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Even though it is the capital of Croatia, Zagreb offers more than traditional Croatian food and classic dishes. In one city you can try both Mediterranean and continental dishes, prepared in a classic or modern way.
Zagreb’s restaurant and food scene have numerous gems, and we have prepared a short guide for you to try the best ones there. Whatever you choose from the places listed you cannot go wrong, because not only are these dishes the finest of Croatia’s food, but they are also prepared by great Chefs, and from local and fresh ingredients.
Here is our list of top restaurants in Zagreb you should definitely visit:
If you do not have time to visit the rest of Croatia, ManO will take you on a great gastro trip with their menu. In one place you can try Kvarner shrimps, deer filet, and matured Croatian Simmental beef, and all that while seeing the magic happening in a bright open kitchen. To pair with their precisely prepared dishes they also have an outstanding wine selection. Even though ManO is considered to be a place for fine dining, the atmosphere is relaxed.
Zinfandel's Restaurant is named after the Zinfandel grape, which is their trademark and it is planted in their garden of Oleander terrace. This is a place for special occasions, with an elegant interior and seasonal dishes on the menu. Local and fresh ingredients prepared in a creative way by their Chef Ana Grgić are something you will not want to miss, but we would for sure recommend to try Esplanada štrukli which are on the menu for decades.
Noel is the first restaurant in Zagreb with a Michelin star, and they keep affirming this award. Noel’s dishes are the best of local seasonal ingredients prepared with elite culinary techniques. Novelty in Noel’s menu is a vegetarian menu, which does not try to replace animal proteins, it rather treats vegetables as the main stars of the dish. This restaurant defends its place at the top of Zagreb’s restaurants not only with prodigious dishes but with, by far best wine selection in the city. The menu is full of incredible dishes which are tasty as well as mastered with details and elegance.
Dubravkin put is located in the Tuškanac forest, which offers a special experience of dining just ten minutes walk from the center of Zagreb, but in a calm and green surrounding. Dishes on the menu seem simple and traditional but are a bold combination of flavors. Dubravkin put offers lunch and dinner menus. Lunch menus change often, almost on weekly basis, and the dinner menu is based mostly on seasonally available ingredients. Both fish and meat dishes are remarkable, but if we had to highlight one thing that would be the dessert Le Louis XV, well desserts in general.
Entering Atlanta Bocca Marai is an experience itself. You might think you have entered one of some other world metropolis restaurants. Atlanta Bocca Marai’s menu is based on fish specialties and Mediterranean cuisine prepared in a classical style. But there are also meat dishes, such as Black Angus Ribeye and T-Bone steaks which are worth trying.
The main star in Bistro Apetit has worked together with some of the best Chefs in the world. Marin Rendić has gained experience in 3 restaurants with Michelin stars and is bringing the best of culinary knowledge to Zagreb. Dishes represent three regional Croatian gastronomies - Istria and Primorje, Dalmatia, and Slavonia, and are prepared with ingredients from the main Zagreb’s farmers market Dolac. They are a combination of classic ingredients and flavors prepared with the best culinary techniques, so they represent an excitement for all senses. In Bistro Apetit you can also try the best of Croatian white and red wines like Krauthaker, Korak, Roxanich, Benvenuti, Tomac Meneghetti.
This modern bistro Pod Zidom has a refreshing approach to cuisine, they make everything from scratch, they even have homemade bread. Pod Zidom is a place in the heart of Zagreb with traditional dishes that feel like homemade meals, that are both affordable and gastronomically unmistakable. The menu is inspired by food that is served in old Zagreb taverns for years. Pod zidom offers cocktails specially designed to follow the menu, but also perfect as an after-work drink.
The Restaurant Theatrium by Filho is located in the atrium of the Zagreb Youth Theatre, which was the inspiration behind the name Theatrium, and the interior as well. The kitchen is located in the center of the restaurant and it is a stage, intently glazed so everyone can watch everything that happens on it. The restaurant prepares Mediterranean cuisine of the highest quality. Even the menu is inspired by theatre so each menu starts with snacks called PROLOGUE, and then ACT1 and ACT2 follow, and the big menu ends with four desserts called EPILOGUE.