After a pleasant stroll round the lake, and an enlightening hike up to the castle, you could do worse that repere to the Pri Palinku for a beer of a hearty Slovenian meal. The restaurant and bar are housed in an old building in the centre of a town, and the sign above will tell you that it has been in business since 1903.
Today the bar is fabulously decked out in a patchwork of car number plates, mainly, but not exclusively from the US.
We didn't eat there, but did study the menu which covers traditional Slovenian fare, international dishes and pizzas of high repute. A quick search on the internet also credits this restaurant as being one of the best in Bled.
What we did experience was the pleasant staff and the great atmosphere in the bar. Not to be missed.
I loved this restaurant-especially Mitch the waiter! We ate here almost every night although we referred to it as the "pizza place" due to the neon sign in the window advertising deep dish. It was cheap and convienent to the hostel and once we ate there the first time we couldn't really find anything better anywhere else.
Favorite Dish Favorite? Hmm...I loved the mushroom soup, the walnut crepes, the goulash...it was all good.
The best place for a cheap lunch (and reasonable dinners too). Daily set lunches for around $5, friendly service, cute/melancholy waitress (a young Tracey Thorn) and a ceiling decorated with license plates. Very hearty meals indeed.
Favorite Dish Bread dumplings with gravy and pork is a typical lunch special. Pizza there is somewhere between good and very good. Garlic soup is strictly for garlic lovers but darn good.
I have been eating here many times, and have always had good meals. They serve big plates here and have very good service.
If you go to the bar you will see that all the walls and ceiling is decorated with car number plates from all over the world.
Favorite Dish Gulash
This is a typical Slovenian inn with typical fare, recommended by many before us. They are right in every respect. A few others offer almost the same but slightly different atmospher. They are Union (up hill 1 block beyond the Park Hotel--the way the bus goes) (owned by the beer company?)and another in the lower floor of the Grand Hotel Toplice, Cesta Svobode 12.
Favorite Dish Cream Garlic Soup. If you know it , you need no description. It does not reek of garlic and is healthy food.
I wanted something that was typical Slovenian. The wait staff recommended this spicy beef/lamb patty with soft cheese, a salad, and a beer. It hit the spot. Make sure that you bring an expired license plate to hang on their ceiling.
This place came highly recommended, so we decided to give it a try. There were a couple of outdoor tables along the street, so we decided just to sit there and enjoy the outdoors. This place looks a bit rough around the edges (with some raucous conversations around the bar), but service was quick and courteous, and the food was inexpensive and of excellent quality.
Favorite Dish I tried the 1/2 chicken with chips, while Sara tried the seafood goulash. The chicken was very tender and tasty. Sara's paprika-laden dish smelled divine, and Sara certainly didn't find the flavor hard to take.
I liked this place.
Yes, it probably caters for the tourist crowds in season (more or less empty when I visited) but it feels like a proper gostilna....very like a UK pub, actually.
I liked the landlord/head barman/manager/whatever he was too.........very much like a stereotypical English pub landlord, cheery and full of bonhomie and jokes. Nice chap.
There are outside tables for eating when the weather is nicein a small courtyard but be aware that the high terrace/patio area (accessed by wooden steps) is only for pizza.
Slovenian pizza is excellent, but I wanted something different. so we chose from the (quite extensive really) menu. I had the pork and roasted potatoes, my frined the pork with onion sauce.
Slovenian pork is so much nicer, tastier and more tender than UK pork. I don't know why, but suspect they use younger pigs than we do.
The meal was delicious and very warming (it was getting a bit chilly by then).
The beer was good too.
Highly recommended for a good basic pub-style meal in pleasant surroundings (building dates from 1903) , nothing really special but well-cooked, tasty, reasonably-priced and very filling (neither of us could finish meal or beer!).
This is a popular place with locals and tourists. Located 20m from he bus stop . the meals are huge for about 6-8 euro. I had stuffed peppers and it was great ..loads of sauce. Better for dinner though…big cooked meals even at lunch.
Interior is quite quaint, food was disappointing and service was very poor. We were over charged on the bill and when I brought it to their attention they were quite rude and non apologetic in thier response.
Traveling in Europe recently in January, I enjoyed a wonderful creamy Garlic Soup at the Gostilna Pri Planinco pub in Bled, Slovenia. I had read previously of meals to try while traveling in Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Slovakia, and Hungary. Garlic Soup was one noted to taste in Slovenia. It was so delicious. We had a wonderful server and the pub was warm and cozy. We took pictures of our food, and the bathroom doors. Beautiful castle on the hill overlooking the lake with an island church. Very scenic beautiful town.
Favorite Dish I had the garlic soup and a seafood salad and my dining partner had the crawfish. Wonderful meal. But really enjoyed the soup!
Gostilna Pri Planincu
This is a nice cosy restaurant for singles, couples or families. All the food is home cooked and very good it is too. The prices are very low for the quality of food.
Favorite Dish Mushroom soup followed by seafood risotto (With crayfish!)