Dining in Split is a joy for those who like to stray off the well-trod tourist track and delve into Dalmatian cuisine. Influenced by its location on the Mediterranean coast, a Dalmatian menu in Split typically features a lot of fish and seafood, as well as local ingredients like almonds, figs, grapes, and citrus fruits.

    Eat your way through the city by grabbing a burek (pastry), lingering over a marenda (brunch) meal or finding an old-style konoba (tavern) to enjoy a hearty dish like pašticada stewed beef from a recipe that’s been honed over generations. Here we reveal some of the best places for Dalmatian food in Split where locals love to go.

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    Konoba Fetivi

    The real deal for Dalmatian fare

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    Konoba Fetivi, meaning “local tavern” in Croatian, is a great place to start your Dalmatian culinary adventures in Split. There’s nothing fancy here, just a tasty variety of dishes like black risotto, grilled meat and apple strudel served by a family with many generations of history in the area.

    Fetivi’s earned a coveted spot in the Michelin guide but it remains a humble place serving generous portions at reasonable prices. Being found in the old town lends a historical aura to Fetivi’s relaxed setting. 

    Location: Tomica Stine 4, Split, 21000, Croatia

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from midday to 11 pm

    Phone: +385 (0)21 355 152

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    Ma:Toni

    A modern take on Dalmatian food

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    Ma:Toni restaurant in Split has developed a following among foodies for its chef’s skills in bringing out the best of traditional Dalmatian food in creative new ways. Found in a basement of a stone-walled heritage home, this is one of the few places to find thoughtfully prepared vegetarian dishes among a medley of vibrant meaty meals like lamb-liver stew and gnocchi with duck breast.

    Ma:Toni’s underground dining area offers a cool retreat on hot summer days, with a good flow of jazz music and wine to accompany the meal. It’s found just steps away from Bačvice Beach.

    Location: Prilaz Braće Kaliterna 6, 21000, Split, Croatia

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 1 pm to 11 pm

    Phone: +385 (0)21 278 457

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    Konoba Korta

    Alfresco dining in the heart of Diocletian’s Palace

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    Konoba Korta’s magnificent location on a square within Diocletian’s Palace certainly draws people in, but it’s the true Dalmatian tastes that locals clamour over. Who doesn’t want to sip wine languidly while soaking up the historic surrounds of an ancient Roman palace? Traditional dishes like squid with barley are served in the restaurant’s signature red pots, and prices are reasonable for its location.

    Konoba Korta is a seasonal place, open only from early March to the end of October. Best to book a table during the summer months to avoid missing out, especially for evening meals.

    Location: Poljana Grgura Ninskog 3, 21000, Split, Croatia

    Open: Daily from 8 am to midnight

    Phone: +385 (0)21 277 455

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    St Burek

    Delicious savoury snacks

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    St Burek diner is a fine place in Split to fill up on a Dalmatian style burek (baked stuffed pastries). Locals looking for a quick breakfast or snack love to grab a burek, which are pastries stuffed with cheese, meat, apple or spinach and make for a delicious snack.

    The burek pastries at St Burek are inexpensive, at only about 12 kuna, and are best enjoyed with yoghurt and coffee. There’s an air-conditioned dining area to sit down for a meal here but many go for a takeaway meal. Note that they don't take reservations.

    Location: Kroatien, Domaldova ul. 13, 21000, Split, Croatia

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 7.30 am to 11 pm, Sunday from 8 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +385 (0)98 344 710

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    Konoba Stare Grede

    Casual brunch spot

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    Stare Grede is where those in the know in Split flock to enjoy their marenda, a brunch with generous servings of Dalmatian specialities like grilled squid, roast meats, stews, and goulash. Found near the main bus station, it’s a great spot to not only enjoy the local food but also a slice of local life watching the comings and goings of Split’s working people.

    Lunchtime hours during the week and evenings on the weekends are the busiest times, so if you’re planning to visit at these peak times and don’t want to miss out, it’s best to call ahead for a booking.

    Location: Ul. Domovinskog rata 46, 21000, Split, Croatia

    Open: Monday–Friday from 9 am to midnight, Saturday and Sunday from midday to 11 pm

    Phone: +385 (0)21 643 901

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    Villa Spiza

    For an unhurried, unpretentious meal

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    Villa Spiza is a tiny, no-fuss spot hidden away in the old town of Split. It’s not easy to find but well worth the search with its traditional Dalmatian dishes of mostly fish and seafood like risotto with mussels. It’s become known for its ever-evolving menu and easygoing atmosphere. The prices are good, too.

    Those looking for a fine dining experience will not find it here, but Villa Spiza’s cosy setting with just a handful of tables and artfully prepared dishes make it a place to remember – like going to grandma’s house for a meal served with love.

    Location: Ul. Petra Kružića 3, 21000, Split, Croatia

    Open: Monday–Saturday from midday to midnight

    Phone: +385 (0)091 152 1249

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    Mala Kate

    Hot spot for a hearty meal

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    Though Mala Kate is found within a 10-minute walk from the palace in Split, it’s a place mostly frequented by lunching workers from surrounding businesses and local government offices.

    Mala Kate’s décor is unremarkable, but it makes up for its lack of ambience by serving up huge portion sizes of Dalmatian favourites like pašticada meat stew and roast lamb at local prices. To avoid the crowds, it’s best to go in the morning or after 2pm after the office-worker lunch rush.

    Location: Gorička ul. 10, 21000, Split, Croatia

    Open: Daily from 7 am to midnight

    Phone: +385 (0)21 343 454

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    Oštarija u Viđakovi

    A dining spot with deep Dalmatian roots

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    Oštarija u Viđakovi restaurant is run by a local family with an acclaimed lineage of culinary skills dating back to 1799. Dalmatian tradition seeps through everything here, from its décor with vintage photos lining the walls to its mouth-watering dishes like braised beef with gnocchi and pašticada stew.

    The restaurant’s open all year but summer is an ideal time to visit, especially when they have live music in the garden. Oštarija u Viđakovi is found between Bačvice Beach and the port, about 1km away from Diocletian's Palace.

    Location: Prilaz Braće Kaliterna 8, 21000, Split, Croatia

    Open: Daily from 9 am to midnight

    Phone: +385 (0)21 489 106

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    Konoba Kod Joze

    Rustic tavern with traditional fare

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    Konoba Kod Joze is found outside of Split's old town but its authentic Dalmatian dishes have made it a local favourite for more than 30 years. The atmosphere feels old-timey, cosy Croatian with solid wood tables and traditional music piped through the dining area. Seating is also available on the terrace, a great place to relax in the evenings in summer.

    Kod Joze is best known for its seafood, with a menu that changes regularly depending on the catch of the day. To reach Kod Joze from the palace, it’s a 5-minute walk through the lovely Josipa Jurja Strossmayera Park.

    Location: Sredmanuška 4, Split, Croatia

    Open: Monday–Friday from 10 am to midnight, Saturday and Sunday from midday to midnight

    Phone: +385 (0)21 347 397

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    Konoba Varoš

    Slow-cooked Dalmatian delights

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    Konoba Varoš is best known for its traditional peka meals, in which seafood or meats like lamb and octopus are baked under a bell-shaped lid. If ordering a peka meal, booking ahead is essential and a minimum of 4 people required, as it takes some 3 hours to prepare.

    Those arriving on the spur of the moment will not be disappointed, though, with quicker local favourites like fried calamari and risottos available. The restaurant’s tasty dishes and charming old-town flair have made it a popular place for small weddings and events.

    Location: Ban Mladenova 9, 21 000 Split, Croatia

    Open: Daily from 9 am to midnight

    Phone: +385 (0)21 396 138

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    Lana Willocks | Contributing Writer

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