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BEST RESTAURANTS IN SPLIT – 2019: where to eat:

The Gecko has an abiding interest in all things food and has done some research and now provides you with the guide to the BEST RESTAURANTS IN SPLIT – 2019 – a culinary tour of Split to make it easier for you.
Alternatively, why not join us on our Split palace and markets tour where we will explain and you can sample local produce in addition to us explaining and showing you some of the wider context of the culture and history of Split.

Split restaurants are exciting. However, you need to know one thing about restaurant’s offer in Split (and elsewhere in Croatia): 90% of the Split restaurants serve the same menu. It is usually grilled fish, fresh pizza, pasta or risotto.

It’s great fare, don’t get me wrong, but quite often repetitive. For this reason, if you like to eat differently and well during your visit to Split (and Croatia in general), the Gecko provides some useful insight on the best restaurants in Split – 2018 …

Absent from all of this however is one of the greatest dishes in Dalmatia – the PEKA – see our Peka blog for that dish takes a lot of love and much time and that doesn’t work well with the full on tourist season in Croatia.
The Gecko has the answer for you however – take a look at the following tours where the Peka will be duly be produced in all it’s delicious glory –
Ziplining for foodies
Rafting for Foodies

To whet your appetite, here’s a short video of Split with a gastro bias Short Split video.

If a foodie away-day is more your thing … why not join us on our Ston and Mali Ston tour – on this tour you will travel through some breathtaking scenery, eat fresh oysters right out the sea, have the opportunity of taking lunch at a fabulous water’s edge restaurant, see at first hand how they make and process sea-salt and travel to perhaps the best vineyard in all of Croatia to sample their wares – take a look at Split food and wine tour to Peljesac or
our wine tour nearer to Split Imotski wine tour from Split

Locals favourite Split restaurants
Every town has restaurants that are trying harder than others to stay true to themselves and their heritage, using local produce, serving traditional and regional dishes either in a fine dining manner or in a casual setting. Below is our list of Split restaurants not to miss on your next visit to Split.

If wine is your thing, please see our blog outlining local wines so you can make a little more informed decision when the waiter comes around …An overview of Croatian wine

Split restaurants: upscale & fine dining
Zrno soli
Zrno soli is a fine dining restaurant located in town’s marina. 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, 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 fine dining Split restaurants.

Contacts | a: Uvala baluni 8, Split | t: +385 21 399 333 | e:

Restaurant Dvor
Restaurant Dvor is located 20 minutes walk from the old town. Dvor has a beautiful outdoor garden seating with views over the sea. Make a reservation in advance to get one of their best tables. The restaurant has a stunning location, good food and attentive staff. Their meat and fish dishes are excellent, many are prepared on a charcoal grill, and they have very good desserts. The place is not cheap, but it is a good value for money.

Contacts | a: Put Firula 14 | t: +385 21 571 513 | e:

Restaurant Kadena
Restaurant Kadena is located in the Zenta neighborghood. 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 nearby islands of Brac and Solta. Great food and service, you may find that the restaurant is rather too large for your taste.

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

Nikola Stobreck
This family-run tavern is one of the most popular places to have seafood in and around Split. The seafood here is fresh, local, and simply as good as it gets. Food here is prepared in a simple way, so fish remains flavourful, and tender. A bit hard to find, and out of Split, in neighboring Stobrec, but well worth the trip.

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

Tavern Fetivi (ex. Matejuska)

Tavern Fetivi
One of the Gecko’s favourites – Not to be confused with Matejuska restaurant opposite – Tavern Fetivi (ex. Matejuska) is located close to the harbour. It’s a small, family-run restaurant with great atmosphere and excellent food. The restaurant can accommodate approximately 60-70 people, half inside, and half at their outdoor terrace. Reservations are needed, especially during the summer. The Tavern offers traditional regional dishes mostly based on seafood, but they have meat dishes as well. The offer changes with the season. The food is prepared in a simple way. Everything served here is very fresh and tasty. Service is friendly and prices are affordable. House wine is cheap and of a good quality. It is one of the highly recommended Split restaurants.

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

Villa Spiza

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 a 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. Prices are reasonable. It is great value for money. This is one of the must visit Split restaurants but be there by 6.30pm if you want a table in season as its very popular. For those who follow Rick Stein, he waxed long and lyrical about the place when he previewed Dalmatian food.

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

Uje bar

Uje Oil Bar is a tapas style restaurant, located at the heart of Split old town. It opened recently, in May 2013 and is expanding to other locations we heaar. 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 a tinware. The warm dishes’ menu is updated daily, while cold cuts, marinated fish, and a choice of olive oils are available daily. Prices are reasonable.We take in the this restaurant on our Split for Foodies tour.

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


Located in the heart of Diocletian’s palace this is a great traditional local restaurant. They serve tasty seafood risotto dishes and for the more brave you can have frog legs cooked in a paprika sauce. The service is good and the prices mid ranged. Worth a visit…

Tavern Stare Grede
Tavern Stare Grede is located 1 km from the old town. It is rustically decorated tavern, with rustic wooden benches and tables, and stone walls. This restaurant is very popular with locals. The place is family-run and the food is homemade. During the winter they often have game on menu, as the owner is a hunter. Everything is made from scratch and the produce is locally sourced.

Contacts | a: Domovinskog Rata 46, Split | t: +385 21 485 501

Konoba Matoni
This lovely tavern with vaulted ceilings is located near Bacvice beach. It’s offers a 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). Menu changes seasonally.

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

Corto Maltese
Opened in April 2015, Corto Maltese quickly gained regular patrons for its cozy interior, laid-back atmosphere, friendly stuff, great food, big portions, and affordable prices. Food is fresh and made on spot. Corto Maltese is more of a hang out 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

Food & Wine Bars
Wine & Cheese Bar Paradox

Paradox bar
This wine and cheese bar has ‘Dalmatia’ written all over it with over 100 wines. Representing the diversity and quality of wines in this region, 50 wines are available to try by the glass. As well, they offer about 20 artisan cheeses that are primarily produced locally. You can pick and choose whatever suits your taste buds. They have friendly staff, many of which hold wine qualifications. They also have been mentioned in numerous national and international publications for their high-quality products and service. Professional tastings available. It can be crowded on summer evenings, especially over the weekend.

Contacts | a: Bana Josipa Jelačića 3, Split | t: +385-21 78 77 78 e:

Food & Wine Bar Zinfandel
Named after the famed local wine, Food & Wine Bar Zinfandel is located in the old part of Split. The place is modern and chic. 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 wide choice of seasonal tapas and cold platters. Look for their lunch time specials when you get a free glass of house wine with food, or sometimes they just put all the items on the menu at the half price. There’s often live music at night so if this your bag …

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

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 Boqueira. This is the exact vibe they created in their restaurant in Split. In the day before Croatia was on the tourist map this was shareware storebut now the two-story interior is beautifully decorated, modern and airy. The menu includes a selection of Croatian tapas-style dishes, but also full meals. Menu changes seasonally. Excellent choice of Croatian wines!

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

Fast food & cheap eateries in Split

Tri Volta
Tavern Tri Volta (Zalogajnica Dioklecijan) is a truly special place for people of Split. This restaurant has been here for 40 years. There is no fancy signs, and very few tourist come in. The place is not decorated in a fashionable way. Crowd is mixed, young and old, many people know each other, and the atmosphere is convivial. Food is honest, homemade, it is an excellent place to taste a working class Dalmatian plates.
Contacts | a: Dosud 9, Split | t: +385 21 346 683

Restaurant Makrovega
Restaurant Makrovega is the only fully vegetarian restaurant in Split. Since there are plenty of vegetarians visiting Split, I think it is important to list it here. They offer snacks and sandwiches, as well as daily buffet.

Contacts | a: Leština 2, Split | t: +385 21 394 440

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