Lanterna at the Dolac market

Marko Miljković
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Zagreb’s Opatovina is a tourist mecca and the favourite meeting site of great beer lovers (the only craft street in Zagreb and Croatia). This is where you’ll find a nice brick-vaulted place called Lanterna at Dolac. The restaurant was opened in 2010 and it aimed at offering traditional Zagreb dishes at affordable prices and a nice family atmosphere in the city centre from the very beginning.

Dolac, Zagreb’s central market, is just a stone’s throw away, which is a guarantee that all the ingredients are fresh and of the highest quality. One of the oldest streets in Zagreb’s historic centre and the cellar space which is more than 300 years old take the credit for creating the mood. Some of the ideas at Lanterna emerged from an old cookbook dating to 1854 which they had found at the Zagreb City Museum, but they made the effort to give all dishes a dash of modernity thereby making the menu a blend of modern and traditional with an emphasis on fresh ingredients from the very heart of the capital.

Lanterna doesn’t have a classic daily offer. The offer is based on an à la carte menu instead. For starters you have home-made cheese and cream, roasted štrukli and a different soup every day. Button mushroom cream soup made us forget about the cold weather almost as much as a glass of the house wine. Namely, Welschriesling made by Iločki podrumi. When it comes to red wines, Kapistan crni (red) is what they recommend. This wine also originates from eastern Croatia. The winelist almost exclusively includes Croatian wines. When it comes to the geographic place of the wines’ origin, you have wines from Pelješac and Korčula (Krajančić), Istria and Plešivica to Slavonia and Baranja with the emphasis being on the latter.

Slavonian wines blend nicely with autochtoneous Croatian specialties on the menu. We should definitely single out the Dalmatian bržolica with chard, Stubica tenderloin, i.e. plum filled loin with ribbon-shaped noodles as well as Manduševac steak with home-made gnocchi. Our choice for today, tender and soft veal in button mushroom, neck and pickled peppers sauce, was gently refreshed by a light, aromatic Kapistran. Traditional and tender, much like the overall vibe this restaurant gives off. Lanterna leans more to meat dishes (loin, rump steak, beefsteak...), but they’re no strangers to sea bass or sea bream fillets.

When it comes to desserts, there’s really plenty to choose from: Zagorje štrukli, Istrian rožata (which has lemon zest unlike its counterpart from Dubrovnik), special crepes with ice cream and house mousse, cookies and chocolate. The list is not that comprehensive, but you’ll feel like it took you just a couple of hours to take a tour of Croatia while sitting in one place in the capital.

Opatovina is beautiful from the morning when it’s teeming with vendors and people having coffee until the evening when it turns into a place to have a great night out in the town. If you’d like to show your guests and friends old Croatian food or find out more about our specialties, it’s high time you came to Lanterna at Dolac. Their štrukli are to die for!

-- Your Gourmet 365

Contact number: 01/481-9009



Working hours: MON - SAT: 11:00 - 22:00
SUN: 4:00 - 22:00

Region: City of Zagreb

Address: Opatovina 31, 10000 Zagreb

Capacity: 65

Price range: 100-200kn

Restaurant description:

The restaurant Lanterna na Dolcu (Lanterna at the Dolac market ) was opened on 10 September 2010 in the magical atmosphere of an old manor. Brothers Tomislav and Ivan shared the same vision from the beginning - to offer traditional Zagreb food at reasonable prices at a restaurant with a pleasant family vibe. Every morning, they get ingredients from Dolac and they guarantee that each food item used in their kitchen is fresh.
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