Ljubljana Journals

Where to eat in Ljubljana

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A travel journal to Ljubljana by fizzytom

Pizzeria Ljubljanski Dvor Photo, Ljubljana, Slovenia More Photos
Quote: Assorted reviews on where to eat in the Slovenian capital - a light lunch, posh dinner or just a snack, you'll find it here

Valentin Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Valentin - A Destination for Fish Lovers "

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In the almost nine years I have been visiting Ljubljana, the restaurant scene of Slovenia’s capital city has changed immensely and even amidst the economic woes, which have hit Slovenia worse than many of its neighbours, new restaurants – some of them at the top end of the scale – have continued to open with some frequency. ‘Valentin’ was recommended to us by an ex-pat living in the city; we didn’t decide to go there until about 9.00pm on a Saturday night at the beginning of February, at which time Ljubljana was being hit by heavy snow, the watery kind that settles as slush and finds a way into your boots no matter how well you think you’d Scotchguard-ed them. An hour before I’d Googled th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 16, 2013

Valentin Restaurant
Vodnikov Trg 5
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Pizzeria Sole

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Restaurant | "Pizzzeria Sole - a bit of the Balkans in Ljubljana"

Pizzeria Sole  Photo, Ljubljana, Slovenia
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On the occasions we fly back to the UK from Ljubljana, our last port of call in the Slovenian capital is Pizzeria Sole. This informal restaurant is situated just over the road from the train and bus stations and is just ten minutes walk from Presernov trg and the centre of the city. The location is perfect, after a filling lunch we don't have far to go to catch the bus to the airport, and we've even been known to drop in during the scheduled break on the coast to Maribor bus. This may be a pizzeria in name but I've never ordered a pizza and I don't recall ever having seen anyone else do that. It's also described as a 'slascicarna' which is a place that specialises in ice creams and gooey c...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 18, 2012

Pizzeria Sole
Kolodvorska 18
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Sushimama

Restaurant

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Situated near Presernov trg, you can always get a table here. That's not to say that no-one wants to eat thereit's just that sushi seems to have a way to go before it is as popular as Mexican food with Slovenians who are somewhat "safe" in their culinary tastes. The restaurant is sleek and modern, and you can sit at one of the stools by the window or a table. Toward the rear, a couple of the tables are on comfy booths. The staff all speak English and are very helpful. There is whole list of sushi items to pick from, but my advice is to go for one of the two set meals, which includes either sweetcorn and prawn soup or miso, then a slection of sushi and sashimi, followed by a pudding - either the ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 27, 2005

Sushimama
Wolfova ulica 12
Ljubljana, Slovenia
+386 (0)1 426 9125

Gostilna Sokol

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Restaurant

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Sokol is well-known to most people who have visited Ljubljana ,since it is perhaps the most traditional of the city's restaurants at a time when the "in" cuisines there appear to be Italian and Mexican. A gostilna is a traditional Slovene inn, and the cavernous restaurant has been designed in that style (think Bavarian and you're getting there). The place is full of nooks and crannies, so while it can be quite noisy when its busy, you can get some privacy. The fare is traditional Slovene, with a heavy emphasis on meat, especially game - the game platter, which includes venison and wild boar, is great and comes with buckwheat pancakes and a delicious fruity relish. The squid, too...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 22, 2005

Gostilna Sokol
Torso D.o.o. Ciril Metodov Trg 18
Ljubljana, Slovenia
386 (0)1 439 68 55

Cantina Mexicana

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Situated in a small yard opposite the popular Cutty Sark pub near Presernov trg, this popular restaurant can get very busy at weekends, and you should maybe consider a reservation on Fridays or Saturdays. It serves fairly standard Mexican fare, which to Slovenians is rather exciting and consequently all the rage in Ljubljana right now. Worth a mention is the platter to share as a starter, with all kinds of fried tidbits and plenty of salsa. The mains are the usual burritos, enchiladas, chili, etc. The refried beans were something of a disappointment (always one of my criterion for a good a Mexican meal), but the margaritas weren't bad (the other criterion).We went there as part o...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 27, 2005

Cantina Mexicana
Wolfova Ulica 4 (Knafljev Prehod)
Ljubljana, Slovenia
+386 (0) 1 426 9325

Casa del Papa

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Attraction

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Casa del Papa is largely dedicated to Ernest Hemingway, who was hospitalised near Ljubljana when fighting on the Italian front during the First World War. Therefore, the Key West bar is decorated with many photographs of Hemingway (usually indulging in his twin hobbies of fishing and hunting). The Key West bar is like a mockup of an African hunting lodge, with lots of cane furniture and animal-print fabrics. Casa Del Papa also has a restaurant serving vaguely Spanish food and a Cuban bar that often puts on bands or has discos. Both are open until the early hours. The Key West bar offers tapas, but this is much removed form Spanish tapas, although it does tasty cheese plates, salads, and meat pla...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 13, 2005

Casa del Papa
Celovska 54a
Ljubljana, Slovenia
386-61/134-3158

Pizzeria Ljubljanski Dvor

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Restaurant | "Ljubljana Dvor Gostilna in Pizzeria"

Pizzeria Ljubljanski Dvor Photo, Ljubljana, Slovenia
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One of Ljubljana's most popular eating places, Ljubljanski Dvor has an enviable position over looking the river in the heart of town - but only if you've managed to get an outside table. On Sundays in particular this pizzeria gets really busy. What is great about it is that it doesn't appear to charge you extra for the location which many places in the area do. You can order some traditional Sovene dishes but most people come here to be baffled by the seemingly endless list of pizzas. Allow at least twenty minutes to decide! In fact the pizzas are quite similar but are listed with each little change. For example you'll see a seafood pizza and pages later seafood pizza with basil. There are some in...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 4, 2006

Pizzeria Ljubljanski Dvor
1 Dvorni Trg
Ljubljana
38612516555

Namaste Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Say Hello to Namaste"

Namaste Restaurant Photo, Ljubljana, Slovenia
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During my first visit to Ljubljana some Slovenian acquaintances told us that Slovenians don’t much care for spicy food. When, a few nights later, they took us to a Mexican restaurant where the food was filling but rather bland, I thought our friends must be right. Later that trip we went to Lake Bled where we visited "The Ocarina" which bills itself as having Slovenia’s first tandoor oven; however this is only fired on two nights a week so if you want Indian food you should check ahead. In 2007 we visited Maribor where we ate at Srecni Slon, Slovenia’s first Indian restaurant. Finally, later that year, the capital finally got its own Indian restaurant, "Namaste". Namaste is on the north...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 4, 2009

Namaste Restaurant
8 Breg
Ljubljana
+386 1 425 01 59

Gostilna Vodnikov Hram

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Restaurant | "Vodnikov Hram - A Lunchtime Lottery"

Gostilna Vodnikov Hram Photo, Ljubljana, Slovenia
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"Vodnikov Hram" is a fairly large gostilna (a traditional Slovene restaurant) situated at the foot of the "Great Glass Elevator" as I like to call it, or the "Castle Funicular" as it’s known to most people. It’s in a good location opposite the outdoor market, just below the castle, and a two minute walk from the Triple Bridge which is essentially the centre of Ljubljana. We’d been in the restaurant some years previously but only for a cold drink in an air-conditioned environment one hot July afternoon. A board outside the entrance gave an idea of what to expect – which is more or less the same as most restaurants of this kind: breaded chicken, cevapcici, a fish main, a couple of pasta dishes, Kranj sa...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 17, 2011

Gostilna Vodnikov Hram
Vodnikov Trg 2
Ljubljana, Slovenia
386 1 23 45 260

Kalabas African Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Out of Africa - and into Ljubljana"

Kalabas African Restaurant Photo, Ljubljana, Slovenia
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The majority of non-Slovene, -Italian or-Mexican restaurants in Ljubljana would not survive elsewhere in the country. There’s a restaurant at Bled – and you could hardly get more touristy than Bled – that does serve some Indian dishes but the mainstay of its menu is a selection of game dishes. Basically it’s the tourists and other foreign visitors that keep these restaurants going which is a shame because when a good one opens, you never know whether it’ll still be there when you go back. During our recent trip in May 2011 we noticed that an African restaurant, Kalabas, had opened on Trubarjeva, the pretty pedestrianised street that runs one up parallel with the river, from the Triple Brid...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 20, 2011

Kalabas African Restaurant
Trubarjeva Ulica 47
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Govinda's Vegetarian Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Meat-free Mediocrity at Govinda"

Govinda's Vegetarian Restaurant Photo, Ljubljana, Slovenia
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While a vegetarian will never starve in Slovenia, neither will he or she come away thinking that the country has a great culinary tradition. There are a number of celebrated dishes that are Slovenian in origin but more generally the cuisine is heavily influenced by neighbouring countries and that means that there's a lot of meat going on. Govinda is quite unusual in Slovenia in that it is an entirely vegetarian restaurant; that fact that much of the food it serves is vaguely Indian makes it even more noteworthy. (I must point out, though, that even out in Maribor, Slovenia's second city, we now have a wholly vegetarian Indian restaurant). This uniqueness must account for the steady stream ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 14, 2012

Govinda's Vegetarian Restaurant
Zibertova 23
Ljubljana, Slovenia
00386(0)59058381

Zlato Runo Georgian Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Gorgeous Georgian Grub at Zlato Runo"

Zlato Runo Georgian Restaurant Photo, Ljubljana, Slovenia
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As we marched briskly down Bezigrad’s Stihova intending to drop by our hotel before seeking out some dinner we spotted the sign for the "Zlato Runo" hanging over the doorway in a side street. I was clearly being a bit dim because although I know that ‘zlato’ means golden, I had no idea what ‘runo’ meant even though a golden fleece had thoughtfully been depicted on the sign. It was actually the announcement in Slovene on a chalk A-board on the pavement that alerted my attention to the fact that this is a restaurant that serves Georgian food – that being the former Soviet Republic of Georgia, and not the southern, peach-growing Georgia of the United States. I didn’t actually know that Gruzinska means ‘G...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 11, 2012

Zlato Runo Georgian Restaurant
Štihova Ulica 2
Ljubljana, Slovenia 1000
05 904 71 07