Best restaurants in Gabon

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Libreville

    L'Odika

    This lovely colonial-style veranda restaurant in the heart of the Quartier Louis is very attractive. You'll find tempting dishes such as beef ndolé (a Cameroonian dish with peanuts, spices and ndolé bitter leaves), colombo du porc (lightly spiced Mauritian pork dish) or seafood brochettes with odika (crushed acacia seed, 'chocolate') sauce. Polished timber floors, fresh flowers and local art on the walls complete the picture.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Port-Gentil

    Le Bistrot

    Funky decor, friendly staff, a lovely garden terrace and a cool, chic interior make this the best find in Port-Gentil. Add to that the excellent food and it's hard to keep away. Try the succulent coupé-coupé (cubed fillet of beef) or good fresh salads and pastas. Le Bistrot is easy to miss: it's tucked away behind bushes opposite the bright pink-and-white MUG building.

  • Restaurants in Libreville

    Le Voilier

    A very smart restaurant, Le Voilier is kitted out like a ship, with wood panelling and brass instruments, and has a small terrace in the front. The food is excellent and there's a good wine list.

  • Restaurants in Libreville

    Jacky Cochon

    It's beside a prison, the decor is Rasta chic and your food is fixed by a charmer of a long-dredded musician who's been rearing pigs for years. Pork heaven: try the various delicious pork main courses, and don't miss out on the selection of terrines and smoked hams or the excellent wine list. A huge mixed grill is CFA14,000.

  • Restaurants in Libreville

    Le Bateau Ivre

    The Bateau isn't drunken at all, in fact it's rather refined, with a huge glass window giving views over the open sea, a smart menu of sophisticated European gastronomy and a great wine list. This is the place for a blow-out meal – its silky white chairs attract the local Landcruiser classes. Reservations are recommended for Friday and Saturday.

  • Restaurants in Libreville

    La Dolce Vita

    Ocean views, a great bar, and fabulous seafood, pastas and pizzas make this local institution within the bustling passenger port a Libreville favourite. Good specials, friendly staff and huge portions keep people coming back again and again. A lunchtime three-course menu is a reasonable CFA6000. Try the skewered prawns grilled over a wood fire.

  • Restaurants in Libreville

    La Voile Rouge

    The most popular of several beachside restaurants along Au Bord de Mer, La Voile Rouge is busiest for Sunday lunch. There are tables inside and on the beach, a cocktail bar, and a menu featuring lots of fish as well as French dishes. Try the grilled tuna (CFA14,000).

  • Restaurants in Libreville

    Le Pelisson

    This large place buzzes every day of the week when people drop in for the extensive breakfast menu or lunch ( plat du jour CFA8000). In operation since 1928, it's a Libreville institution.

  • Restaurants in Libreville

    Palmier Doré

    A popular coffee shop and bakery, this place has a lovely terrace just right for settling into an armchair and reading the newspaper over breakfast.

  • Restaurants in Libreville

    Chez Marie Qui Fait Chaud

    Take a taxi to this Libreville institution (all cab drivers know the place). It isn't particularly atmospheric but Marie herself is a character. Her welcome is warm, and you'll eat very well indeed – choose between lobster, prawns, crab and poisson braisé (grilled fish served with onions and tomatoes), with chips or fried plantains and all the Régab beer you can manage.

  • Restaurants in Port-Gentil

    Café du Wharf

    This is a cavernous place with a large terrace at the front, overlooking the busy Vieux Port (Old Port). And it's an old favourite, serving reasonable pizzas of various sizes, fish brochettes, salads and even wild boar in 'chocolate' ( odika, crushed acacia seeds) sauce. Head here on Sundays for the huge buffet (CFA18,000).

  • Restaurants in Libreville

    La Parisienne

    This is a pleasant place for breakfast, serving coffee, croissants and cakes. It's large inside, and has a few tables and bar stools outside, too. The pains au raisins (raisin Danish) are superb!

  • Restaurants in Libreville

    Casino Supermarket

    The M'bolo shopping centre has a Casino supermarket.