It’s almost impossible to give an honest Split restaurants prices insight due to many factors affecting the price.
I will try to give you at least some guidance on the price level and what to keep in mind when you want to have lunch or dinner.
The first advice concerns the restaurants position as those near the famous promenade points, like Riva, Peristyle square, Marmont’s street (a popular pedestrian street) or around Prokurativa (Republic Square), tend to be generally more expensive, but food is not necessarily better.
On the contrary, in some cases, meals are poor, but because you eat with a view you will pay more.
Split Restaurants Prices In ‘Hidden’ Places
I personally recommend to all travelers a little common ‘touch’ before you decide where to lunch or dinner. This personal ‘touch’ consists in searching some hidden inns and taverns or courtyard restaurants which are hard to find.
To have a guarantee to eat good at reasonable price you have to find typical Split tavern (konoba), and to try traditional brunch (marenda). Some of these places are the only place to taste local homemade food.
Sometimes those places are a few minutes walk from the center or hidden among small old town street but after friendly people, generous portions and great food at reasonable prices, it’s worth looking for them.
There you can find a domestic beef stew (pasticada) with dumplings at funny 50 kuna, and after such a meal in the same tavern you can drink a homemade wine at 40-80 kuna per liter.
Where to get good and affordable food?
The most of city’s most popular eateries are scattered inside or around Diocletian’s Palace.
The question is where to find good and healthy food at very affordable price, whether you’re just passing through Split and need to eat something on the go or you are simply on a tight budget.
Let’s start with Villa Spiza, in Kruziceva street N° 3, tel. +385 (0)91 152 1249, a city resident’s paradise, popular hangout. Find it on the map!
It’s a tiny, charming restaurant located in a small alley in the old town that could be a bit difficult to find, but don’t just give up. If you get lost, just ask locals. There are only two tables for two outside and inside only a counter for 7-8 persons.
Just check the red board with prices and if you want to eat well on a budget in Split, you are at the right place.
Another low budget eatery located only few minutes from old town in Segvica street N° 1, tel. +385 (0)21 488 409 is Bistro Toc. It’s easy to It is easy to recognize by an old Volkswagen Beetle parked outside. This bistro was once known as Black Cat. Find it on the map!
It differs from other similar eateries in the town as beside the traditional Croatia dishes serves also international cuisine, Indian, Thai and Mexican.
Being on the way to the Bacvice beach, it’s a convenient stop for breakfast with a nice terrace. Among Split restaurants prices their menu goes from 45 Kuna.
If you want to taste once in a while a spicy bite of the far east cuisine, Toc is a great place to try.
Zalogajnica Dioklecijan (Tri Volta)
Tavern Tri Volta (Zalogajnica Dioklecijan) in Dosud street N°9 tel. +385 21 346 683 is a truly special place for people of Split. It’s located in the imperial quarters of the palace. See its position on the map!
This restaurant has been here for 40 years. There are no fancy signs and only very few tourist come in. It’s know as Tri Volta (three windows arches) looking at Riva promenade.
The place is not decorated in a fashionable way. Crowd is mixed, young and old, many people know each other, and the atmosphere is convivial.
Food is simple and homemade, it is an excellent place to taste a working class Dalmatian plates. Dishes start from 40 kuna and among Split restaurants prices are the lowest you can find.
Honestly speaking besides outdoor terrace with the best view on Riva, this tavern hasn’t got many positive Tripadvisor’s reviews.
Gradska Kavana (City Cafe restaurant)
I’ve said before that Split restaurants prices depend on their position but Gradska Kavana (City Caffe/Tavern) is an exception. As many cities in Croatia even Split has its city tavern.
This one located in very center on the popular Pjaca Square (Piazza) has a long history. It was internally renovated but it still has look of something from ex-socialist Croatia.
The food ranges from pasta and pizza to more traditional Croatian dishes, sea food and meat. Prices are more than reasonable for a restaurant located in a very center but friendly service makes the Kavana well worth trying.
Konoba (Tavern) ‘Tinita’
If you are going to Bacvice beach, it will be a good idea to stop for lunch at Konoba Tinita. For wine lovers you should visit wine shop Terra, that makes part or the tavern, with a great selection of Dalmatian wines.
It’s located in Prilaz Brace Kaliterne N° 6 (Phone: +385 21 488668) few steps away from the most popular Split beach. Here is the Tinita on the map!
According the menu released in April 2014 it looks like a place to eat on a budget, but how much the meals are priced in high season you’ll have to check yourself (feel free to call the number above).
Mala Kate restaurant
When looking for low Split restaurants prices, don’t be lazy and visit some restaurants where you can watch local everyday life. A typical example is Mala Kate restaurant, only five minutes walk from the Palace near the municipality building. Nothing special, no views or interesting sights, only good homemade food!
Located in Goricka street N°10, phone +385 (0)21 343454, Mala Kate is a hotspot for public sector staff during the break time (from 12.00 to 14.00). This is a business area with banks and city administration buildings.
The restaurant serves the larger than normal portion sizes of daily dishes like inevitable pasticada meat stew, roast lamb, or stuffed paprika. Even pizza at Mala Kate is not bad.
If you like big portions with small prices than Mala Kate is a right place for you.
More Split Restaurant Prices
If you’re still looking for more placed to eat in Split check out my other post, with an overview of local taverns and restaurant serving both traditional Dalmatian cousine and popular tourist dishes.