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G.MAZZINIJA, Rovinj, Croatia
+385 52 841 616
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was excellent. Good food and nice stuff. Recommended! Pasta , sea food was great. Next time we will definitely visit again.

Thank Blaž E
Wroclaw, Poland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Service was fine. Food, ok, pizza frutti di mare with pieces of shells and uncleaned mussels. Pricewise ok, something like 350 kunas for 4 pizzas, one tagliatele, beer and 4 teas.

Thank PepeJarrive
Ebeltoft, Denmark
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

You enter through narrow streets, it is winter time, and cold. Sky is blue, in the radio there is a warning about Bura (strong inland wind) - it is been a 3 hour long ride from Zagreb, and honestly, we are a tired, however excited about the fact that it is off season - hardly no people on the streets.... More 

1 Thank mogenswagnercuber
New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

By far our best experience in Rovinj. Really ... this lovely place is much, much better than the run-of-the-mill, seacoast-town restaurant. This place would be successful anywhere. On a cold evening in early January, every table was filled. First, the food: fresh, fresh, fresh; beautifully presented; wonderfully flavorful. For every other meal we've had in Rovinj, I would grade the... More 

1 Thank brunello44
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

I'm local...from Pula,Croatia so trust me when I say that La Vela has the best local ( istrian ) food that you could taste. My boyfriend and I ate here several times and everytime was great. The owner and the stuff are local and they provide you our traditional istrian cuisine. Anything you take from the menu is great :... More 

1 Thank Thea_St26
Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

la vela is open year round and is where the locals go. Located in the Old City, this restaurant offers a nice, quaint ambience, great Mediterranean menu at fantastic prices. For 250Kunas you can order a fresh seafood platter for 2 which consists of 2 grilled fish, shrimp, mussels, langostino, octopus and calamari! it was a feast! The owners also... More 

Thank prescott52_10
Vancouver Island, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

We were there with a large group and we were accommodated quickly and well. The food was fresh and ample and frankly what more could you ask of a small trattoria.

Thank Comoxfoodie
Essex, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

Croatia is expensive - VERY expensive - restaurants by Rovinj sea front are also very expensive and taste AWFUL! La Vela is priced very well and tastes BEAUTIFUL! We had a fish platter for lunch one day and the next day ordered takeaway to our hotel as we didnt want to risk trying anywhere else! Beautiful food!!

1 Thank Jessica F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

Although slightly tricky to find first time(once found it is easy and central) this is a gem. We are veggies and have struggled to find alternatives to Pizza. La Vela made us a pasta off menu and were just lovely and helpful. The veggie pizza is brilliant and the value for money is amazing. Lovely lively atmosphere too. Going back... More 

Thank winterboy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

There are lots of restaurants in Rovinj and despite being quite hidden, we chose La Vela. It was around 22h when we arrived and it was almost full. Still, we managed to sit outside on the lovely terrace and ordered the fish platter for two and a seasonal salad. The platter (250kn) includes a sea bass, a sea bream, some... More 

Thank Margarida F

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$16
Italian, Pizza, Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Soups, Croatian
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: G.MAZZINIJA, Rovinj, Croatia
  • Location: Europe  >  Croatia  >  Istria  >  Rovinj
  • Phone Number: +385 52 841 616

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?