Best restaurants in Eritrea

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Massawa

    Sallam Restaurant

    It doesn't look like much from the outside and even worse inside, but this place is the culinary gem of Massawa. Here you can relish the Yemeni-style fresh fish sprinkled with hot pepper and baked in a tandoori oven. The fish, served with a chapatti flat bread, is served in two sizes: medium and big. It's absolutely superb.

  • Restaurants in Asmara

    Da Fortuna Gelato Italiano

    Creamy gelato in a variety of flavours, served up in a quiet diner setting south of the city centre. Ask the friendly waitstaff for tips on what's the freshest and you won't be disappointed.

  • Restaurants in Asmara

    Roof Garden

    The only Indian restaurant in Eritrea, this upmarket joint on the 5th floor of the Nice Insurance building is praised for its lip-smacking biriani and tandoori dishes. There's also a selection of Chinese dishes. Recommended if you feel the time has come to give your taste buds something new to sing about.

  • Restaurants in Asmara

    Ararat Restaurant

    The bistro-esque atmosphere is convivial, the menu full of Italian and grilled-meat favourites, and the lasagne particularly mouth-watering. There's also a small selection of Eritrean dishes available at lunch time from 11am to 3pm. It's at the corner of Bahti Meskerem St, one block south of Harnet Ave.

  • Restaurants in Keren

    Sport Snack Bar

    A simple restaurant with a simple menu, just ful and omelettes, but filling and tasty and open early enough to stop by on your way to the Monday markets. From the Jirafuri roundabout head one block north, from which it's uphill on the right one block to the northeast of the Hotel Keren.

  • Restaurants in Massawa

    Seghen Restaurant

    In the same colonnaded arcades that house the Hotel Savoiya, the outdoor seating here is popular for breakfast and dinner when the mercury is manageable. There's a range of cuisines on the menu, but you'll do best to stick with the seafood – especially the 'finger fish'.

  • Restaurants in Asmara

    Dankur Restaurant

    Tucked inside a passageway across the street from the cathedral (in the same building as Pensione Pisa), this unassuming restaurant serves up a wide range of Eritrean, Sudanese and Italian fare. Stick with the curry dishes served with injera.

  • Restaurants in Keren

    Fiqri and Selam Restaurant

    A bright airy dining room combined with a simple selection of basic Eritrean and fast-food options make this a pleasant place to break up a day of exploration in Keren. It's on the northern side of the Jirafuri roundabout.

  • Restaurants in Asmara

    Sun Pizza & Fast Food

    Friendly owner Nancy prepares excellent pasta dishes, scrumptious pizzas, hearty breakfasts, and a range of local cuisine from a large menu – and all this in a warm setting that wouldn't be out of place in Rome.

  • Restaurants in Asmara

    American Bar

    This snazzy fast-food joint serves up decent burgers and explosively fruity cocktails. The streetside terrace allows for a dash of people-watching panache with the historic Opera House in the background.

  • Restaurants in Asmara

    Napoli Pizzeria

    Italian-style pizza in a cosy parlour, with warm staff and cold beer. This is comfort food in a comfortable setting, with no pretensions to being otherwise.

  • Restaurants in Asmara

    Spaghetti & Pizza House

    This sophisticated trattoria-like venue gets top marks for its flawlessly prepared Italian pastas and cosy candle-lit interior.

  • Restaurants in Asmara

    Cathedral Snack Bar

    An inviting spot almost opposite the Catholic cathedral, serving a small food selection and a range of drinks (nfa8).

  • Restaurants in Asmara

    Mask Place

    A good-value stomach filler for those in need of some honestly prepared burgers and snacks.

  • Restaurants in Massawa

    Shismay Supermarket

    One of the only remaining operations of the many that once worked as ship's chandlers for the port of Massawa. The hours are erratic and the selection limited, but it's still the biggest shop this side of the causeway.

  • Restaurants in Asmara

    Alba Bistro

    Uninspiring but inoffensive Italian fare in a small bistro two blocks north of Harnet Ave, across from the entrance to the post office. A better choice for desserts, particularly the tempting ice-cream selection.