Top 10 Restaurants from Mediterranean and Karst Slovenia

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Find out which top 10 restaurants from the Mediterranean and Karst Slovenia are the finalists at The Slovenia Restaurant Awards 2020!

We would like to congratulate the top Slovenian restaurants from the Mediterranean and Karst Slovenia!

While the Mediterranean towns of Piran, Izola, and Koper entice visitors with their medieval town centers, Portorož invites them with its holiday attractions. Salt harvesters can be seen hard at work on the Sečovlje Salt Pans, and the Karst with Postojna Cave, Škocjan Caves, and Vilenica cave boasts the most stunning underground worlds on the planet. This region is also home to the noble Lipizzaner horse.

The land of vine-rich hills of Goriška Brda is famous for its enticing high-quality aromatic wine, and you can taste it at tourist farms and in wineries. With its myriad of exciting tastes and adventures, the Vipava Valley has also been recommended by the prestigious Lonely Planet, the travel guidebook giant.

Here is a selection of TOP 10 Slovenian restaurants from the Mediterranean and Karst Slovenia presented to you by The Slovenia Restaurant Awards

Top 10 restaurants from the Mediterranean and Karst Slovenia

Domačija Belica

This beautiful homestead sits in the picturesque village of Medana in the hills of Goriška Brda and dates back to 1898. They offer traditional local cuisine with a touch of modern magic. With a menu that changes with the season you’re guaranteed to be offered a variety of dishes made with only the freshest ingredients. Their homemade meat delicacies include prosciutto, salami, and pancetta which pair beautifully with a selection of top wines from the surrounding Brda region.

Domačija Butul

Everything in Butul homestead revolves around the world-famous herb garden, where guests are greeted with more than 50 varieties of herbs and fragrances, and with the scent of the seas and charms of the Mediterranean, as well as olive and olive oil, malmsey and refosco and local food prepared in a superb way. We organize themed culinary workshops, tasting dinners or lunches, and – for those who sleepover with us – paradise breakfasts.

Domačija Kabaj Morel

The mild climate and the landscape have had a significant influence on the cuisine of Goriška Brda. The variety of traditions (Slovene, Friulian, Habsburg) have intertwined on this strip of land, giving »Brda« cuisine its special touch. At the Kabaj homestead, they used the old recipes, giving rich Brda cuisine a touch of Mediterranean, a touch of creativity.

Domačija Majerija

This villa outside the village of Slap is one of the premier gastronomic destinations of the region, and, budget permitting, a perfect place to end a day of wine tasting in Vipava. A head chef who moonlights as a professor at a culinary school in Trieste endows the place with a certain pedigree and also guarantees a steady stream of Italian visitors at the weekends. All the ingredients are freshly sourced from local producers (or the herb garden out back), and the oft-changing menu is seasonal, focussing on light Mediterranean cuisine during the warmer months and hearty central European dishes in the fall and winter. Highly recommended.

Gostilna Kobjeglava

In Kobjeglava restaurant will experience the modernized Karst cuisine, which will take you to the harmony of flavors and the fullness of colors and aromas. The dishes we offer are constantly changing and thus adapting to the season and seasonal ingredients, the availability of which corresponds to the philosophy of 0km. The restaurant is suitable for smaller or larger groups, gourmets, weddings and other kinds of celebrations.

Gostilna Mahorčič

On your way to the coast and in the mood for a gourmet meal? A 2017 Jeunes Restaurateurs Heritage Award nominee, Gostilna Mahorčič prepares authentic dishes from the Brkini and Karst regions, using ingredients from local farmers and grocery producers. They also have local delicacies (Karst juniper berry brandy, honey, homemade biscuits) available for purchase, helping you to relive your wonderful dining experience again later.

Gostilna Mahorčič

On your way to the coast and in the mood for a gourmet meal? A 2017 Jeunes Restaurateurs Heritage Award nominee, Gostilna Mahorčič prepares authentic dishes from the Brkini and Karst regions, using ingredients from local farmers and grocery producers. They also have local delicacies (Karst juniper berry brandy, honey, homemade biscuits) available for purchase, helping you to relive your wonderful dining experience again later.

Gostilna Podfarovž

Located in the town of Vipava near the natural spring pool, Inn Podfarovž oozes charm and character. Diners can choose from four or five-course tasting menus and indulge the senses with a selection of the chef’s culinary creations made with local ingredients, where the exquisite flavors are enhanced by the superb presentation and attention to detail. The friendly and knowledgeable staff can also suggest the perfect wine accompaniment from the selection of premium wines from the Vipava Valley.

Gostilna pri Lojzetu – Dvorec Zemono

Undoubtedly amongst the handful of restaurants that can truly claim to be the best of the best in Slovenia (and the wider region), Gostilna Pri Lojzetu has its roots in a family business that opened at the end of the 19th century. The award-winning restaurant and fourth-generation chef Tomaž Kavčič have been at their current location, Dvorec Zemono, for more than ten years. Perched on a small hill in just outside of the town of Vipava in the famed valley of the same name, in addition to the resplendent architecture and original, one-of-a-kind frescoes, the 17th century Palladian palace offers stunning views of the vineyards, peach orchards and picturesque villages that cover the breathtaking valley beneath the magnificent limestone mountain known as Nanos.

Hiša Torkla

Situated in a beautifully restored traditional 19th-century Istrian house in the charming hilltop town of Korte, the cuisine at Hiša Torkla is just as exceptional as the setting. Prepared using fresh seasonal ingredients from local farmers, hunters and fishermen, many of the dishes are based on age-old Slovene recipes with a little bit of modern innovation from head chef Sebastijan Kovačič. In addition to the main dining room, there is a large terrace that can be transformed into an enclosed winter garden during colder months, and a small private salon with a fireplace that can be reserved for special occasions.

Špacapanova hiša

Špacapan House has been welcoming guests for over forty years. The family has a passion for food that is apparent in everything they create, from cheese and cured meat products to a wide selection of wines. What they do not produce themselves is sourced from farmers and producers in the surrounding area. Their philosophy is to create uncomplicated cuisine made from the finest ingredients available to present diners with top-quality dishes that best represent the Karst region.