15 Best Restaurants in Dar es Salaam
Dar es Salaam has developed a reputation in the world of innovative cuisine with its wide range of restaurants, talented chefs, and delicious foods. The vibrant city boasts an amazing culinary scene to offer both locals and visitors with most of the top restaurants within easy reach of each another. Featuring high-quality restaurants and small eateries, visitors looking for a quality meal during their holiday in Dar will be spoilt for choice here.
With the extensive range of restaurants in the city, here is our list of recommendations for the 15 best restaurants in Dar es Salaam.
1. Chef's Pride
Chef’s Pride is a great spot with a relaxed vibe offering a mix of Asian and European dishes. It’s a general hangout joint with an atmosphere that can get crowded but is never insufferable. The restaurant also serves local delicacies such as Ugali, matembele and ndizinyama. Don’t leave the restaurant without having a taste of its well-marinated kebabs.
2. Jahazi Restaurant
Jahazi means ‘fishing dhow’ in Swahili, and it inspires the décor and style of the restaurant, featuring the Arabic influence, which blends with its modern character. The restaurant is located at Serena Hotels Dar es Salaam and it delivers an unswervingly high standard of food, featuring an a la carte menu with sumptuous seafood delicacies. The seafood served at Jahazi is known for its freshness and prepared with local produce.
3. George & Dragon
George & Dragon is an enclave for expat and visitors, located in the district choice for people who want to relax and enjoy pub grub while watching the Premier League games in a tranquil environment. The English pub serves imported beers, steak, fish and chips. It is one of the popular spots to hang out with friends in the city.
George & Dragon
4. Serengeti Restaurant
Stop over for breakfast, lunch or dinner at Serengeti and enjoy sumptuous meals in a relaxed setting. Experience the theme nights such as Seafood Night on Wednesday, Barbeques on Fridays and many others. There is a wide range of cuisine ranging from seafood to Indian to Asian to Italian, and back to Tanzanian. The restaurant has an inviting ambience with a beautiful décor that will make you feel right at home.
Mediterraneo is arguably the most beautiful places to dine in Dar, facing the Indian Ocean with tall chairs that have been carved from ancient canoes and enveloped by swaying palm trees. The enchanting lights that spill out onto the beach conjure romance as you relax with avocado salad, cocktails and squid ink pasta.
6. Akemi Revolving Restaurant
Akemi is a revolving dining spot located in one of the city's tallest buildings, offering breathtaking views of the outside and great ambience and décor. The menu is carefully selected to suit every taste with locally sourced produce.
Akemi Revolving Restaurant
7. Addis In Dar
Thinking of where to eat the most delicious cuisine from Ethiopia? Addis In Dar brings Ethiopia inside Dar es Salaam. You wash hands before you step inside the restaurant, where a small round table is neatly placed for you. Aromatic sauces are served with sourdough pancakes for those who want to enjoy this meal. The vegetable options are irresistible where meals like the chickpeas sautéed in piquant spices (ekalichawot) are served.
Addis In Dar
8. 305 Karafuu
305 Karafu does not drag reputation as a classic restaurant with any other restaurant in Dar es Salaam. It is located in Kinondon, with walls adorned with artworks for sale, rustic furniture yet contemporary, an open kitchen and blissful interior. The restaurant lives up to its name by providing sumptuous meals like salmon fillets and king prawn curry.
Samaki serves meat favourites along seafood like tuna steaks and prawn chillies, fried calamari, and grilled octopus. SamakiSamaki combines the ancient with the modern, bringing life to the restaurant with enjoyable music by the in-house DJs using electronic tablets.
10. Mamboz Corner BBQ
Mamboz Corner BBQ is a makeshift patch of tables where flavours and aromas of grilled meat hit your nostrils, and make you salivate. Some of the best Tanzanian street dishes are served like the Firigisi (gizzards), Maini (livers), hotgajjar chicken and chicken mishkaki (Zanzibar-style shish kebabs).
11. Karambezi Cafe
Karambezi Café serves refined international cuisine on the edge of a cliff in Msasani peninsula, offering unrivalled views of the sea. The decadent cakes, sumptuous seafood, line caught fish, lobsters, and crab claws quench your taste for delicious dishes. Wednesday and Saturday evenings are for live music entertainment while you eat.
Thailand may be thousands of kilometres away from Dar, but that doesn’t stop Sawasdee from serving refined Southeast Asian dishes. The restaurant is located in the New Africa Hotel and has become the most beautiful Thai eatery in Dar. Dishes like nutty Malaysian curries, pork dumpling, and delicately spiced lamb are favourite meals. Enjoy some of the most exquisite Asian dishes and experience a magnificent view of the city from a vantage point.
The Indian influence can be felt in the traditional dishes, and ChappanBhog did not disappoint with its Indian cuisine. The restaurant is located in Kisutu, a colonial area perfect for an exotic and authentic dining experience. The menu is dominated by vegetarian choice with meals like thali, dosa, delectable panipuri and pav bhaji, making the order of the day.
14. Rehovot Ethiopian Restaurant
Rehovot Ethiopian Restaurant is owned by an Ethiopia/Tanzanian couple, located close to Twiga Pub off Bagamoyo Road. It is a restaurant entirely designed with a touch of Ethiopian décor and hyped by a garden yard. Great Ethiopian music is played here.
15. The Waterfront Sunset Restaurant
Enjoy tasty meals at sunset when you dine at this restaurant, which overlooks the Indian Ocean. Special dishes like seafood, pizzas, and meat off the grill are served with a cold drink in a stunning environment. The Waterfront Sunset Restaurant is located on Msasani Peninsula and it features a tranquil ambience with its unpretentious surrounds and stunning views.
The Waterfront Sunset Restauran
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