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Žlica i vilica

Žlica i vilica (Kneza Mislava 13, 10000 Zagreb) – the name of this restaurant, which is Croatian for “spoon & fork”, is an upscale Italian-style bistro which serves both local and Italian dishes.  It also has a respectable wine list, and welcomes both romantic couples and groups of friends.  

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Zinfandel’s

Zinfandel’s (Regent Esplanade Hotel, Mimanoviceva 1, Zagreb) – for those who want to splurge, this upscale restaurant, located within one of Zagreb’s finer hotels, is well- regarded as the country’s best. Widely-tipped for long-overdue Michelin recognition when Croatia enters the guide, Zinfandel’s offers a fresh and witty interpretation of the country’s traditional cuisine. Innovative cuisine […]

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Tratoria Al Pittor

Tratoria Al Pittor (Bogovićeva 3, Zagreb) — this restaurant is named after a local artist who provided it with wall paintings and other artwork to promote this venue.  An array of local and international dishes is served there, including creamy juha od raštike (collard soup), hand-made ravioli with garlic, and the cod served with grilled […]

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Tip Top

Tip Top (Gundulićeva 18, Zagreb) – this one-time tavern was previously frequented by popular Croatian poet Tina Ujevic.  The meals here are rather simple, but satisfying, such as Crunchy shark on warm potato, radicchio and arugula salad; Veal Zagreb steak with French fries; and Chicken fricasse with tagliatelle.

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Šalša

Šalša (Kostelska 11, Zagreb) – this eatery, located in the working class area of Tresnjevka, serves various local and Mediterranean-influenced meat and seafood dishes.  It also has a popular outdoor seating area for those wanting to dine al fresco.  Music and a very good beer selection are more reasons customers dine here.

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Royal India

Royal India (Kaptol 27, Zagreb) – this is one of the few Indian restaurants in Zagreb.  Along with the South Asian décor, dishes served there include tandoori chicken (marinated in yogurt with garlic, ginger, onion. Spices and saffron; fish marinated in kebab masala finished in tandoor; lamb curry cooked in North Indian spices & herbs, […]

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Rougemarin

Rougemarin (Folnegovićeva 10, Zagreb) – this restaurant, which is very popular among locals, has a gorgeous outdoor terrace and is reputed to serve the best hamburger in town.  It also serves a variety of local and international dishes, such as chicken liver pate with black truffles; leaf salad with roast beef, brie cheese and toasted […]

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Pauza

Pauza (Preradovićeva 34, Zagreb) – this restaurant, which caters to local yuppies, is popular during lunch time.  Many of Mediterranean-Asia fusion dishes are served here.  The décor is very modern (a welcome change from the city’s omnipresent medieval atmosphere), with “chill-out” style dance music playing in the background.  This restaurant prides itself on the affordability […]

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Molto

Molto (Vlaška 115, Zagreb) – given this country’s proximity to Italy, it’s expected that some restaurants, like Molto, would serve Italian dishes – ranging from pizzas to pastas, raviolis and other Mediterranean standard dishes.  Along with that, Croatian items like “crni ravioli” (squid-like pasta stuffed with cheese and shrimp) and Istarski Pljukanci (doughy pasta twizzles […]

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Lari i Penati

Lari i Penati (Petrinjska 42a, Zagreb) – the meals served in this modern bistro range from fried sole marinated in white wine to trout fillet with tabulé salad and homemade croutons with fried pear; spinach and cheese canelons; as well as local favorites like sausages with saukraut and potatoes. A variety of Croatian wines are […]