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The forests of Istria are famous as foraging grounds for the highly prized truffle and this stylish restaurant, set in a charming stone house, speciali...
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The MICHELIN Plate: Good cooking
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RESTAURANT ZIGANTE is located in the heartland of Istria, in a small village Livade, close to the famous Motovun forest – right between Motovun and Oprtalj. Restaurant Zigante is the first Croatian restaurant specialized in preparing meals containing Istrian truffle, and throughout the whole year, it offers a carefully combined menu based on fresh truffles. You will also be impressed by the large choice of quality wines from our wine list, which includes both domestic and foreign etiquettes. Restaurant staff, our chefs and sommeliers, have also received many awards for their exceptional work.
$29 - $71
Special Diets
Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
European, Croatian
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Not JRE worthy! We ate well but the reputation of being “the truffle restaurant” is not correct. The service was OK but I have never been in an uglier restaurant than this one. We even made a reservation for the hotel but after one look...we even cancelled.More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed August 23, 2020 via mobile

We visited the place for our marriage anniversary and were not disappointed! The place is nice and cosy, the staff is professional and the food is delicious if you like truffles (I enjoyed every minute and my husband hated every minute as he hates truffles)....The complimentary dishes were wonderful and the main courses were absolutely delicious. The only two things that could have been better are these: 1) no allergic parts were included on the menu as required in the relevant EU law; 2) the sparkling wine was not really good. The overall experience was wonderful, the food was really delicious and the truffle ice cream is a must! Absolutely recommend the place!!!!More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed August 18, 2020

I ate there ravioli with great shrimp. But there was only 7or 8 dumplings. I payed 160 HRD. Summarising it was very well, and expensive.

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed August 7, 2020 via mobile

is the best truffle restaurant around Istria fantastic food service is excellent wonderful experience 👌 they have 3 rooms hotel just in case you have a lot to drink 🍷😉give your self enough time to enjoy the experience great food take longer time to prepare....More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed July 17, 2020

This was a very good choice to have diner here.you can choice a la carte or they have two menu’s. A very luxury environment but still relaxed . The waiters where very kind and helpful. We choose for a la carte. A starter and a...main course. Between this they serve a small appetizer. Very good. All dishes are with truffels taste and they will slice truffels over the dish at your table. Again explaining all dishes while serving. Not cheap but just do it. It is nice the give yourself the taste and environment off luxury. The truffel icecream was delicious.More

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed November 9, 2019 via mobile

Amazing discovery of white truffles in this season. Great dishes, menus and excellent service. Nothing more to say except see you!!!

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed October 23, 2019 via mobile

A refined high end restaurant. Great attentive service, beautiful location, great set menu with excellent Istrian wines. A unique offer in the hearth of Istria.

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed October 2, 2019

An elegant restaurant well located right oposite to one of Istrias's jewels, picturesque hill town of Motovun. A summer terrace as well, but I just love the interior. Their own parking right by the entrance, their own truffle, oil & wine shop (not to be...missed when leaving) practically in the same building. Well kept restrooms. Very good and highly dedicated service from the very beginning. A nice wine list made both for those discovering Istria and those just buying the truly expensive brands they have heard of, and can afford them. Margins high for Istria. Some interesting bottles also not listed. One can choose between two tasting menus and a la carte ordering. As the owner is world famous for his truffles, they are the key ingredient in all dishes, desserts included. Cuisine used to be on a notch higher level when I was here last a decade ago, now the fresh truffles richly grated on your dish right before your eyes (and nose) are completely overwhelming the sensory perceptions. To the detriment of the specific taste of the dish. Great with pure homemade pasta, less so with fish and lighter meat, both prepared in a classical way. Less would be more… I can not award more than 11+ on my 1 to 20 scale. Expensive. Yet for those either loving truffles, or wanting to see what the truffle fuss is all about, a magnificent place. Knowing market prices of fresh black and white truffles, and realizing you are given a truly sizeable grating, you can accept the figure on your bill. Obviously not for backpackers or tourists on a low budget.More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed August 9, 2019 via mobile

We loved our lunch at Zigante restaurant in Livade. The service is excellent and the menu a wonderful truffle experience. We highly recommend this to anyone who loves fine food. The truffle ice cream was just so delicious.

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed July 14, 2019

One of out main reasons to visit Istria was truffles. Both my girlfriend and I LOVE truffle. However, our dining experience at the Zigante restaurant turned out to be much less than I had hoped as I elaborate below. The Food Maybe it's because what...we had was summer truffles, the pungent truffle smell wasn't there, which was most disappointing. We ordered the five course "innovation" tasting menu, which neither my girlfriend nor I found innovative at all. I'm not saying the food was bad, but nothing really wowed us. Probably the most exciting part was to see truffle shaved on our food in front of our eyes. The Ambience Both the decor and the service made it feel like a high-end classy restaurant. However, most of the guests were extremely dressed down, which cheapened the experience completely. I am talking about baseball caps, shorts, and sandals. I think they have to enforce a dress code. The Price The five course tasting menu was 675 Kuna (approx. 100 USD). It's not bad at all for a couple of hours of dinning experience at a fine restaurant. The "Verdict" Levade is about an hour away from Rovinj. I would not come back nor do I recommend this restaurant for summer truffles. I would come back for back and white truffles in fall or winter. In any case, they have to have some kind of dress code.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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I'm following up to my own question for reference by future travelers. We dined at Zigante on an exceptionally hot day. I wore dressy shorts, shirt with a collar, and sandals and I did not feel out of place. Some other... More
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