Fine dininig in Split Restaurants
The city of Split represents the center of the gastronomical scene in Dalmatia. Since there are many eateries and restaurants all over the town, and there are many confusing reviews online, our guests often rely on personal recommendations from their personal travel agents, hosts, or friends. Thus, having in mind the quality of the food and the service, here we share our list of the best restaurants in Split.
1. Konoba Nikola - the best fish restaurant in Split, Dalmatia
The best place to eat first-class fish and seafood in Split is restaurant Konoba Nikola.
This is a small intimate tavern-style restaurant located away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Split. It is located in the residential area of Stobrec and run by the same family for almost 20 years. Although it is a bit off the beaten path and out of the city center, it is easy to reach by personal car or by taxi. The parking lot is always secured for the guests of this restaurant.
Konoba Nikola is one of those special places real foodies and gourmets are looking for everywhere they travel. Fresh, top-quality ingredients are put together and prepared in a most simple, but most incredible and tasteful way.
Interior details in Konoba Nikola, Split, Croatia, Photo Source: FB Konoba Nikola
The setting of the restaurant is warm and cozy. The interior is decorated with antique navy details. There are about thirty seating places, and there is no outdoor terrace, which suggests exclusivity. Thus, table reservation in advance is a must.
Konoba Nikola continuously delivers high-quality meals in a pleasurable ambiance, making happy the bellies and the minds of its guests all year round.
They start with serving lunch and finish with dinner. Although you can choose from fish and meat dishes, we suggest you go for fish.
The catch-of-the-day fish here will be displayed to you and you can choose what you want to have. Professional and attentive waiters will help you with suggestions and you can create your own personalized tasting menu. The wine list is extensive, representing the best Croatian and international wines. Wine pairing will add an extra note to indulgence in fish delicacies.
Catch-of-the-day fish and seafood on display in Konoba Nikola
The reputation of the best fish restaurant in Split and Split-Dalmatia county, they cherish and preserve by daily delivering mouthwatering dishes, prepared of fresh and high-quality ingredients.
Seafood served in Restaurant Konoba Nikola
If you choose Konoba Nikola for dinner out in Split prepare yourself to get amazed by the unbelievable gourmet experience. You will most likely want to return to dine here the very next day.
Reservations: +385 21 326 235
2. Bokeria Kitchen & Wine Bar - the best place to dine&wine in the Split old town
One of our favorite restaurants in the old town of Split is the restaurant Bokeria Kitchen & Wine Bar.
This charming place resides in the restored historical house within the vibrant streets of the old town. It is just a couple of minutes on foot from Diocletian’s Palace and waterfront promenade Riva.
Bokeria outstands in the Split gastronomic scene with its unique style. Its appearance is inspired by the famous market in Barcelona. The restaurant stretches over 2 indoor floors and outside you will find a row of sidestreet tables.
Bokeria is the most popular restaurant to dine and wine in Split. Here you can indulge in delicious meals from breakfast to lunch, and finish with late-night drinks.
Breakfast served at the alfresco table in Bokeria restaurant in the Split city center, Photo: FB Bokeria kitchen & wine
The cuisine is focused to bring to the plate the very best of the local ingredients in a creative way. The menu list includes a mix of meat and fish meals, with vegan and vegetarian options. The menu is changing depending on the season. It is a good option for families, couples and for bigger groups.
Bokeria is often taking place in the list of the best restaurants in Split, offering both excellent food and atmosphere. Also, celebrities visiting Split, often choose Bokeria for a dinner in Split. Some of them are Julia Roberts and Magic Johnson.
Although they have a larger number of seating places, all the tables get easily booked. If you choose this very special restaurant for lunch or dinner in Split, make sure to book in advance.
Reservations: +385 (21) 355 577
3. Makarun - the best seafood restaurant in the Split city center
Well-hidden within the streets of the old town of Split, restaurant Makarun is offering a fine dining experience to its guests all year round. They nurture a high reputation as one of the best places to have seafood and homemade pasta in the center of Split.
An elegant sign with the name of the Makarun restaurant shines invitingly at the front of one of the old stone passages. Just a few steps away from the vibrant street lays the patio with the main terrace. From the first step in, you get overwhelmed by the relaxed Mediterranean ambiance. The decorations are intentionally simple and elegant, allowing the plethora of tastes to play the main role.
Makarun is named by the "makaruni", which is a name for homemade pasta prepared following traditional recipe from the island of Korcula. Of course, they serve makaruni homemade pasta with seafood. and it is one of the chef's specials.
Makarun is both very well-established for meat and seafood. Also here you will find a great selection of Croatian wines and the staff is very knowledgeable and ready to help in pairing food and wine.
Restaurant Makakrun is very popular among the local gourmets who will without exception always name it among the best restaurants in the Split center. This place abounds with a positive atmosphere and radiates joyfulness and happiness of enjoyment in delicious food and top-quality wines.
Makarun is also a good choice for special occasions, such as birthday celebrations, reunions. It can be closed for a private event such as a wedding reception, but this should arrange months upfront.
4. Kinoteka Food & Bar – the best place for Asian fusion in Split
Located in the very nucleus of the city of Split, restaurant Kinoteka is well established as a rising star with the aim to differentiate from other restaurants in the Split city center.
Kinoteka brings a unique fusion of Asian and Mediterranean food and delivers tempting and seductive meals that will please even the most demanding palates.
Kinoteka restaurant is a very special fine dining place inside the Diocletian’s Palace. Although it will take some effort to navigate through the labyrinth of streets to find it, it is well worth the visit.
The setting of the restaurant is taking place in a gothic palace with a beautiful terrace. You can choose from indoor and outdoor seating. The restaurant's interior is inspired by the unique theme of the old cinema and movies.
In Kinoteka, they invest a lot in creating a relaxing ambiance, so often they have live acoustic music. Here you will also find their bar with an interesting list of amazing signature cocktails and a very good wine list.
After you indulge your palates to enjoy amazingly tasteful meals, wash your mouth with one of Kinoteka's signature cocktails and enjoy the magical ambiance.
If you like quirky places and Asian food accompanied by world-class service, eating in Kinoteka restaurant is a must-do on your visit to Split.
Address: Ul. Majstora Jurja 8, 21000, Split
Reservations: +385 91 530 4260
5. Zoi – the best restaurant with a romantic setting and sea view in Split
Zoi is our top recommendation if you are in search of a restaurant in Split with a romantic setting and sea view.
This restaurant is located in the southern wall of Diocletian's Palace, overlooking Riva and islands in front. In addition to the perfect setting, the culinary team in Zoi will deliver the art of the food to your plate.
A phenomenal combination of fresh ingredients, superb wines, and a unique setting with stunning sea views will make your lunch or dinner pleasant to the maximum.
Zoi bursts with positive vibes and Mediterranean ambiance. While you enjoy top-class delicacies and enjoy the relaxing ambiance, you can observe from above the everyday life that is happening on the waterfront promenade Riva.
Indoor and outdoor seating places are limited, so it is advisable to make a table reservation upfront.
The culinary team at Zoi focuses on Mediterranean cuisine with adding to it a touch of historical heritage. Enrich delightful and eye-catching dishes with one from their very rich list of top-class international and Croatian wines. Also, at Zoi, you can choose from more than twenty different craft beers.
Choose Zoi for a romantic dinner in Split and impress your loved one!
Reservations: +385 21 637 491
If you are staying in Split for more than just a few days, you should definitely visit Trogir and its old town. Read The 5 Best Restaurants in Trogir for ideas where to eat out in Trogir!