Italian in Asmara

Casa degli Italiani

It's the setting that's the pull here, more than the food. Think atmospheric courtyard that is a perfect spot for a relaxed feed at lunchtime or a tipple any time of the day.
Indian in Asmara

Roof Garden

The only Indian restaurant in Eritrea, this upmarket joint on the 5th floor of a modernish building is praised for its lip-smacking biriyani and tandoori dishes. Recommended if you feel the time has come to give you…
Trattoria in Asmara

Spaghetti & Pizza House

This sophisticated trattoria-like venue gets top marks for its flawlessly prepared Italian specialities.
Ethiopian in Massawa

Adulis Seafood

Opposite the mosque. Adulis also specialises in seafood. It enjoys better outdoor seating than the Sallam but the fried shrimps were utterly disappointing and service was lackadaisical the day we stopped by. Alcohol…
Ethiopian in Massawa

Sallam Restaurant

It doesn't look like much from the outside and actually looks worse inside but, believe it or not, it is a culinary gem. Here you can relish the Yemeni speciality of fresh fish sprinkled with hot pepper and baked in…
Cafe in Asmara

Alba Bistro

Brimming with good cheer, this place is an excellent refuelling stop, with pasta, meat and fish dishes, as well as tempting ice creams.
Fast Food 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.
North African in Asmara

Blue Nile Bar & Restaurant

One of the best restaurants in town, with both traditional and Western-style food. The servings are voluminous, so bring an empty tum.
North African in Asmara


An eclectic mix of restaurant, café, bar and live-music venue, Hidmona is one of the best places in town for traditional food and décor.
Fast Food in Asmara

Mask Place

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