There are plenty of restaurants in Užice, but the quality of the eateries is not quite as consistent as elsewhere in the country. The good stuff is magnificent however, and these spots are guaranteed to fill you up in the best way possible.
Traditional Serbian restaurants are king in Užice. Anyone looking for grilled meats and sizeable salads will be in for a treat, though more experimental visitors might be in for a more difficult time at the table. But the old adage ‘When in Rome, do as the Romans do’ didn’t come about by chance, so when in Užice…
An authentic Serbian restaurant just a short stroll from Partisan Square, Naša Kuća (‘Our House’) is a head above most of its contemporaries in town. With plenty of room across a couple of floors, this spot offers traditional Serbian cuisine with plenty of the Užice humour that is so revered throughout the region. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, although carnivores will invariably have more choices than herbivores.
Found in the very centre of Užice, Vagone might just be the most popular restaurant in town. A location alongside the Đetinja certainly helps, but the quality of the authentic Serbian cuisine and the subtle hum of traditional music means this would be a popular spot no matter where it was found. The quality of the service is the cherry on top.
Serbia might not be the first country that jumps into your mind when ‘quality pizza’ is mentioned, but almost every town in the state has fantastic Italian grub waiting to be devoured. C’est La Vie is the top of the table in Užice, with a splendid location in the main city park. Pizza, pasta, lasagne and the rest abound, but the real value might be in the savoury pancakes on offer.
The name acts as a giveaway of sorts, as it would be strange for a restaurant called ‘My River’ to be anywhere other than along the water. Moja Reka is indeed located along the Đetinja, creating an oasis of calm within the occasionally chaotic city. The food is great too, with traditional Serbian dishes complemented by one of the best wine selections in the region.
Restaurants in Užice don’t come much more elegant than Aleksandar Gold. Contemporary cuisine takes precedence over the usual authentic options, with wine also standing tall over beer and rakija. Fast approaching its 20th anniversary, Aleksandar Gold is widely regarded as the classiest option in the town. It isn’t difficult to understand why.
No Serbian town worth the name is without an ethno restaurant, and Konak ticks that box for the people of Užice. Tradition is king as the diner is transported back to 19th-century Serbia, albeit with 21st century technology helping things along. It is a popular spot for celebrations in town, but you’ll also see plenty of diners having a casual evening alongside the parties. Expect big portions and even bigger smiles.