Where to Eat in Shengjin: The Best Restaurants and Bars

December 28, 2017 Jacquiline Delozier

Shëngjin (Albanian pronunciation: [ʃənˈɟin]; Albanian for St. John, Turkish: Şingin, Italian: San Giovanni di Medua) is a coastal town and a former municipality in Lezhë County, northwestern Albania. At the 2015 local government reform it became a subdivision of the municipality of Lezhë. The population at the 2011 census was 8,091. Shëngjin is a growing tourist destination, well known for its beaches and resort accommodations. Shëngjin is one of many cities within the District of Lezhë and is home to one of Albania's entry ports, Port of Shëngjin.

1. Restaurant Laguna Park

Plazhi I Kunes, Shengjin 4503, Albania European, Albanian +355 69 408 8855
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5 based on 4 reviews

Restaurant Laguna Park

Reviewed By Martin G - Tirana, Tirane, Albania

Fresh fish from the sea, nice restaurant especially the outside garden area. Cristal sea water, very nice and clean beach, wonderful experience!!
Now with the new road, you are there within minutes from Shengjin, or less than one hour drive from Tirana.
Give it a try, you will love this place!

2. Shkreli's Place

Shengjin, Albania Seafood
Excellent
16%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
33%
Poor
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4 based on 6 reviews

Shkreli's Place

Reviewed By preTim - Pristina

Shkreli is the family name, and this family does a great job in providing with a delicious seafood, homemade wine, great cheese and beautiful corn bread. Do not expect any fancy restaurant in here, these guys are fishermen and they sell their daily catch prepared on grill or fried, nevertheless, service is very pleasant and everything is delicious. We had great shrimp, octopus, calamari prepared on grill followed by huge piece of Sea Bass. Starters comprised on selections of white and aged(yellow) cheese together with a crispy green lettuce salad, olive oil and olives, all of these products made in Shengjin. Not to forget the best corn bread I ever had. Prices are very moderate.

3. Restorant Rapsodia

Shengjin- Lezher | From Lezha city take the road to Shengjin. At 4 Km is situated Restaurant RAPSODIA., Lezhe, Albania Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Albanian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$94 - HK$196 +355 68 294 7771
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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5 based on 295 reviews

Restorant Rapsodia

Among the most exceptional restaurants, Rapsodia offers comfort, tranquility, tradition and magic moments. Try the unique taste, the specialties of the rich, full of creativity and healthy from our chef. Every product is carefully selected by our chef, organic local products as vegetables, meat of local specialties or fresh fish specialties prepared by his hands are some of the most tempting dishes on the menu. Enjoy some of our quality wines that needs to warm up the conversation between friends and not only, to choose Rapsodia, which is produced by Sapa cooperative. Among the main products are red wines Sapa of the Kallmet and Chardonnay variety, and you will surely fall in love with!

Reviewed By Ela T - London, England, United Kingdom

Restaurant Rapsodia is the best restaurant I have visited in Albania and I’ve visited many. I’ve been with friends and family and have always enjoyed myself there and the food has always been 5* for me. There’s something for everyone to enjoy and the staff...MoreDear guest, Thank you so much for taking your time and share your review! We are glad to hear about your experience at our restaurant. Also, thank you for the kind words about the staff. Looking forward welcoming you again! Best regards, PR Manager

4. Mrizi i Zanave

Fishte | Blinisht, Lezhe 4505, Albania Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Mediterranean, European, Albanian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +355 69 210 8032
Excellent
85%
Good
8%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 455 reviews

Mrizi i Zanave

Reviewed By Mike U - Fairfax, Virginia

I perused previous reviews before writing my own, but saw only short recommendations simply enthusing over the restaurant without providing details why until finally I read a review written two years ago. Mrizi i Zanave restaurant is located really in the middle of nowhere, several minutes from a main road and closest to a small settlement of about a dozen households. Yet the restaurant was packed on our Saturday afternoon visit. Someone contemplating a first visit to the restaurant might wonder exactly why he or she should travel more than hour, perhaps even several, from Tirana, Podgorica, Pristina, or further afield to experience this restaurant. I will explain why.
According to Trip Advisor, I have written 87 restaurant reviews and, as I recall, the restaurants are located throughout Europe and the United States. (I have also dined in restaurants in other parts of the world but just have not reviewed them for Trip Advisor.) This means I have eaten at a variety of restaurants from the most humble to the very fancy in different cities. Mrizi i Zanave is unique, based on the abundance, variety, and quality of the menu; the expertise exhibited in the recipes, cooking, and presentation; and the incredible value of what the patron gets.
Mrizi i Zanave is known first as a “slow food” restaurant or what in the U.S. is popular known as a “farm to table” restaurant, so the ingredients for its dishes are provided either from its own farm or from producers in the vicinity. In addition, however, the restaurant does not provide a menu, but just allows the patron to choose the meat for the main course. On our visit, the waiter asked a series of questions, whether we had allergies or dietary restrictions, such as the eating of pork. Then he joked that if my wife or I were on a diet, we would be in trouble. We were not, so we had no problem digging into a huge lunch.
By my count, we were served ten courses, including three courses of dessert. Because each table had exactly the same menu, this allowed the kitchen to operate with extreme efficiency and the wait staff to produce each course with machine-gun precision and speed. Immediately after being seated, we were served a glass of freshly squeezed pomegranate juice and had our water glasses filled. Our first course was one I had never encountered elsewhere, a goose egg that had the top quarter carefully sawn off so that the it could hold egg seasoned with Albanian-style prosciutto and other ingredients. The egg was presented in a dish made of interwoven branches to resemble a bird’s nest (see photo). This dish was followed by a course comprising two bureks, seasoned with pumpkin and with vegetables, and also goat cheese and a fig confection. Another course included quail eggs, figs, and pearl onions. And so on. Our main course consisted of two meats, pork and baby goat. At the end, in addition to a dessert made up of fresh fruits and a cheese cake topped with pomegranate, we had a ball made of something orange frozen and also containing an orange-colored ice cream that I think was carrot. Our waitress broke the ball to reveal the ice cream.
I have two quibbles regarding preparation of the food. One of the courses was tagliatelle. I thought the pasta was overcooked, which was surprising since I understand the owners trained in Italy. The tagliatelle was definitely not al dente, but might have been cooked in order to make the pasta soft and adhere together, since the course was a presentation of the tagliatelle wound into a volcano shape, with a plume of prosciutto coming off the top (see photo). Second, we had a vegetable course that included what I think were miniature carrots, about the length of a fingernail. (I have no idea how the carrots could have been grown and harvested while still so tiny.) The carrots were also overcooked.
Regarding the service, I also have two Reservations. While the service of each course was prompt and efficient, our waiters did not stop by during each course to see whether we had any requests. In fact, we had to refill our water and wine glasses by ourselves, which a waiter would normally do at a top-flight restaurant. In addition, although each course was cleared promptly and the next swiftly delivered, the wait staff seemed to forget us at toward the end of the meal so that I had to flag down a waiter to get our bill.
My wife and I had dinner recently at a Michelin-starred restaurant in the U.S. The meal was rather similar to the one we enjoyed at Mrizi i Zanave, including a dessert that was a frozen ball (although of chocolate) that had to be shattered to reveal the ice cream underneath. But we paid a tenth of the price at Mrizi i Zanave.

5. Marku piceri italiene

Rruga Shtraus, Lezhe, Albania Reservations Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean +355 68 532 5118
Excellent
84%
Good
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5 based on 12 reviews

Marku piceri italiene

Reviewed By Ana B

The food has an italian taste, pizzas are decilious and the staff is friendly! It is a family business, warm atmosphere and you will feel like home. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who visits Lezha.

6. Rofaza restaurant

Shetitorja Gjergj Fishta, Lezhe, Albania European, Albanian
Excellent
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5 based on 1 reviews

Rofaza restaurant

Reviewed By henriquedavp - Giavera del Montello, Italy

Peixe de p´rimeira. ambiente agradavel, cozinheiros excelentes e tambem servem pizzza, spagete a marinari super excelente. Um dos melhores em sabor da Albania

7. Bujtina gjelit

E762 & E762, Lezhe, Albania European, Albanian
Excellent
52%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
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16%
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4 based on 6 reviews

Bujtina gjelit

Reviewed By Albert v - Weesp, The Netherlands

We came on 1 evening when there was a family party not much choice for seats but food was ok and location perfect

8. Restorant Peshkatari

Ishull-shengjin, Lezhe, Albania, Lezhe 4502, Albania Lunch +355 69 392 5744
Excellent
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4 based on 4 reviews

Restorant Peshkatari

Reviewed By Megi A - Milan, Lombardia, Italy

Cibo di ottima qualità, soprattutto il pesce. Da provare il "pane di mais" al formaggio e poi ne chiederete altre. Peccato per la posizione, un pò fuori dalla città...insomma in mezzo all'acqua. Mi sono sentita un pò come a Venezia...

9. Ristorante Arbe -

Shengjin, Shengjin 4503, Albania Seafood, Italian +355 69 848 4217
Excellent
58%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 7 reviews

Ristorante Arbe -

Reviewed By Aeskulap1 - Oberurnen, Switzerland

Since we like seefood we visited this nice restaurant with excellent service. The owner was very friendly and proffesional. He gave us a separate sitting area which was perfect for our family. The food was fresh and delicious, grilled to perfection. The prices were very reasonable in comparison to restaurant Detari, regarding the same quality of food.
I highly recommend it.

10. Detari

Shengjin, Albania Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff Seafood, Mediterranean, European Dinner +355 68 206 6100
Excellent
64%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
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Terrible
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4.5 based on 26 reviews

Detari

Reviewed By Aeskulap1 - Oberurnen, Switzerland

Probably the best seefood restaurant in Shengjin. Delicious, fresh, cooked to perfection seefood, nice and friendly service. Very nice atmosphere. The grilled fish and octopus were superb. If you really like seefood, I highly recommend it. The prices were higher then in other fish retsurants but it is worth.The only draw back was the loud stereo music they played. Disturbing for table conversation.

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