Restaurants

Top Choice Slovenian in Otočec

Grad

Otočec Castle's restaurant is as fancy as you would hope: ancient stone walls, stained glass and locally made artisanal furniture. It's formal, but not at all stuffy and service is excellent. The mains aren't as exp…
Top Choice Slovenian in Dolenjske Toplice

Oštarija

There are few eating options in town, so it's a joy to find this place, a foodie's treat with a menu based around seasonal local produce. Drop in for their three-course lunches (Monday to Friday €10, Saturday €12, S…
International in Novo Mesto

Gostišče Loka

This riverside spot with a huge outdoor terrace, just beyond the footbridge linking the two banks, is the most happening place in town. The short menu covers all the bases with burgers, pasta and risotto, more expen…
Slovenian in Otočec

Gostilna Vovko

Head a couple of kilometres south from Otočec to Ratež village to feast on local flavours at this very fine gostilna (inn-like restaurant). The setting is farmhouse-chic, the wine options are varied and the food hig…
Slovenian in Novo Mesto

Oštarija Rudolfswerth

The roadside location is uninspiring but the food is excellent and the decor stylish and detail-oriented – brass buckets used as light fittings, rustic timber and brick, a menu printed on handmade paper. Meals range…
Slovenian in Ribnica

Harlekin Pizzerija

Offering much more than the big range of wood-fired pizzas that they're known for, Harlekin's menu rambles from homemade gnocchi and tagliatelle with truffles to local flavours including forest-mushroom soup and wil…
European in Dolenjske Toplice

Kolesar

Local trout, plenty of steaks and a range of wood-fired pizzas are the name of the game at this spot, popular with local families for a lazy lunch or dinner thanks to its garden setting and playground to keep the ki…
Italian in Novo Mesto

Don Bobi

Considerably fancier than the name might suggest, this place does a menu of straight-up Italian with really good gnocchi dishes as well as pasta, steak, fish and pizza that wins plenty of local plaudits.
Slovenian in Žužemberk

Gostilna Pri Gradu

There ain't much going on foodwise in the heart of town but this old-style restaurant, under a linden tree in front of Žužemberk Castle, serves up classic hearty fare. There's a nice outdoor terrace open in the warm…