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G.MAZZINIJA, Rovinj, Croatia
+385 52 841 616
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 

Thank Thea_St26
Raleigh, North Carolina
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53 reviews
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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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104 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
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 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 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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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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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33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
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
Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

Arrived and had to wait an hour - which was fine, it was high season and we didn't make a reservation. Got in, and then we were served quite fast and friendly (one guy wasn't friendly at all, but I'll give him the benefit of the doubt; maybe his cat died earlier that day or something). There are expensive dishes,... More 

Thank WoutTouw
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

Have been here twice now and both times had pizza. These were both outstanding and the rest of the family was pleased with theirs. The second visit was with a party of nine with no advanced warning - no problem, a bit of furniture rearrangement and we were set to go. To summarise, excellent food, wine was palatable, service was... More 

Thank MikeVanBarrow
Linz, Austria
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

Food was OK, nothing very special. They charged us for the bread which is a complimentary in some other restaurants in Rovinj. One of our meals was pasta with shrimps which were frozen, it was obvious that they're not local and fresh.

Thank mandarinkata
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70 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

We enjoyed our meal here last week especially the fresh tuna steak which was beautifully cooked, the pizza and something which we wouldn't usually order - the chips! These were fantastic crispy and definitely homemade. The warm, light as air bread was also delicious but unfortunately only arrived with our main courses. Service was a little haphazard but the staff... More 

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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, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Groups
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?