Where to Eat in Novi Sad: The Best Restaurants and Bars

October 5, 2017 Deane Carmody

Novi Sad (Serbian Cyrillic: Нови Сад, pronounced [nôʋiː sâːd] ( listen); Hungarian: Újvidék [ˈuːjvideːk]; Slovak: Nový Sad [ˈnoʋiː ˈsat]; see below for other names) is the second largest city of Serbia, the capital of the autonomous province of Vojvodina and the administrative center of the South Bačka District. It is located in the southern part of the Pannonian Plain, on the border of the Bačka and Srem geographical regions, on the banks of the Danube river, facing the northern slopes of Fruška Gora mountain.
Things to do in Novi Sad

1. Fish & Zelenish

Skerliceva 2, Novi Sad 21101, Serbia Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$39 - HK$196 +381 21 452002
Excellent
83%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 712 reviews

Fish & Zelenish

If you like Mediterranean cuisine, wine and relaxed atmosphere, go ahead - this is the place for you! Authentic menu, based on the Mediterranean style of cooking; on fresh fish, seafood, organic vegetables, homemade pasta, Greek and Dalmatian regions, salads, olive oil and Mediterranean spices. It's great for vegetarians, those who fast or eat low-calorie food, but the real gourmands also like it. With food we serve local wines and brandy from the famous Fruska Gora basement and monasteries and in the end always suggest bermet or calvados with excellent espresso and panna cotta (feel free to lick your fingers).

Reviewed By veragoj - Belgrade, Serbia

Whenever I visit Novi Sad, I come back to this restaurant. Food is fantastic and all the waiters are always so nice and helpful. If you like fish, this is THE place to go. If you don't there's plenty of meat dishes to choose from. They also have a selection of organic vegetables - my personal favorite being organic red beet salad with celery root, apple and sesame seeds. The non-smoking section is situated on one side of the street, while the smoking section is on the other. Since I'm a non-smoker, I always go to the non-smoking section, which is particularly interesting because you can sit on the balcony above the kitchen and watch them prepare food. This is a perfect place to go to if you want to escape the regular Serbian restaurant food offer made up of barbecued meat, meat and even more meat.
If you come for an early dinner, you shouldn't expect big crowds. However, if you happen to visit them around lunchtime on Sunday, you'd better make a reservation in advance (although the waiters are so nice they will certainly try to fit you in somewhere even if you don't have a reservation.

2. Aqua Doria

ispod Tvrdave, Novi Sad, Serbia Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Seafood, European, Soups, Eastern European, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night 0381216430949
Excellent
57%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 317 reviews

Aqua Doria

Reviewed By Matteo T

One of the best.quality/prize i had ever eaten in the world. Amazing fish and meat. Great view on river. All so cheap but great quality

3. Zak

Shafarikova 6, Novi Sad 21101, Serbia Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations, Valet Parking, Wine and Beer, Delivery, Accepts Credit Cards French, Mediterranean, European, Eastern European, Central European, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Breakfast, Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$2,354 - HK$51,012 +381 21 447565
Excellent
72%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 167 reviews

Zak

Fine dining

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor Member

I frequently eat in this restaurant when travel to Novi Sad. The food is very good, with excellent service. Staff is very friendly and efficient. Located in center on Novi Sad with private parking, they have also a bar in the ground floor , but I never been . There is a kind of hotel also, which I plan to see next time. Overall congratulations for the management. Price ok for Europe , probably a bit high for Serbian average consumers.

4. Cafe Veliki

Nikole Pashica 24, Novi Sad 21101, Serbia Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Delivery, Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Eastern European, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner HK$141 +381 21 553420
Excellent
77%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 456 reviews

Cafe Veliki

Cafe VELIKI, a type of restaurant not often seen in Europe these days, with authentic flavors and recipes dating back to the 19th century. Novi Sad, and Vojvodina is multi-national and multi-ethnic society, and if you want to sense inspiring smells, and to enjoy delicacies that Serb, German (Austrian), Slovak, Hungarian and Jewish nations, living in Vojvodina ate, and still eat, come and visit us in Nikole Pasica street in the very heart of Novi Sad. We guarantee a delightful and relaxing atmosphere, where you can enjoy with your family, friends and your business clients. Experience authentic dishes prepared with the old tradition of this region. Excellent local cuisine in the charming restaurant.

Reviewed By Jovan Č

A lot of beautiful food to choose from. The only reason I give them 4/5 is because they altered the real essence of the food from Vojvodina (the region).

5. alla Lanterna

Ulica Dunavska, Novi Sad, Serbia Delivery, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Pizza, European, Italian, Healthy, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks +381 63 387132
Excellent
69%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 108 reviews

alla Lanterna

Reviewed By Milos S

Beautiful place whit excellent interior, always good food and service. I recommend this place, coffee, desert....what ever.

6. The Camelot

Sremska 9, Novi Sad, Serbia Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Bar, European, Pub, Central European, Eastern European, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks +381 21 528095
Excellent
74%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 114 reviews

The Camelot

They produce their own beer, at great prices 1EUR pint!!! Excellent taste, especially loved the RED beer as they call it, they have nice lager and dark beer too...very friendly staff.

Reviewed By Jelena A - Serbia

This is excellent restaurant, with a nice covered Terrace and a rustic indoor premises.
The specialities of this place are great (especially beef dishes), but be prepared either to share your portion with your fellow-guest or to leave it half-eaten. Otherwise, you must be very hungry to eat it all.
We were here to celebrate our son’s birthday. Happy birthday, son!! And, thank you, “Camelot”, this was really tasteful!!

7. Project 72 Wine&Deli

Kosovska 15a | Corner Dordje Jovanovic, Novi Sad 21000, Serbia Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Delivery, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards International, European, Wine Bar, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$16 - HK$196 +381 21 6572720
Excellent
87%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 614 reviews

Project 72 Wine&Deli

Project 72 Wine&Deli is no ordinary restaurant but a place of exquisite taste, where fine food is prepared with a lot of imagination and soul that go along with finely selected wines in perfect harmony for your senses to which it is impossible to remain indifferent. Food is prepared in a special atmosphere with great dedication since we believe that the food absorbs the energy and vibration that is prepared with. Soul food is prepared in a creative way in a pleasant atmosphere, with beautiful rhythms and different tastes so that you can fully enjoy. This is a restaurant where it's all about the enjoyment in food and wine.

Reviewed By Deniz S

The staff was very friendly and helpful. The atmosphre is nice and cozy. The food is good but not something special as I was expecting

8. Astal Saren

Mite Ruzhica 4, Novi Sad 21101, Serbia Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Barbecue, European, Eastern European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night HK$16 - HK$94 +381 69 696920
Excellent
68%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 217 reviews

Astal Saren

Reviewed By S O - Canton of Zurich, Switzerland

On Friday evening we had to wait about 45 minutes to get a table!
We waited cross the narrow street in a bar enjoying a nice beer.
Finally we got our table, strategically located between the entrance door, the kitchen and the drinks reserve of the house.
This allowed observing the ballet of people going out and coming in and the comes and goes if the staff: only two persons forming a real winning team!
Wishing to taste a bit of everything we selected a mix grill small portion (830gram) for each of us, some goat cheese and a variety of salads and some warm bread. The patron advised us that a small grill mix would be enough for two, snd definitely it was!
As drinks we had the choice between various beers, local alcohols and wine if the house. Here try out and make your experience. Next time we will go for a local distilled alcohol to start with and combine with beer later.
We enjoyed the food and the lively atmosphere. The patron always friendly, smily and with a kind eye on each table definitively contributed to it.
A place to go if you are in Novi Sad!

9. Caffe Restaurant Modena

Trg Slobode 4, Novi Sad 21101, Serbia Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, Cafe, European, Italian, Pizza, International, Pub, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch HK$16 - HK$133 +381 21 525726
Excellent
60%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 106 reviews

Caffe Restaurant Modena

Reviewed By Rose S - Klagenfurt, Austria

I really enjoyed eating here. The food and service are both excellent, they really make you feel like a valued guest and they make sure that you have everything that you need. It's also very pocket friendly. They have a pretty varied menu and there should be something for everyone. Just a word of caution...the portions are pretty big, go when you're good and hungry :) I would highly recommend it!

10. Restoran Terasa

Petrovaradinska Tvrdjava, Novi Sad 21000, Serbia Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Parking Available European, Central European, Eastern European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, Lunch +381 21 447788
Excellent
60%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 180 reviews

Restoran Terasa

Reviewed By DimitrijeOs - Novi Sad, Serbia

This restaurant is a beautiful retreat from the city centre. It is located on the Terrace of the Pertrovaradin fortress overlooking the city centre. The food is tasty and the portions are abundant, although the prices are a bit on the high end. In the summer it is great ti sit on the Terrace (in the open) and in winter it is great ti sit inside the old garrison barracks. The overall experience of this restaurant is more than satisfying.

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