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Istria is famous for its excellent truffles and this restaurant is considered by foodies to be one of the best places to enjoy this delicious specialit...
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here

1. Truffle - based menu
1. Truffle - based menu
"Amazing truffle tasting menu experience!"
TSF15
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2. Largest truffle in the world
2. Largest truffle in the world
"Everything was prepared with fresh truffles and local ingredients."
952vedrant
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3. More than 250 labels - Enoteka
3. More than 250 labels - Enoteka
"Very tasty food, good wines, good atmosphere."
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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.
PRICE RANGE
$29 - $71
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
CUISINES
European, Croatian, Central European
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you love truffles, this is the epitome of of all that it stands for. Firstly great food, made extra special with the addition of freshly shaved truffles. The collection of whole truffles is very impressive on it's own. Service is knowledgeable, very friendly, but...pace is dictated by the kitchen. So expect your dinner to be at least 2 hours and you'll probably eat more delicious bread and fresh olive oil than anticipated. Nice dining space and it's part of the B & B hotel, so great location for guestsMore

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed July 19, 2022

We ate here at noon after truffle hunting. The restaurant was not busy, and the staff was incredible. We did the tasting menu, and our waiter made sure to include my daughter (who was the only one not doing tasting menu) in the multiple small...plates. It made her feel included. The food was outstanding, and possibly one of the best meals we have had as a family. If you love truffles then you need to go and enjoy the food. You only live once, and this place is a restaurant that needs to be on your bucket list.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Owner, Marketing at Zigante, responded to this reviewResponded July 27, 2022

Dear, thank you for your nice comment and we are glad that you are satisfied with our service and our staff. Also, we look forward to your return. Greetings!

Reviewed September 16, 2022 via mobile

My husband and I splurged with a six-course meal and wine pairing as part of our honeymoon in Croatia. The food and dining experience was incredible — from the flavors, to the presentation to the staff, it is a top dinning experience for us. We...also chose to stay in the hotel attached, which allowed us to really enjoy ourselves, have a delicious breakfast and do a truffle hunting demonstration. The value of the experience all around was well worth it. We will definitely recommend to friends and family, and visit again if we find our way back to the area!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed May 25, 2022 via mobile

We did a truffle hunt with 2 lovely dogs for about 1 hour then had a lovely lunch. We really enjoyed the pasta dishes and truffle ice cream. Staff were all good with a few nice extra touches.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Owner, Marketing at Zigante, responded to this reviewResponded May 27, 2022

Glad to hear you had such a wonderful experience in our restaurant. We are especially proud of our truffle ice cream, our house specialty. Looking forward to seeing you again. Zigante Team!

Reviewed October 8, 2021

AMAZING meal & superior service by Alen The retail store attached to the restaurant is also amazing - we bought a take-home package that included pasta, truffles, oil etc to give to a friend as a hostess gift. If you're in Motovun, it's worth the...stop in Livade to eat in or take home the food. If you blink, you'll miss this place - it's in a tiny villageMore

Date of visit: November 2020
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Owner, Marketing at Zigante, responded to this reviewResponded October 28, 2021

Dear 599sylviah, thank you for such a nice comment, we are glad you enjoyed our specialties and our products. We hope you will visit us again. You are always welcome. Zigante Team

Reviewed September 24, 2021

This was one of the better meals we had in Croatia. However, for $300+ we could have a superb lunch in many global cities and towns. Our meals were competently conceived and prepared with well-balanced flavors, but we've made better steak and duck at home....We enjoyed our waiter a great deal and appreciated learning about the local provenance of many of the dishes.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Owner, Marketing at Zigante, responded to this reviewResponded October 1, 2021

Thank you for your honest recommendation! Hope to see you soon again. Zigante Team

Reviewed September 11, 2021 via mobile

Wanted to try white truffles and were recommended to come to this restaurant. The restaurant is very smart and wait staff all dressed impeccably and gave great service. Our meal was not rushed at all, we were given time between courses to chat. I had...the white truffle risotto for starter, then steak with black truffle for main. The risotto was a healthy sized portion and very tasty and steak cooked perfectly. We shared a zigante wine and with desert the bill came to about £70 a head. My husband had the chocolate souffle which he enjoyed but said he’d had much richer ones. All courses were very well presented. There is the option to do 2 different tasting menus with wine pairings but as our tastes are somewhat limited, we ate off the a la carte menuMore

Date of visit: September 2021
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Owner, Marketing at Zigante, responded to this reviewResponded September 17, 2021

We are glad that you enjoyed the specialties offered by our restaurant. You are invited to enjoy with us again. Thank you very much! Zigante Team

Reviewed August 16, 2021

Excellent composition: wine, menu, service. We had the silver menu with a suggested choice of wines to accompany the various dishes (4 plus intermezzi) for dinner. The truffle being the subtle ingredient in each course. Well balanced and offering new horizons for it’s use. Especially...for the dessert: Filled Gnocci! Delicious! Next time we stick to the Fagotini and the Gnocchi for lunch. We’ll have to be early for the Fagotini get sold out quickly.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Owner, Marketing at Zigante, responded to this reviewResponded August 30, 2021

Dear, thank you for the nice comment and we look forward to your coming back to our restaurant. Zigante team.

Reviewed August 9, 2021 via mobile

We ended up here accidentally and we’re not disappointed. We had a fantastic lunch inside in the classic yet very lovely restaurant with wooden beams. We Felt very welcome even though we had only a once course meal and brought two kids who both dislike...truffel (….). The food was amazing! I had the truffel pasta my husband the duck. The kids had a simple yet lovely pasta with cheese. The shop next door was great too and we bought all holiday presents there as well as Zigante wine for the remainder of our holiday. Strongly recommend the resto and the shopMore

Date of visit: August 2021
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Owner, Marketing at Zigante, responded to this reviewResponded August 30, 2021

We are glad you enjoyed your lunch at our restaurant. Thank you for your kind words and recommendations. You are always welcome. Zigante team.

Reviewed July 26, 2021 via mobile

The interior of the restaurant is quite chic. The staff is very helpful. The menu is limited (which is expected at Michelin restaurant), and immersed with food variations with truffle. Steak was deliciously raw inside. We can recommend gnocchi with white chocolate and truffle as...dessert, truely unique experience!More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Zigante, Marketing at Zigante, responded to this reviewResponded July 28, 2021

Dear passenger, thank you for positive review and recommendation. We look forward to seeing you again. Zigante

Reviewed July 10, 2021

We went here for a lunch with our kids, as restaurant was recommended by our friends. Right from the start we were very pleased with excellent service, what was followed by even better food. All food was prepared at highest standard, selection of wines were...great and service was outstanding right up till the end. Very very pleasant stay.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Galeine31, Marketing at Zigante, responded to this reviewResponded July 11, 2021

Dear Branislav, thank you very much! We are happy you enjoyed. Best regards, Zigante

Reviewed June 13, 2021

You know what you're getting here - every dish has truffles. And by god do they give you loads - the amount of truffles they shave on each dish is easily almost twice as much as anywhere else in the area. However, I found that...the truffles were not as pungent here as some other places. And of course, you're paying for it - mains are 200 KN. Pasta with truffles at 150 KN. Definitely more than you pay elsewhere in Istria. But you get much more truffles. And it is somewhat of a fine dining service and white table cloth. And also free amuse bouche, and a free bar of truffle chocolate to take home at the end! The food itself is high quality - the pasta was very executed, one of the best we had in the region. I highly recommend the beef cheek mains - super tender and also one of the best beef dishes I've had in the region. But be prepared to pay the pricing!More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Galeine31, Marketing at Zigante, responded to this reviewResponded June 16, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience, we appreciate your opinion. Our restaurant policy is to use only the best fresh truffles in our dishes. We hope you’ll visit us in the future! Best regards, Zigante team!

Reviewed June 11, 2021 via mobile

As a big truffle fan, I can say that in the Zigante restaurant all dishes are prepared to the highest standards. I have tried various specialties with truffles in many locations through Istria but I will only return to Zigante to eat truffles again...the best...service and carefully selected ingredientsMore

Date of visit: May 2021
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Galeine31, Marketing at Zigante, responded to this reviewResponded June 16, 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to share this 5-star review with our team! We love hearing your opinion of our dishes. We hope you’ll visit us in the future! Best regards, Zigante team!

Reviewed May 16, 2021 via mobile

Amazing truffle experience, everything was perfect, from food to the service. We loved every meal, from appetizers to desserts (gnocchi filled with white chocolate and truffles are delicious!). We will definitely come back!

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed November 23, 2020 via mobile

Beautiful experience, lovely staff. This was the best service we could imagine. We had lamb and fish for main dish, an pasta for appetizer. Chocolate souffle with truffles ice cream-best ever. Great wines and olive oil as well. It was a bit expensive but worthed!!...We are coming back for sure, first time we’ll be in Istria.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4