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Istria/Rovinj restaurants?

We will be traveling in northern Istria in early June, with a winery tour and lunch already planned. We're hoping to end the day in Rovinj before we head back to our B&B in Slovenia. Rovinj looks lovely but is it overcrowded? If it's worth a stop, we'd love recommendations for drinks and dinner. Thank you!

Posted by daniel
56 posts

We were there mid Sept and stayed for 2 nights in old part of Rovinj and loved it! Wonderful place to wander. Staying overnight means you can enjoy the place when the crowds die down. A number of quite good restaurants - your host ought to be able to recommend.

We also stayed a 10min walk from groznjan in a farm based apartment. Also a great place to stay.

Posted by Lane
Seattle, WA, USA
1056 posts

I was there a few years ago in May, and Rovinj was not terribly crowded. Busy, yes, but not crowded. By June things might pick up a bit, but I think it is a very worthwhile place to stop for dinner and an evening stroll.

I think I ate at Puntulina, but I don't remember for sure. It was fabulous. In any event, I'd suggest you walk along the water on the south side of the peninsula; there are many excellent places overlooking the water, and if you time it right you can get a great view of the sunset while you dine. Most all of them have outdoor seating.

Not sure where in Slovenia you are staying, but it will be a bit of a drive back north after dinner, and if you're drinking at all, I wouldn't recommend getting on the road for that trip.

Posted by barbara.fisch1 OP
4 posts

Thank you--good to know it's not overly crowded! We were in Dubrovnik in October a few years back and it was mobbed. (Rick warned us in his guides at least!)
We're staying in Izola, about 1.5 hours away, and since we're having wine earlier in the day will be careful about drinking before we drive home. Appreciate the tips!

Posted by Emily
Vienna, Austria
2876 posts

Border crossing time needs to be factored in as wait times can be very long. Rovinj to Izola is not a short ride. I’d stick to having dinner in Piran or Novigrad (well known for excellent fish). I always use this website as a guide for deciding where to eat - https://www.frankaboutcroatia.com/