Restaurants

Top Choice European in Brežice

Ošterija Debeluh

This fine-dining restaurant, with a French-countryside interior, serves inventive European cuisine with local twists, from the chef's signature beef tartare with foie gras, to trout served on a bed of roast pear and…
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 Metlika

Hotel Bela Krajina

This convivial place, which starts you off with belokranjska pogača (local flatbread, not unlike Italian focaccia), is the best place for a meal in Metlika, with house specialties including herb-crusted lamb or veni…
European in Brežice

Gostilna Splavar

This friendly gostilna (inn-like restaurant) has a cosy pub-like interior plus street-side terrace. Steaks and other meaty mains hold sway on the menu, all presented with modern panache. Seasonal offerings including…
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 Črnomelj

Gostilna Müller

Črnomelj's eating options may be slim but at least what they do have is good. This local favourite – with timber interior, plants and a nice outdoor terrace – has a menu which covers all the classic Slovenian staple…
International in Metlika

Pri Starem Pildu

The location – on the tip of the city limits – is terrible but this bright pink place is Metlika's best bet for cheap, tasty meals. This is burger, pizza and pasta territory with salads and some (completely unauthen…
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…