Bosnian food reflects a mix of Oriental, Mediterranean and Central European culinary traditions and most meals make use of meat and vegetables.
Traditional Bosnian “fast food” restaurants are aščinicas or cafeteria-style eateries; buregdžinicas, which serve pita (stuffed phyllo dough) and ćevabdžinicas, where you can enjoy ćevapčići and other grilled items.
Most of these restaurants are located in Baščaršija and we recommend that you try some local dishes at Hadžibajrić F. Namika, ASDŽ or Staklo Aščinicas; try some pita at ASDŽ Buregdžinica and ćevapčići at Mrkva, Petica, Kurto and Kastel Ćevabdžinicas.
You can order some excellent chicken ćevapčići and a fresh salad at Fan Ferhatović. The restaurants, Aeroplan, Dveri, Sedef, Imidž-T, Kod Keme, Mali Raj Mošćanica and Avlija, are sure to impress with their fine local specialties and lovely, authentic ambient.
Sarajevo has some excellent international restaurants where you can enjoy delicious meals and fine wines. For quick and delicious Italian food, try Vapiano at Alta Shopping Center, and Italian and Spanish specialties find at Casa El Gitano. The best place to try some great sushi is at Sushi San, while Mala Kuhinja is an ideal place for Asian fusion cuisine.
Those who love fresh fish and seafood are in for a treat at Luka Sarajevo and Tišina. The lovely atmosphere and fresh trout straight from the on-site fish farm are certainly reasons to visit the fish restaurant, Toplik, in East Sarajevo.
Food Market in Sarajevo City Center has six international eateries in one place and the offering at Casa United is based on a “eat-as-much-as-you-like” buffet.
For grill, salads and sweet crêpes, visit Baltazar, and for pizza - La Canzona, Piccolo Mondo and Terrazza Pizzeria. Mrvica bakery offers French Macaroons and and original Bavarian buttered pretzels. Street Wok Bar Snogu serves rice and noodle dishes with chicken, beef or seafood, along with "veggie wok" for vegetarians.
Some other excellent restaurants include The Four Rooms of Mrs. Safija, Barhana, West Point, Four Seasons, Druga Kuća Lora, Lovac, Druga Kuća Faletići, Bon Appetit, Reuff, Nova Bentbaša, Terasa, Rive Gauche, S One, Mostarlić, Prava Priča, Maroko and Zembilj. Chicken lovers can find various dishes at iChicken.
Restaurants with a great view or interesting history
There are many restaurants which offer an excellent cuisine and beautiful view at Sarajevo panorama. We recommend to visit restaurants Kibe Mahala, Kod Bibana, Park Prinčeva, Đulbašča, Bašča kod Ene and Bijela tabija, which are located in the hills above Baščaršija, just a short taxi ride from Sebilj. In the city center, there is a restaurant with a great view, located at tenth floor of Hecco Deluxe hotel. In the newer part of town you can find the revolving restaurant Plava Prizma, on the top floor of the Avaz Business Center. Along with the impressive view, you can enjoy some specialties.
Sarajevo has some great restaurants with a history. Inat Kuća is now a restaurant that offers fine Bosnian specialties. It is also a historical monument, with an interesting story: Austro-Hungarian authorities wanted to knock down a few houses in order to build Vijećnica, but there was one old and defiant Sarajevan called Benderija who stood up against them and wouldn’t let them tear down his home. After long negotiations, his house was relocated, stone by stone, to the other side of the Miljacka River.
The restaurant, Morića Han, is located in Baščaršija on the ground floor of a 500-year-old caravanserai. During the Ottoman period this inn provided accommodation for merchants traveling with caravans.
Pivnica HS is a restaurant that is part of Sarajevska Pivara, a brewery that has been in continuous use for the past 150 years and was one of the first to be built in the Ottoman Empire. Don’t miss a chance to try their beer and to visit the Sarajevo Brewery Museum.