As a planner, my husband and I always create an itinerary for our trips. He researches hotels and things to do while I look up places to eat. However, I didn’t have time to plan for this trip since I started a new job around the same time. With Split, I relied on my Tripadvisor app to research on the go. The Airbnb host also had tourist booklets with restaurant suggestions. Here are some of the places/dishes you have to try:
When I read that this place is known for their beef filet over gnocchi in truffle sauce, I knew where we were going for dinner that night. The truffle sauce was to die for. However, the grilled tuna fish was a bit dried for me. This restaurant was pretty empty when we arrived and stayed that way when we left. Overall, as much as I love truffle and the private dining, this was a bit pricey.
What Have I Learned: This restaurant is located on the second floor. We would have miss the restaurant if the hostess wasn’t standing downstairs already.
Cost: Beef Filet in truffle sauce with homemade gnocchi is 195 Kuna (31 USD)
Hours: Mon to Sun: 11 AM to 12 AM
We just returned from our day tour to Hvar Waterfall and skipped lunch. I was excited to try this place since it had a lot of reviews and a cheap menu. This place was packed when we got there before 5 PM. I was surprised that there were a lot of people since it was early for dinner. We ordered grilled sea bass, goulash, and gnocchi. The sea bass is a must try.
What Have I Learned: There’s a lot of outdoor seatings. You can grab an empty table and the server will come with the menu.
Cost: Shared plates were around 40 Kuna (6 USD) to 60 Kuna (9.50 USD) each
Hours: Mon to Sun: 7 AM to 11 PM
5. Museum Bar History
If you’re looking to just relax and grab a drink, this is the place to be. It’s perfect to people watch and catch the sunset. There’s a lot of outdoor seating. You can also rent a tanning chair to sit right by the water. The bar will give you a plastic cup instead of a glass cup.
What Have I Learned: Museum Bar History doesn’t serve food. If you want food, you have to go next door.
Cost: There was a special for 1L drink for 99 Kuna (16 USD).
Hours: Mon to Sun: 10 AM to 1 AM
4. Chops Grill – Steak & Seafood
As meat lovers, we went all out during this meal. We got the Chop duet for 2 people which includes beef tenderloin, beef sirloin, chicken, veal chops, baked potato with onion and bacon, and grilled vegetables. When the platter came out, my mouth dropped open. I didn’t realize how much food it was going to be. Let’s just say this meal had amazing beef and veal and we didn’t go home hungry that night.
What Have I Learned: The Chops duet for 2 people is meant to be for 4.
Cost: The Chops duet for 2 people was 295 Kuna (46 USD)
Hours: Mon to Sun: 8 AM to 11 PM
3. Gelateria Emiliana
I think every country we have gone to, there’s always one thing that we have almost every day. On this trip, we had at least one gelato every day. This was my husband’s favorite gelato spot in Split. This was right next to out dinner place, Bokeria Kitchen & Wine Bar. We had been watching the people that went in and out of the shop. Everyone looked super happy so we had to try it for ourselves. We got the pistachio gelato and boy did I love it.
What Have I Learned: There were waves of people that would stop by the shop. If there’s no wait, count yourself lucky.
Cost: I can’t remember the exact price but reviews online said it was a great price for the quality.
Hours: Mon to Wed/Fri: 4 PM to 12 AM, Thurs: Closed, Sat: 4 PM to 1AM, Sun: 11:30 AM to 12 AM
2. Villa Spiza
A friend recommended this restaurant where we had our first meal in Split. We sat right by the door where the kitchen was and drool over all the different dishes as the server pass our table. In addition to the delicious food, we had an unexpected guest, the owner’s dog, that dined with us. The menu changes daily depending on what is available at the market that day. We had the chicken pate, beef stew, and seafood pasta. We loved it all!
What Have I Learned: This restaurant has two indoor dining areas (diagonal to each other) in addition to the outdoor dining space.
Cost: Lunch Entree cost from 70 Kuna (11 USD) to 120 Kuna (19 USD)
Hours: Mon to Sat: 12 PM to 12 AM, Sun: Closed
1. Bokeria Kitchen & Wine Bar
We were lucky they had a table of two empty when we arrived. People were already waiting when we got there, but they were for bigger parties. We ordered the homemade pasta with truffle and oxtail risotto. I love truffle so I might be a bit biased when I say that dish was a 9.3/10.0. While we waited for our food, we were already eyeing our next place to eat. This is the restaurant right next to Gelateria Emiliana (#5 on the list).
What Have I Learned: The wait for this restaurant can be as long as 1 hour so get there early before the crowd.
Cost: Our dinner entree were 120 Kuna (19 USD) each
Hours: Mon to Sun: 8 AM to 1 AM
Split was filled with truffle goodness, endless pasta, and a meat platter like no other. We ate well in this city and I wouldn’t mind going back. There were a couple of other restaurants that we didn’t get to try so we’ll know where to eat next when we go back.