My favourite Places to Eat on the island of Vis

My Favourite Places to Eat on the Island of Vis

Vis is fast gaining a reputation as a gourmet island. After spending a week here and gaining a few kilos I can certainly vouch for this. Vis also produces some of the country’s best known plavac (red) and vugava (white) wines.

But where to eat….here are a few of our favourite places to eat on Vis, the best island in Croatia.

 

Where to eat on Vis

Restaurant Pojoda

Where to eat on Vis

Ask anyone in Vis about restaurants and Pojoda is always mentioned. It’s reputation is earned for its interpretation of local Vis cooking and its beautifully cooked fresh seafood. Nothing beats grilled fresh seafood and here Pojoda excels.

Škarpina or scorpion fish was our choice for the grill. The colour of this very sweet fish varies between a light red and a darker red depending on the depth of the water where it has come from. Other choices included sea bream, john dory or beautiful scampi.

Hidden in a garden setting in a corner of Kut, Pojoda is definitely one to try.

Restaurant “Pojoda”
Ulica Don Cvjetka marasovića, Kut

Tel: 021 711575 

 

Lola Konoba and Bar

Where to eat on Vis

For a completely different meal, head to Lola where gourmet food is served in a beautiful garden setting with the occasional glimpse of the sea. The young Croatian chef adds a touch of Spain to his dishes courtesy of his years living in Spain and his Spanish wife. The result is stunning.

My fish tower of two types of fish..hake and red snapper.. was served with a couscous salad and courgettes and tomato. My husband’s Spanish inspired seafood in rice was also excellent. Chunks of fresh fish and scampi in a tasty broth and well cooked rice reminded me of a version of paella.

True, this is not your typical dalmatian fare but after a while of travelling in Croatia, you will appreciate the very different menu.

Lola Konoba and Bar
Matije Gupca 12, Vis
Tel: 955633247
Lola Web Site
O
pen from 6pm-12am

 

Karijola Pizzeria

Where to eat on Vis

Some days you just feel like pizza and in Vis, the place to go is Karijola, overlooking the water between Kut and Luka. The wood fired pizza oven in the corner of the restaurant produces thin, crispy crusted pizza bases with a multitude of toppings. My favourite was the Pizza Karijola with tomato sauce, mozzarella, ham and rocket. Bookings can be made so request at table at the front if you can with the great view of the water.

Karijola Pizzeria
Šetalište Viški boj 4
Tel: 021 711358

 

Kantun

Where to eat on Vis

On our first visit to Vis, I learnt about travelling in high season the hard way. During our stay here we had watched the number of yachts moored in the harbour increase to the point where there were no more berths left but we still didn’t think there would be a problem with booking restaurants! Leaving the popular Kantun for the last night was not a good idea…they were fully booked!! Oh well. We’d have to come back next year.
And so we did. I must admit I was a bit disappointed. I didn’t realise you would have to mention that you were wanting fresh fish as well as when we arrived we were told it had all gone! The risotto was not good and my husband’s dish was mediocre. I still haven’t given up on the restaurant though. It is constantly mentioned as being very good for it’s fresh fish so I will give it one more try! If you have the fresh seafood here, please let me know how it is!
Kantun
Ulica Biskupa Mihe Pušića 17, Vis
021 711 306

Update 31 May 2017: A reader has contacted me to let me know that they had a fabulous meal here recently. He can highly recommend the grilled fresh John Dory served with roasted vegetables and potatoes. Thanks Thomas for letting us know.

 

Gostiona Vis

Where to eat on Vis

The boats are moored ten metres away from Gostiona Vis. Watch every one wandering along the promenade whilst enjoying a casual meal of local delicacies at this family restaurant. There’s not many tables outside, so book before you go for a drink! The owner will guide you to his recommendations and I must admit they were good. Because of the country’s closeness to Italy, risotto is on many Croatian menus. Some are well done, others not but his squid risotto was very tasty. Once again we opted for the grilled fish…you can’t go wrong with fresh seafood here!

Gostiona Vis
No 35 on the waterfront, port end of Vis

 

Roki’s

Where to eat on Vis

In the centre of the island, surrounded by vineyards and olive groves you’ll find Roki’s. Roki’s is one of the major organisers of the island’s famous cricket match that takes place each year on the old, World War Two airstrip that is nearby.  They are also known for their wines which you can try with dinner.

The reason to come to Roki’s is to have their peka…the typical Croatian dish that is slowly cooked under the bell or peka over coals.

The dish must be ordered the day prior or when you book. Choose from lamb, fish or octopus. When you arrive, you will be shown the where your dinner is cooking….there were 15 peka lids on the coals the night we were there but Mario mentioned that often has up to 22 to cook.

Roki’s is not the only Konoba on Vis to offer this style of cooking but it is the best we have eaten so far! An added bonus is that Roki’s will pick up up and drop you back to town.

Roki’s
Plisko Ploje 17
Tel: +385 98 303 483

 

Agroturizam Magića

Where to eat on Vis

Not far from Roki’s, is another restaurant specializing in cooking under the peka.
We popped in for lunch but they are only open in the evening. We had run out of nights to eat there so we’ll have to leave it for next time! The view over the vineyard looked lovely and the owners were very friendly. Please let me know if you visit.

Agroturizam Kod Magića
Vinogradarska 17, Vis

Tel: 091 8984859

 

Konoba Stoncica

Where to eat on Vis

I have already written about this fabulous restaurant on the beach at Stoncica when I wrote about the 4 of the best beaches on Vis

Situated on the waterfront, the restaurant here is the ideal place to relax having lunch after a morning at the beach. It’s very hard to beat the fresh seafood cooked on the open grill served with their famous potato!

Konoba Stoncica
Stoncica Bay
Tel: 21 711 952

 

Restoran Senko at Mala Travna

Where to eat on Vis

Senko Karuza believes in slow food. In this tiny little bay on the southern side of the island, his dishes take time but they are worth the wait. Go for a swim between courses and spend a delightful afternoon relaxing in a beautiful bay.

We started with appetisers of local cheese with rock samphire, capers, olives, anchovies and fish pate followed by the most delicious fish soup and an equally tasty pasta e fagioli.

I could become addicted to the fish stew that was then served. Fish is often cooked this way on the islands. A brodetto is made by sweating garlic, oil and onion. Tomato is then added and sometimes a little wine and the fish is cooked in this sauce…needless to say the taste is exquisite.

We passed on the main course of grilled fish..the grill was not alight and we could see the day turning to night very easily!! Home made kroštule finished this fabulous lunch.

Mala Travna
Tel: +385 98 352 5803

 

Veliki Budikovac

Where to eat on Vis


Back on the southern side of the island the next day, we ate at another small restaurant of the island of Veliki Budikovac owned by Andro Slavič. The bay here is one of the most beautiful to moor in. Stop by the restaurant and order lunch and then wander off to the other side for a swim. The vines on this small island produce a fabulous red that is served with lunch.

Simple starters of grilled aubergine and cherry tomato were served with a Vis speciality…a savoury pie with dough similar to focaccia, stuffed with onion and tomato.
When we arrived on the island we had been treated to a taste of fresh sardines just coming off the grill so we ordered these for our main course. Nothing beats freshly caught seafood cooked simply!
Grilled fish and lobster in brodo were some of the other dishes offered. Just check the price of the lobster as this is usually very expensive! The lamb peka looked excellent too but this had to be ordered the day before.

 

How to get to Veli Budikovac: Where to eat on Vis Hire a boat, or drive to Rukavac and take the water taxi across. It’s worth the effort! Whilst you’re here, stop and have a look at the nearby green cave!

Andro Slavić
Veliki Budikovac, Vis
Tel: 091 7544069

 

Komiža: Konoba Bako

Where to eat on Vis

In the small fishing village of Komiža, three of the better restaurants in the town are next door to each other. We chose to eat at Konoba Bako. Situated on the northern side of bay, it has a beautiful view over the water and the village.

The restaurants are famous for their lobster and as this was our last night on the island, we decided to indulge. I popped inside to check the lobster swimming in the large fish tank in the floor of the restaurant before speaking to the chef toiling over the hot grill as to how it would be cooked. Simply cooked on the open grill, it was sweet and delicious!

Where to eat on Vis

With so many good restaurants on the island, it’s hard to try them all. We’ll definitely be going back to Vis, so I’d love to hear of any restaurants that you recommend

 

This is the third in a series that will give you a complete guide to Vis
Vis: The best Island In Croatia
4 of the Best Beaches on Vis
9 Things to do on the Island of Vis

 

Other articles you may enjoy:
Seven Weeks in Croatia: The Highlights
Skradin: Gateway to Krka National Park
The Croatian Island of Cres

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36 Responses to My Favourite Places to Eat on the Island of Vis

  1. Ryan Biddulph May 7, 2015 at 6:27 pm #

    What stunning views along with some amazing meals! I like the slow eating deal. Often times I find myself rushing through a good meal, in a hurry to go…nowhere in particular lol. On the flip side though I respect jetting when it looks like day will turn into night as your grill experience showed 😉 I like slow, and I also like leaving a land before my visa is up 😉 Wonderful tastes here. Thanks for sharing!

    Ryan

    • Jenny Freedman May 7, 2015 at 11:12 pm #

      Pleasure Ryan. You can see why we like going back to Vis. One day we’ll stay for the grill when we don’t have to get the boat back by a certain time. We spent 7 weeks in Croatia two years ago and loved every minute so had to return again last year. We are allowed 90 days there so it wasn’t a problem then but once they join the Schengen Visa States it will harder to stay as long.

  2. Denise D Hammond May 7, 2015 at 7:45 pm #

    Your mention of not getting fresh fish at a restaurant reminds me of a trip to Nova Scotia. I was so looking forward to having lobster only to discover that it is only available fresh for a couple of months per year due to fishing restrictions. Heck, I can eat frozen lobster at home.

    • Jenny Freedman May 7, 2015 at 11:02 pm #

      I wonder why they still had it on the menu, Denise! It’s hard when you’re looking forward to a dish but I wish our restaurant had told us that we should have requested it when we booked. I loved the restaurants in Komiza that had the lobster swimming in a pool five minutes before hitting the grill!

  3. budget jan May 8, 2015 at 4:03 am #

    So many restaurants and they all look delicious. I kept on choosing a favourite only to have it upstaged by the next suggestion. Thanks for all the tips. We are in Modica at the moment and the bells are chiming as I type this. 🙂

    • Jenny Freedman May 10, 2015 at 2:49 pm #

      There’s a few you shouldn’t miss Jan but they are all great. You are going to have a fabulous time! I’m glad I finished this you got there!

  4. Cornelia May 8, 2015 at 12:25 pm #

    Just by looking at all that delicious food, I am already gaining some kilos of weight.

    • Jenny Freedman May 10, 2015 at 2:48 pm #

      It’s probably just as well we only spent a week here or I would have put on a lot more weight than I did, Cornelia!

  5. Krista May 8, 2015 at 6:55 pm #

    I was expecting fresh fish to be a huge feature there, but am delighted that such beautiful pizza is available too. 🙂 You truly are feasting well! 🙂

    • Jenny Freedman May 10, 2015 at 2:46 pm #

      And the pizza was fabulous Krista! I always look forward to the fresh seafood here but every now and again you do need something different!

  6. Turkey's For Life May 11, 2015 at 3:34 pm #

    Wow, no wonder this place is getting such a reputation amongst food lovers. All the grilled fish looks amazing – and I think I would have to plump for the octopus filling for the peka. That just sounds right up my street! 🙂
    Julia

    • Jenny Freedman May 14, 2015 at 8:49 pm #

      You can’t beat fresh fish can you Julia! The food on Vis is great and some of the settings for the restaurants fabulous. I think you’d like Vis!

  7. Kay Dougherty May 11, 2015 at 6:41 pm #

    I”ve been to Croatia twice and would love to return so will have to bookmark this in case I get a chance to visit Vis. Thanks for the honest report!

    • Jenny Freedman May 14, 2015 at 8:54 pm #

      I can certainly recommend Vis as an island to spend some time Kay.It has the best of all worlds…great beaches, lots to do and of course fabulous food. I hope you do visit one day.

  8. Betsy Wuebker | PassingThru May 11, 2015 at 7:10 pm #

    So many restaurants, so little time! I feel your pain on the difficulties booking restaurants and accommodations during busier periods. Vis looks like a marvelous destination. We hope to visit this area and are enjoying your updates.

    • Jenny Freedman May 14, 2015 at 9:08 pm #

      Our last visit was in August which was pretty busy but when we there in July the year before it was a lot easier to make reservations. Vis a fabulous island Betsy. I’m sure that you’ll enjoy it if and when you visit.

  9. Irene S. Levine May 11, 2015 at 8:02 pm #

    You sure got around! I love restaurant guides and this one is a keeper if we get to Vis!

    • Jenny Freedman May 14, 2015 at 9:12 pm #

      Thanks Irene. I hate to miss out on a good restaurant! We had a few opportunities as we’ve stayed there twice which allowed us the opportunity to go back to our favourite restaurants again.

  10. Donna Janke May 12, 2015 at 12:18 am #

    Wow – looks like a lot of good restaurants to eat at on Vis. And great views. I love fresh fish. And I would like to try the peka.

    • Jenny Freedman May 14, 2015 at 9:25 pm #

      You certainly won’t go hungry whilst staying on the island Donna…and I can recommend the peka.The views are a bonus!

  11. noel May 12, 2015 at 12:26 am #

    Wow, I know nothing about the island but that food looks so amazing! Would love to visit Croatia again and check out this delicious island!

    • Jenny Freedman May 14, 2015 at 9:45 pm #

      The Croatian Islands are a special place Noel. They’re certainly worth a visit.

  12. Carole Terwilliger Meyers May 12, 2015 at 11:23 pm #

    Looks like no one goes hungry on Vis. I’d be happy to try any of your selections, but I was entranced by the patio at Kantun and would love to try that fresh fish specialty.

    • Jenny Freedman May 15, 2015 at 6:12 pm #

      No one goes hungry Carole. You actually can leave heavier than when you arrived! I’m still waiting to try the fresh fish at Kantun but hopefully one day I’ll be able to!

  13. The Gypsynesters May 13, 2015 at 8:47 am #

    We have heard so many good things about the Croatian coast that we simply must go. This really makes it look like a must!

    • Jenny Freedman May 15, 2015 at 6:14 pm #

      The Croatian coast is very beautiful. We spent seven weeks exploring it in 2013 and then returned for another three weeks last year. The islands really stood out for us.

  14. Linda McCormick May 14, 2015 at 9:46 pm #

    Such a beautiful place. I think I could easily spend a good few hours in Roki’s. Looks perfect for sinking a glass of vino or two. Fabulous images 🙂

    • Jenny Freedman May 15, 2015 at 6:15 pm #

      It’s very easy to spend the night at Roki’s Linda. Yes, a few glasses of red have been drunk there whilst enjoying their pekas!

  15. Anita @ No Particular Place To Go May 15, 2015 at 1:36 pm #

    We’ve said more than one that we’d love to eat our way around the world and the Croatian island of Vis looks like the place to do it! I’d love to try the traditional food, peka, and grilled fish is always a winner too.

    • Jenny Freedman May 15, 2015 at 6:18 pm #

      Wouldn’t it be great Anita. We spent 8 months on the road in 2013 and 6 months last year virtually eating breakfast, lunch ad dinner in fear of missing a fabulous meal. I must admit that I am paying for it at the moment having quite a few extra kilos to lose! Vis is definitely one place to indulge!

  16. Lisa September 3, 2015 at 10:42 pm #

    Went to Kantun last night and loved it! Best meal of the trip. Fabulous wines and the food was pretty much perfect – fish and squid on the grill, Dalmatian cheese and tuna. We also had a great chat with the owner who was lovely and brought out some homemade orange grappa at the end – he has a lot of orange trees. Have booked it again for our last night! Loved Pojoda too. Hated Bako. Going to Roki’s tonight!

    • Jenny Freedman September 6, 2015 at 2:27 pm #

      Hi Lisa. That’s great to hear. Thank you for letting me know! We’ll definitely give them another chance when we return to Vis. Pojoda was one of our favourites too. Did you get to the restaurant on Veliki Budikovac?

  17. Jenny September 28, 2016 at 7:05 pm #

    Such a great blog! Thank you for sharing!

    • Jenny Freedman October 27, 2016 at 8:36 pm #

      A pleasure Jenny. Glad you’re enjoying it.

  18. Joey June 7, 2017 at 1:06 am #

    This is such a helpful post. I am afraid that I didn’t book enough time on Vis! We only have one full day and two nights. What to do!?

    • Jenny Freedman July 10, 2017 at 2:57 pm #

      I have just rescued your comment Joey from spam so I hope I’m not too late with my suggestions! You will probably find that you want to go back Joey and spend a week or more there! With only one full day, I would book a boat and driver to take you around to all the bays and have lunch at Veliki Budicovak. I would eat one night in the bay and the next, I would either head to Komiza or eat at Roki’s in the hills for something different. have a great trip

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