Eating out in Slovenia
Having a varied & great food experience is an important part of your holiday.
Our Evening Meal
We stayed at many different tourist farms when we were first exploring and looking here for a location for Lipizzaner Lodge and we really liked what some of them do for an evening meal option. The family offer one delicious home cooked meal per evening, using local ingredients and at a reasonable cost, so you can eat in. We have incorporated this into our offer and as long as you let us know in advance, each day we provide one 3 course evening meal on request in our café for €20 pp (kids 12 & under half price).
Great News: Last year we welcomed one of Slovenia's top TV chefs to the Lodge most Mondays during the summer! He cooks up a real Slovenian treat for you, with all ingredients from his own fields, animals or the forest. These evenings have proved very popular with guests. (You can also arrange to go visit Rihard at his own kitchen and he will look after you for the afternoon, showing you where all his ingredients come from and exploring his "patch" close to the south Croatian border and then you get to eat the meal you helped to collect)!
Lots and Lots of Other Eating Out Options
We absolutely encourage you to go out and about to try the varied and fantastic local Slovenian cuisine. There are 5 terrific restaurants we recommend within 5-10 mins drive from Lipizzaner Lodge and our guests have given us excellent feedback about the welcome they have received and the quality of the food!
Each restaurant offers a different local speciality. At "Hruševje", you can try their excellent fish dishes, mushroom or fish soups in a big bread bun and even local truffles! At the "Prestanek Riding Centre" you can choose from several steak dishes made from 100% bio Black Angus cows. The cows pretty usually graze in the fields next to the restaurant eating the delicious and whole green Slovenian grass!
We are also lucky to have the best local pizzeria in our mini region at nearby "Studenec", a pretty little village and at "Ob Kaminu" you can try their trademark Bosnian barbeque, cooked in a huge metal pot over a fire, producing incredibly tender meat and vegetables. Last but not least you can reserve a more traditional Slovenian farm meal in St Michael, the village right next to our little village of Landol.
But there are loads of other great places to eat out in every direction. Due to our excellent position, we have at least 20 more recommended restaurants, all within a 25 min drive from us and we can let you know what type of food is available and how best to get to your chosen eatery. Often we will recommend a restaurant based on the logistics of where you are going for the day.
You will be amazed at the quality and diversity of cuisine available here and it is true what you might have heard about Slovenia.. the prices are also very reasonable indeed. For example, there is a great seafood restaurant in a lovely little village between nearby Lipica, (the home of the Lipizzaner horse) and the magnificent Skocjan caves, (about 20 mins from the Lodge), where we have to pre reserve a table for you on a Sunday, as it is so popular with Italians coming over the imaginary border to have a great meal.
And you, our guests also tell us about lovely restaurants that you have found on your daytrips, so we can create an ever bigger yummy database of really good tips for places to eat! We even have a couple of restaurants we have been told about by guests that are still on our list to try out! For example a really high qual one outside Piran by the coast, a "purrfect" "cat restaurant" in Ljubljana where moggies sit around everywhere and another one we still need to try in our favourite seaside town of Izola.
There are lovely little cafes on the top of mountains, burger bars for the kids and restaurants hidden away in little villages you might never find without a helpful hint.
Take a bike or walk to your chosen restaurant!
And even better, our local partner restaurants are all possible stop offs by foot or bike when exploring this beautiful mini region, so why not make an afternoon of it by walking or cycling to your meal? This is one of the best ways to discover the many hidden routes around Landol and we know numerous off road paths & tracks to all 5 of the recommended local restaurants and others, so we can give you the directions and off you go! If you walk to the restaurant we can also pick you up afterwards, but when you see how beautiful the countryside is here, you might prefer to also walk home to the Lodge.
You can taste a huge variety of cuisine in Slovenia, which is no surprise when you consider we are bordered by several very different food countries, (Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia). So you have a huge choice of pasta, gnocchi, pizzas, very good fish options, (including delicious local trout), schnitzels, soups, Bosnian barbeque (fantastic), gulash, Serbian sausages (cevapcici), fresh salads, panna cotta, crema schnitta, lots of different types of bread and so much more... yummy!
And the other amazing thing not to forget is that if you want to eat Italian food in Italy or Croatian food in Croatia, then both countries are just a short drive away from Lipizzaner Lodge, so you can absolutely have an Italian meal in Italy or a nice fish dish by the sea in Croatia during your day trip from the Lodge.. the food possibilities are endless here!
A Very Special Mention for the nearby Vipava Valley
Some of our guests are lucky enough to explore the hundreds of miles of country roads in the nearby Vipava valley and many more guests at least see a bit of it from the motorway that whisks through this beautiful wine producing valley en route to a daytrip to the gorges, waterfalls mountains or the Soca river. On the way home we often book guests a table at one of three fabulous special restaurants in the valley. All are only just a 20-25 min drive from the Lodge.
All of these restaurants would not be out of place in your own capital city, but add the amazing locations, top level service & ambience and you won't believe how you can get this kinda quality for that kinda price.
Gregor's Restaurant, close to Vipava town
We have known Gregor for years now and he has continually delighted, surprised and looked after our guests with his amazing local dishes. We have gotten excellent feedback from you about his brand new restaurant close to Vipava, (above), on the slopes of Nanos mountain. The new place is called Theodorus and is on the historic site where 2 Roman brothers' armies of 30,000 and 50,000 troops fought it out for control of the Vipava valley and ultimately the Roman empire! (You can hear more about this story from Gregor if you like, but the 30,000 won)!
The restaurant is about 25 minutes away in a beautiful village on the edge of Vipava. Gregor offers several local trout dishes, speciality local plates and very high quality Italian cuisine. He can also prepare anything special the kids would like! You also get to try different local wines with each course and he is also a fan, like us, of the fabulous local Vipava valley wines from the Jamsek vineyard.
And before you visit Gregors', why not enjoy a walk around Vipava, known as Slovenia's little Venice, because seven different rivers flow into this beautiful town. You can actually see the trout swimming in the crystal clear waters. And maybe stop off later at the best ice cream cafe in the region, also in Vipava or visit the Vinoteka, with tasting available for all the Wine growing Vipava valley's vintages and you will have a wonderful afternoon and evening out!
We first got to know Gregor at his first restaurant, Podfavorz, in the town of Vipava, see above, and this is another excellent recommendation for an evening meal where you can sit by one of the mountain springs and see trout jumping out of the water to catch the flies at dusk.
Slap Village Restaurant
Located in a tiny village surrounded by vineyards there is a fantastic little restaurant offering lots of different high quality courses made with local ingredients. A group of Finns came here after a trip to the waterfalls and gorges. they had a 5 course meal accompanied by the very best local wine for each course and recommended this place very highly.
We pretty much know a good place to eat, (and some places to avoid) wherever we send you for your days adventure, there is always a place to stop off at either for lunch or on the way home where you can get to try the excellent local dishes.
Most guests enjoy their breakfast in our cafe. But if you prefer, you can take breakfast on the outside terrace or sitting on a balcony. We will also deliver a tray to your room, so you can have breakfast in bed!
Other Meals & Snacks
We can also provide lunchtime pickniks for your daytime adventures or recommend a nice place for your lunch. Most Slovenian restaurants offer an excellent value lunch menu. Often a choice of soup for starter, a main course with salad and often a dessert and for a really good price.
And finally, if you fancy a burger on your way or way back from Lipizzaner Lodge to the Slovenian Riviera, then why not pop into Vikki Burger, Slovenia's finest Burger bar, in our opinion, with a stunning view over olive groves and hills to the Adriatic sea. (They also serve really great milk shakes by the way!) We also recommend some guests stop off on the way back from the Upper and Lower Soca valleys at a riverside burger bar where you can get a family burger as big as the plate!! Awesome!