The best restaurants in Pula have a long-standing reputation for producing amazing Croatian dishes. The culinary traditions of Istria have been influenced by the area's Italian, Venetian, and Austro-Hungarian overlords of the past, and have since been passed down from generation to generation.

    The locals take full advantage of fresh produce from the land and sea, allowing you to savour the true taste of Istrian meals while eating out. From traditional pasta dishes piled high with local truffles to fancy tasting menus, check out our top picks on where to eat while you’re in Pula.


    Wine Vault

    Where you can find a wine list with over 320 labels

    • Food

    Wine Vault at Monte Mulini Hotel has an open kitchen concept, allowing you to see the staff interactions and enjoy the kitchen’s lively atmosphere. Its menu, while not Istrian-inspired, is a blend of European cuisines using locally sourced and seasonal ingredients such as seafood and truffles. As the name suggests, its wine list is very extensive, with over 320 labels to choose from.

    While you’re at the Wine Vault, consider booking The Chef’s Table, a unique experience for up to 6 guests. It includes a tour of the wine cellar and the opportunity to enjoy cigars in the restaurant lounge.

    Location: Ul. Antonia Smareglie 3, 52210, Rovinj, Croatia

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 7pm to midnight (closed on Mondays)


    Konoba Primitiva at Kumparička

    Enjoy a farm-to-table meal in Pula

    • Food

    Konoba Primitiva is part of Kumparička, a family-owned goat farm in Cokuni. This backyard tavern offers a daily-changing menu with seasonal ingredients directly sourced from the farm. If you're lucky, the friendly owners might join your table during mealtimes.

    Originally built in the 14th century, Kumparička sells artisanal cheeses and freshly produced dairy products. The farm is located around 20 km northeast of central Pula. Reservations are required for a meal at Konoba Primitiva.

    Location: Krnica 25, 52208, Cokuni, Croatia

    Open: Tuesday–Saturday from 7pm to 10pm (closed on Monday)

    Phone: +385 (0)92 263 2079


    Restaurant Kantina

    Simple food made delicious

    • Food

    Restaurant Kantina serves authentic Istrian food at affordable prices. One of the best dishes at this contemporary restaurant is the traditional Istrian pasta, fuži with truffles, best paired with a glass of Kantina’s special wine. It’s made especially for the restaurant by a local brewery. You can also enjoy freshly toasted sandwiches or filled baguettes from Kantina’s coffee bar. Weather permitting, you can opt for a table on the restaurant terrace to enjoy views of Pula’s pedestrian-filled streets.

    Location: Flanatička ul. 16, 52100, Pula, Croatia

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 7am to midnight, Sundays from 12pm to midnight

    Phone: +385 (0)52 214 054


    Konoba Batelina

    A fishermen’s family restaurant

    • Food

    Konoba Batelina has become a popular spot for tourists in Pula since it was featured in celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain’s show, Parts Unknown. It's run by a family of fishermen, with menus based on what they have caught from the sea on that day. No parts of a fish are left uncooked at Konoba Batelina, which is why you might see interesting dishes like fried fish bones on the menu. You can also enjoy seafood that isn't often available at bigger restaurants in Pula.

    Despite its popularity, the Konoba Batelina's interiors remain rustic and only sits around 30 people at a time. Reservations are recommended – waiting lists are open 2 to 3 weeks beforehand.

    Location: Čimulje 25, 52100, Banjole, Croatia

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 5pm to 11pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +385 (0)52 573 767


    Backyard by Istrian Culinaris

    A hidden gem in the heart of Pula

    • Food

    Backyard by Istrian Culinaris is a hidden eatery run by local chef and food enthusiast, Peter Stojkovic. Tables are only available through advanced reservations, with menus tailored according to ingredients available for the season. At Backyard, you’ll be treated to unique Istrian food combinations in an intimate setting for only 8 guests at a time, allowing your chef to pay full attention throughout your dining experience.

    Despite its speakeasy vibe, Backyard by Istrian Culinaris is only 3 minutes away from the famed Pula Arena. The establishment also doubles as a homestay – guests get to enjoy complimentary breakfast and priority dinner bookings.

    Location: Emova ul. 12, 52100, Pula, Croatia

    Open: Monday–Saturday (reservations only)

    Elie Lam | Contributing Writer

    Start planning your trip

    Back to top