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Wine Bar, Croatian, Mediterranean, European
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Lunch, Dinner
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Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Seating, Table Service

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0.3 miles from Upper Town (Gornji Grad)
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A relaxed and enjoyable wine flight experience to learn about the wines and wine regions of Croatia. After travelling throughout the country this was an excellent way to finish our journey in the ambience of the venue and perfect hosts. A gem of a wine...bar that is a must visit while in Zagreb, it’s the wines and the food platter were exceptional quality.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed May 13, 2022

The place is one of the most attractive wine caves I've ever been in. Cool and comfortable with great wine in every direction. The owners are passionate about wine, and happy to share their extensive knowledge and create directed tastings for you.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed April 29, 2022

Life doesn't get much better than this: sampling Croatian wines in a centuries-old courtyard with charming, knowledgeable guides pouring and sharing what they know about the bottle in hand. Meanwhile, Zagreb's lovely medieval center is just beyond the walls. Ivan, the charismatic owner of Wine...Bar Bornstein, could not have been more welcoming-- he and his staff know so much about the region's wines (Croatia produces about 100 grape varitals) and have an obvious passion for what they do. The wine list has scads of available labels (maybe 200?), which is both intimidating and exciting. I hope to return to Bornstein a few times before I leave the country. Wonderful spot. Thank you Ivan!More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed September 3, 2021

Fantastic location, at the edge of the centre but hidden. Incredible knowledgable staff. Ask a wine for a taste, feeling or mood and they find something that suits your needs. We went two times in 3 days in September it wasn’t busy so Ivan took...his time to explain every question we had about wine with enthusiams and pure knowledge.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed February 11, 2020

Huge selection of Croatian and world wines, some exquisite snacks, but also a great place for private parties.

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed November 20, 2019

I have to say this is one of the most charming and unpretentious wine bars I've been to! In fact, since moving to Zagreb over a year ago I have come on many different occasions and have always found the staff and owners to be...so friendly, professional, warm, and knowledgable. The atmosphere inside is very special as the wine bar (with an extension to a wine shop) is in a 200 year old wine cellar!!! How many wine bars in the world actually offer that?? The wine menu is extensive and there are so many extraordinary wines (from Croatia and around the world) to choose from and the staff will always offer a recommendation depending on your preference and mood :) I enjoy talking to the owners, Ivan and Doris, about different wines as they have a ton of wine knowledge and know the stories behind different wines. Bornstein is the type of wine bar I go to for a mid week catch up with a friend (they have delicious cheese & charcuterie plates for sharing), a birthday party or group get together, or for wine+ jazz (live music) night on Fri/Sat! For anyone that says there isn't a wine + music/movie scene in Zagreb, Bornstein has it (just check out their Facebook page for events). Plus the big advantage is that it is only a few minutes by foot from the Zagreb cathedral so I don't need to worry about driving and parking (if you want to, Kaptol parking is just nearby). Whether you live in Zagreb or are simply visiting for a few days, Bornstein Wine Bar should definitely be on your list of places to go to.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 8, 2019

I am an experienced wine drinker, having visited many wine regions of the world, and tasted many wines over the past 40 years. I was excited by the description and looking forward to the tasting flights. When I arrived, I was seated at a table....The place was not very busy. I was ignored for a while and when they came over. I asked if I could see the wine list and what the tasting flights were. The person who waited on me said that the wine list would be too overwhelming and asked what type of wine. I said I enjoy reading the list. I told them I wanted a white wine and interested in the tasting menu so I could I sample a wide variety. She ignored me and asked again what type of white wine do you want? I described my favorite types of whites. She poured a glass for me. As more people started to arrive, I noticed that they let them read the wine list and were handed a menu. Why did she not give me the menu and the wine list? Did you judge me to someone who would not know about wine? I will won't be going back here.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed October 10, 2019 via mobile

I found Ivan’s wine bar through a travel wine blog, and I can’t recommend a visit enough! I did the 6 wine + cheese tasting. During the two+ hours that I sat in the bar, I learned about the region, the changing national wine scene,...and the unique qualities of the land that led to the flavors in each of the wines I tried. The wines Ivan has selected are amazing, and very different from anything I’ve tried in other countries. (If you’ve traveled to other regions of Croatia for wine tastings, this is a great opportunity to compare and contrast the wines from each of the 4 wine regions.) The tasting I selected was 225kn, which felt more that fair given the generous pours and ample attention. A great spot for wine buffs who want to chat with a master and for novices who want to learn!More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed September 24, 2019

I went to wind bar Bornstein recently with friends and I was blown away. Located in a stunning setting a short walk from the city's Cathedral the quality of the food and wine was exceptional. The staff were extremely attentive and eager to please

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed September 14, 2019

We stumbled upon this place walking through down and ended up spending most of our afternoon having wonderful wine and laughs! The couple who owns the place is fantastic and adorable, and all of the staff is very knowledgeable. I’d highly recommend everyone stop here...to try some true Croatian wines.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed September 6, 2019 via mobile

If you want to get to know Croatia’s native wines, go for a wine tasting at Bornstein! They were very knowledgeable and have a very wide selection of wines. Such a relaxing place to explore the explore Croatia’s wines

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed September 6, 2019

We had very personalized service and they changed the wines they served us for our tasting to reflect where we were going to visit. Nice cheeses, olive oil and bread to accompany the wine tasting. We spent a couple of hours here on a rainy...day and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. You should seek it out!More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed September 5, 2019 via mobile

An excellent collection of Croatian wines, a warm and friendly atmosphere and some nice cheeses and snacks to nibble on. You can also get all the information you want on the wines. It’s a must visit spot in Zagreb.

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed August 31, 2019 via mobile

Ivan the owner is very experienced and wonderful. This is a genuine and authentic experience you will not experience anywhere else. Literally one of the most quaint and beautiful and exquisite experiences you will cherish every minute of your experience here.

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed August 13, 2019 via mobile

Super knowledgeable and friendly Kroatian/Australian couple. Not to miss when in Zagreb! Tasted some specific Kroatian grapes

Date of visit: August 2019
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5