Serves meat, veg options available. Serves vegan/vegetarian cuisine like pasta and salad in addition to fish. Homemade seitan. Non-smoking. English spoken and on menu. Only 18 seats so reserve ahead. Directions: 1 minute walk from the Catholic Cathedral. Note Karuzo has a "bb" street address - it's at the east end of street before the numbering starts. Price: Moderate more-less
Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Beer/Wine, Mediterranean, Non-veg
Dzenetica Cikma bb
Sarajevo, Bosnia And Herzegovina 71000
+387-33-444-647
Closed now

Mon-Sat 6:00pm-11:00pm, Mon-Fri 12:00pm-3:00pm

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Reviews

First Review by Adnan
Ryecatcher
Ryecatcher
  • vegetarian
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+161

Pretty good, but you'll have to wait

4
Posted on 12 / 22 / 2014

Since there are not other decent vegetarian restaurants in Sarajevo, this one is even a highly recommended one.
Inside it looks like a cabin of a vintage explorer ship, nets, compasses, charts, maps, folksy wooden furniture all over the place, covered in dim light. Only the radio music won't fit well in this atmosphere.
There are some tables inside and also a few seating possibilities outside (sheltered), the latter mainly for smokers I guess, since smoking inside is prohibited (which is quite uncommon in Serbia).
Besides many vegetarian and vegan options sushi is being served, which also can be requested to be vegan.
The owner is a true character who will gladly guide you through the menu and will make you feel comfortable as well as welcome. He speaks English very good may start a pleasing conversation as time allows. He takes honest interest in his guests and treat each one individually.
I was there twice. The first time I had a vegetable lasagne, a really superb one, that I won't forget in a hurry. The second time I had a mushroom risotto, which was fair, not very memorable.
Important to know and probably the biggest downside to Karuzo are the pretty long waiting times. Since the owner is additionally not only the waiter but also the cook (at least for certain dishes, since there is another cook down in the basement). Take into account that you may wait for half an hour maybe even for an hour for the food.
Ordered drinks will be served quite quickly though. The freshly squeezed lemonade is very good by the way.
Due to the long waiting times and the average risotto once I give only four cows, but I could give as well five out of sympathy all the same.

Pros: most lovely interior, fresh & homemade food, very friendly owner
Cons: looooong waiting time
Barney Big Ears
Barney Big Ears
  • vegan
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+69

Best option we found in Sarajevo

4
Posted on 10 / 27 / 2014

Staff spoke English and there was an English menu. Classic vegetarian cuisine with a Bosnian twist. Plenty of vegan options. Service is very friendly albeit very slow since the server is also the cook (at least the day we had lunch there) and the food is all made to order so it takes some time.

Pros: Healthy food, Plenty of vegan options , Very friendly
verbals
verbals
  • vegan
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+17

A little haven in Sarajevo

4
Posted on 10 / 07 / 2014

Karuzo is a little haven for vegans/vegetarians (and really for anybody) in this meat loving country. Not only is it one of the very few places where you can get vegan food. It´s probably the best food you`ll get in Sarajevo. It´s healthy, well balanced, and super tasty!
As a vegan it was a big relief to sit down in this cozy little restaurant; as both my nutrion needs and taste buds were very satisfied. Sasha, the ownerer, is a great guy. Real friendly, knowledgable and a true champion to keep this vegan base in the heart of Sarajevo!

I was there many times during my stay in Sarajevo, and was impressed by everything I tasted. And the portions are plenty, so you will not leave hungry. There are also some delicious vegan desserts for you to enjoy.

The map on happycow is a little off. Sent me off searching for a good while in the wrong places. But it`s actually very easily located. Just up from the big Catholic church down town, north side of Mula Mustafe, in a parallell street, you´ll see sort of a big white box, extended from the building - that is Karuzo.

(Happycow.net does not allow a 5/5 rating for non-vegetarian restaurants. Although this one should deserve it)

Pros: Nutrious and tasty food!, Good location, Friendly service

heyheyrenee
heyheyrenee
  • vegan
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+81

Well Done!

4
Posted on 09 / 29 / 2012

We are sitting here eating now. I had the vegan Mint Pea soup. It was delicious. Very flavorful. My husband had the Grilled Pear salad. It looked amazing and he said it was delicious. For our second course, I had the vegan chili seitan. It was very hearty, spicy and very good. The seitan is homemade. My husband had the John Dory Fish Fillet with Spicy Mango Salsa. He said it was very good and very spicy. The restaurant also has free WiFi. The owner was very helpful too. This restaurant seems to be a lot healthier than traditional Bosnian food. Enjoy!
Updated from previous review on Wednesday September 26, 2012

Pros: They take reservations, Outdoor seating, Delicious vegan options
Cons: Very small restaurant
  • heyheyrenee heyheyrenee

    They actually do have air conditioning. It just wasn't on the first night we were there but it was on the second time we went.

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kwanza
kwanza
  • vegan
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+82

Creative food, fantastic experience

4
Posted on 09 / 12 / 2012

Karuzo is a gem is a meat-heavy country. Don't be put off by the fact that the restaurant serves dairy and fish - the owner Sasha (lovely guy) is a raw vegan but has pragmatically concluded that Bosnians are not yet ready for vegan cuisine and that he can provide a good stepping stone.

The retaurant design is very quirky (like a boat) and the food and drinks menu is extremely impressive. We had the vegan sushi (smoked tofu, mango and avocado - a triumph), stuffed swiss chard pockets (tasty) and a mushroom/polenta concoction (also tasty). The house wine was from Herzegovina and was very good. Almost all menu items are veganisable and there is also an extensive range of pasta dishes. Vegan desserts also available.

The only drawbacks are that Karuzo is expensive compared to other Sarajevo restaurants (but worth it in my opinion) and service is very slow (unsusprisingly for a one man chef-waiter joint).

Highly recommended.

Pros: extremely vegan friendly, extensive and inspired menu, great atmosphere
Cons: a little pricey, slow service
michrozen
michrozen
  • vegan
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+65

best food I had in my life

4
Posted on 09 / 11 / 2012

usually I don't go to places that serve meet, but this place serve only fish, and the chef/ owner/waiter is row-vegan so he knows his way. I have no words but- now I can go to heaven because I know that it got to be a place that serve good food. go, you will not regret!!

Pros: the food, the vibe, the pepole
Cons: serves fish
Stevie
Stevie
  • vegan
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+3330

Karuzo, Sarajevo

4
Posted on 05 / 07 / 2012

Vegetarian and pescatarian food. For veggies there are offerings for lacto, ovo and vegan vegetarians. Pescatarian dishes offered, e.g. shrimp and sushi if you have someone non veggie friendly with you who likes fish/seafood. Good choice menus are in English including the specials board. The chef/waiter is a nice guy called Sasha. He is multi-lingual including English. I simply asked what he would recommend that was vegan veggie. In a great 'can do' response he enthused back to me, "What would you like, I can cook anything you like?". 25 marks for a hearty and tasty meal including a fruit juice make it good value for money. Centrally located and open good hours on most days. I would prefer if it was 100% veggie of course but it's easily the best restaurant in town currently for veggies (I need no convincing of the difficulties in trying to interest Bosnians in a purely vegetarian restaurant).

Karuzo has a 'bb' street address (see guidance notes on the Bosnia and Hercegovina page on this website). It's at the East end of the street before the numbering starts. From the Catholic Cathedral its just up the hill and turn left round the corner.

A very small point but I would prefer if the menu was split into vegetarian and pescatarian sections. Something on the menu to indicate the vegan veggie dishes would also be useful.

Closed Sundays but everyone needs a day off.

I'd be more than happy to eat here again.

Corrected west with east from previous review on Friday March 30, 2007, following comment below from Maggie.

Pros: Tasty food, Central, Friendly service
Cons: Closed Sundays, Not 100% veggie
  • Maggie Maggie

    Great review, just one correction, Karuzo is located at the east, not the west end of Mehmed Spaho, just behind the central market(Merkale) - walk to the back of the market and you'll be facing it.

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  • Dijanam Dijanam

    Absolutely wonderful place. I am not sure what is better the atmosphere, chef or food. Not too expensive even for Bosnian standard. From my experience, especially in dating a vegan in Sarajevo, this is the first time someone knew what "vegan" means.

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Maggie
Maggie
  • vegetarian
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+39

Creative and interesting food

4
Posted on 05 / 05 / 2012

Karuzo serves fish and cheeses, no meat, no eggs. Incredibly creative and varied vegetarian and vegan selections, with changing specials. We've eaten there multiple times. Sasha, the owner/chef is very knowledgeable and willing to do substitutes for vegans - he often substitutes smoked tofu for cheese. Everything is made from scratch by the owner and one helper with fresh food, so the wait can be long if there are other customers, but the food is worth waiting for. Specialties we particularly like are the grilled pear, greens and walnut salad; the swiss chard pockets; the chili seitan; nacho salad; polenta with porcini sauce. He has several eggless desserts - the chocolate apple cherry dessert is our favorite, also ice cream with salt and olive oil! and amaranth pudding. Seating is limited, so reservations are helpful. Take out is also available. He can use a bit too much salt for our taste, so we always ask him to go light on the salt. There's one nice outside table. The tables for four have one backless bench.

Pros: creative food, varied gourmet vegan selections, friendly and helpful chef
Cons: slow service, limited seating
jollypig
jollypig
  • vegetarian
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+101

Mixed Feelings

3
Posted on 03 / 21 / 2010

OK, so you come here knowing that the restaurant serves sushi, which would put many vegetarians off.

The owner is helpful and friendly and willing to tailor your meal to your taste and requirements. After a bit of a wait the food was pretty good, but not great - perhaps a bit on the bland side. It was a little overpriced by Sarajevo standards.

It's a nice restaurant; more upmarket than most in Sarajevo. But personally I'd prefer to go to a totally vegetarian place, which in Sarajevo means the excellent Vegehana. Otherwise there's Global Foods or Taj Mahal which are Veg Friendly.

Pros: Friendly owner, Nice atmosphere
Cons: Serves sushi, Food a bit bland, Expensive
raluca
raluca
  • vegetarian
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+37

OK..

3
Posted on 09 / 25 / 2009

The restaurant is not 100% vegetarian - it serves fish as well.
The owner cooks all the food himself, which can lead to quite long waiting times. The food wasn't bad, nothing special, I just felt it was really overpriced for what it was (£9 for quite a simple lentil dish in Bosnia is a bit much).



Adnan
Adnan
  • vegetarian
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+52

It's here, or nowhere

4
Posted on 12 / 08 / 2006

Macrobiotic food (serves fish). Creative menu. The only place in town for sushi -- good sushi. The owner runs the place by himself -- nice guy. Decent wine list. Mostly international crowd.

Pros: non-smoking, good food
Cons: seating arrangements, long waits (when busy), prices

 

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