Jeunes Restaurateurs d'Europe (JRE)

Top-class restaurants from Istria have found their place on the pages of the renowned gourmet guide of the international association Jeunes Restaurateurs d'Europe (JRE).

Founded in 1974 in France, the JRE association brings together over 350 restaurateurs from Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Luxemburg, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland, Poland, Romania, Great Britain and even Australia. Above all, the association promotes respect for tradition while encouraging creativity and innovativeness in young chefs under the motto “Talent & Passion”. In the world of gastronomy, being a JRE member is a step towards obtaining the coveted Michelin stars.

To become a JRE member, a restaurant must be listed in at least three international and national gourmet guides, the restaurant owner should not be younger than 23 or older than 37, and foremost the restaurant must adhere to and promote the JRE slogan “Talent & Passion”. The association’s main vision is to enable the exchange of experience among top-class young chefs whose innovativeness brings the public the best foodstuffs of a particular region, prepared in a novel and unusual way that nevertheless preserves their main characteristics. The JRE guide presents the public with a gastronomic map of select restaurants across Europe that can provide an experience to remember.

 Each entry in the guide provides information about a restaurant with pictures of its chief chef, its specialties and its interiors. What the Istrian chefs have in common with the chefs of select Austrian, Slovenian and German restaurants listed in the JRE guide is not only the talent and passion they share for cooking but also a shared culinary tradition and past.


JRE 2017:
1. Restaurant Badi, Umag
2. Restaurant Marina, Novigrad
3. Restaurant Monte, Rovinj
4. Restaurant Pergola, Savudrija
5. Heritage Hotel & Restaurant San Rocco, Brtonigla
6. Restaurant Zigante, Livade

JRE 2016:
1. Restaurant Pergola, Savudrija
2. Restaurant Marina, Novigrad
3. Restaurant Monte, Rovinj
4. Heritage Hotel & Restaurant San Rocco, Brtonigla
5. Restaurant Zigante, Livade

JRE 2015:
1. Restaurant Pergola, Savudrija
2. Heritage Hotel & Restaurant San Rocco, Brtonigla
3. Restaurant Damir e Ornella, Novigrad
4. Restaurant Marina, Novigrad
5. Restaurant Monte, Rovinj

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Praises from abroad to Istria

  • Best Olive Oil Region in the world 2016, 2017 and 2018

  • Istria 52 Places To Go In 2017

  • 10 Best European
    Wine Destinations 2016

  • 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations 2015

  • World's 2nd Best Olive Oil Region 2010 - 2015

  • Top 10 Valentine's Day Retreats 2014

Already receiving significant earned media in outlets such as National Geographic Traveler Huffington Post and mention in notable guidebooks like Lonely Planet, international journalists and tour operators alike continue the praise heaped upon the Istrian peninsula and all it has to offer making it one of the world's top destinations.