Best places To Eat Out in Croatia
Croatian cuisine has many variants and every region has some specialties. The mainland Croatian cuisine has many things in common with the Austro-Hungarian cuisine and sometimes Turkish. At the Croatian coast are visible influences of ancient Illyrian cuisine, and later Mediterranean cuisine, especially Italian and French cuisine.
Croatian continental cuisine is characterized by a more complex preparation and a number of more nutritious foods such as all kinds of meat, all kinds of vegetables, fruits, grains and dairy products and eggs. The cuisine of the Croatian Adriatic is primarily based on fish, seafood, fruits and vegetables and indispensable olive oil.
Preparing food is an integral part of the tradition and culture. People are usually dining three times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner), noting that the most important and most often the largest meal is lunch. In Croatia, people enjoy in the preparation of food and drink, and they pay big attention to it. Food is prepared slowly, portions are plentiful, usually consists of meat, vegetables and salads. Desserts and coffee are often an essential part of the ritual of eating and drinking. Any strong or pungent spices are used in minimal quantities in most of cases.
Each Croatian area has something original. From the island of Pag comes special cheese known as the cheese trademark of the island. The karst areas bring out the Dalmatian ham (prsut). In the Zagora (Dalmatian hinterland) dominate simple dishes like bread, pork and potato dishes. The mainland cuisine is characterized by stews usually made from sauerkraut, cabbage, meat and bacon. Forest areas are known for hearty venison.
Below is a short of list of some of the best places to eat out in Croatia:
Nautika in Dubrovnik
Near the centre of Dubrovnik, there is a restaurant Nautika (Nautica), one of the most attractive and most elite places to eat out in Croatia. The friendly staff offers the best seafood and other selected delicacies, on the terraces, with a breathtaking view of the sea and the fortresses Lovrijenac and Bokar that frame the view. In addition to top-quality service and relaxed atmosphere, you can expect a rich selection of selected domestic and foreign wines. The Nautica guests are especially happy to recommend dishes: Brodetto, Boiled Fillet of sea swallow and Adriatic Shrimps in Parsley Sauce.
Nada in Vrbnik, island of Krk
Restaurant Nada (Hope) was opened in 1974. In its beginnings was small, cozy inn, and over the years turned into a respectable restaurant known outside the Croatian borders. The restaurant is located in a century-old tavern that has in the past served as a family cellar for making and storing wine, and in 1990 opened its doors to visitors. The main feature of cuisine is a Mediterranean cuisine with an emphasis on seafood dishes. There you can taste widely known salad of seafood, legendary risotto with shrimp, monkfish in excellent sauce made with local wine or tasty local lamb.
The restaurant is located in the city center, next to the famous lookout point, which provides a beautiful view of the Crikvenica Riviera and the Velebit Channel.
Bevanda in Opatija
Bevanda is situated in the center of Opatija, surrounded by the sea and greenery Opatija Park, overlooking the entire Kvarner region, islands and mountains in the background. The tradition of superior hospitality begins back in 1971 when the restaurant was founded by Mr. Branko Bevanda.
Successful business and top quality service over the years have positioned restaurant in the top of Croatian gastronomy and the wider region. The restaurant is based primarily on food related to the sea so guests can enjoy a wide selection of fresh fish, crustaceans and mollusks. Professional, experienced and creative culinary staff certainly can successfully respond to guests with high demands in preparing creative, modern dishes with an emphasis on fresh, organic foodstuff of local origin.
Stari Puntijar in Zagreb
Along the main road from Zagreb to Medvednica Mountain there is a restaurant Stari Puntijar preserving the over 160-year-long family tradition. The hall of the restaurant is decorated with old paintings; old weapons, hunting trophies and old ceiling can accommodate 100 guests.
Equal importance was given to the preparation of each of the specialties of local cuisine and to the selection of some 100 types of wine. The restaurant has hosted many wine promotions and events. Part of restaurant menus make dishes from local dried sausage and bacon, greaves, cheeses, soups, many game dishes such as venison ham, roast wild duck and pheasant, venison medallions, grilled bear meat and other specialties made by old recipes.
Terasa in Daruvar
Restaurant Terasa (Terrace) is woven into the central part of Daruvar’s Julije’s Park. Guests of Daruvar Spa enjoy in an archaic charm and historical value of this property. The history of the restaurant dates back to the beginning of the 20th century. With a spacious dance floor and an outdoor terrace with garden furniture, makes it an attractive place for many special occasions. Among other dishes, guests can try traditional Slavonian and Czech specialties, from appetizers to desserts. From Slavonian dishes stand out: Slavonian steak, Vineyard chop, Daruvar platter, steak Terrace, steak Arcadia, while dishes of Czech national cuisine include: noodles with poppy seeds, plum dumplings, braised beef, pumped steamed dumplings, potato dishes. Guests are also offered to taste venison (deer, wild boar, roe deer) and fish (carp, catfish, perch, trout).
Plavi Podrum in Osijek
Restaurant Plavi Podrum (Blue cellar) is located in the heart of Slavonia, near the city of Osijek. It consists of a modern kitchen, bar with buffet, two air-conditioned rooms and a terrace where guests enjoy the view. Owner of restaurant Zlatko Ravlic received numerous awards for his professional and quality work. Part of the gastronomic variety of healthy and fresh food make foods from own production and supply of fresh meat (lamb, veal, beef, pork, suckling pig, etc.) from which they prepare numerous specialties of the rich Slavonian and healthy Dalmatian cuisine. The house specialty is lamb on the spit that made restaurant widely known across country, but guests can also taste the boiled lamb, baked or pickled lamb soup whose secret recipe owners kept for many years. There is also offer of veal, grilled meats and a whole range of ready meals. The range of delicacies is accompanied by more than 70 kinds of top quality and high-quality wines from wine-growing Croatian regions.