Top 10 Extraordinary Restaurants In Africa

Amarachi Irobi
Amarachi Irobihttp://@Amara_ii
My name is Amarachi Irobi, a content writer and food lover who loves to explore traditional African cuisine.
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We’ve written on and on again about so many African cuisines here on the African Food Network, it’s just about time we talk about the top restaurants in Africa where you find all the delicious African and international cuisines you’re probably dying to taste.

There are 54 countries in Africa and in each country, you’ll find many extraordinary restaurants that serve both local and international dishes. What makes a restaurant so great isn’t just its culinary merits, it’s the location, the architecture, the interior, it’s the quality and designs of the crockery, nature of services, the atmosphere, and so much more.

When visiting a foreign country, it is imperative to have a great experience and that would mean visiting the right places and eating at the right spots. Food is one of the most important aspects that make up the culture of a people, so you cannot fully experience a place, the people’s way of life, the environment without experiencing their food.

In fact, when picking out the locations you’d like to visit when traveling, restaurants should be on the list. Where would you like to eat? Why do you want to eat there? What food are you most excited to have? What have you heard about the place?

Here are the key factors that should determine your choice of restaurant:

  • Word of mouth: What others have to say about a restaurant is very important in decision-making. Read as many reviews as you can find. People usually have a lot to say and most of which you should hold true especially when almost everyone has similar things to say.
  • Location: Location is also so important. Obviously, you should want to select one that’s easily accessible. Usually, it is best to find one at a location you could easily walk to, easily book a ride, or Uber.
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How to find restaurants with such good qualities listed above:
  • Consider booking a culinary walking tour.
  • Read local publications and posts from local food bloggers.
  • Get recommendations from real people.
  •  Make it a priority to search out restaurants that serve local cuisine.
  • Get help from mobile apps like Yelp, Travelzoo App, and TripAdvisor.

Now we are all acquainted with the basics of restaurant hunting, let’s get down to the business of the day:


What Restaurants are in Africa? – Top 10 Extraordinary Restaurants In Africa You Wouldn’t Want To Miss

There are a lot of restaurants in Africa known for the different cuisines they are niched on. We have french restaurants in Africa, Chinese, Italian, as well as Mexican restaurants in Africa.

L’Orange Bleue, Thaba Pitsi Nature Reserve, Limpopo

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The L’Orange Bleue restaurant is one of the top restaurants in Africa located at Thaba Pitsi Nature Reserve at Limpopo in South Africa. It is surrounded by wild terrain, African skies, and wildlife. It is run by a real Belgian chef and housed in a rescued farmhouse, the restaurant, and menu combine the simplicity of the surroundings, with the richness of Belgian-influenced cuisine, paired with French accents and cuisine.

With vivid hot hues of orange and blues swaddled around modern furniture that extends out on an open plan kitchen, diners can immerse the senses into bushveld serenity laden with fine cuisine, quality wines, liqueurs, and imported cigars.

L’ Orange Bleue is the best restaurant in Limpopo and given four stars in the 2003 edition of the Top 100 South African Restaurants, conjures up beautiful fantasies nestled beneath an African sky. So when making the list of restaurants you would visit when in Africa, South Africa precisely, this should definitely be at the top of that list.


Santoku Restaurant and bar Accra, Ghana.

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This African restaurant is located in Accra, Ghana, which is home to exceptional restaurants. Irrespective of the competition, Santoku Restaurant and Bar remains the top restaurant in Ghana. It is noted for its world-class experience, blend of incredible cuisine, excellent customer service, its exquisite interior, and exterior decor.

The restaurant was founded by an executive chef from Nobu London, and it maintains the same high standards of expertise and excellence.

It is actually a luxurious contemporary Japanese restaurant and bar, the first of its kind in West Africa. The design is influenced by eastern philosophy and combines ancient culinary customs with contemporary cuisine and service. Opened on 14 June 2012, the restaurant, bar and lounge, private dining room, and terrace offer a menu crafted by the team behind London’s Nobu in surroundings designed by an interior architect Hubert de Givenchy, Paris.

Some of the menus you can find in this exquisite African restaurant are Santoku’s Chicken Karanga, a Japanese version of traditional fried chicken, flavored with soy ginger, and garlic, Santoku’s slow chicken beef fillet carefully enhanced with spicy ‘den miso and panzu’ for an explosion of complex flavors.

This African restaurant is commonly visited by the wealthy people of Nigeria and West Africa in general to have a taste of the amazing cuisine offered by this Santoku Restaurant and Bar.


The Tasting Room Cape Town, South Africa.

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This African restaurant has won ‘Top 50 Restaurant’ awards for the past seven years running, underlining its dominance not just in Africa, but in the world as one of Restaurant Magazine‘s top 100 restaurants in the world.

The Tasting Room is housed within Le Quartier Francais, a well-known luxury hotel. The environment is almost as compelling as the food, tucked away in the magnificent Franschhoek Valley. The rich nine-course surprise meal, which includes items such as spekboom leaves, Kalahari salted kabeljou, and Chakalaka lollipop, is run by award-winning Dutch chef Margot Janse.

The Tasting Room is part of Le Quartier Francais, a boutique collection of hotel rooms and several restaurants overseen by its wonderfully eclectic proprietor Susan Huxter. Susan has been developing the hotel for over 25 years.

The Tasting Room has set a lofty goal of using cuisine to communicate the story of Africa. This African restaurant is filled with multi-cultured staff, which all have been fully empowered by Susan, trained to have a lovely personality with just the right amount of enthusiasm and discretion.

Chef Margot Janse is an institution in South Africa, and every evening she turns out an extraordinary surprise feast. You get to choose between the five- and the eight-course tasting menu. Chef Margot Janse introduced tasting menus to South Africa when she created the Tasting Room within the restaurant.

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Café Chrysalis, Ibadan, Nigeria.


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Café Chrysalis, tucked away in a cul-de-sac in Bodija, Ibadan, is as appealing to the sight as it is to the tongue. They serve a range of seafood, as well as really great continental dishes and delicious smoothies, on an imaginative menu that puts a spin on African cuisine. Because they take personalized orders, this African restaurant is suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

This African restaurant has 3 branches in Ibadan, non outside the state. All branches of the restaurants have a jazz theme to them. It’s quite comfortable and very appealing to the eye.

CAFÉ CHRYSALIS has a modern-cultural atmosphere that makes you feel so at home. Set in a regular residential neighborhood. The menu offers a delectable selection of cuisines. Their presentation is stunning, from their meals to their confectioneries. Their customer service is excellent.

Chez Georges

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Kasbah Square is a must-see before enjoying one of the restaurant’s delectable dishes. Here you may learn about African cuisine. This establishment is said to have a professional staff. Chez Georges’ quick service demonstrates a high level of excellence. The ambiance here, as people perceive it, is pleasant. However, a number of Google users did not give this location a good rating.

The Phatt Chef, Thabo Mofutsanyana, South Africa

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The Phatt Chef Restaurant is the ideal place to unwind and enjoy excellent cuisine accompanied by friendly service. This African restaurant is an ideal stop-over for travelers between Cape Town & Kwa Zulu Natal, Gauteng & Durban, Free State & the Natal Midlands. We also do package deals for groups and clubs, especially cycle teams, mountain bikers, and motorbike enthusiasts.

Simon Kerr’s 30 years of skill and passion for superb cuisine are evident.
All of the meats are matured for 28 to 35 days because this is primarily a steakhouse.
Choose from a variety of sauces to accompany your rump, sirloin, or fillet steaks, such as roast garlic and parmesan, avocado and Dijon, or gratinéed brie with red onion marmalade.

Attractions in the area include Sterkfontein Dam, Retief Klip, Kaalvoetvrow Monument, Tugela Falls & Gorge Walk (2nd highest waterfall in the world), Royal Natal National Park Drakensberg World Heritage Site, Tugela Vaal Pumped Storage Scheme, San (Bushman) Rock Art, World-Class Yellowfish Angling.

If it’s the steak you’re after then the Phatt chef is your one-stop-shop for a whole range of meats, aged for a minimum of 28 days.

Angsana Riad Bab Firdaus, Marrakesh, Morocco

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One of the most known cafes in the region is located in Morocco’s grand Bain Firdaus hotel, which boasts luxury surroundings and offers dinners in the ambiance of a pool and water feature.
Although Moroccan cuisine is popular right now, the Baib Firdaus specializes in Thai cuisine.

Crocafellas Restaurant, Kruger National Park, South Africa

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On the crocodile-infested waters of the Crocodile River near Malelane, this African restaurant is located at the entrance to the Pestana Kruger Lodge.

The boma-style restaurant has a thatched roof and overlooks a small enclosure with seven crocs, which may be seen from the deck.
500 g T-bones, as well as peri-peri Mozambique chicken and seafood, are popular here.
After a day in the Kruger National Park, which is right across the river, it’s a lovely location to rest.
This African restaurant features classic African bistro fare. It is open from 9h30 to 18h30, from Tuesday to Sunday, and offers an African Bistro Style Menu. Dinner is operated on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday Evenings. This venue may be booked for private functions.

Room service operates from 07:00 – 22:00, with light cold sandwiches and salads.

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La Tante DC10 Restaurant, Accra Ghana

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La Tante DC10 Restaurant, often known as The Green Plane in Accra, is a public-private collaboration restaurant.

This is based on the decommissioned Ghana Airways McDonnell Douglas DC-10, which served as a passenger airplane from 1983 to 2005.

The plane has a story to it. It used to be part of the Ghana Airways fleet, however after the airline went bankrupt in 2005, the jet was held for a while at Heathrow Airport in London due to outstanding debts owed by the national carrier.

It’s now parked at the Marina Mall in Accra’s Airport City, where tourists and residents who have never seen the inside of a jet flock. Originally designed to carry 380 passengers, it has been converted into a 118-seat restaurant, with many of the seats removed to make room for patrons and the installation of eating tables.

The kitchen was housed in an extension built to the right side of the fuselage.
The airplane itself has been moved to Airport City Accra, a suburb of Accra near Kotoka International Airport and opposite Marina Mall Accra, with people entering and exiting the plane/restaurant via a covered staircase from ground level. They enter through the former first-class seating area, which has been converted into a waiting area. Separate bathrooms have been installed for male and female diners and the restaurant is air-conditioned throughout.
Ghanaian food is served in the restaurant.
Staples like seasoned tilapia served with banku, a maize-based porridge, are among them.
Jollof rice with chicken and “red-redblack-eyed pea stew with fish are two other meals.
While the pricing of La Tante DC10 Restaurant is greater than those in the neighborhood, the restaurant is still less expensive than posh eateries in Accra.
Such creativity!



Cargo Hold, Durban, South Africa

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The ‘Cargo Hold’ restaurant is a beautifully incorporated reproduction of South Africa’s fabled ghost ship ‘The Phantom’ inside the famous uShaka aquarium, where floating marine predators sharks can be seen.
Because the stern of the ship is dark and chilly, the best marine life, including the legendary sharks, will pass by the windows as you dine.
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Its cuisine is comprised of high-end international and South African dishes. Diners can choose to sit by the oceanfront windows or next to the wall-sized aquarium, where they can watch sharks go by as they eat. 

Tamarind restaurant, Mombasa Kenya

Kenya is one of Africa’s most popular tourist destinations, therefore there are plenty of restaurants and pubs to choose from.
One of the best is Tamarind, which is located near a harbor and is ideal for sampling fresh seafood, which the restaurant’s chefs specialize in cooking.
It is an iconic seafood restaurant located in the leafy suburbs of Karen. One unique thing about the dishes served at this African restaurant is that only fresh ingredients are used to prepare the dishes.
The exquisite, sparkling white edifice, built-in Arab style with high arches and a crenelated roof, offers the perfect setting – a starlit terrace located on a cliff overlooking Mombasa’s gorgeous Old Harbour.
The menu is a mash-up of French, Asian, and African cuisines.
Only the freshest ingredients are used at the Tamarind, which specializes in seafood.
The Tamarind restaurant’s Piri Piri Prawns, Chilli Crab, and Lobster have gained worldwide acclaim and excellent reviews from publications such as Gourmet, the London Times, and the Herald Tribune.
Alright, there you have it, the Top 10 restaurants in Africa. Now you have the list compiled, which would you be visiting first? Also, do not forget to check the exquisite cuisines that are known to the countries that these restaurants are located in, you can do that here on the African Food Network, click this link to get you there.
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Amarachi Irobi
Amarachi Irobihttp://@Amara_ii
My name is Amarachi Irobi, a content writer and food lover who loves to explore traditional African cuisine.

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