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“Excellent food and service - and one of the few places serving sarma / sarmale in Berlin”
Review of Restaurant Split

Restaurant Split
Ranked #1,175 of 8,503 Restaurants in Berlin
Price range: $8 - $23
Cuisines: International, Croatian
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Kreuzberg
Description: 50 years Restaurant Split . »Traveling to other times only exists in Science-Fiction movies? Far from it. Visiting the Restaurant Split reminds a lot on earlier days, when we used to go to the Yugo.” (Michael Kranz, 2011, Berliner Zeitung) . Welcome to Restaurant Split, the oldest Croatian restaurant in Berlin . Germany in the 1960s: The demand of foreign workers is very high. Mate Pogacic and Slavko Covic, two young men from Tijarica, a small village north from the coastal city of Split, decide to try their luck in then Western-Berlin. Both are in their early 20s and work as waiters. In the late spring of 1966 it seems as if they found the suitable premise to reach the goal of self-employment. Before, there was only the Kolo-Grill on Kurfurstendamm, the Sisko-Grill at Wilmersdorfer Straße and the Balkan-Pik on Sonnenallee. The two young men thought there is potential for more, and soon afterwards the “Split-Grill” advanced to a popular venue for fellow countrymen. But also the German walk-in customers quickly fell in love with the warm and unusual cuisine. The concept remains the same today: Waiters, white tablecloths, Cevapcici, good service, fair prices and Sljivo on cost of the house. With the time typical meals arise with help from the guests: The Potpourri Plate, Pola-Pola, the Robbers Plate, Julischka … things that don’t really exist in Croatia though. During the first years of the “Split-Grill” there was often a state of emergency, especially on Friday evenings, because all “Gastarbeiter” received their weekly wage on that day. At that time, the bar was located left from the entry and there were even stairs for the first floor. Already one year after inauguration, in 1967 the two young restaurateurs decided to go seperate ways, with the result that Slavko Covic moved on and established further restaurants. Both Mate Pogacic and Slavko Covic had no idea that their concept was a forerunner for many fellow countrymen, mainly from the already mentioned village of Tijarica. In honor of that development, the main road through Tijarica was renamed to “Berliner Straße” in the 1990s. Our restaurant remains the most long-lasting in Berlin. The “Split-Grill” survived complicated periods for gastronomy unscathed like the fall of the Berlin wall and the subsequent caravans towards east. In 2011, founder Mate Pogacic handed his restaurant over to one of his employees. Compatriot Zeljko Zarko continued with the permanent staff and with typical quality. One small change is the switch to the traditional Croatian brewery of Karlovacko. After cautious renovation, the interior still appears like the original from 1984, the lamps for example are still very “80s”. . Even if you did not visited “Split” in a long time, you will be surprised that you might even be recognized. Try it out!
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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96 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
“Excellent food and service - and one of the few places serving sarma / sarmale in Berlin”
Reviewed January 4, 2014

Went to this restaurant specifically because one person wanted to eat sarmale (Romanian soured cabbage wraps filled with minced meat and rice). No restaurant in Berlin has them on the menu under that name, but the Serbian / Croatian 'sarma' are broadly the same, so, after some research, we found Restaurant Split.

It's a nice restaurant. Service was excellent, and the food was great. Portion sizes are very generous. All in all, a very enjoyable meal, and the sarma, I was assured, were very nice, too.

  • Visited December 2013
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Split, Croatia
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Fantastic food and service!”
Reviewed October 16, 2013

My visit to restaurant Split was a fantastic score..great food and service..The staff is very professional and frendly...food was delicius..

  • Visited October 2013
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London
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22 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“tasty yum!”
Reviewed October 15, 2013

An excellent array of Balkan meals served in a cosy, clean and very welcoming setting. The waiters aim to please and are clearly motivated to provide good customer service but without being overwhelming. I would certainly return on my next visit to Berlin.

  • Visited October 2013
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London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Worth a visit.”
Reviewed June 14, 2013

We decided to eat here due to the good reviews on Tripadvisor and wanting to try a new cuisine. Its a small restaurant, tucked away in a quiet area only a short walk from Mehringdamm U-bahn. The portions were large. We had a traditional turkey schnitzel and pork schnitzel with mushroom sauce. The food was delicious, and was also served a complimentary salad to accompany.

The service was very good, with the waiters speaking English, and being very welcoming and friendly. Overall great value for money. And worth a visit if you're in the area.

  • Visited June 2013
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3 Thank maddy1991
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Oslo, Norway
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Solid fare, good value”
Reviewed April 16, 2013

We were friendly received in this quiet place and had a well-made fish meal. Big portions and somewhat Germanic in style (several huge potatoes) but the 3 different fish fillets were very well prepared. The high ranking of this restaurant in Berlin is a bit mysterious, but if you are in the vicinity the place is a perfectly acceptable choice with quite low prices, close to a Very good score..

  • Visited April 2013
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