We found it a bit difficult to find a decent restaurant in Shkoder, where people go to have dinner. The city has many large restaurant kind of places, but it looks like that most of the local people only go there for a drink, probably due to a lack of money.
In the end we decided for the Bar Restorant Piceri Oaz, due to its prime location in the city centre and the large outdoor terrace between some trees. The menu offers a selection of local and international dishes. I opted for "Chicken escalope with mushrooms and rice" for 550 Leke (about 4,30 Euro).
As expected the service was very slow. My meal was good, but nothing exceptional. We were probably among the very few people who ate here, although the place was packed with locals, who mainly came here for a chat and a drink.
So all in all the Bar Restorant Piceri Oaz is a very good place for a drink and people watching. If you have enough time then you can even order a meal, but be prepared that the service is very slow.
Try the restaurants around the coast of the lake. There two or three of them just down the castle. Some good ones are found between villages of Shiroke and Zogaj. My favourite dish is 'Krap ne tave' (carp in oven) or 'Krap ne tjegull' (carp baked on tile).
The Prices are abnormal high for Albania.
But it seems that is the only Restaurant with warm meals in Skohder.
There are many cafés in the center.
Don't try to search for other restaurants.
The search will take you a lot of time.
The food is o.K.
Favorite Dish: Pizza quattro staggioni is the only thing I tried.
A cafe - bar - restaurant (name translates as Eagle) on the way to the castle from the city centre, very close to the river are the best directions I can give.
Our meal was included in our daytrip into Albania.
As we set off we were offered a choice of meat - fish or vegetarian meals and our orders telephoned through, worked well a short wait when we arrived and then we were eating.
The food presented was excellent, vegetable soup for everyone then a fresh salad and main course, mine, the meat was veal with tomato, paprika and olives, really well cooked and tasty. Mrs Bonio had the vegetarian meal of course and this was aubergine (eggplant) with cheese and mushrooms with rice, very tasty.
If you are in Shkodra and can find it from these directions I'm sure you will enjoy.
Only minor complaint - German beer (Bitburger) would have liked a local one.
Favourite restaurantsare: 'Buna', 'Mondial', 'Europa' etc.
There are also some nice restaurants by the lake shore.
Prices are very reasonable. For example restaurant 'Mondial' does the best pizzas in town which are huge and cost only about $3 US each. Fish dishes are slightly more expensive but worth trying.
Favorite Dish: Tave Krapi == Carp is a traditional Shkodra dish.
In the center of Shkoder, this café, surrounded by many others, stood out as having the nicest, friendliest staff. The moment we began to speak with the owner, and talk to him about Albania, and about Ireland, he gave to us expressos, raki, and even drove to get us burgers absolutely free of charge. The expressos were delicious, thick and strong, and the raki was.....well it was just strong.
I cant describe well enough the generosity of the people in this café. Astounding.
Panoramic Restaurant positioned in the center of Shkodra.
In last flor of new building, with a beatiful view of Shkodtra city.
Favorite Dish: Traditional food of Albanian Cousine