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Restaurant Split

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Kreuzberg
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Bluecherplatz 2 | 10961, Berlin, 10961 Berlin, Germany
+49 4930 2512715
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11:30 - 22:00
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

Had dinner with friends, authentic atmosphere, fabulous food, original ingredientes, warm people... A very nice place with a domestic touch

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Thank Rbernat69
Berlin, Germany
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66 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

Nice place. Good food and worth the money. Nice to sit outside during summer time. Service is nice and friendly. All in all a good place to eat.

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Thank FredKlein1104
Toronto, Canada
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13 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

The food was tasty, fair price and excellent portions. However the experience was spoiled for me by very rude staff who made me feel inferior. While picking up a euro that had fallen out of my purse, the waiter asked what I was looking for. When I told him, he laughed in my face exclaiming “ONE euro ”, and passed... More 

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1 Thank M J
Zeljko Z, Inhaber at Restaurant Split, responded to this review

Dear Miss, firstly I want to thank You for Your feedback cos it will make us more aware of the impression we might be leaving whilst comunicating in our language, but I can asure You that none of my colleagues would make fun of such situation. All of us here work really hard to earn money and it is no... More 

London, United Kingdom
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141 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

Had a really nice dinner here. Would highly recommend. The restaurant has a lot of variety and the staff were very nice 😄

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1 Thank Adiba M
Atlanta, Georgia
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86 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2016 via mobile

With Croatia next in our itinerary, we thought we'd sample Croatian cuisine here. It was a good primer. The mixed grill was good, as was the wine and desert. Friendly service, nice atmosphere, very popular with the locals. We definitely recommend it!

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Thank ChuckNLori
Split, Croatia
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2015

Every time when i am in Berlin i am going to eat something good in this nice and warm restaurant in Kreuzberg. Food is fantastic, especially meat and the prices are very reasonable.. And big regards for the owner and the rest of the staff, they make you feel that you are not only a guest, but a friend.

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2 Thank Matko R
Berlin, Germany
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3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2015

One evening, as I was walking back to my apartment through Kreuzberg, this restaurant caught my eye. Being of Croatian descent and having visited the country a few years ago, I realized I had never tried a proper Croatian meal! The friendly waiter directed me to sit wherever I wanted. As I perused the menu, I got a little nervous;... More 

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Thank MarielleRose
San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2015

I had a wonderful meal at Restaurant Split. The restaurant is tucked away on a residential street, far away from the tourist attractions of Berlin. It is a large, clean restaurant lushly decorated with plants and herbs. The menu offers a large variety of items specializing in Croatian food. I ordered an appetizer made with eggs, peppers, ewe's cheese. For... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2014 via mobile

First of all the waiter are very rude... May b I'm Asian... The service are very slow... The most important thing food quality... Totally off. Pork over cock.. Rice r bad prepared.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2014 via mobile

Visited here with friends on our trip to Berlin. I've never eaten Croatian food before so didn't know what to expect. The food was actually really good! I had some sort of sausage which was great along with potatoes etc. the only downside (that was our fault for not asking) was that one of the party is vegetarian. She asked... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 7 - USD 21
Cuisine
European, Croatian, German, International, Central European
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Waitstaff
Good for
Business meetings, Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 22:00
Monday
11:30 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 22:00
Thursday
11:30 - 22:00
Friday
11:30 - 22:00
Saturday
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Bluecherplatz 2 | 10961, Berlin, 10961 Berlin, Germany
  • Location: Europe  >  Germany  >  Berlin>  > Kreuzberg
  • Neighbourhood: Kreuzberg
  • Phone Number: +49 4930 2512715
Description
50 years Restaurant Split
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»Traveling to other times only exists in Science-Fiction movies? Far from it. Visiting the Restaurant Split reminds a lot on earlier days, when we used to go to the Yugo.” (Michael Kranz, 2011, Berliner Zeitung)
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Welcome to Restaurant Split, the oldest Croatian restaurant in Berlin
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Germany in the 1960s: The demand of foreign workers is very high. Mate Pogacic and Slavko Covic, two young men from Tijarica, a small village north from the coastal city of Split, decide to try their luck in then Western-Berlin. Both are in their early 20s and work as waiters. In the late spring of 1966 it seems as if they found the suitable premise to reach the goal of self-employment.
Before, there was only the Kolo-Grill on Kurfurstendamm, the Sisko-Grill at Wilmersdorfer Straße and the Balkan-Pik on Sonnenallee. The two young men thought there is potential for more, and soon afterwards the “Split-Grill” advanced to a popular venue for fellow countrymen. But also the German walk-in customers quickly fell in love with the warm and unusual cuisine. The concept remains the same today: Waiters, white tablecloths, Cevapcici, good service, fair prices and Sljivo on cost of the house.
With the time typical meals arise with help from the guests: The Potpourri Plate, Pola-Pola, the Robbers Plate, Julischka … things that don’t really exist in Croatia though. During the first years of the “Split-Grill” there was often a state of emergency, especially on Friday evenings, because all “Gastarbeiter” received their weekly wage on that day. At that time, the bar was located left from the entry and there were even stairs for the first floor.
Already one year after inauguration, in 1967 the two young restaurateurs decided to go seperate ways, with the result that Slavko Covic moved on and established further restaurants. Both Mate Pogacic and Slavko Covic had no idea that their concept was a forerunner for many fellow countrymen, mainly from the already mentioned village of Tijarica. In honor of that development, the main road through Tijarica was renamed to “Berliner Straße” in the 1990s. Our restaurant remains the most long-lasting in Berlin. The “Split-Grill” survived complicated periods for gastronomy unscathed like the fall of the Berlin wall and the subsequent caravans towards east.
In 2011, founder Mate Pogacic handed his restaurant over to one of his employees. Compatriot Zeljko Zarko continued with the permanent staff and with typical quality. One small change is the switch to the traditional Croatian brewery of Karlovacko. After cautious renovation, the interior still appears like the original from 1984, the lamps for example are still very “80s”.
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Even if you did not visited “Split” in a long time, you will be surprised that you might even be recognized. Try it out!

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