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Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Croatian
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Vegetarian Friendly
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Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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2.5 miles from Amphitheatre de Pula
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food and vine was amazing. We had fresh sea food, burgers, antipestos and everything was soo fresh and tasted amazing. Staff was friendly and helpfull. If you are in the area it is deffinetly worth giving a try. We will go back again for...sure. 🙃🤗More

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent food from starter to dessert. Extraordinary wines and a friendly crew of waiters made it a wonderful experience. Highly recommend.

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Perfect place for a special occasion with friends. Great service, delicious wine, terrific food. Intimate and private space, beautifully decorated.

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed April 23, 2024 via mobile

Excellent experience over and over again. This is a restaurant which should be number one fine dining place in Pula in every regard. Nice setting, amazing service but most importantly the ingredients they use for their a la carte and tapas, being once a restaurant...manager myself I can only imagine the cost of this value. Amazing. Don’t miss this gem!More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed August 20, 2023 via mobile

I wish I could remember the staff names because they were phenomenal. Very knowledgeable and spoke about the dishes. I had the ceviche and truffle pasta both of which were remarkable. The waiters were accommodating and the food was delicious and fresh - what more...can you ask for. Price is variable depending on what you order. You can have 20 euro meal or a 100 euro meal. Lots of options. I would advise to book! I had a table inside and would have preferred outside. Apart from that I would recommend to anyone in the area. It was the best food and friendliest staff throughout my trip (not only in Pula but also Zagreb)More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed May 11, 2023 via mobile

Very modern restaurant, the food was outstanding. Me and my partner had meals we wouldn't usually go for (Octopus and Fillet of Fish) and they were stunning. I also asked for just 1 glass of red wine in which a staff member picked for and...it was lovely. In our opinion the price was definitely reasonable for the standard of food!! The staff members were very admirable also which was very pleasant, the lady who served us was also very knowledgeable about the menu (didn't catch her name unfortunately). Definitely worth a visit.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed September 1, 2022

I drove by and saw the Restaurant just by accident. And what a nice surprise! Excellent, creative local food. The waitress was very attentive and friendly. I ate a variety of raw fish and seafoof followed by homemade linguini with truffels. I can highly recommend...this place ! (And they even take credit cards, which Is unfortunately rather uncommon in many restaurants in Istria)More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed July 25, 2022

Found the Restaurant Lanterna following a recommendation by a staff member at our hotel. It's located in a residential area on the outskirts of Pula but it really is worth finding. They have a lovely enclosed outdoor space and also some tables set up inside....The staff were really professional and friendly and nothing was a problem to them. We got the impression they really wanted each guest to have the best experience. The sommelier, Michael, was extremely knowledgable and clearly enjoys his job and helping people to choose the best wine for their taste. But the food - what can I say - words don't really capture it. From the wonderful homemade bread and pasta dishes to the succulent meat dishes and the excellent fish and seafood. I chose the black pork which is slow cooked for 4 hours and finished off on the barbecue, truly amazing cookery. The waiting staff, particularly Radar [sorry of this isn't spelt correctly!] made it a night to remember. We only had two days of our holiday left when we found out about Lanterna and we went there both nights. Lovely to see a family business so focused on truly good food and customer experience.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed October 2, 2021

The duck was perfect as was the sommelier's recommendation. The setting is quiet and understated, the service attentive. Enjoy.

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed September 14, 2021 via mobile

Had a wonderful meal here, catering for 6 of us. Very informative of the oils, wines etc. Little hidden gem in a quiet area out of the main town.

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed August 24, 2021

My partner and I came here for lunch on a whim before getting on our boat trip booked for 3pm at the nearby harbour. We were shocked to see so much on offer for their lunch service, and settled for starters of foie gras and...raw venus clams, which were both tasty but not exceptional. Our server was knowledgeable but had limited English, thankfully my partner is fluent in German and the server was able to explain our dishes to her before serving as well as breaking down the different olive oils available at every table that went best with each kind of dish. For mains, I chose the 45-day dry aged steak cooked medium rare which came with a side of grilled corn and buttered potatoes. My partner opted for the lobster linguine. The steak was packed with flavour from the aging process and you could taste that it had come off a grill, it was cooked to perfection. The corn side was also a pleasant surprise, as it offered a smoky and sweet contrast to the deep umami flavour of the steak. The linguine on the other hand, was a tad bit bland but came with large pieces of lobster-- perhaps they wanted the focus to be on the star of the dish, but a bit more attention to the sauce and pasta would have elevated it. The local wine was lovely, and paired with both our starters and mains well. Overall, a very decent lunch to have come across on a whim, but needs some refinement. The crepe dessert that we so desperately wanted to try was also not available to order, which dampened the experience a little bit near the end. Alas we would still like to come for dinner at this place the next time we are in Pula :)More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed August 19, 2021 via mobile

This is a wannabe place in the pricier segment. On their webpage they talk about Family, Istrian Cuisine and Tradition. What you get is some strange asia-confused mix. I don‘t have a better name for boringly executed tuna sashimi and raw seafood starters. And then...you can choose from a variety of risottos, Kobe beef (why?), other, more native meat, and fried fish & seafood. With some wasabi, teriyaki etc. thrown in here and there… But the main problem is not the Menu. It is its execution which is all over the place! They know how to grill and cook meat & are sadly bad when it comes to fish&seafood. But at the end, on the table, what you get is bland and unimaginative. Sides are overcooked, unseasoned, the fried stuff is just that - all one texture. There is nothing on those plates to breakout the boring. Serving fried seafood with potato chips, cooked octopus with DOA vegetables - it’s all just more of the same same. The jus and demi-glaces are there only to paint the plates - very little sensory input if any. Fries are served with canned ketchup(?) And, don‘t even bother with desserts! Chocolate cake is a Browny with a thick, fatty glaze, hazelnut cake an artificial tasting fluff. You get better cakes at the bakery… All in all this is not enough for the category they want to play in! And than, there is the over attentive, fussy service. Overexplaining (sorry guys, I know what I ordered, don’t need your finger in my plate, even gloved one!) and fidgeting around you… Wine selection is very good. Ambience is so, so. Don’t like looking at bondaged seafood counting their last breaths next to me in an huge desolate aquarium. Two instead of one point only because of sashimi tuna which was fresh. But can you even call it sashimi if it’s just one tiny piece on a plate?More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed July 13, 2021 via mobile

Best food we had during our stay in Pula. Fantastic service, delicious coffee. Reasonable price. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed September 25, 2020 via mobile

What a place, what a food! Nice new and clean restaurant with outdoor space, professional service and amazing food - what more could one need. Definitely recommend, definitely will go back.

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed November 5, 2019

Personnel was very nice and relaxed. We had an excellent experience. The waiter presented us with a tray of fresh fish, we choose one and they grilled it to perfection for us. The vegetables were prepared the Croatian way, which was a great addition. the...whole evening was just perfect!More

Date of visit: October 2019
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  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4