Banja Luka Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Banja Luka

July 23, 2017 Kandra Bartel

Banja Luka (Serbian Cyrillic: Бања Лука, pronounced [bǎɲa lǔːka]), or Banjaluka (Serbian Cyrillic: Бањалука), is the largest city and the de facto capital of the Republika Srpska entity and the second-largest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina after the capital Sarajevo. Traditionally, it has been the centre of the Bosanska Krajina region, located in the northwestern part of the country. It is home of the University of Banja Luka as well as numerous state and entity institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The city lies on the River Vrbas and is well known in the countries of the former Yugoslavia for being full of tree-lined avenues, boulevards, gardens and parks. According to the 2013 census, Banja Luka has 199,191 inhabitants.
Things to do in Banja Luka

1. Kazamat

Tvrdjava Kastel | Teodora Kolokotronisa bb, Banja Luka 78000, Bosnia and Herzegovina Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi European, Eastern European, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +387 51 224-460
Excellent
59%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 194 reviews

Kazamat

Reviewed By sjaf_xo - Clermont-Ferrand, France

We went here on recommendations from a nearby cafe and we were very happy we listened!
This was by far the best meal we had in our week in Bosnia.
The setting is very warm and cozy and the decor is antique in keeping with the castle theme.
Our waiter was very understanding and spoke English quite well. He joked with us and made recommendations.
I had the beef soup which was quite tasty. It was more broth than beef but had a really good taste. My husband had the Hungarian soup which was filled with meat and equally delicious.
We both had pasta dishes. I had a spicy Turkey pasta with some grilled zucchini slices. It was DELICIOUS.
The prices were also quite reasonable considering the location and the quality.
I would hands down recommend this restaurant and will definitely come back if we visit again!

2. Vrbas

Brace Potkonjaka 1, Banja Luka 78000, Bosnia and Herzegovina Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Takeout Barbecue, Eastern European, European Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +387 51 464-608
Excellent
60%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 128 reviews

Vrbas

Reviewed By Mrragheb - Cyprus

This is and excellent restaurant just on the other side of the river opposite to the castle, great location, view and food on the Terrace. Much better than the opposite side where you are physically inside the fort and don't see much of it! The friendly and prompt service made it an excellent experience

3. Restaurant & Lounge Bar Integra

Trg Republike Srpske 8, Banja Luka 78000, Bosnia and Herzegovina Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible European, Contemporary, Eastern European, Central European Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +387 51 337-430
Excellent
71%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
8%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 35 reviews

Restaurant & Lounge Bar Integra

Reviewed By Ozren S - Illzach, Alsace, France

At 14th floor, this restaurant are luxure style, proposed good food for raisonnable price. I reccomand salmon fish with bread.

4. Stara Ada

Veljka Mladjenovica | Ada, Banja Luka 78000, Bosnia and Herzegovina Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout, Television Barbecue, European, Eastern European, Central European Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +387 51 456-444
Excellent
56%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 94 reviews

Stara Ada

Restoran ,,Stara Ada" je osnovan 1956. godine. Smješten je na obali rijeke Vrbas, ponosu grada Banja Luke i njenih gradana. Poseban utisak na posjetioce ostavlja savršen sklad enterijera sa prirodnim bogadstvima kojima je restoran okružen, što predstavlja svojevrsnu oazu mira, relaksacije i opuštanja. Restoran, svojom bogatom ponudom domaće, tradicionalne i internacionalne kuhinje kod posjetioca izaziva jedinstven osjećaj toplog, domaćeg ambijenta. Restoran ,,Stara Ada" predstavlja jedinstvenu kombinaciju tradicionalnog, toplog ambijenta i savremenog pristupa gastronomiji. U ponudi je širok spektar jela kako domaće, tradicionalne tako i internacionalne kuhinje koja uz raznovrsnu ponudu najkvalitetnijih vina kao i aperitiva kod posjetioca izaziva jedinstven osjećaj toplog, domaćinskog ambijenta. Vrhunski tim kuvara svojom jednistvenom recepturom, načinom pripreme i količinom ljubavi koju unose u stvaranje svojih kreacija čine da te kreacije postanu prava mala umjetnička djela. Neizostavan dio cijele priče je ljubazno osoblje, koje svojim profesionalnim pristupom čini da se prijatno osjećate i uživate u diskreciji. Stara Ada je mjesto gdje se ljubitelji vrhunske gastronomije rado vraćaju i sa posebnom sjetom prisjećaju.

Reviewed By GiulioF64 - Monza, Italy

Very big and amazing restaurant. Nice outside area during summer period. Suitable for families and events. Very good trout. Price around 30 km per person (drinking beer, but no wine)

5. Philippe Dine & Wine

Sime Solaje 1d, Banja Luka 78000, Bosnia and Herzegovina Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff Mediterranean, European, Italian, International Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +387 51 306-506
Excellent
60%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
5%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 88 reviews

Philippe Dine & Wine

This restaurant has a reflection of North Italian cuisine. We use only top quality ingredients in preparing our meals. We offer fresh daily made pasta and only Gallo organic Arborio rice for our risottos. We have a great selection of meat dishes which combined with our home made souses served in the small jars give a new dimension of taste. All meat dishes are made on lava stones. Deserts are made according to recipes of Lvanni Enwenhove pastry house using Puratos products from Belgium.

Reviewed By goodhikers - Bosnia and Herzegovina

Excellent menu that doesn't overreach--multiple good choices in pasta, fish, meats, dinner salads, desserts, breakfasts. Nice outdoor Seating area. Slightly off the beaten path from main downtown pedestrian area but very close. Good selection of local wines.

6. Mala Stanica

Kralja Petra I Karadjordjevica Bb, Banja Luka 78000, Bosnia and Herzegovina Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit Cards European, Eastern European, Central European, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast HK$47 - HK$243 +387 51 326-730
Excellent
74%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 155 reviews

Mala Stanica

Reviewed By feckerdoc - Wolverhampton

Exceptional food, unique location and extraordinarily attentive service from all staff, especially Nikola. It just ticks every box and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

7. Sladoled kod Slavice

I Krajiskog Korpusa, Banja Luka 78000, Bosnia and Herzegovina Seating Cafe Brunch +387 66 091 091
Excellent
89%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 17 reviews

Sladoled kod Slavice

Reviewed By LejlaH - Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

I was a bit sceptic when a friend took me for ice cream, but I could not stop eating. I had two servings with wild berries topping and with strawberries topping. It is creamy and milky, comes in just one flavor and is served with different freshly home made fruit toppings. This is closest to frozen custard I had in this area. do not miss it when in Banja Luka. Useful tip, Slavica makes the same amount of it every day and quickly runs out of it, so better come in morning.

8. Kod Muje

Bana Milosavljevi a bb, Banja Luka 78000, Bosnia and Herzegovina Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations Barbecue, European, Grill, Eastern European Lunch, Dinner +387 51 319-912
Excellent
50%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
7%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 89 reviews

Kod Muje

Reviewed By Sandi L - Koper, Slovenia

The cevapcici vas been special and amazingly good. So all was amazing. if yu spend time in Banja Luka I hope you will take time to taste their cevapcici. I did and I was not disapointed. Their cevapcici are different then other bosnian cevapcici because they come together in groups of four. I liked them a lot. Bravo Mujo!

9. Banjalucki Splav

Ulica Patre bb, Banja Luka 78000, Bosnia and Herzegovina Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Eastern European, European Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$141 +387 66 080 808
Excellent
57%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 42 reviews

Banjalucki Splav

Reviewed By Goran J - Skopje, Republic of Macedonia

Visit this place a lots of young people and live music. Location is with parking space but a lot of smoke since smoking is allowed inside the restaurant.

10. Slasticarna Manja

Kralja Petra I Karadordevica 62, Banja Luka 78000, Bosnia and Herzegovina Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, European +387 51 218-888
Excellent
74%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 29 reviews

Slasticarna Manja

Reviewed By Vukobrat - Sydney, Australia

4 adults and 3 children, neither got what we've ordered. As waiter didn't provide menu we walked, individually, to the ice cream stand to choose orders. Then out of blue, we started receiving cakes instead ice creams as they call them the same names but ice creams with came names are to "takeaways". And then no Sorry, no Excuse me... just got a bill to pay... Amazing

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