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“we will be back” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Balbi

Balbi
Trg G. Matteottija, Rovinj 52210, Croatia
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Ranked #3 of 129 Restaurants in Rovinj
Price range: $15 - $31
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Croatian
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Venice, Italy
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85 reviews 85 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“we will be back”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

certainly another terrific confirmation of the TA reviews; first of all the owner Jasna was very very polite with us. We popped in without any reservation because we could find the number; in fact she confirmed we do not usually take them, except they know who you are. So i'm respecting this philosophy and i won't display their phone number(which you can get when leaving)
Anyway, as Italians we need to say the starters were honestly just ok and the scampi busera, too.
But the "strawberry over the cake" was the "fish into the oven" which i've specifically asked to prepare with potatoes, cherry tomatoes and olives. WELL let me confirm this is the reason because we will be back 100%. It was just FANTASTIC.
For the wine i also have to give another good point to Jasna because she got us exactly what we asked for and i'm glad to post you the one you should try too; the brand is called De Grassi and go for the Cuvee.... i'm sure you will love it

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Do not hesitate”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

Spent an oval weekend in Rovinj with friends. This place really care about their food. Fresh produce, wonderfully selected, prepared with care, served with love. Out of four nights in Rovinje we had two wonderful dinners here. Do not hesitate, go to Balbi!

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
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“Try the typical istrian pasta "pljukanci"!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Pasta pljukanci with gamberi and zucchini or with seafood... Even the memory of that taste is mouthwatering!

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Fabulous fish”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

The grilled Orata was spectacular at "Balbi" in old Rovinj. (Go though the Balbi gate from main square and walk uphill about a minute. It is on your left on a corner)
It is a delicate fish so a good test for the cook. With wonderful spinach and roast potatoes it was a perfect lunch. My partner's seafood risotto was fabulous too. Two glasses of Istrian white wine, water, bread and a coffee. Only 225kn which is just under 30 euro or $44(AUD).. And to add to the joy cloth napkins and a wonderful waiter with fluent Italian, Croatian, English, German and Russian....and a smile. What more could two Aussies want!

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Cost restaurant in the old city”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Friendly service, and excellent food. This place is well worth trying if you're looking for an authentic Croatian restaurant.

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