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The Best Restaurants In Split, Croatia

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There is no shortage of places to eat in Split, Croatia. From fine dining to affordable take-away, visitors will find an array of Split, Croatia restaurants serving local Croatian cuisine and international fare. After recently spending more than a month in Split – both revisiting our favorite eateries and discovering new gems – we have rounded up a list of the best restaurants in Split.

 

Split, Croatia Food

Local meat and cheese platter with homegrown tomatoes in Split, Croatia

The first question is not where to eat in Split, Croatia but what to eat. Traditional food in Split is a blend of Balkan and Mediterranean influences.

Platters of savory grilled meat, meals of whole Adriatic fish, heaping portions of pasta and black risotto with cuttlefish are all typical Dalmatian fare found on Split restaurant menus.

For quick Split eats on-the-go, there are numerous places that sell burek, cevapi and pizza-by-the-slice (pizza cut). There are tasty Split, Croatia food options to fit every budget – and we feature a range of price points on our list of Split restaurants.

 

Split, Croatia Food Prices

Split, Croatia prices are relatively affordable compared to other parts of Europe. However, the cost of eating out in Croatia has been steadily rising. There is a wide range of Split, Croatia restaurant prices depending on the location, style and offerings.

Local fast food meals at cheap restaurants in Split can cost as little at 15 Kuna (about $2 USD). Typically, traditional restaurants (Konoba) also offer affordable prices where patrons can expect to pay between 100-150 Kuna ($15-20 USD) for a meal. The price of a dinner in Split Old Town at a modern eatery will likely be in the 200 Kuna range ($30 USD per person).

 

Split, Croatia Travel Tips

Split is one of the best Croatia destinations – and deciding where to eat in Split is just one of the many factors of planning a trip. 

Use our complete Guide to Planning a Croatia Vacation – then use our insider tips for the Best Things To Do in Split to best plan your time in the city. 

In addition to our Best Split Restaurants list, we also detail the Top Split Craft Beer Bars, the Best Beaches in Split and fun Day Trips from Split

Our Split Itinerary can help you plan your day-by-day adventures – but you will want to make sure you stay organized while planning your trip. Use our downloadable Travel Planner to keep track of all your travel details!

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16 Best Restaurants in Split, Croatia

Our list of the best places to eat in Split, Croatia are based on our own experience and opinions. We have included a direct link to Google Maps and TripAdvisor Split restaurant reviews. At the end of the post, we also provide a link to a Google Map to all our top restaurants in Split, Croatia.

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#1 Articok

Patrons can easily find Articok Split by following the tantalizing scent of Croatian fare that floats from the front door. The pungent aroma of truffles, roasted meat and seafood hang heavy in the air – cleverly inviting passersby to come in and eat. Inside, artwork is featured in the modern space and professional waiters warmly welcome guests into the sleek dining room. 

While not extensive, the seasonal menu has numerous options from starters and soups to mains and homemade pastas. We have dined at Articok on multiple occasions, sampling different menu options each time. Overall, our favorites are two of Croatia’s most popular dishes – Black Risotto and Truffle Pasta – as well as a roast beef salad that can be shared as a starter.

Each delicious dish at Articok is perfectly presented and garnished with fresh herbs that are plucked from the flowerpots behind the sleek bar.  Map  |  Reviews

Top Tip: In the summer months, the rooftop deck is a great place to dine alfresco in Split! It’s one of the best places to eat in Split, Croatia with a view. 

 

#2 Mazzgoon Split, Croatia

Amazing Mazzgoon, Split, Croatia

Mazzgoon is a wonderful and popular Split restaurant that is tucked down a lane in Diocletian’s Palace. The menu at Mazzgoon features a selection of exquisite Mediterranean cuisine that is focused on pasta and seafood dishes.

The friendly staff offers detailed explanations on all their unique dishes. We highly recommend sitting at one of the outdoor tables on the cobblestone lane or on the back patio for a truly atmospheric meal at Mazzgoon. Map | Reviews 

Top Tip: For a great place to sip a before or after dinner drink, try NOOR Fine Spirits and Cocktails just across the street!

 

#3 Konoba Fetivi

A family-run establishment in the historic Varos district near the fisherman’s port, Konoba Fetivi has been awarded the Michelin Bib Gourmand award for their authentic – yet affordable – food. The classic Dalmatian restaurant features high-quality, fresh-caught fish and uses traditional recipes. Fetivi is often regarded as the best restaurant in Split for seafood.

While anything on the menu at Fetivi is sure to be spectacular, we highly recommend getting the Fish Platter for Two. The simple dish – multiple whole, grilled fish from the Adriatic Sea – is divine. Add a starter of the black risotto with cuttlefish and white risotto with shrimp and it is enough food for three! Map | Reviews

 

#4 Konoba Kod Joze

A classic Croatian restaurant in Split, Konoba Kod Joze is located just out of the hustle and bustle of the Old Town – yet, it can be easily reached on foot. The restaurant’s stone interior is a dimly-lit and cozy space, but there are also tables on an outdoor, covered patio. Featuring traditional Dalmatian dishes, diners have a choice of seafood, pastas and meat dishes.

One of our favorite things to eat at Kod Joze is peka. The authentic dish is slow-cooked in a covered pot over the embers of an open fire. The dish is comprised of either octopus or meat and in-season vegetables. Peka is a meal that is typically shared by at least four people (so if you are a couple, find another couple to share in the experience!).  Map  |  Reviews

Top Tip: Peka often must be ordered a day in advance.

 

#5 Uje Oil Bar, Split

A quaint corner bar tucked along a twisting lane of Diocletian’s Palace, Uje Oil Bar serves traditional fare with a touch of panache. Utilizing local products – including cheeses, meats, pastas and, of course, olive oil – the meals at Uje Oil Bar are exceptional. 

We recommend starting with the burrata in baked pepper – and don’t miss the Olive Oil Experience (where the waiter explains the product). For mains, any dish will satisfy, but my personal favorite is the Pasta from Skradin

The outdoor tables along the lane are the most atmospheric, but guests can also opt to eat indoors or just down the lane at the Uje Wine Bar. Map | Reviews

 

#6 Villa Spiza

Tucked down the narrow and popular Petra Kuzica Street, Villa Spiza Split is actually two spaces across the lane from one another. However, getting a table still requires excellent timing, as they proudly don’t take reservations and tables are always in high demand.

The hand-written menu adjusts daily and of course always features loads of seafood and meat dishes. On our most recent visit, I went with the grilled lamb (tender and tasty) and Kris had the truffle pasta (melt in your mouth incredible). The staff are enthusiastic and helpful, and most importantly, the food is simply amazing! Map | Reviews

Top Tip: If you have a meal choice in mind, don’t hesitate on ordering it. Everything is made fresh daily and has limited quantities.

 

#7 Apetit Split, Croatia

The upscale restaurant Apetit Split is located in a 15th century palace on a picturesque lane between the busy Riva and the spacious Narodni Square. The historic interior is stylishly decorated and well-suited for groups or couples.

The extensive wine list is nearly as long as the food menu, which focuses on Dalmatian cuisine with an elegant flair. We have enjoyed fresh grilled fish and pasta dishes at Apetit but also recommend checking the chef’s specials before ordering. Map  |  Reviews

 

#8 Chops Restaurant Split

The modern Chops Grill steakhouse is located in Old Town Split, Croatia just steps from the wide, pedestrian Marmontova Street. The selection of meat is sourced from top-grade producers around the world, while the seafood selection is fresh-caught from the Adriatic.

At Chops Grill Split, we feasted on generous portions of rosemary lamb chops and local beef tenderloin – a meal which remains one of our most memorable in the city. With an emphasis on cooking orders to perfection and attentive, knowledgeable staff who can make wine pairing recommendations, Chops is one of the best restaurants in Split Old Town for steaks.  Map  |  Reviews

 

#9 Bepa!

Restaurant Bepa, Split, Croatia

Located on the picturesque People’s Square (Narodni Trg), Bepa! is a top choice for casual dining in the Old Town. In fact, we think they serve the best breakfast in Split. 

While not a large selection of menu items, there is wide variety (including an assortment of fun brunch cocktails!). The Eggs Benedict are fantastic, but the specialty menu American Breakfast is a good, filling start to the day. 

We prefer to eat at Bepa! for breakfast, but guests dining at the restaurant for lunch or dinner can choose from the full menu (and, from experience, we can tell you that the Blue Cheese Beef Burger is spot on!). 

The patio seating is great for dining al fresco, but the interior is charming, as well. Best of all, the staff is kind and jovial – making a meal at Bepa! enjoyable. Map | Reviews

 

#10 Galija Pizzeria

Pizzeria Galija is one of the Split Old Town restaurants that we return to time and time again – and it’s because their pizzas are simply delicious. A Split institution, the restaurant opened in 1980 and has been creating incredible wood-fired pizzas ever since. The Pizzeria Galija Split menu includes a range of classic and regional pizzas, as well as a handful of other Italian dishes.

Although there are many pizzas (and we’ve tried our fair share!), the Seljacka pizza ranks as my favorite. The first time I ordered it, I was leery of the unique toppings, which included beans. However, odd as it might sound, in my opinion, it is the best pizza in Split!  Map  |  Reviews

 

#11 Plan B Pub

When you think of what to eat in Croatia, burgers might not be the first thing that comes to mind. However, when we are craving a burger in Split, we skip the Old Town offerings and make the short walk to Plan B. Located 1km east of the Split Old Town, Plan B has a fairly simple menu, offering incredible burgers and super pizzas (but they have recently added a few international dishes, like Bao Buns and BBQ Ribs, as well).

Rather than traditional menus, guests get a small slip of paper and a pen to mark food choices. Although not a big selection, unique flavor combinations are offered. For example, the BBQ Burger that has a meat patty topped with BBQ sauce, cheese, lettuce, pancetta, caramelized onion, mushrooms and an egg. As a bonus, the casual and spacious pub has local craft beer on tap, including our absolute favorite, Nova Runda. You can also read all our tips on the Best Bars in Split for Croatian Craft Beer! Map  |  Reviews

 

#12 ST Burek

Split Burek, which uses the abbreviation ST Burek, is one of the best places in Split for a quick and satisfying meal. It’s also one of the cheap places to eat in Split, with a hearty portion of burek costs just 16 kuna, which is about $2.25 USD.

A Balkan classic, burek is phyllo dough stuffed with spiced minced meat that is baked and served like a pie. Available at many bakeries and shops in Split and the region, the burek at ST Burek is perfection.

Variations at ST Burek include fillings of cheese, apple or spinach – but, trust us, the meat burek, called mesom, is by far the best. We often eat at ST Burek for lunch, but it’s also consumed as a favorite late-night snack or morning hangover remedy.  Map  |  Reviews

 

#13 Kantun Paulina

Kantun Paulina – or Paulina’s Corner – is another of the classic Split places to eat. For almost 50 years the unassuming corner restaurant has been serving up some of the best food in Split, Croatia. Popular with locals and visitors, guests line up for Kantun Paulina’s famous cevapi. Although considered the national dish of neighboring Bosnia Herzegovina, cevapi are popular throughout the Balkans.

The little grilled sausages – made from a mixture of beef and pork – are stuffed into pillowy somun bread along with raw onions and then slathered with a pepper sauce, called ajvar. To take this cevapi sandwich over the top, we always order it with kajmak, a clotted cream.

Cevapi are considered one of the top cheap eats in Split, Croatia and Kantun Paulina is the place to get them! A massive sandwich with seven sausages and added kajmak costs 39 kuna (about $5.50).  Map  |  Reviews

 

#14 Kogo

An inconspicuous take-away restaurant, Kogo also offers some of the best cheap eats Split. The home-cooked, cafeteria style eatery is reminiscent of the Milk Bars in Krakow, Poland – but with a Croatian twist.

The menu at Kogo changes daily – but consists of classic Croatian fare and regional specialties. Food is sold by weight and can be eaten at the small stand-up counter or taken to a nearby park (like Emanuela Vidovica or Josipa Jurja Strossmayera) or the Split Riva.

For budget travelers – or travelers on a quick trip to Split – Kogo offers a unique and affordable way to sample a variety of local cuisine. Map

 

#15 Luka Ice Cream and Cakes

Exploring the historic Old Town with an ice cream cone in hand is one of the best ways to experience Split. Small ice cream shops are found along the Riva and down nearly every lane around Diocletian’s Palace.

In our search for the best places in Split, Croatia for ice cream, we discovered Luka. With an emphasis on homemade treats, Luka creates new flavors daily. We have tried flavor combinations like Currant White Chocolate and Salted Caramel Nut – and never been disappointed!  Map  |  Reviews

 

#16 D16 Coffee

D16 Coffee, Split, Croatia

The coffee culture in Split is strong. Cafes line the long Riva promenade and ring the picturesque squares of the Old Town. There is no shortage of places serving coffee – and partaking in the café culture is a must on your trip to Croatia.

That said, for an elevated coffee experience, visitors should head to D16 Coffee. Nestled in the depths of Diocletian’s Palace, D16 offers a rustic interior of stone walls and quiet nooks. The baristas excel at making specialty coffee drinks from fresh roasted beans. 

Top Tip: While coffee is the star at D16, the loose-leaf tea is also exceptional (try the sage!). 

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More Top Restaurants in Split

We have highlighted our top picks for the Best Restaurants Split, but there are a few more good restaurants in Split for you to consider.

 

Bokeria Split

Bokeria Kitchen and Wine is a stylish restaurant serving upscale eats. The corner restaurant’s large windows and outdoor seating entice many visitors, but it is best to make reservations in advance – as they do book up! Inspired by the Mercado de La Boqueria in Barcelona, they are open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner and feature an extensive wine and cocktail list. Map.

 

Pizzeria Bokamorra Split

A fashionable spot for a pizza (try the truffle pizza!), Bokamorra is even better known for their exceptional hand crafted cocktails and fun DJs. Map.

 

Konoba Matejuska

Located in the quaint Varos neighborhood, Konoba Matejuska offers a full menu of traditional Croatian food in Split. We ate here once and while it was good, it fell short of being great. Perhaps our lackluster meal was due to it being off season. Based on reviews, fellow travelers have had exceptional experiences. Other highly rated restaurants in Varos – in addition to our #3 pick Fetivi – are Fife, Sperun Split and Konoba Marjan. Map 

 

The Split Market

The Split Green Market is the place to go for fresh produce, meats, cheeses and bread. It’s a fabulously colorful and chaotic morning tradition in which visitors can partake. 

In addition to the fresh fruits and vegetables, some vendors that ring the market also sell cooked foods. Our favorite spot is Bartulovic, an unassuming rotisserie. 

Don’t be put-off by the no-frills street vendor kiosk; their meat – pork, lamb, turkey and chicken – is grilled to perfection. There are no in-house seats, so the only option is to get the meat – and an accompaniment of potatoes – to-go (and maybe grab some fresh fruit from one of the other market vendors). Map

 

International Food in Split, Croatia

Not so long ago, the Split best restaurants were all traditional eateries that offered classic Croatian fare. However, there are a slew of new international restaurants in Split that travelers might want to try when visiting.

 

Brooklyn Bagel Company

When we first spotted Brooklyn Bagel Co., we doubted the bagels could impress us – but we were wrong! Brooklyn Bagel is – hands down – the best restaurant in Split for a bagel. They offer a variety of bagels that can be slathered with cream cheese (try the local Fig and Honey!) or made into a sandwich. Map  |  Reviews

 

Sexy Cow

At Sexy Cow, they offer a modern fusion of burgers as wraps. Rather than sandwiching their gourmet burgers between two buns, they load it in a wrap and place it on the grill…and it’s totally delicious and wildly popular. You can’t really go wrong at Sexy Cow, but for a local spin, I like the Hit Me With The Truffle wrap. Map | Reviews

 

Silk

Open since 2018, Silk provides a taste of Asian street food, which is a welcome break from the many meat- and carb-heavy dishes of the Balkans. A little on the pricey side as Split, Croatia food goes, Silk has a good selection of dim sum, as well as various mains (including salads, curries and okonomiyaki).  Map  |  Reviews

 

Sushi in Split

Sushi is new to the Split food scene – and it’s caught on quickly! There are several sushi restaurants in Split Old Town – including Mini Bota (Map), Makamaka (Map), Antique (Map) and Adriatic Sushi and Oysters (Map). 

 

Casa de Fuego

As former desert-dwellers of Phoenix, Arizona, we often get a desire for traditional Mexican food – which is understandably difficult to find in Croatia. In Split, however, we suggest checking out the small taco shop, Casa de Fuego. (Map).

 

Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants in Split

Restaurant Veg, Split, Croatia

Croatia is a meat-loving country, but there are a few vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Split. 

Pandora Green Box is a top pick for plant based cuisine in Split (so it’s best to make reservations for dinner!). The truffle pasta and vegan burger are our favorites on the menu, but they have many innovative options. Map.

VEG is one of the casual Split restaurants offering plant based meals – and an ideal spot for a meat-free lunch. Map

 

Michelin Restaurants Split, Croatia

As of 2022, there were ten Michelin restaurants in Croatia…but none of them are located in Split.

However, even though there are no Split Michelin Star restaurants, Michelin did provide recommendations for five restaurants in Split, including Konoba Fetivi, Zrno Soli, Zoi, Restoran Dvor Split and Kadena.

On our list of Best Restaurants Split, Michelin rated Konoba Fetivi offers the most traditional and authentic Croatian dining experience. 

Top Tip: If you are looking for all the best Michelin restaurants in Croatia, be sure to browse the complete list.


 

Split Restaurant Map

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Food Tour Split, Croatia

Looking for a guided food tour of Split’s culinary scene? Check out this incredible guided food tour. Participants visit the local green market in Split – then sample traditional cuisine at a local konoba. 

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