In order to tell the tale of the original and authentic local values, the restaurant tells its story. It does this through the architecture – its traditional and rustic style reflects the influences of the surroundings, and through the many subtle details that give it a pleasant, homey atmosphere. The interior is inspired by the natural surroundings, with the use of natural materials such as stone and wood, with warm, earth-tone walls.

The restaurant at Stancija Kovačići offers three smaller rooms, with a capacity of up to 70 people.

The terrace seats 40 and ensures a relaxed atmosphere during the hot summer days and pleasant evenings, overlooking the picturesque landscape of the small town, and surrounded by the fragrances of the Mediterranean herbs: lavender, rosemary, basil and laurel.

In Rukavac near Matulji, where the mountain air from Mt. Učka mixes with the fragrance of the sea off the Opatija Riviera – this is where we find Stancija Kovačići.


Vinko Frlan, serving both as owner and head chef, has boldly set off to achieve his long and carefully planned mission – to completely renovate his family’s late 19th century house into a hotel and restaurant, named after the Frlan family nickname, in a house where there was a blacksmith’s shop (kovačnica).

Since his beginnings in Opatija, Chef Furlan has gained a broad spectrum of knowledge in many of the local renowned restaurants, though his culinary skills were best honed during his eight years at the Kukuriku restaurant in Kastav. He participated in the creation of the Croatian avant-garde culinary scene, and continues to nurture its philosophy today in his own Stancija: from the selection of fresh local ingredients and their masterful preparation, to the unpretentious but elegant serving style.


Frlan describes his cuisine as Mediterranean, seasonal and creative, with an emphasis on the traditional dishes of Kvarner and Istria, with a modern presentation. He is particularly proud of his homemade pasta and fresh bread, made from several types of grains and with the addition of herbs and wild plants. The menu includes a wide range of dishes, including Boškarin beef, lamb baked under the iron bell, dishes with asparagus, nettle, wild garlic, homemade pasta, gnocci, ravioli…


The restaurant consists of three smaller rooms, for up to 70 guests, with an open hearth. Each room opens onto the terrace, surrounded by the fragrant garden, with a dozen species of Mediterranean herbs, such as lavender, rosemary, basil and marjoram, which Frlan often uses in both sweet and savoury dishes. With the help of his parents, he also grows a wide range of vegetables.


For guests wishing to learn more about gastronomy, coastal cuisine cooking classes and guided Croatian wine tasting sessions are organized. The restaurant wine list offers only the wines of this region.


Stancija also offers five rooms for the accommodation of guests, overlooking the nearby hills of Učka Nature Park, with a multitude of hiking trails. Stancija Kovačići is an excellent base to explore the entire Kvarner region: it is near the sea and the urban centres of Opatija and Rijeka, and far enough from the bustle of the city, slightly hidden and off the beaten track, with a dose of mystery.


We are an elegant and authentic destination for culinary fans, situated in the perfect balance of sea and mountain, below Mt. Učka and above Opatija. Our culinary philosophy is based on the influence of this region, in contemporary meat and seafood dishes flavoured by the smells and tastes of the coastal region.

The menu consists of local produce, such as meat, fish, vegetables, cheeses made on the Grobnik plain, Istrian prosciutto, the flavour and scent of truffles, with the addition of olive oil and herbs grown in our restaurant garden, and which our chef carefully selects when creating his dishes. The restaurant at Stancija Kovačići always offers freshly made pasta and freshly baked bread.


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Hours of operation: 12 - 23h

Closed Monday and Tuesdays

Open Tuesdays from 6 pm in July and August



Our coordinates:

N 45˚ 21' 916''

E 014˚ 18' 067''


Rukavac 51, Matulji 51211

Trgovački sud u Rijeci

MBS: 040237786

Temeljni kapital: 1.616.700, 00 kn, nije uplaćen u cijelosti. 1.596,700, 00 kn – dio koji nije uplaćen

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Address: Rukavac 51, 51211 Matulji

Telephone: +385 51 272 106, +385 99 216 5009

Email: stancija.kovacici@gmail.com

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