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

April 8, 2018 Russell Mellin

Slovenia, wedged between Austria and Italy, has always been proud of its unique heritage. The capital, Ljubljana, is a perfect example of this blend of German, Mediterranean, and Slovenian culture. The old town is a blend of Baroque, Renaissance, and Art Nouveau buildings, watched over by a medieval castle. Cut through the gardens of Tivoli Park to the National Museum of Contemporary History for a history of modern Slovenia, featuring crumbled statues of Stalin and a recreation of a WWI trench.
Things to do in Ljubljana

1. Julija

Stari trg 9, Ljubljana 1000, Slovenia Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Italian, Mediterranean, European, Slovenian, Eastern European, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$290 +386 1 425 64 63
Excellent
55%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Julija

Reviewed By jabuka11 - Ljubljana, Slovenia

Restaurant have nice menue with mix offers. Siting area is devided in 2 parts and on warm days is posible to sit outside. staff is pleasant.

2. Restavracija Cubo

Smartinska Cesta 55, Ljubljana 1000, Slovenia Valet Parking, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Highchairs Available Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Slovenian, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$141 - HK$290 +386 1 521 15 15
Excellent
73%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 234 reviews

Restavracija Cubo

Reviewed By Pam C - Ormond Beach, Florida

As it was a Sunday night (a usually off-night and often finding restaurants closed) we were fortunate to have the hotel restaurant open for us. Simon, our server, was gracious, knowledgable, and incredibly helpful. The menu is designed around seasonal and fresh, local foods. Simon guided us to Slovenian wines for our dinner, beginning with the Slovenian 'bubbly wine', which was delicious. We shared a bottle of local Chardonnay, which was quite to our liking. To start, we each ordered a freshly made salad of local spinach and rocket lettuce with small amounts of cucumbers, red peppers, tomatoes, and radishes served with a choice of olive oil or pumpkin seed oil (delicious!) and either balsamic or white vinegar. The lettuces tasted as if they had just been picked.
For dinner, hubby chose the wild venison (not farmed raised), a large portion of deep, richly flavored and tender meat. Served alongside was a wine poached pear and celery mash. Filling, unusually delicious, and satisfying. I had the oven baked sea bass served with potatoes and assorted fresh vegetables with a light white sauce. The meal was beautifully served and perfectly prepared, satisfying and delicious.
Simon brought us each an after dinner drink: grappa for my husband and a fruit liquor for me--as we were celebrating my birthday.
Simon is an incredible young man and the Hotel CUBO is fortunate to have him on staff. Thank you for making our first night in Ljubljana a very welcoming one, Simon!

3. Cajna hisa

Stari trg 3, Ljubljana 1000, Slovenia Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Cafe, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +386 1 252 70 10
Excellent
70%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 259 reviews

Cajna hisa

Reviewed By Fernando D - Portland, Maine

Cozy and inviting cafe specializing in green tea (although the coffee is good too). The service here is exceptional. The cafe was totally crowded, and the sole waiter was able to service everyone in a timely and efficient manner. Try the Matcha Tiramisu. I loved it. BTW: excellent Wifi connection as well.

4. Vinoteka Movia

Mestni trg 2, Ljubljana 1000, Slovenia Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi European, Wine Bar, Slovenian Late Night, Drinks HK$16 - HK$487 +386 51 304 590
Excellent
74%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 224 reviews

Vinoteka Movia

We serve worlds best wine, every day from noon to midnight, except on Sundays. Our only priority is a returning guest. Always.

Reviewed By phillip g - Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom

This place is right next door to the town hall , they have a very extensive range of local wines at various prices to either take home or drink in . They also serve cold meats , cheese and oysters . The only negative is that we had 4 glasses of wine and when we got the bill they charge by .1 of a litre and there is no way we had a tenth of a litre in each glass so be wary .

5. Valvasor

Stari trg 7, Ljubljana 1000, Slovenia Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Italian, Mediterranean, European, Slovenian, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +386 41 381 561
Excellent
64%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 931 reviews

Valvasor

Reviewed By Yanice C - London, United Kingdom

Came here based on the reviews on tripadvisor and google. A bit disappointed really. We had the 4 courses lunch menu, not much surprise from the menu, average food. Bread is surprisingly nice though. Restaurant might need to improve their ventilation, however we sat quite close to the kitchen, and the kitchen door was open.

6. Restaurant Compa

Trubarjeva cesta 40, Ljubljana 1000, Slovenia Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Steakhouse, Barbecue, European, Slovenian, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night +386 40 281 052
Excellent
74%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 325 reviews

Restaurant Compa

Reviewed By Johan R - Lund, Sweden

A place for meat lovers though it has to be said that their grilled bread is probably the best bread in Slovenia. Very friendly staff and good service even though we visited on a very busy Friday night. As always in Slovenia excellent Slovenian wines! We are the mixed grill platter which was great just make sure to order it with the fillet of Colt which is really tasty

7. Restavracija Strelec

Grajska planota 1 | Situated in the Ljubljana castle, Ljubljana 1000, Slovenia Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi European, Slovenian, Central European, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +386 31 687 648
Excellent
77%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 500 reviews

Restavracija Strelec

Reviewed By George1133 - Ljubljana, Slovenia

Was here for the second time with business colleagues. Restaurant is situated in one of the castle towers with amazing view on Ljubljana.
The space is well designed with very warm-feeling interior. The tables were really neatly prepared and all food served with a touch of design.
The food (7-course menu) tasted very good and I must say that the service was top class. Usually in this kind of restaurants service is to "artificial" I would say cold but every single waiter here was warm and attentive which makes the difference. First time hear I was a bit disappointed but second time they have done good job!
Definitely worth trying.

8. Gostilna Dela

Poljanska cesta 7, Ljubljana 1000, Slovenia Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Waitstaff Mediterranean, European, Slovenian, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner HK$71 - HK$94 +386 599 25446
Excellent
72%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 130 reviews

Gostilna Dela

We are following teh principles of SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP. Gostilna dela is a charming little restaurant providing LOCAL EXPERIENCE. We offer delicious breakfast and lunches, to satisfy meat, fish and vegetarian lovers. The food is FRESH, HEALTHY and prepared from an open plan kitchen. Food and drinks are prepared and served by YOUTH who have not finished formal education and young people with disability. They are trained to become more employable. Recently we have spiced up our restaurant with REUSED collection of cups, plates and glasses. We are located just a few steps from a Central Market and Ljubljana Castle Funicular.

Reviewed By Barry D - Ljubljana, Slovenia

I had a really good pumpkin soup with a good Merlot. The place is very cozy and the food and beverage, really nice. The value for the price is pretty high! I recommend going there.

9. Hisa Pod Gradom restaurant

Strelishka ulica 10, Ljubljana 1000, Slovenia Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit Cards Mediterranean, European, Slovenian, Eastern European, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Brunch HK$47 - HK$181 +386 40 164 005
Excellent
76%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 559 reviews

Hisa Pod Gradom restaurant

Restaurant Hisa pod gradom or in English "House under the castle" has an unique and medieval ambient, that will take you over and it has been kept till today. Pleasant environment is closely lined with kind staff and fresh made food. We offer lunch, snacks or drinks, that can guarantee you pure pleasure in the mornings by drink- ing coffee or having your breakfast. In the evenings you can indulge pampering in specialities of our cooks from the menu, or all the popular and daily fresh Slovenian and Mediterranean specialities.

Reviewed By Lina S

I've been coming here for almost 4years now. The food is varied and always delicious. The staff are more friendly than any restaurant I've been to before
Very generous portion sizes, extremely reasonable prices, appealing presentation, no long waits for food to arrive. My favorite is lamb shank!

10. Luda

Poljanska cesta 11, Ljubljana 1000, Slovenia Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Contemporary, Slovenian, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner HK$31 - HK$118 +386 51 761 294
Excellent
78%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 397 reviews

Luda

No Reservations. Ever changing menu, local produce, natural wine list and owners behind the stoves. Warmly welcome. Luka & Urska & Simon

Reviewed By Kara C - London, United Kingdom

The food was exquisite and very well priced. The service was charming, friendly and knowledgeable. My only criticism was it was a little cold inside.

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