Gluten Free Guide to Split, Croatia
Hi loves! I spent a beautiful week in Split, Croatia and the food was delicious! It took me a little while to get this post together, but here is my gluten-free guide to Split, Croatia. I have also included a lunch spot for Hvar incase you go for a boat tour of the islands. Happy eating!
Our hotel room rate included breakfast here every morning. They were very kind to modify dishes to be gluten-free for me. The breakfast menu has mostly egg dishes that can be made gluten-free. It was only on the 3rd day of having breakfast there that they offered some gluten-free crackers to replace the wheat toast that usually comes with most dishes. I don’t like eggs very much, but the truffle omelet was delicious. My favorite breakfast item (I don’t remember the exact name) was one with meat, cheese, and eggs. I asked for the eggs scrambled. It was a little more filling than the omelet.
I will say there were varying degrees of understanding of gluten-free depending on which server I had. There was a mistake one morning where I received wheat toast on my dish. The server assured me a completely new plate would be made so that I would not get sick.
This gelateria, hands down, has the best flavors and quality of any gelato I tried in Split. Ricotta with fig is my favorite. They do not have gluten-free cones, but cups are available. Make sure you say no cookie when ordering or they stick a cookie in the gelato that contains gluten.
Gooshter Beach Club
Ah-May-Zing cocktails! Pricy for Split, but if you live in a city like NYC or Dubai, prices won’t seem outrageous. The food is average and a bit pricy, but I have yet to find a beach club where the food is as good as the experience of spending the day there. Gluten-free options are limited because many items have a soy sauce marination. I ordered one dish recommend by the server as GF, but then it came, and I could smell the soy sauce so I asked again for her to confirm with the chef if it was GF. She came back and said it wasn’t, apologized and took it back. The chef offered to make the chicken fajitas GF for me. It was basic fajita chicken with some dips on the side. Not bad, but nothing to write home about. Despite the food experience, I highly recommend checking out Gooshter Beach Club for a relaxing beach day and out of this world cocktails.
To Je Tako
To Je Tako has many GF options, and the staff is well informed about GF. The only thing I didn’t like is that it asks that you not to modify menu items, unless for allergy reasons, and I hate tomatoes and beans and those are on many dishes. That aside, the tacos are amazing, and the mojitos are outstanding. The restaurant is trendy for dinner, so be prepared for a long wait, especially on weekends.
I found this gelateria on every GF Split article I read before going to Split. It has a GF cone and also some vegan flavors. The gelato was okay, though not the best, yet I kept going back for the cone.
Lvxor has a section for GF dishes on the menu, but many other items, like fish and meat, can also be modified to be GF. I recommend GF ravioli. It is so rare to come across a Gf ravioli, and this one was delicious.
Brasserie on 7
This is my choice for a GF lunch on the Riva. They can modify dishes to be GF. The chicken was so juicy and delicious. I can’t believe I’m so excited about a chicken breast, but this one was so good.
I will say there was a miscommunication. I ordered a soup the server said was GF, but it came with a breadstick in it, so I sent it back. This incident was during a shift change, and the new server who brought the soup informed me there is gluten inside the soup as well, so she canceled the item. Make sure to ask the server to double-check your choices with the chef when you order, because some servers are more informed than others about GF. Also, reconfirm with the server that brings the item to the table that it is GF before you take a bite.
Ela’s Icecream and More
I love this gelateria for creative flavors. We had the activated charcoal. They are informed about GF, so mention it before ordering and do request a cup.
Technically this isn’t a GF restaurant, but I had to include it as a recommendation for sunset drinks. Get there a bit before sunset for a better chance at a seat facing the water.
Makarun Konoba & Bar
We made the mistake of not booking our Friday night dinner in advance, so our hotel helped us make a reservation here. I found the food very average and a bit pricy. They were able to modify dishes to be GF, and the server had a good understanding of GF. I would recommend going for local wine and the chocolate dessert because that was utterly indulgent. Watch my Gf Croatia highlight on my Instagram to see the video of pouring the chocolate sauce on the sphere!
Perfect for a healthy meal, Maka Maka has poke or acai bowls. The granola is not GF, so make sure to ask them to remove it. They were kind to add extra fruit in place of the granola. They also server cocktails, which I thought was super cool! I haven’t come across many healthy cafes that also serve a good cocktail, so Maka Maka was quite a treat. Life is all about balance ;)
Pizza and Grill Bili
Bili has GF burgers and pizza. I was so hungry when I went I ordered a burger and a pizza ( I ended up taking half the pizza for later). The burger was okay, and the pizza was pretty good. I wasn’t blown away by either, but if you are looking for a heavy meal after a busy day, I would recommend Bili.
Superfood Healthy Factory
This is another restaurant for healthy options. They do not advertise Gf because they do not have a separate kitchen, (though most places don’t in Split) but they can make GF options. They are very aware of how severe gluten reactions can be, so they are quite cautious. I did not have a reaction after eating here, so I would recommend the food.
We had an early dinner here to watch the sunset. The chef can modify dishes to be GF. I had fish over spinach. It was a huge portion so I couldn’t finish it, but it was good. The best experience at this restaurant is having a glass of local wine and watching the sunset. It is absolutely breathtaking.
This is the sister restaurant to Bookeria. They do not have GF food, but I cannot recommend enough that you go for the cocktails! These were the best cocktails I had on my trip to Split. Proper mixologists make the drinks. I tried a few different ones, and each one was perfectly balanced with a multilayered flavor profile.
If you are going to take a boat to Hvar for the day, Dalmatino is the perfect place for an indulgent lunch. They have GF gnocchi. I did order the truffle shrimp one first. I could not taste the truffle at all, and the shrimp flavor was overwhelming, so I sent it back. I don’t do this often, and I hate to be a pain, but they were very professional and switched out my gnocchi for the gorgonzola GF gnocchi I requested. If you love gorgonzola, I know it can be an acquired taste, this gnocchi was outstanding! I also started with the tuna tartare, and that was fantastic as well. The gave GF bread to go with it. Just inform your server you require GF options, and they can help you order.
(not on the gluten-free Split map under "locations” because this is located on Hvar island)
We tried to go here on the weekend, and it was fully booked, and now I see why. We finally got a table on the weeknight, which was our last night in Split. It was the perfect experience to end our lovely week in Split. Our table was by the open window, perfect for people-watching, and there was a live singer with deep soothing voice playing throughout the evening.
Zinfandel has incredible local wine. I had a rose recommended by the server. They can modify dishes to be GF, but many dishes are naturally GF. I had the scallop risotto. These scallops were the best seafood I had while in Split. I heard so much about the seafood in Croatia, but maybe I was ordering wrong at most places because I found most of the seafood quite fishy tasting. That was not the case with these scallops. These scallops were perfectly cooked. I wish there were more of them on the dish. Even with cutting tiny pieces of scallops, I ran out of scallops about halfway through the risotto.
In general, it is easy to eat GF in Split.
Many places do not have a GF menu, do understand gluten, and can modify dishes to be GF.
Many dishes are naturally GF on many menus like grilled fish.
Communication with your server is essential. Make sure you inform them you require gluten-free options. Don’t be afraid to ask them to confirm with the chef that your dish is GF.
Check when you order and when the food arrives at the table that your dish is GF. I did experience a few instances where I was sent a dish with gluten. In general, servers were quick to correct mistakes and assure me a completely new plate would be made.
Gelato is the cheapest GF snack. If you are celiac, be aware many places use one scooper and rinse it in-between customers, so there is a chance for cross-contamination. I did not have any reactions, but only you know the severity of your sensitivity. Some gelaterias do have a separate scooper for each flavor, so those might be safer for you.
Many gelaterias add a cookie on top, so get in the habit of saying “no cookie” when ordering to be extra safe.
I searched #glutenfreesplit and #glutenfreecroatia on Instagram before my trip. there aren’t many posts, but there are enough to make it worth a search before your trip.
Don’t go to “Pizzaria Bili As” it is a different restaurant than the Bili on my list and it does not have GF. I went there based on this list, but someone wrote the GF review for the wrong location. Luckely, I finally found the right place.
Reviews are written based on my experience at the time I ate at the restaurant. Remember to always check with the restaurant staff regarding current menu, timings, prices, and allergy information. They are subject to change at the restaurant’s discretion at any time, and I cannot be held responsible for their changes.
Comment below other restaurants in Split that are Gluten-free. Let’s help our fellow GF travelers out with as many options for their trip as possible!