Best Restaurants in Opatija and Opatija Riviera in Croatia
Best Restaurants in Opatija Riviera in Croatia

Best Restaurants in Opatija Riviera in Croatia

Whether you are looking for a fine-dining restaurant in Opatija, or want to have traditional food in one of the authentic taverns, find the inspiration in our Opatija restaurants guide!

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Plan your gourmet experience in Opatija with the help of our guide about the best places to eat out in Opatija and Opatija Riviera.

Most of the Opatija restaurants in the list below are concentrated around the famous 9km long seafront promenade Lungomare. Some of them are in villages close to Opatija, all within a short drive away.


1. Ruzmarin

Dining Terrace in Restaurant Ruzmarin in Opatija, Photo Credit: Restaurant Ruzmarin FB Page

Restaurant Ruzmarin is one of the restaurants in Opatija with a long tradition and well deserved top-notch reputation.

Indoor Dining Salon in Restaurant Ruzmarin in Opatija, Photo Credit: Restaurant Ruzmarin FB Page

Founded in 1986, the Ruzmarin Restaurant in Opatija delights its guests with gastronomic stories for already more than 35 years. It is a favorite place to eat out for Opatija locals and for tourists.

It is a great choice for lunch or dinner with family and for a romantic dinner. Furthermore, Restaurant Ruzmarin hosts also bigger groups.

Meal Presentation Restaurant Ruzmarin in Opatija, Photo Credit: Restaurant Ruzmarin FB Page

The extensive menu list includes traditional Croatian dishes and a good offer of international meals. Here you can enjoy seafood, meat dishes, and a variety of pasta. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options are available. Although there is ample seating space both indoors and outdoors, we recommend booking a table in advance. The ambiance is pleasant and friendly.

Address: Veprinački put 2, 51410, Opatija

Reservations and inquiries on phone number +385 51 712 673 and e-mail restoran.ruzmarin@gmail.com

Website: www.restaurant-ruzmarin.com


2. Roko

Roko Opatija Restaurant - terrace, Photo Credit: Roko Opatija Facebook Page

Roko Restaurant and Roko Pizzeria right next door are located in the main street in Opatija. If you talk with any of the locals during your vacation in Opatija and if you ask them which restaurant is not to be missed while in Opatija, Roko will surely be in the top 3 recommendations.

Roko Opatija Pizzeria- terrace, Photo Credit: Roko Opatija Facebook Page

All meals at the Restaurant Roko and at the Pizzeria Roko have the signature of the renowned chef Stjepan Dunatov, who owns and runs both places.

Full of character, both places offer a warm and friendly ambiance. Paired with excellent service and mouth-watering food it is one of the best go-to places for lunch and for a dinner in Opatija.

Roko Opatija meal presentation, Photo Credit: Roko Opatija Facebook Page


The delights of the culinary team in Roko are focused on Italian cuisine with a strong local influence. Homemade pasta, risottos, pizza, fish and meat delicacies from the grill, and various tapas food are just part of the rich offer.

Roko Opatija Homemade Pasta, Photo Credit: Roko Opatija Facebook Page

As already mentioned, Roko is deservedly very popular restaurant in Opatija so we recommend making the reservation upfront. If you stroll down the main street toward the city center, and the restaurant is full, you can leave your number and they will surely call you when one of the tables becomes available.

Address: Ul. Maršala Tita 114, 51410, Opatija

Reservations and inquiries on phone number +385 51 711 500 (Pizzeria Roko), +385 51 712 816 (Restaurant Roko)

Website: www.roko-opatija.com/en/


3. Restaurant Villa Ariston

Sea-view garden in Restaurant Villa Ariston in Opatija, Photo credit: Villa Ariston Facebook Page

Housed in a boutique hotel of the same name, in a wonderful 19th-century residence right next to the famous promenade in Opatija, the Restaurant Villa Ariston offers an excellent gourmet story combined with a romantic ambiance.

Moreover, this fine Opatija restaurant was named one of the best restaurants in Croatia (2017) and deserved a place in the Michelin guide. It holds a MICHELIN Plate award.

Restaurant Villa Ariston in Opatija, Photo credit: Villa Ariston Website

Sophisticated and elegant indoor dining salon and several outdoor romantic terraces with beautiful views of the sea and the Kvarner Bay provide a pleasant ambiance to enjoy a gastronomic feast.

Meal Presentation at Restaurant Villa Ariston in Opatija, Photo credit: Villa Ariston Website

The culinary team concentrates on delivering the best meals of Mediterranean cuisine with a strong emphasis on local ingredients. Specialties include lobster and other seafood coming from the Kvarner Bay. We recommend taking a tasting menu and relying on the sommelier’s recommendations when it comes to wine.

Finger Food Restaurant Villa Ariston in Opatija, Photo credit: Villa Ariston Website

Here you will surely experience true fine dining in Opatija. With a historic setting and a gorgeous verdant garden paired with stunning views, it is also a great choice for smaller weddings and intimate celebrations.

Address: Ul. Maršala Tita 179, 51410, Opatija

Reservations and inquiries on phone number +385 51 271 379 and e-mail info@villa-ariston.hr

Website: www.villa-ariston.hr


4. Bevanda

Bevanda Hotel, Bar & Restaurant in Opatija, Photo credit: Bevanda Facebook Page

Bevanda is the legendary name on the Croatian gastronomic scene. For decades it was known as one of the best fish restaurants in Opatija and Kvarner bay.

Although the owners changed and the restaurant got a complete makeover, the returning guests are happy that "the new " Bevanda is keeping up to the high standards of food quality and service, as it was in its old glory days.

Interior of the Bevanda Restaurant in Opatija, Photo credit: Bevanda Facebook Page

Bevanda restaurant sits in a prime waterfront location, right next to the sea, a minute on foot to the city center. If you approach it on foot from the main street, we recommend taking the path through the beautiful park Angiolina.

Meal Presentation Bevanda Restaurant in Opatija, Photo credit: Bevanda Facebook Page

Bevanda offers a hedonistic retreat for your palates. Here you can indulge in seafood delicacies and meat specialties. They also offer some great desserts.

Seafront Dine Setting at Bevanda Restaurant in Opatija, Photo credit: Bevanda Facebook Page

The waterfront setting offers a stunning open view of the sea. Dining with the scent of the sea breeze in a modern and luxe setting is a great choice for family outings, business meetings, and even private celebrations.

Not only a first-class restaurant in Opatija, but Bevanda also offers a lounge bar and five-star accommodation in a luxury room of its boutique hotel.

Address: Zert ul. 6, 51410, Opatija

Reservations and inquiries on phone number +385 51 493 888 and e-mail reservations@bevanda.hr

Website: www.bevanda.hr


5. Navis

Design Restaurant Navis in Opatija Riviera, Photo credit: Hotel Navis Website


Restaurant Navis is set outside Opatija, at the beginning of Opatija Riviera. It is housed in a designer five-star hotel Navis that boasts a unique location. Perched on a seaside cliff it boasts amazing views of the sea and the bay.

Seafront Restaurant Navis in Opatija Riviera, Photo credit: Hotel Navis Website


Not only the seafront location and breathtaking views, but Restaurant Navis also offer excellent food and first-class service. The menu follows the principles of a healthy Mediterranean diet. The young and creative culinary team in a creative way delivers the best of the seafood, oysters, lobsters, Istrian beef steak, and other locally available organic ingredients.

Meal Presentation - Oysters - Restaurant Navis in Opatija Riviera, Photo credit: Hotel Navis Website

Pleasant ambiance, tasty meals, and excellent service led to the MICHELIN Plate Award.


Address: Ul. Ivana Matetića Ronjgova 10, 51410, Opatija

Reservations and inquiries on phone number +385 51 444 600

Website: www.hotel-navis.hr


6. Draga di Lovrana

1-star Michelin Restaurant Draga di Lovrana in Lovran Opatija Riviera, Photo credit: Draga di Lovrana Official Website

Restaurant Draga di Lovrana proudly holds a 1-star MICHELIN award. It is one of the seven restaurants in total in Croatia with this honor and only one in the Kvarner region.

The mystical setting at the lower slopes of the Ucka mountain, with the winding road to this extraordinary place, will leave you breathless once when you arrive.

Restaurant Draga di Lovrana in Lovran Opatija Riviera, Photo credit: Draga di Lovrana Official Website

Here the gastronomic journey starts with admiring amazing panoramic views of the mountain slopes, sea, and the islands of Kvarner bay. It continues with the first-class dining experience.

Address: Cesta za Lovransku Dragu 1, 51415, Lovran

Reservations and inquiries on phone numbers +385 51 294 166; +385 98 327 093 and e-mail info@dragadilovrana.hr

Website: http://www.dragadilovrana.hr/restaurant


7. Tavern Valle Losca

Tavern Valle Losca in Opatija Riviera, Photo credit: Valle Losca Facebook Page

If you are in search of a traditional and authentic gourmet experience we recommend visiting the tavern Valle Losca. It is located on the outskirts of Opatija, in the small fishing village Volosko.

This small traditional restaurant offers an intimate setting where you can taste local food prepared following old and simple recipes.

Meal served in Valle Losca in Opatija Riviera, Photo credit: Valle Losca Facebook Page

Valle Losca tavern has a limited seating capacity indoors and on the small open-air terrace. Therefore we recommend making the table reservation upfront.

Icecream served in glass in Valle Losca tavern in Opatija Riviera, Photo credit: Valle Losca Facebook Page

They are by far famous for homemade icecreams, so if you have a sweet tooth, you must try their ice cream cakes.


Address: Ul. Andrije Štangera 2, 51410, Opatija

Reservations and inquiries on phone number +385 95 580 3757 and online

Website: http://www.vallelosca.com/

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