Split boasts some of the best food you’ll find in Croatia. Being the second biggest city in the country, and the largest city in Dalmatia, restaurants in Split offer a variety of cuisine. You’ll find authentic Dalmatian cuisine like black risotto, octopus, sea bream, monkfish and more. However, you’ll also find a selection of international cuisine, from Thai to Hawaiian.
If you’re planning on taking a trip to Split, you should start with this Split travel guide first. This will help you plan your stay in the city, and plan day trips and tours accordingly. You’ll definitely need at least two days in Split just to taste all of the best food in Split.
Here’s all the best eats in and around Split!
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- Best local restaurants in Split
- Best Pizza in Split
- Best Cheap Eats in Split
- Healthy Food in Split
- Delivery and take away in Split
Best local restaurants in Split
Artičok is a restaurant I can always rely on for quality, local cuisine in a great atmosphere. For this reason, it’s one of my favorite restaurants in Split, and I often take clients here on Croatia tours. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu: they have great seafood, risotto, cocktails, and meat dishes! The menu changes seasonally, so you know things will always be fresh!
One of the most popular restaurants in Split is this modern Dalmatian tavern in the heart of the Old Town. Once a cult iron works, Bokeria Kitchen & Wine Bar offers upscale Mediterranean cuisine and a variety of local wines and craft cocktails. There menu offers Dalmatian classics like black risotto, sea bass, and octopus, but they also have great burgers and homemade pasta.
Apetit Split is located in a 15th century stone building, also in the heart of the Old Town. They take full advantage of the close proximity to the farmer’s and fish market, making it another great pick for organic, local cuisine. They are known for their octopus carpaccio, leek risotto, monkfish, and selection of local wines.
Whenever I go to Split, Kitchen 5 is tied with Artičok for being my favorite spot in town. This restaurant is known for serving up elevated, Dalmatian cuisine with a modern twist. The menu offers tons of fresh seafood, mouth-watering charcuterie boards, a great selection of wine and cocktails, and tons of other delicious choices at affordable prices.
For an upscale dining options in the heart of Split’s Old Town, check out Laganini. This restaurant received a Traveler’s choice award on Trip Advisor, and is one of best romantic spots in town. Similar to Kitchen 5, they are known for their excellent service and local cuisine.
Best Pizza in Split
You’ll find pizza on the menu at most restaurants in Split. However, if you’re seeking out the best pizza in Split, you should check out these restaurants that specialize in homemade pizzas.
You definitely need to try the local cuisine while you’re in Split. However, Croatia also does have great pizza! One of the most popular places in Split is Bokamorra Pizzaurant. Here they have homemade pizzas with a variety of cocktails with a kick. They serve late-night food, and often have live music as well.
Bakra Steak & Pizza Bar
Not only does Bakra serve juicy burgers and steaks grilled to perfection, they also serve up wood-fired pizza that draws a crowd of people lining up outside the door! Trip Advisor awarded Bakra with the Travelers’ Choice Award in 2020, and it is considered to be the best steakhouse in Split. They also serve up a variety of Mediterranean dishes, while also catering to vegan and gluten free diets.
Located on the fringe outside the Old Town, Pizzeria Gust is all flavors and no fuss. The pizzeria sits in a traditional, rustic “konoba” with red-checkered table clothes. Also a recipient of Trip Advisor’s Traveler’s choice in 2020, Pizzeria Gust has great pizzas with good value. While they do cater to vegetarians and vegans, they don’t offer gluten free options.
Best Cheap Eats in Split
Toto’s Burger Bar
Vegan? Gluten Free? Backpacker on a budget? Toto’s Burger Bar has it all, and for exceptional prices. This is definitely a go-to place if you’re looking for more American-style food, or just a quick bite. You can also easily get takeaway here to bring it somewhere for a social-distance picnic.
Looking for a late night street food fix? Kantun Paulina is known for having the best cevapi in Split. If you haven’t tried, cevapi is a skinless sausage of mixed meat, usually served with Ajvar sauce made from red peppers. It’s usually topped with onions and homemade bread. This is exactly what you’ll find at Kantun Paulina, along with a variety of other feel-good Balkan foods at affordable prices that locals love too!
Another contestant for “best cevapi in Split” is this fast-food barbecue stand. Ba!cevapi is served ONLY cevapi: either 5 pieces with bread for 28 kunas or a burger for 35 kunas. They also serve beer and soft drinks. There’s definitely nothing fancy about the atmosphere, but it is great for late-night food when you’re out in Split.
Vege Fast Food
If you’re looking for some quick bites that have vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options on the menu, check out Vege Fast Food in Split. Located right at the start of the Riva promenade within the Old Town, this “fast food” joint offers a variety of health food options at affordable prices. On the menu you’ll find falafel wraps, risotto, veggie burgers, and more!
Healthy Food in Split
Kat’s Kitchen Deli
If you’re on a health kick, or looking for somewhere that actually serves breakfast, I recommend you heading to Kat’s Kitchen Deli. Here they serve tons of vegan and gluten free options, such as smoothie bowls, avocado toast, healthy cakes, and more. Many of the menu items are organic, and they also deliver!
Superfood is where street food meets healthy. They are known for offering local, seasonal cuisine and specialize in breakfast and lunch. On the menu you will find anything from vegan scrambled eggs to the “protein bomb” with organic chicken, free range eggs, and other local products. They serve a variety of vegan items, including raw cakes, and offer gluten free options.
Craving an acai or poke bowl? Head to MakaMaka, offering healthy, Hawaiian food at affordable prices. On the menu are salmon or tuna poke bowls with a variety of toppings. Otherwise they also have acai bowls with fresh fruits, and freshly made smoothies. This is definitely the only place in Croatia I’ve seen poke and acai bowls, so this type of place is hard to come by!
Pandora GreenBox Vegeteria
While the other healthy restaurants in Split offer a more casual setting, Pandora GreenBox is great if you’re looking for a more upscale, vegetarian option. They offer indoor and outdoor seating in a romantic setting, and are open from breakfast to dinner. On the menu you’ll find vegan burgers, truffle pasta, and veggie protein bowls.
I actually discovered Fig while on the island of Hvar, and was delighted to hear that they also have a location in Split. Fig specializes in healthy and creative eats with local ingredients. It is conveniently located in the heart of the Old Town, hidden in a side street it’s almost easy to miss. You’ll find items like granola bowls, burritos, sweet potato fries, pulled pork, and more on the menu!
Delivery and take away in Split
Adriatic Sushi & Oyster Bar
While this Split restaurant has a spacious outdoor seating area, it’s also great for takeaway. TripAdvisor awarded Adriatic Sushi & Oyster with the Travelers’ choice award in 2020, and it is considered to be the best sushi restaurant in town. They offer a variety of sushi rolls, tempura, oysters, and more. You can order in advance and pick it up in their central, old town location.
Sexy Cow offers tons of takeaway friendly options, such as sandwiches, wraps, and salads. They even offer a hearty English-style breakfast, as well as smoothie and more. It’s located slightly outside the Old Town of Split, which means the prices are more affordable than many of places within the Old Town.
I stumbled upon Silk initially on the island of Korcula, and then found them a couple months later in Split while on the hunt for pad thai. There aren’t many (good) Thai restaurants in Croatia, but Silk is a rare exception. This Asian fusion restaurant offers pad thai, red curry, gyoza, mango ceviche, and much more. You can choose to dine in, but all of their food is very takeout-friendly.
You can check out other restaurants that deliver in Split here.