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Anyone who has ever vacationed in Istria / Croatia, will not be able to get around the excellent cuisine.

15 best fish and seafood restaurants in Istria

In this article, I would like to introduce you to 15 of the best fish and seafood restaurants in Istria and the surrounding area.

1. Monte
Undisputed, Monte is one of the best restaurants in Istria. You will find this restaurant in the old town of Rovinj, not far from the Basilica of Saint Euphemia. The kitchen consists of a five-course tasting selection. All ingredients are obtained directly from the local farmers market. Here's a creative overhaul of traditional Istrian seafood and traditional meat classics.
Monte, Montalbano 75, Rovinj, Croatia, +385 52 830 203
 
2. Batelina
The Batelina is an innovative restaurant appreciated by locals as well as gourmets around the world. In fact, it is said to be one of the best seafood restaurants in Croatia. This restaurant is still managed today by a fish family. Specialties include fish-shark liver pate, bonito tartare, octopus stew and fish carpaccio. Best order a little bit of everything.
Čimulje 25, Banjole, 52100, Croatia, +385 52 573 767
 
3. Damir & Ornella, Novigrad
Damir & Ornella is known as one of the gastronomic adventures of Istria. You will reach Novigrad through the valley of the river Mirna. The family restaurant Damir & Ornella has been specially prepared for lovers of seafood. Freshly caught seafood is on offer - fish, lobster, clams, calamari, crab and lobster. Much of it is raw, lightly cooked or grilled and served with wine.
Zidine ul. 5, Novigrad, 52466, Croatia, +385 52 758 134

 
4. Tavern Čok
The Tavern Čok is only a few steps away from the old town of Novigrad. Here you will find fascinating fish dishes and a large selection of homemade pasta. The absolute classics are fresh oysters, lobster pasta and grilled sea bass. The daily menu depends on the day's catch. Other specialties include a plate of raw fish and other seafood delicacies.
Sv. Antona 2, Novigrad, Istarska, 52466, Croatia, +385 52 757 643

 
5. Zenon Konoba & Enoteka
Zenon Konoba & Enoteka is located in the heart of Croatia's famous truffle country. This restaurant offers a superb selection of traditional cuisine, ranging from pasta, seafood, meat and cold mezze. If you choose good food in a rustic tavern style, Zeno Konoba & Enoteka is the place for you.
Zenon Konoba & Enoteka, Mlinska 2, Brtonigla 52474, Croatia, +385 95 897 9029
 
6. Barba Danilo Rovinj

Barba Danilo Rovinj is one of the new discoveries in Rovinj when it comes to excellent food. This restaurant is a family run, with excellent service and meals. The Barba Danilo Rovinj is not only suitable for families, but also groups up to 30 people. The terrace is especially unique. This is famous for its fish and meat dishes. The selection of dishes made from fresh seafood is breathtaking.
If you are looking for a nearby accommodation, we recommend the Villa Number 1 Rovinj . A villa with fully equipped kitchen, 4 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, ideal for a group of 8 people. In addition, you can enjoy a private pool and sauna.
Polari, Rovinj, 52210, Croatia, +385 52 830 002

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7. Konoba Kali
The Konoba Kali is located near white beaches and the crystal clear Adriatic Sea, with the background of towering limestone mountains. The specialty of this restaurant are ravioli filled with seafood. But also the beef steak, which is grilled over open fires, finds its place here. Here you will experience the authentic atmosphere of the " Old World " and an inviting terrace.
Konoba Kali, Kali 39a, Medveja, Lovran, Croatia, +385 98 563 872
 
8. Konoba Toklarija, Sovinjsko polje
The fish restaurant Toklarija is located in the heart of Istria, surrounded by Motovun and Buzet on the other side. Once a family home and olive oil mill, the building alone impresses with its backyard and terraces. It is recommended to opt for the entire tasting menu as it best reflects the essence of the Istrian inland terroir. All ingredients are sourced from local suppliers, not more than a few miles away.
Sovinjsko Polje, 52420, Croatia, +385 91 926 6769
 
9. Konoba " Kod Luce"
Konoba " Kod Luce " is one of the culinary secrets you will find in Istria. People come from far and wide to enjoy the always fresh and delicious fish dishes. Once the restaurant is really full, the owner helps to serve fine food. This restaurant was perfect for families or a special evening with friends.
If you intend to spend more time in the area, we recommend the Villa Maja Vrsar. A luxury villa, with 3 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, just a stone's throw from the beach. The villa is centrally located; Shops, bars and restaurants can be easily reached on foot.
Dalmatinska ul. 18, Vrsar, 52450, Croatia, +385 91 957 3621
 
10. Konoba Buščina
Buščina is a restaurant for those who like rustic food while enjoying gourmet food. What is appreciated by all visitors, Buščina adapts to its seasonal menu , using only local produce. As a result, Buščina offers authentic Croatian seafood specialties all year round . Especially the Adriatic squid has done to many. Let yourself be surprised by the excellent service and professional preparation.
Buščina, Buščina 18, Umag, Croatia, +38 552 732 088
 
11. Le Mandrać
Le Mandrać is housed in the old fishing port of Volosko. The decor is modern and a little adapted to the Scandinavian style. Gourmets have long since discovered Le Mandrać as their hotspot. Are you looking for a fashionable and creative Mediterranean cuisine, here you are right. Serves fresh food made exclusively from local produce.
Le Mandrać, Volosko, Opatija, Croatia, +385 51 701 357
 
12. Restaurant Zigante
Whether you are looking for truffles or first-class fish dishes, you can not go wrong at the Zigante restaurant. As a gourmet eatery, here you will find a seasonal menu of Mediterranean dishes, matched to Istrian cuisine. The owner of Zigante is the man who won the 1999 Guinness World Record for the largest white truffle ever found.
Zigante, Livade 7, Livade, Croatia, +385 52 664 302
 
13. Restaurant Pergola
The Pergola is known to its lovers for its seasonal fish specialties. If you want something special, try the spider crab and cattle fish in their unique preparation. Order a la carte and get only the best of the best. Red mullet fillet stuffed with truffles is another specialty. However, if you want something of everything, try the tasting menus.
Pergola, Suncana street 2, Savudrija. Reservations are essential. +385 52 759 685
 
14. Restaurant Badi
The restaurant Badi was already opened in 1986. In the meantime, this restaurant has become one of the best seafood restaurants in the area. Especially recommended are bass in bread, squid on black lentil cream or queen scallop carpaccio with garlic mousse. As a gourmet restaurant and family business, you can expect excellent service and first-class offers.
Umaska ​​street 12, Umag, +385 52 756 293
 
15. Restaurant Viking
If you love seafood, you should not miss the restaurant Viking. Order the raw oysters, crustaceans or the grilled fish. Lobster is also an excellent option. This restaurant has its own oyster farming, as only fresh oysters are best. But not just an oyster habitat, the restaurant Viking also owns its own sea bream and sea bass kennels.
Restaurant Viking, in Lim Bay, near Sveti Lovrec, +385 52 448 223
 
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Selection by: Nino Batelic Paskic