Adriatic Grašo

Occupying a raised promontory just above the ACI marina, this glass-enclosed pavilion offers superb views of the Adriatic, with outdoor tables stretching along the promontory towards the south. The main, formal part of the restaurant occupies the western side of the building: here the menu concentrates on classy Dalmatian fish and seafood dishes, prepared with…

noon-midnight daily
Uvala Baluni More info
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This splendid new venture from a Croatian who has spent many years in Berlin, lies on the western boundary of Diocletian’s Palace, near the Riva, and shares an old building, smartly done up. Green partitions, stone walls, bright art and simple furnishings make this a great place for an upmarket lunch. The traditional Dalmatian menu…

11am-midnight daily
Šubićeva 5 More info
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The Hotel Atrium’s big ground-floor restaurant is increasingly recognized as one of the city’s prime culinary destinations. Here the traditional Dalmatian repertoire is  jazzed up with an injection of modern European attitude. The kitchen sticks to a handful of top-notch dishes rather than attempting to cook up every Adriatic recipe under the sun: fishy mains are…

11am-midnight daily
Domovinskog rata 49A More info

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Opened in 1973 and praised in Croatia’s top gastronomic guides, Boban is tucked among residential buildings a short walk up from Firule – the taxi driver will know it. Specialities include home made gnocchi filled with scampi and prosciutto, filet mignon in red-wine-and-truffle sauce, and monkfish fillets wrapped in pancetta and served on rice with…

Noon-midnight daily
Hektorovićeva 49 More info
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Bota Šare
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Situated on the top level of the Bačvice beach pavilion, this Dalmatian-cuisine restaurant is one of the best places to try local fish, and especially shellfish – the Bota Šare business started out in the famous oyster-farming town of Ston, where the Šare family still has a restaurant. Ruffled sails are attached to the ceiling, a wooden boat acts…

Summer 10am-1am daily. Winter 10am-midnight daily
Bačvice More info


The Bruna was named after a wealthy benefactor who patronised the hotel during the lean war years. There’s an international edge to the menu, with dishes such as duck and lamb rubbing shoulders with more traditional Dalmatian treats such as pašticada and grilled fish. Asparagus, Beaujolais or truffles appear in season and guest chefs spice up…

6.30am-midnight daily
Hotel Park, Hatzoev perivoj 3 More info
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Buffet Fife

Seadogs and backpackers tuck into Split’s cheapest local delights at the far end of the Riva. Pan-fried fish is refreshingly priced by the portion rather than per kilo. You’ll also find meat dishes such as tongue, tripe and pašticada stew.

6am-midnight daily
Trumbićeva obala 11 More info

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Situated just above the coastal path that works its way east from Bačvice Beach, Dvor is  a uniquely calming place from which to admire the inviting silhouettes of Šolta and Brač across the water. Sit in the conservatory or venture out onto the terrace shaded by trees. Dvor functions perfectly both as café and restaurant – fish, steak and fowl are fired up on the open grill overlooking the lawn outside, and there’s an excellent…

Open 7.30am-1am Mon-Sat, 9am-1am Sun
Put Firula 14, Split More info


Hulking great pizzas are served at bargain-basement prices at this modest little spot just off Marmontova west of the palace. No surprises in the selection but it doesn’t seem to bother the many local regulars and tourists delighted to find this place off the beaten track.

9am-midnight Mon-Sat; noon-midnight Sun
Tončićeva 12 More info

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Occupying the same panoramic terrace as the former Bekan, the Kadena boasts fabulous views over Zenta Marina towards the distant islands. The tasting menus offer several courses from 270kn to 320kn. The wine list requires a huge cellar. Various bruschette and creative desserts add to a classic Dalmatian menu already given an extra dimension by…

9am-midnight Mon-Thur, Sun; 9am-1am Fri, Sat
Ivana pl Zajca More info
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