Best restaurants in Algeria

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Algiers

    Le Caïd

    This classy, intimate and laid-back restaurant is perhaps the best place in Algiers to eat gourmet versions of local classics. It's best known for its mechoui, delicious slow roasted lamb on the bone. It also does salads and, on Wednesday and Thursday, a rich paella. There's a small list of Algerian wines, and live music upstairs (jazz on Wednesday and Thursday and classical Algerian on Friday).

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Algiers

    Cafe-Restaurant El Salam

    A handy place to eat when exploring the Casbah district, this cheap locals favourite serves traditional home cooking that can be hard to find elsewhere. Try the grilled sardines, various kebabs and, if you're feeling game, the sheep brain in a tomato sauce. Wash it all down with the delicious homemade lime juice. Before 10am only coffee and breakfast is served.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Oran

    Restaurant la Comete

    At this old-fashioned restaurant, ever popular and rather dusty, waiters wear pristine white suit jackets and look like they've been doing the job for decades and old men come back day after day to religiously sit at the same table. The food, which is genuinely good, includes steaks, lots of fish and a fantastic paella on Friday.

  • Restaurants in Annaba

    Restaurant Le Saint

    With daily specials that, depending on the day of the week, can include fish couscous or prawns served fried or grilled and with a range of different sauces, this place is a welcome break from the endless round of kebabs (though don't worry – it has those too!). Eat in the upstairs dining room or out on the sunny plaza.

  • Restaurants in Algiers

    Lalla Mina

    This gorgeously renovated old building, with its star-studded roof, Andalucian-style tiled walls, Moorish arches and an interior stage that was once hosted musicians, is now an upmarket restaurant specialising in seafood and traditional Algerian dishes such as goat meat couscous and squid salad.

  • Restaurants in Algiers

    Café Tontonville

    This Algiers institution is a great place for breakfast and coffee on the ever-busy terrace of the cafe. Around the back is the restaurant serving grilled meat and fish dishes as well as thin-crust pizza.

  • Restaurants in Algiers

    Oriental Restaurant

    A fast, fun, noisy and busy Palestinian restaurant with a calling card of succulent dripping shawarma and plates of mezze loaded with hummus, olives and falafel.

  • Restaurants in Djemila

    Restaurant Belle Vue

    Right outside the entrance to the ruins, this little place is normally busy with locals glued to the football on the TV, busying themselves with endless games of cards or tucking into warming bowls of thick lentil soup or plates of pasta and grilled meats. Said locals will be happy for you to join them in any of these activities.

  • Restaurants in Algiers

    La Maison de Couscous

    Up by the concrete Sacré Coeur Cathedral, high up rue Didouche Mourad, this local no-frills place serves what its name says: couscous, along with chorba (soup) and bourek (filled pastry). Algerians don’t often go out to eat couscous – it’s the sort of dish cooked best at home – but they come here in numbers as it's the best alternative.

  • Restaurants in Algiers

    Brasserie des Facultés

    This venerable spot on Algiers' main drag offers hearty meals of the steaks and couscous kind in an atmospheric dining room with partial sea views. Good service and a reasonable selection of Algerian wine make this a long-time favourite of well-to-do Algerians and expats. It's also one of the few restaurants that opens on Friday.

  • Restaurants in Constantine

    Restaurant le Concorde

    The travel-mad owner of this restaurant will fill you up with steaks, red lentil soup and the local speciality of chachoukha (think: chopped pasta with a tomato sauce and green pepper). He may shut up shop unexpectedly and head off on an adventure, but we're sure you'll understand his need!

  • Restaurants in Timgad

    Restaurant des Excursions

    Right next to the entrance gates to the ruins, the cheery owner of this cosy cafe with local textiles hanging on the walls will whip you up an after-ruins celebratory omelette or steak and chips.

  • Restaurants in Ghardaïa

    Restaurant Palmier

    This is the best and most established restaurant in town. It has a very chic dining room – bright white walls with traditional arts and crafts on display – and the welcome is warm. There’s a three-course menu as well as an à la carte mix of European and Algerian food. Dishes include bourek (beef-stuffed pastry rolls), and tagines. It’s also one of the few places in Ghardaïa that serves alcohol.