The tourist information office in Pula is in the ancient Roman Forum. The square, which has always been the historic center of the city, remains one of the niceset in the city. The tourist office has maps, and you can help organize your trip in the lovely area of Istria. Email is tz-pula@pu.Htnet.Hr and contact before your arrival to have the information on accommodation and transport. They speak English. Many people get to Pula via plane with Ryanair, or from Trieste in Italy. They then rent a car, and visit the different points of interest in the area. The tourist information office is also in a historic building of interest. It is a lovely medieval castle, constructed at the time by one of the most powerful families in Pula. Pula was part of the Venetian Empire, and was an important trading port in the Adriatic. Not much information in Spanish, but in Italian.
Located on the terrace of the Hotel Pucić Palace in the old town of Dubrovnik, Defne is a quiet, romantic and cozy restaurant, ideal for getting away from the busy and hot streets of summertime Dubrovnik. Very attentive service and quiet piano music that enlivened the evening making it the best place to finish off a long day of sightseeing in the beautiful Croatian city. It has an extensive wine list for all tastes and for dinner it's recommendable to start with a type of income tapas. Main dishes are very well prepared, at least the ones we had were. The menu is not very extensive, a mixture of Croatian and Mediterranean dishes. Delicious fish and good selection of Croatian cheeses that we had as dessert at the end of this quiet dinner in Dubrovnik..... and of our vacation. A highly recommended restaurant. Finally as a side note: like most things in Dubrovnik, it isn't cheap.
Bistro Dva Ferala is one of the tiny restaurants in the heart of Pula. The restaurant has a few tables outside as there it can be very hot, it is nice to sit for lunch. Like most of the restaurants on the Adriatic coast, the place has an Italian influence. On the menu you can see pizzas, pastas, and other typical Italian dishes. In terms of prices it is a bit touristy, but it has the advantage of being located right behind the Roman Forum. Depending on the time of day and where there is shade, all places are worth it. Istria is the region's gastronomic Croatia, and wherever you go, you can eat decently. Here, the pizzas cost about 8 euros and other dishes between 6 and 10 euros. They offer some seafood, but not very varied. There is a menu in Italian and English.
The restaurant Plavi Podrum is in privileged location, a bit outside the center of Opatija, in a cove for fishermen, a small harbor. It is a very traditional, and while you're some km from Rijeka, the big city. In front you have colored wooden boats for fish and squid. There's no fresher seafood. It is one of the best restaurants in Europe, is in the top 100 according to the magazine Restaurants. It is quite chic. It is good for a nice dinner or a salad at noon. As you near Rijeka, a lovely village, it gets booked on Friday and Saturday night, there are many people. The rest of the time, the service is friendly, beautiful place, and all the attention goes to the little details, either for decoration, cleaning, glasses and silverware, not anywhere. The account is about 40 euros per person for a full dinner.
We went to lunch after reading a recommendation and the food was very tasty. The service was good and the price was not too high. The only negative thing is that we had to pay in Kuna, and they did not accept credit cards at the restaurant.
The Mill is one of the oldest restaurants in Opatija. This small fishing port is located only 10 km from the major city of Rijeka and their especially is grilled fish, vegetables and pasta dishes with a strong Italian influence. The specialty of the region of Istria, are the "tartufe" black truffles, which are often paired with cream and tagliatelle. The Mill offers all these regional dishes along with a wine list that is mostly Italian.
The only drawback to this restaurant is that during the day, there is not much shade on the deck, but once the sun goes down it is the perfect place for a quiet dinner for two, with beautiful harbor views. You can expect to pay about 20 euros per person which includes wine, a fish dish and a dessert. Overall, the prices is reasonable when you know it is one of the most visited cities on the coast for tourists in the summer.
Although it was noon we could not resist stopping at a restaurant that advertised grilled pork so we stopped to try. The restaurant and hotel are called Mirjana and it was just over 30 miles from the Plivitce Park lakes. The four of us ate the pork and soup for 35 kn (4.68 €). All the food came to 194 kn (26 €) with drink- it was very cheap and good. It also had free wifi. The place is also a hotel and travel agency.
This spectacular restaurant is situated in the historical heart of Dubrovnik. To have dinner on the terrace a few meters from the ocean and a very affordable price was a great experience. I recommend the seafood risotto, it was fantastic!
In Dubrovnik, it seems you can eat well in basically every restaurant for around the same price. In this restaurant, we ate a starter of two chicken hamburgers, and two plates of spaghetti with seafood, and it cost 280 kunas and bread and water was included in the price. I think wherever you go, the price: quality ratio is pretty similar.
Very simple dishes, sharing a table with strangers. But it's worth trying the delicious local food. Eating fresh fish at reasonable prices in the centre of Split isn't the easiest thing to do, but the atmosphere is great. The fish soup is delicious, as well as the fresh, tasty grilled sea bass.
The waiters are dressed in traditional costume, and the decor is inspired by the story of Hansel and Gretel, but the main reason why this restaurant is recommended is its fish: it's simple, but of excellent quality at an affordable price. In short, if you want to eat fresh fish in town, this restaurant is not to be missed. It is located in Ivana Tkalcica street, one of the most famous in the city, so it's easy to find.
After walking around the walled city of Dubrovnik, and visiting churches and Historic monuments, there is nothing better than stopping at Cele to enjoy lunch at one of the most crowded squares, accompanied by the Croatian beer Ozujsko. Prices are somewhat high due to the location of the bar, but the service is very friendly, has WiFi, and usually rock and blues music, which doesn't disturb you while you have your coffee and enjoy the views.
Zlatni Vrtic is an excellent and cheap restaurant in the center of Zadar, on the main street of the fascinating working class district of Varos. The waiters will call out to you from across the street (usually the sure sign of a tourist-trap), but once you enter you find a beautiful shaded courtyard with a genuine local vibe. If you want something light, they serve great soups and the mussels in tomato sauce were excellent. The only drawback was the service. Too slow and the waiters a bit clueless.
In the heart of Zagreb is a alleyway (Skalinska) where you can eat almost anything at a great price. For about 73 Kuna (about 11 € in 2011) I ate a plate of spaghetti, pasta, beer and a pint and water bottle. The waiters are fast, the dishes plentiful and there is a nice atmosphere, but very hot during the day in summer.