The Croatian capital Zagreb isn’t just celebrated for its architectural and cultural appeal; the city also has a highly regarded food scene. For an introduction to the gastronomy here, seek out our pick of the best restaurants in Zagreb.
Innovative and visually appealing fine dining plates and stylish surroundings within the Esplanade Hotel make this one of the most popular restaurants in Zagreb. The menu here combines local ingredients with flavors from around the world, taking its name from the zinfandel grape, which with a history of being exported from Dalmatia to the USA represents the restaurant’s connection to other cultures. The restaurant and hotel’s Oleander Terrace is even home to Zinfandel vines donated by the Croatian winemaker Vlado Krauthaker. The award-winning chef Ana Grgic is behind the cuisine here, creating dishes like langoustine with spinach, carob foam and amaranth popcorn, and veal fillet with horseradish, grape leaves crust, blueberries and artichokes. Four-, five- and six-course tasting menus bring a selection of these plates together.