Just in time for the summer season a group of Croatian gastronomes and foodies has ranked 100 of the best restaurants in Croatia. The Dobri restorani (good restaurants) list is like a Bible to food-loving Croatians (which is to say, all Croatians) and the 2016 results are out. The top honor goes to Pelegrini in Sibenik for the second year in a row. Naturally chef Rudolf Stefan won Best Chef 2016 as well. The Mediterranean-style food is accompanied by a world-class wine cellar and served in a beautiful setting right next to Sibenik’s famed Cathedral.
Next in line is old-time favorite Dubravkin put (facebook.com/dubravkin.put) in Zagreb. Indeed, to really experience the best of Croatian food, there’s no place like the capital where 31 restaurants are among the top 100. After Zagreb, Istria is a gourmet delight. Rent a car and explore the small towns and villages where the Istrian culinary tradition is kept alive. See my Istrian restaurant guide.
Below is a list of the top 100 Croatian restaurants, grouped by location and beginning with their place on the list.
Best Restaurants in Sibenik
59. Zlatna ribica
Best Restaurants in Zagreb
2. Dubravkin put
3. Bistro Apetit
13. Mano 2
17. Mali bar
19. Apetit City
32. Lari i Penati
33. Takenoko 2
40. Atlanta Bocca Marai
41. Zinfandel’s is in the Hotel Esplanade, one of Europe’s finest.
48. Bon Appetit
55. Didov san
68. Trattoria Agava
91. Le Bistro
95. Pri Zvoncu
96. Gračanka Kamanjo
100. Bota Šare Jadran
Best Restaurants in Opatija
On the northeastern corner of the Istrian peninsula, Opatija doesn’t have a lot of restaurants but what it has are good. Volosko is the next town over, practically within walking distance.
5. Plavi podrum, Volosko, has been a top restaurant for nearly a decade
31. Tramerka, Volosko
Best Restaurant in Čakovec
This town is 90km north of Zagreb.
7. Mala hiža
Best Restaurants in Novigrad, Istria
42. Damir & Ornella
Best Restaurants in Rovinj, Istria
Best Restaurants in Banjole, Istria
Best Restaurants in Split
61. Zrno soli
Best Restaurants in Zadar
77. Pet bunara
Best Restaurant in Novalja
18. Boškinac, Novalja
Best Restaurants in Dubrovnik
As Croatia’s top highlight, there should be more top class restaurants in Dubrovnik. Slowly but surely the restaurant scene has been improving in recent years though. See my Dubrovnik restaurant and dining guide.
54. Restaurant 360º
90. Stara Loza
Best Restaurants in Brtonigla, Istria
23. San Rocco
Best Restaurants in Umag, Istria
On Istria’s northwest corner, Umag is a major resort destination. Even though most hotels have restaurants, you’ll eat better at these places.
Best Restaurant in Zmajevac, Slavonia
Best Restaurant in Lovran, Istria
29. Draga di Lovrana
Best Restaurant in Mošćenička Draga, Istria
Best Restaurants in Osijek, Slavonia
To sample the best of spicy Slavonian cuisine, it’s best to head to Osijek.
35. Klub restoran Waldinger
83. Zimska luka
Best Restaurant in Murter Island
36. Konoba Boba
Best Restaurant in Karanac, Slavonia
37. Baranjska kuća
Best Restaurant in Kastav
Best Restaurants on Hvar Island
Best Restaurant in Livade, Istria
Best Restaurant in Njivice, Krk Island
Best Restaurant in Krapinske Toplice
Here’s where to eat after you emerge from the sulfurous waters of the Krapinske Toplice thermal spa.
49. Villa Magdalena,
Best Restaurants in Ilok, Slavonia
Best Restaurant in Otrusevec
If you’re going to Samobor outside Zagreb, stop off and eat in the village of Otrusevec.
53. Kod špilje
Best Restaurant in Stobrec
Just outside Split and on the way to Salona and Trogir is the historic village of Stobrec.
Best Restaurant in Makarska
Best Restaurant in Lepajci
North of Zagreb, Lepajci is in beautiful Krapinje-Zagorje county.
63. Vuglec Breg
Best Restaurant on Vis Island
Best Restaurant in Varaždin
Croatia’s capital was once in Varazdin which explains the beautiful baroque buildings.
Best Restaurant in Karlovac
Karlovac is more than just a stopover on the way to the coast. It’s also a major centre for watersports.
72. Lovački rog
Best Restaurant in Marija Bistrica
Marija Bistrica is a major site for religious pilgrims.
Best Restaurant in Pula, Istria
Best Restaurant in Bilje, Slavonia
Best Restaurant in Porec, Istria
79. Sv. Nikola
Best Restaurant in Momjan, Istria
80. Stari Podrum,
Best Restaurant in Vinjerac
On your way into or out of Zadar, stop in Vinjerac village for a good meal.
82. Konoba Pece
Best Restaurant in Bale, Istria
The hilltop village of Bale is worth a look for its narrow, winding streets as well as an excellent restaurant.
86. Villa Meneghetti
Best Restaurant in Savudrija, Istria
A number of excellent resorts surround the traditional fishing village of Savudrija.
Best Restaurant in Vinkovci, Slavonia
Best Restaurant in Rijeka
Bustling Rijeka is Croatia’s most important port. Why there aren’t more good restaurants has always puzzled me. At least Opatija is right nearby.
93. Conca D’oro
Best Restaurant in Fažana, Istria
94. Alla beccaccia,
Best Restaurant in Ston
98. Gastro Mare
Best Restaurant in Skradin