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Restaurant Boom in Zagreb: 13 Newly Opened Eateries

Zagreb (Photo: Sandra Tralic)

The Croatian capital is going through somewhat of a restaurant boom with more than a dozen new restaurants opening up already since the start of the year.

Whilst over a dozen restaurants recently opened, it is not stopping there with a number of new restaurants in the city preparing to open before the summer also.

For a few of the new restaurants it has been a case of rebranding, but never has there been as many options for locals and tourists in Zagreb. More new restaurants opened at the end of last year and the start of this year than in the whole of 2017.

Gastro portal Kult Plave Kamenice have compiled a list of the recent editions in town.

1. Bistro Apetit, Jurjevska 65

Bistro Apetit

With the arrival of chef Marin Rendić at the beginning of December, the long agony of this once eccentrically popular restaurant has been completed. Rendic is undoubtedly an excellent chef, and with his new menu, you can see Apetit’s real ambitions and domination.

2. Fidel Gastro, Krste Pavletića 1

Fidel Gastro/Facebook

Fidel Gastro is a nicely furnished club-restaurant in Trešnjevka in the part of the city which needed a modern place. Fidel Gastro needs to prove whether it is serious about food, especially Latin American.

3. Veganšpek, Tomašićeva 6a


The name (vegan/bacon) says it all about the unusual concept of this restaurant in Zagreb’s Design District. The mix of vegan food with pork and beef and fish has proven successful so far, especially during the lunch period.

4. Habibi, Orešje 13


Located in the west, Habibi is Zagreb’s first real Middle Eastern restaurant which attracts guests with its oriental delights and entertainment with its belly dancers over the weekend.

5. Dragon BBQ, Green Gold

Dragon BBQ

Serving up the cuisine of China, Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Korea and Malaysia, Dragon BBQ has opened where Asia Gold restaurant was located in Green Gold centre. It will offer an all-you-can-eat buffet.

6. The Garden Bar & Kitchen, Preradovićeva 12

The Garden Bar & Kitchen

Zagreb craft brewery The Garden Brewery has opened last month in the city – The Garden Bar & Kitchen – offering a range of dishes and also bar snacks like nachos, popcorn chicken and sweet potato chips.

7. RougeMarin City, Petrinjska 2


Located where Xata was, the progressive RougeMarin has now expanded with its second restaurant in the capital.

8. Bagel & Lobster Barr, Jurišićeva 2a

Bagel & Lobster Barr

Bagel & Lobster Barr, located at the same address in town where Taco & Burger Barr was, is dedicated to the famous bagel and offers a number of tasty combinations.

9. Savica Casual Urban Eatery, Lastovska 38

Savica Causal Urban Eatery

This new eatery in Savica offers decent quality meals for low prices. They aim to provide quality for those on a limited budget.

10. Haustor Haus, Masarykova

Haustor Haus

Chef Lovro Smetiško, educated in serious international culinary institutions, has opened this gloriously decorated restaurant in downtown Zagreb with the ambition to provide guests with simple but technically sophisticated food at affordable prices. The Duck Confit Burger has already become a hit.

11. Beštija, Masarykova 11


Located where California Burrito was, next month Beštija will open. This is the Zagreb project from the founders of the popular burger bar Flying Pig on the island of Hvar.

12. Magazinska klet pri staroj smokvi, Strojarska 32

Magzinska Klet (Kult Plave Kamenice)

This new eatery is situated between the Central Bus Station and the skyscraper on Strojarska.

13. L’oro di Napoli, Kaptol 27

L’oro di Napoli

L’oro di Napoli, named after the cult film by Vittoria de Sice, is a typical trattoria-pizzeria with extensive menus filled with pasta, risotto, salad and pizza. The owners came from Italy.


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