Zadar isn’t exactly a food lover’s paradise.
This beach town on the Croatian Coast caters more to high-end vacationers than those on a backpacker’s budget. However, during our three-day stay Daniel and I were able to find and try a few cheap restaurants in Zadar that I can recommend.
If you want to save money and skip the $15+ seafood plates that most places serve then this list is for you. These cheap restaurants in Zadar have you covered for breakfast, lunch and dinner on your next beach getaway to the city!
3 Cheap Restaurants in Zadar
1. Bistro Gourmet Kalelarga
Best for: Breakfast
We spent: 54 kuna / 8.50 usd for two
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I’m always onthe hunt for a good breakfast when I’m traveling and our weekend in Zadar was no different. I hate blowing my budget at the start of the day so we set out for something filling but affordable, and Bistro Gourmet fit the bill.
First of all, they have filter coffee! For anyone dying to ditch the espresso, this is definitely the place for you. I ordered a filter coffee with milk, bacon and eggs, and a bread basket to share. Daniel got the same and the food was delicious.
It was crispy bacon (none of that thick cut stuff) and the eggs had runny yolks but nothing clear on the tops (which is a particular pet peeve of mine). The bread was also fresh and flavorful and came free with our meal which is the quickest way to win me over.
Finally, friendly service and a location right in the center of town seal the deal and cement Bistro Gourmet Kalelarga as one of the best cheap restaurants in Zadar for breakfast. It’s my favorite of the three on this list and you definitely shouldn’t miss it.
Breakfast at Bistro Gourmet Kalelarga
2. Surf n’ Fries
Best for: Lunch
We Spent: ~10 usd for two
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Ok, this is a fast food place but the food was good and the price was right. Daniel got the 10 piece wings and I had the corn dog with Texas sauce.
My inability to find the menu online is driving me crazy and I can’t give you exact prices but we spent around $10 between us. For a lightish lunch in the center I thought it was a good find!
3. Snack Cafe Mario
Best for: Dinner
We Spent: 93 kuna / 14.50 usd for two
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We spent closer to 20 usd on this meal because we each got a pint of beer as well for 20 kuna / 3 usd per bottle but if you’re trying to cut costs this is easy to avoid. Daniel and I sat down here after a lengthy search for somewhere, anywhere, that we could spend less than 100 kuna per person. Finally, we stumbled across Mario and it was a done deal.
Mario is located right in a nice square in the center of Zadar. The atmosphere was relaxed and while we ate, we watched a bride and groom take their wedding photos and kids run on the cobblestones. We ordered the margarita pizza (45 kuna) and the spicy sausage calzone (48 kuna) and split them both. We left full and still had half the calzone packed up in a box to go.
I know that good pizza in the Balkans is few and far between and you may be skeptical. However, this one had a crispy crust and didn’t come with too much cheese so it was better than most. If you want to enjoy an affordable dinner in the center, Mario is one of the best cheap restaurants in Zadar to do so.
Calzone at Snack Cafe Mario
Save Money at These Cheap Restaurants in Zadar
This list of cheap restaurants in Zadar is short but sweet.
I put it together after spending three frustrating days searching for budget-friendly options in the city during our stay. Too often we opted for a quick pastry from a bakery or skipped a meal and grabbed snacks instead because we just couldn’t find anything affordable.
Luckily, there were a few gems in the rough and we ended up trying and enjoying our meals at these three cheap restaurants in Zadar. Hopefully, this article helps you on your hunt and you enjoy your stay and your extra savings in the city!