora Jurja Street 11.
This is the place you will visit when you only have half an hour and are sure that all that you order will be quick, fresh and tasty. The daily menu offers some 30 dishes, from rooster and veal under the baking lid to meat risotto, spaghetti Bolognese, goulash, cod, tripes, stuffed peppers, etc. At Stipe’s you will get big portions for 25 to 60 kuna. Eat well at Stipe’s place, in Franka Lisice Street 40.
As strange as it may sound, you can have a full meal for just 68 kuna (soup, main dish, salad and cake) in Dubrovnik, next to the sea on the Lapad coast, right at the nautical marina. The precise address is Ulica Ivana Plemenita Zajca 4. Locals love this place for its prices, good food and excellent service. The menu contains around a dozen of a la carte fish and meat dishes for 50 to 100 kuna, and you can have daily specials for just 51 kuna. In addition to Orsat, locals recommend restaurants Leut in Cavtat, Koraceva Kuca in Konavle Gruda, Pizzeria Giusto in Veliki Zaton and the Zupaho Restaurant in Zupa Dubrovacka.
On the other side of the Gruz Bay, at the Gruz waterfront and next to the town market and fish market, you will find the Glorijet. Local fishermen eat here so that tells you enough about its quality. Prices range from 50 to 100 kuna per dish. You can find Glorijet on address Obala Stjepana Radica 16.
Located in the shade of one of Sibenik’s many hidden streets in the old town centre, this place, owned by the Mazalin Family, has had a cult status for years. This bistro still has a feel of the old town of Sibenik. The menu mostly contains traditional meals as prepared by our grandmothers and it ranges from fried smelt, stuffed peppers, meat soup and fried squid to cod, which is normally served on Fridays. The food is above all of high quality, portions are big and a lunch and a glass of wine will set you back less than 50 kuna. Find this konoba on address Nove Crkve 9.
Located in the Firule neighbourhood, it has still preserved those original, yet reinterpreted Dalmatian characteristics. Pimpinella boasts a decent urban interior reminding you of your Mediterranean grandmother’s house. The food is prepared in a traditional way and you will find all things Dalmatian here – from dentex to lamb prepared under the baking lid. Big portions and affordable prices is what attracts everyone to Pimpinella. You have to try the best traditional pasticada stew with gnocchi in the world for mere 60 kuna. Find this dining spot in Hektoroviceva Street.
This restaurant bases its gastronomic tradition on local grilled delicacies, meat with local vegetables baked under the baking lid, local prosciutto and house wine. It also serves pizza, meat and fish delicacies, various pasta and soparnik pie, a protected dish from the Republic of Poljica. Explore the fine tastes of Dalmatian cuisine on address Zrnovnica 21251.
There are many great Dalmatian restaurants, waiting to be discovered by passionate foodies of the world. Come to Croatia, and prepare for a huge, tasty adventure.
Written by: Milena Budimir
Featured Photo: Restaurant Orsan