Where to Eat in Prijedor: The Best Restaurants and Bars

August 10, 2017 Enriqueta Cusson

Prijedor (Serbian Cyrillic: Приједор); pronounced [prijɛ̌ːdɔr]) is a city and municipality in the northwest of Bosnia and Herzegovina with an estimated population of 97,588 people within its administrative limits. Prijedor is situated in the Bosanska Krajina region. Prijedor is the third largest municipality in the Republika Srpska entity, after Banja Luka and Bijeljina, and the seventh largest in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is an economically prosperous municipality hosting a wide range of industries, services and educational institutions. The city's geographical location close to major European capitals has made it an important industrial and commercial hub nationally.

1. Neira

Mladena Stojanovica B.B | Kozarac, Prijedor 79200, Bosnia and Herzegovina Mediterranean, Eastern European +387 65 567 075
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Neira

Reviewed By AHrustic - Keysborough, Australia

I briefly visited Neira restaurant, or ‘Restoran Neira’ as the locals would call it, on the night of Wednesday, 6th August, 2014 with a large number of my family. Along with Stara Bašta restaurant up the road, Neira is one of the two ‘food institutions’ in the town of Kozarac, in the region of Bosanska Krajina of north-western Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The Kapetanović family first opened Neira restaurant in 1979. However, they have over 50 years in experience in the hospitality industry. During the war of independence of Bosnia and Herzegovina between 1992 and 1995, the restaurant was severely damaged, but was reopened to the public again in 2002.
To visit Neira restaurant, you must take a turn for the town of Kozarac from route M4, or the road connecting the city of Banja Luka with the town of Prijedor, and drive up Mladena Stojanovića street, or Ulica Mladena Stojanovića, where the restaurant will be located on your right-hand side. Its sign above the front gate, NEIRA written in yellow capital letters, is recognisable from afar.
The interior of the restaurant is very clean, as are the toilets at the back. The walls are covered with stone mosaics, put together by Adnan Zulić from the town of Bihać.
The capacity of 150 patrons in the interior of the restaurant, and approximately 50 on the outdoor Terrace at the front of the restaurant also makes Neira restaurant a popular venue for local engagement parties, wedding parties, International Women’s Day parties, Concerts, and other special occasions.
I was impressed by the large selection of meals on offer in the menu, featuring both local and intercontinental cuisine. The selection includes soups, entrées, salads, risottos, pasta dishes, omelettes, beef, chicken and fish dishes, grilled dishes, stews, desserts, coffee, tea, and a wide variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. There is also a children’s menu.
However, if you do want to try a dish that is authentic to this region, Bosanska Krajina (the region of north-western Bosnia and Herzegovina), there are three main ‘options’ on the menu. The first is ‘maslenica,’ a plain layered pastry that is typically served with either cottage cheese itself or ‘satrica,’ a spread of cottage cheese and chopped spring onions. The second is ‘kvrguša,’ pieces of chicken thighs, chicken breasts and chicken drumsticks baked in a flour, egg and milk batter that, when baked, resembles a chicken pot pie. The third main regional dish is ‘potkriža,’ a dish of finely chopped traditional bread, or ‘pogača,’ that is covered with a slow-cooked stew of spiced beef meat and caramelised onions. With a dash of pepper on top, this is my personal favourite of the three dishes! Do ask for availability of these dishes at Neira restaurant beforehand, and give them (especially ‘potkriža’) a try!
Efficient service, a large variety of local and intercontinental cuisine on the menu, cheap local beer, and a lovely atmosphere are the very reasons why I would never hesitate to dine at Neira restaurant again. Do stop and have a meal, especially if you are on your way back from visiting Kozara National Park, or ‘Nacionalni park Kozara.’

2. Gurman Extra

Prote Matije Nenadovica 24, Prijedor, Bosnia and Herzegovina International
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5 based on 3 reviews

Very nice restaurant, helpful waiter, excellent food and price/quality ratio.

Reviewed By dcuric

Best grill in town by far, plus other various dishes from the Balkans. If you are in Prijedor, make sure to stop by.

3. Intermezzo

Omladinska Ulica KOZARAC, Prijedor 79200, Bosnia and Herzegovina Cafe +387 65 578 169
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Intermezzo

Reviewed By VesnaJD - London, United Kingdom

very popular amongst locals, during the day but also during the evening. It is not open very late as it is based under a residential building. It offers all kinds of drinks and cocktails

4. Restoran Ena

Ulica Muharema Suljanovica 8, Prijedor, Bosnia and Herzegovina Mediterranean, European, Turkish, Eastern European, Croatian +387 66 290 046
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Restoran Ena

Reviewed By AHrustic - Keysborough, Australia

I, along with some cousins from Norway, visited Ena restaurant on Wednesday, 13th August, 2014 on a hot summer’s afternoon while visiting the town of Prijedor, north-western Bosnia and Herzegovina. And, I am glad that I discovered this little gem!
Ena restaurant, or ‘Restoran Ena’ as the locals call it, is a part of the Čaršijska mosque, or ‘Čaršijska džamija,’ complex in the centre of the town of Prijedor. The Čaršijska mosque serves as the centre of Bosniak life in Prijedor today, especially since the number of Bosniaks (Muslims native to Bosnia and Herzegovina) has been reduced from approximately 50,000 to less than 15,000 in the Prijedor municipality altogether through ethnic cleansing by the local Serbs during the war of independence of Bosnia and Herzegovina between 1992 and 1995. Therefore, the restaurant itself is the remaining one in the town of Prijedor where the Bosniaks can come together and enjoy meals prepared according to the Halal principles (which are similar to the Kosher principles of Judaism). Ena restaurant also caters for weddings, birthdays and other special occasions, especially for Islamic holidays such as Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha, Islamic New Year and the holy fasting month of Ramadan.
Ena restaurant has both indoor and outdoor Seating areas, and the outdoor Seating area is particularly lovely in the summer as the gated courtyard has a lovely shade and a great view of Prijedor’s main pedestrian street (Kralja Petra I Oslobodioca).
A young water quickly showed up at our table, welcoming us and distributing the menus. I was impressed with the large selection and it was all local fare (traditional cuisine from this region of Bosnia and Herzegovina). The drinks, which were welcomed in the hot weather, arrived within 5 minutes, while we had to wait for our meals for 15 minutes. The toilets are located on the right-hand side as you walk into the restaurant’s interior. They are nice and clean.
I ordered a plate of grilled chicken breast, which was served with roast potatoes and a fresh garden salad. Freshly-baked, home-made bread was also provided with the meal. The dish was simple, but nevertheless very healthy, fresh and flavoursome!
However, if you do want to try a dish that is authentic to this region, Bosanska Krajina (the region of north-western Bosnia and Herzegovina), there are three main ‘options’ on the menu. The first is ‘maslenica,’ a plain layered pastry that is typically served with either cottage cheese itself or ‘satrica,’ a spread of cottage cheese and chopped spring onions. The second is ‘kvrguša,’ pieces of chicken thighs, chicken breasts and chicken drumsticks baked in a flour, egg and milk batter that, when baked, resembles a chicken pot pie. The third main regional dish is ‘potkriža,’ a dish of finely chopped traditional bread, or ‘pogača,’ that is covered with a slow-cooked stew of spiced beef meat and caramelised onions. With a dash of pepper on top, this is my personal favourite of the three dishes! Do ask for availability of these dishes at Ena restaurant beforehand, and give them (especially ‘potkriža’) a try!
Ena restaurant, like the majority of restaurants in Bosnia and Herzegovina, is a restaurant where you can enjoy a generous, hearty meal and drink all for less than 15 KM (approximately A$11). I can’t wait to go back to this restaurant again!

5. Restoran Stara basta

Mladena Stojanovica b.b., Prijedor 79200, Bosnia and Herzegovina Reservations International, Mediterranean, European, Turkish, Croatian +387 65 942 041
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Restoran Stara basta

Reviewed By AHrustic - Keysborough, Australia

I visited Stara Bašta restaurant, or ‘Restoran Stara bašta,’ on both Wednesday, 6th August, 2014 and Tuesday, 12th August, 2014 with a large number of my family. Along with Neira restaurant down the road, Stara Bašta is one of the two ‘food institutions’ in the town of Kozarac, in the region of Bosanska Krajina of north-western Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is also one of the most beautiful restaurants I have ever been to! No amount of pictures will ever do justice to the beauty of its interior and exterior look.
Stara Bašta has been opened to the public for decades now, and is run by members of the Jakupović family. In 2004, the restaurant won the award for being the ‘most beautiful restaurant’ in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Having already visited, I would second that any day!
To visit Stara Bašta restaurant, you must take a turn for the town of Kozarac from route M4, or the road connecting the city of Banja Luka with the town of Prijedor, and drive up Mladena Stojanovića street, or Ulica Mladena Stojanovića, where the restaurant will be located on your right-hand side just before Mutnička mosque, or ‘Mutnička džamija.’
The restaurant itself was built as if it were a private retreat – the wrought iron gate leads diners into the shady courtyard which is encircled by stone walls for privacy. The water well in the middle of the courtyard may not be used, but adds to the traditional look of the restaurant’s décor. Above the courtyard, vases filled with colourful flowers line the Terrace, and on the walls hang various antiquities symbolic of what life was like for the local peasants centuries ago.
At the top of the wooden stair case at the end of the courtyard, a surprise awaits. Built in 1736, the fort of Captain Husein, or ‘Kula Husein-kapetana’ was originally 15,000 square metres large, and the walls surrounding it were 4 metres high. It played an important part in the defence of the Ottoman Empire which, at the time, occupied Bosnia and Herzegovina for almost 500 years. In 1839, the fort of Captain Husein lost its significance as the Ottomans withdrew from Bosnia and Herzegovina, paving way for Austro-Hungarian annexation in 1878. Since then, the fort has been referred to as the Kozarac fortress, or ‘Kozaračka kula.’ The fortress today is largely neglected, and a couple of years ago, the roof even collapsed. Unfortunately, its much-needed restoration has attracted minimal attention from the locals so far, who should certainly do more to preserve this attraction of both historical and cultural significance. Albeit, it is still a beautiful structure and the tombs that lay on the patch of grass in front date back to medieval times.
The 200+ capacity also makes Stara Bašta restaurant a popular venue for local engagement parties, wedding parties, Concerts, and other special occasions throughout the year. At the time of visiting, Halid Bešlić, the most popular and well-known folk singer from Bosnia and Herzegovina, held a concert at the restaurant.
Stara Bašta’s cleanliness is impeccable, as are the toilets, which are located right at the back of the complex behind the kitchen.
I just ordered a cappuccino while visiting Stara Bašta restaurant, however, looking at the menu I was impressed by the extensive number of traditional dishes on offer. If you do want to try a dish that is authentic to this region, Bosanska Krajina (the region of north-western Bosnia and Herzegovina), there are three main ‘options’ on the menu. The first is ‘maslenica,’ a plain layered pastry that is typically served with either cottage cheese itself or ‘satrica,’ a spread of cottage cheese and chopped spring onions. The second is ‘kvrguša,’ pieces of chicken thighs, chicken breasts and chicken drumsticks baked in a flour, egg and milk batter that, when baked, resembles a chicken pot pie. The third main regional dish is ‘potkriža,’ a dish of finely chopped traditional bread, or ‘pogača,’ that is covered with a slow-cooked stew of spiced beef meat and caramelised onions. With a dash of pepper on top, this is my personal favourite of the three dishes! Do ask for availability of these dishes at Stara Bašta restaurant beforehand, and give them (especially ‘potkriža’) a try!
Stara Bašta is one of the most popular restaurants in the town of Kozarac, and is a well-established ‘institution’ in the region. Though, it is especially popular during the summer months when the Bosnian and Herzegovinian diaspora from around the world return to their homeland for their annual holidays. I would definitely recommend a visit to this restaurant, not only because of its beautiful setting, but because the food served is full of love!

6. Restaurant PapaJoe

Kralja Petra I Oslobodioca Br. 15, Prijedor 79101, Bosnia and Herzegovina Reservations, Waitstaff International, Mediterranean Brunch +387 52 214-494
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4.5 based on 14 reviews

Restaurant PapaJoe

Reviewed By Admir J

This place have a really good Very good the possibiliy to stay in and out In the summer is very nice to eat with the family or friends in the Garden International menu and you have a lot of types of meats very good!!!

7. Pekara Galija

Kralja Petra I Oslobodioca 20, Prijedor 52000, Bosnia and Herzegovina Takeout, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible Fast Food Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner HK$24 +387 52 234-900
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Pekara Galija

Reviewed By dvokic

The best bakery in Prijedor. All of their products are very tasty. Definitely one of the places you have to visit if you are hungry.

8. SAC-Buregdzinica Prijedor - Raskovac

Muharema Suljanovica 88, Prijedor 79101, Bosnia and Herzegovina +387 65 339 017
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

SAC-Buregdzinica Prijedor - Raskovac

Reviewed By adnej1 - Chicago, Illinois

Food was very delicious and fresh. I was a regular while visiting. The only negative I can mention is they sometime run out of food later in the day. Which I guess is a positive in a way as well, as its so good and people are buying it regularly.

9. Voulez Vous

Nikole Pasica, Prijedor, Bosnia and Herzegovina +387 66 132 132
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Voulez Vous

Reviewed By alexvanpavk - Novi Grad, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The food is very tasty. They have several delicious cakes which you don't want to miss. But, the most noticeable is the service. The waiters are so quiet and so polite that you would think you are not in Bosnia. Of course, I didn't mean Bosnian waiters are rude but they are just too noisy and not always there when you need them, which is not the case in this restaurant.

10. Restoran Babilon

Brace Krneta, Prijedor 79101, Bosnia and Herzegovina Bar, Cafe, International, Mediterranean, Grill, Pub HK$31 - HK$290 +387 65 603 099
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Restoran Babilon

Retro designed Restaurant Babilon in Prijedor, Bosnia and Herzegovina, is place where you wanna go if you want great and tasty food served with love and care, if you want peace and place to have fun. We serve many local dishes, international food and grill. Also, we organise party for your birthday, business lunch, family trip, weddings and many other things.

Reviewed By DaliborLakoseljac - Poreč

Great food, great personnel, nice place to visit. Mid-range prices. If you want you can eat grill or pasta and some of special dishes. Reccomend ☺

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