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“A truly terrible meal”
Review of Element - CLOSED

Element
Cuisines: Contemporary
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 13 July 2013

After looking over several restaurants located within Diocletian's Palace walls, we settled on Allegria--nice cosy location off the busy main squares. A rather sullen waiter approached us and remained long enough to take our order--a shrimp risotto and a shrimp and tomato soup (early, light dinner). The risotto arrived with what appeared to be tiny frozen shrimp combined with undercooked risotto--truly unremarkable and therefore very overpriced..

A real source of wonderment, however, was the shrimp and tomato soup that contained absolutely no shrimp. We called this to our waiter's attention, who indifferently informed us that it was in fact shrimp and tomato soup. We replied that it contained no shrimp which pretty much disqualified it as shrimp and tomato soup, and asked that he take it back to the kitchen. He returned a moment later and reported that the kitchen said it was shrimp and tomato soup. We countered that he needed to take it back to the kitchen again, which he reuctantly did, and returned a few minutes later with a few small frozen shrimp languishing in the tomato broth.

We have eaten very well in both Dubrovkik (Otto's) and in Split, so Allegria was the exception. This restaurant clearly has a lot of work to do; both with the wait staff and in the kitchen.

Christopher Wheeler

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1  Thank marie w
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Reviewed 5 July 2013

This restaurant has now changed its name to 'Allegria'... and from what I can see from the photos and reviews previously.... has completely transformed itself. Whilst in Split backpacking, we dined at this place twice, loved the atmosphere and the extremely friendly owner.

On our first visit we had the steak risotto and the chicken steak - both of which were super yummy! We didn't order starters, but were however given complementary bread, salami and olive oil to munch on as we waited for our mains. We were super lucky to be some of the first to sample the restaurants new menu, consisting of a range of foods, from steaks, pastas, rice and fish!

Second time around, I ordered the sea bass and my partner had the steak - WOW!!! Best food we have ate whilst travelling Europe.

We thoroughly recommend this venue for a cosy and romantic meal. The owner is a pleasure to talk to, and will advise on which dishes are the best.... we also loved the cocktails.... another please!!

Thank you to all at Allegria for a wonderful experience of traditional Croatian dishes.

Laura and Ben x

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1  Thank laum0892
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Reviewed 29 June 2013

Whilst the waiters were very professional, it just could not detract from the fact that it took over 40minutes to get our starter. The food was very average for the price we paid.
There are some pluses - waiters were understanding and the setting was beautiful. however,
I would not come back or recommend it unfortunately.

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1  Thank Michelle_Bakhos
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Reviewed 26 June 2013 via mobile

Stopped in to have a coffee while exploring, it was distinctly average and, at 25 kuna, the most expensive one I've had in split. Didn't try the food so can't comment as to that.

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1  Thank Oreillch
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Reviewed 25 June 2013

however this has not changed the 5 star status. we had a most fantastic meal in such a romantic setting in the shadow of the Old Town walls. every table was full, with people waiting to be seated, that alone speaks volumes.

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1  Thank Marco1804
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