Top 15 Best Restaurants in Arusha, Tanzania

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Arusha isn’t just a springboard from which you can explore the top safari destinations in Tanzania; it is also a great destination with an out-of-the-way urban feel and a unique atmosphere. This is predominantly reflected in its dining scene, as the town boasts a wide range of restaurants relative to its size. Thus, if you’re looking for a quality meal during your visit to Arusha, you will be spoiled for choice here. Here are our recommendations for 15 of the best restaurants in Arusha.

Finest Restaurants In Arusha

1. Rivertrees Restaurant

Here you can discover an amazing western styled menu with daily specials that would thrill your taste buds. They also offer nice quick chops such as pizza and burgers which are all made to perfection. You can watch the river flow and monkeys jumping from tree to tree as you enjoy your meal.

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Rivertrees Restaurant

2. Chinese Whispers

With a great view of the mountain range, this Chinese restaurant offers a wide range of Asian cuisines, seafood, and vegetarian options.  The staff members are professional and warm and ensure to meet your required needs. Their stuffed chicken wings are a favourite among customers.

Chinese Whispers

Chinese Whispers

3. The Blue Heron

The scenic garden where this restaurant is situated sets the tone for a pleasant experience. It is a great place to have lunch and you can also get to buy some native themed souvenirs from the shops right in the garden. They offer Italian and European styled menus and are best known for their amazing pizza.

The Blue Heron

The Blue Heron the blue heron tanzania

4. The Baobab Restaurant

The interior décor of imitated baobab trunks in the restaurant is enough to take your breath away on your entrance. They serve their dinner buffet style with a variety including Indian, African and Western dishes. You would be treated to amazing soups, salads, fruits, and deserts.

The Baobab Restaurant

The Baobab Restaurant

5. Khan’s BBQ

There is nothing as thrilling as authentic BBQ grilled on charcoal right on the streets! At this restaurant, you can enjoy a laid-back feeling and have a fun time hanging out with friends. This would be one of the nicest street foods you would have ever experienced.

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Khan’s BBQ aKhan's Barbeque

6. Le Patio

This place undergoes a dynamic switch from a bar to a restaurant depending on the time you visit. During the day, you can enjoy your lunch or even have a casual business meeting and be served French/International styled menus. On weekends, things go up a notch and you would have great music to dance your heart out even as you get on with some of their amazing steak or fish dishes.

Le Patio

Le Patio

7. Picasso Café

This restaurant has lovely outdoor and indoor seating areas. You can drop in for a refreshing breakfast and try out their café latte and mousse cake or enjoy a delicious lunch of their famed sushis and sashimis. While seated outside, the stone oven is in sight and you can watch your pizza being prepared.

Picasso Café

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8. Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant

If you love Ethiopian cuisines or you are looking to try out new tastes, this restaurant would be a great choice for you. The green gardens of the restaurant are peaceful and beautiful and it is recommended you sit here for your meal even though there is also an indoor seating area. On the menu, you will find a wide selection of beef and chicken dishes and some vegetarian options.

9. The Fig and Olive

With tables arranged under the trees, this is a great place to discover the cultural gastronomy of the city of Arusha. They offer Mediterranean, Greek, and Lebanese styled menus. Their breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served in buffet style and you can enjoy a combination plate with your family or friend.

The Fig and Olive

The Fig and OliveThe Fig and Olive

10. Hot Tandoor Village

Situated in a beautiful garden, this Indian and Chinese restaurant offers amazing food. On their Chinese menu, you will find a wide variety of dishes and fresh juices. Their Indian dishes are equally authentic. This restaurant is suitable for group dining. 

Hot Tandoor Village

Hot Tandoor Village

11. Ambrosia (Bistro & Lounge)

You will find great Indian food with a nice selection of chicken and mutton dishes on their menus. Their outdoor seating area is fun and relaxing but they also have an ambient interior where you can enjoy your meals. Their butter chicken and garlic naan are popular among diners.

12. Via Via Cultural café

Truly reminiscent of its name, this restaurant oozes culture both in its atmosphere and service delivered. They serve tasty BBQ and offer African buffets on Saturday nights. You can also get some good flow of music if you visit on Thursdays. Their pizza is famous among clients.

13. Onsea House Arusha

The picturesque outdoor dining area is not only lovely to the eyes but would set a nice tone for your dinner. You can even catch the sunset as you eat with your dinner partner. Their selection of cocktails is magnificent and they offer great gourmet food.

Onsea House Arusha

Onsea House Arusha

14. Fifi's

This is a great place to stop by for breakfast, brunch or lunch. You can enjoy their tasty poached eggs on spinach sauce with some extra bacon or you could stay with their baked pastries and teas, coffees, milkshakes, and smoothies. Their fish and chips could also be a great option for a satisfying lunch.


Fifi Fifi's Restaurants

15. McMoody’s

Strategically located in the city centre, you can get authentic Indian cuisines, American food, and pizza. Their egg chops and egg fried rice can be a great option for lunch.  They can cater to groups comfortably so it can be a perfect spot to have lunch with a group of friends. They serve some Chinese and European styled menus as well.



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