Best restaurants in Liberia

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Monrovia

    Evelyn's

    This is hands-down Monrovia's favourite spot for lunch and early-evening cocktails. Evelyn's offers upmarket Liberian dishes (such as palm butter and rice), American mains including sandwiches, and an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet on Wednesdays (US$20). You can order sides of cassava fries, stuffed plantain and fried chicken, while for dessert there's papaya pie and cornbread muffins.

  • Restaurants in Monrovia

    Golden Beach

    Life in Liberia doesn't get better than this. Exhale, kick off your shoes and start your evening here, where tables sink into the sand and sunsets dip behind gin and tonics. Nobody's in a hurry here, including the chefs, who prepare Liberian/West African, European and Vietnamese food.

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    Pak Bat

    There's great South Asian food to be had at Pak Bat, the Pakistani UN peacekeepers' battalion, so long as you're prepared to hang with pretty much only NGO workers.

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    Jade's

    Jade's (or Sweet Baby, as some locals lovingly call it) serves fish, chicken and rice, as well as sandwiches and pizzas if the delivery truck has brought supplies.

  • Restaurants in Monrovia

    Sweet Lips

    This firm favourite is said to serve up the very best Liberian food in town – try the excellent fufu (puréed, fermented cassava) and palm butter.

  • Restaurants in Monrovia

    Sajj House

    Lebanese meze, cheese-and-spinach pies, sandwiches and pizzas are served beneath the awnings of a large traditional Liberian garden hut. Popular with salsa-dancing expats on Friday nights, Sajj has a fully stocked bar, blender (try the frozen fruit juices) and dessert menu, featuring chocolate crêpes. The volume dial turns with the clock.

  • Restaurants in Monrovia

    Embassy Suites

    The friendly staff at Embassy Suites (also a good hotel) will bring over bowls of popcorn before you start your meal. On the menu is a mix of Lebanese and American dishes, including fresh salads, steaks and pizzas. Everything is available for takeaway and they'll deliver when it is not too busy. There's live music most Saturdays.

  • Restaurants in Monrovia

    Shark's Ice Cream

    Head here for American-dreamt, Liberia-made ice cream. There are usually a handful of flavours on offer, such as chocolate and passion fruit, although many regulars swear by the creamy vanilla. There's also a sandwich and burger menu, a popcorn machine, rides for toddlers and, upstairs, sports on the big screen.

  • Restaurants in Monrovia

    Bishoftu

    For a change from Monrovia's plethora of American, Lebanese – and of course Liberian – restaurants, there's Ethiopian restaurant Bishoftu in Sinkor, which has an outdoor courtyard. The injera (flatbread) is well-prepared and it's a fine spot for vegetarian options.

  • Restaurants in Monrovia

    Blue House

    A smart restaurant serving creative dishes made from local ingredients, a glam cocktail bar, and the occasional live-jazz act, Blue House fits the bill for a date or special evening. In the furthest part of Congo Town, it's about a 20- to 30-minute drive from the city centre.

  • Restaurants in Monrovia

    Silver Beach snack stand

    This snack stand with a few tables is one of the best around. It serves up platters of grilled grouper, shrimp and lobster, and on Sundays there's dancing (mainly to salsa and reggae, but anything goes and the tunes change frequently).

  • Restaurants in Monrovia

    Living Room

    Celebrated by expats for its transcendent tuna salad, Monrovia's top sushi bar feels very glamorous with smart leather chairs, sleek black tables and a gleaming sushi counter. Takeaway is available.

  • Restaurants in Monrovia

    Abi Jaoudi

    Self-caterers can try the well-stocked Abi Jaoudi between Sekou Touré and Benson Sts, which sells everything from French cheese and croissants to wine and liquors.

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    Stop & Shop

    Self-caterers can try Stop & Shop, with a range of US products.

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    Bobby's

    Bobby's tea shop does the best breakfasts in town: think beans, spaghetti, instant coffee and greasy egg baps.

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    Florida Restaurant

    This is a popular meeting spot that serves cheap Liberian dishes and European mains.

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    Sophie's

    Sophie's offers good potato greens and cassava-leaf stew.