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“Great food and brilliant service”

Bistro Gourmet Kalelarga
Ranked #16 of 203 Restaurants in Zadar
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $9 - $22
Cuisines: Diner, Italian, Croatian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Basel, Switzerland
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great food and brilliant service”
Reviewed January 8, 2013

This is a real treat of a restaurant. The food was a blissful surprise of quality that you seldom see in world capitals served with a friendly and helpful staff. The meat is unreal, aged, excellent quality and most probably the best veal cutlet that I have ever eaten in my life. The fried potatoes are hedonism incarnate and polish them all off with a great local wine and some local cheese and you will be in gastronomic heaven.

I would travel to the country just to visit this restaurant.

  • Visited December 2012
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1 Thank Colin W
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Basel, Switzerland
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“What a treat! Awesome food! Wunderbares Essen!”
Reviewed January 7, 2013

By accident rather we had a late lunch - early dinner at the Kalelarga and were surprised by the quality of the food. Not to mention the meat - best veal ever was my partners statement - but I am a vegetable lover and I was a 100% satisfied! And Tomoslav is a very competent and adorable person! We will be back just for the food!!! KEEP THE QUALITY UP!

  • Visited December 2012
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3 Thank zoe_voBasel
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Zagreb, Croatia
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“great cakes”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

best place to eat something sweet in the old town. delicious cakes made with fresh local ingredients of the day. try frozen rolls with fruit, they are awsome. also have a very good offer of the best quality teas.

Visited August 2012
2 Thank Zadarlover
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2 reviews
“We will come back to Croatia only to go to that restaurant again”
Reviewed October 18, 2012

I was there with my girlfriend this summer and we ate a full dinner. When we had been shown to a table we got a starter recomended for us, which was great!

You could choose whether to sit inside the modern and very stylish restaurant or enjoy the evening in a cosy area outside!
I have to give the personal a lot of credit for the wonderful work they did!
When we asked one of them, who was taking care of us that evening, what he could recommend for dessert, he shined like a star and gave us the best dessert I have ever had!

A lot of love from Sweden!

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Thank MaxWaern
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Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Stylish new restaurant, with potential, but not yet there”
Reviewed September 30, 2012 via mobile

Against our rule, not to go to hotel restaurants and even less so to a restaurant in a hotel we are staying, we tried this new place, as we liked already the rooms.
In contrast to any other tourist place we've visited in Croatia, this restaurant very positively distinguishes itself. It truly aspires to serve above average quality and also look of food. Not the standard fare, but modernized classic Croatian dishes for a fair price (not cheap though, in particular the wine).
While there is truly potential, it is obvious that the service team is not fully up to the standards given by the decor and also the cook. In particular the chef d' who (unfortunately) became our waiter has obviously not been trained for the service job. This was very much in contrast to some of his staff, offering the 4 star service you would expect in such a location. The chef d' managed to forget our orders for the main and only realized, when he was about to clean our table. No apologies, but just a 2 minutes wait promised. Well, we spent about two and a half hour for two in principle simple courses, in less than a full restaurant. So we decided to skip dessert and coffee.
If the chef d' keeps a bit in the background, the rest of the trained staff will get this place thriving soon.

4 Thank Tino_Zurich
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