Best restaurants in Eastern Madagascar

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Tamatave (Toamasina)

    La Véranda

    The refined restaurant and terrace at La Véranda is a popular choice for French expats and visitors thanks to its wide-ranging menu of well-turned-out European and Malagasy dishes at very reasonable prices. The three-course set menu (Ar15,000) changes daily and is far too tempting to settle for less. Eat inside or on the lovely colonial-style terrace.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Île Sainte Marie

    Chez Samson

    Samson trained as a chef in the best kitchens of Madagascar and he decided early on that the remote and stunning location of his restaurant would be no obstacle to fine dining. You're therefore guaranteed to be treated to the most delicious (and fresh) seafood, salads and indulgent desserts, all beautifully presented and with views of the Baie d'Ampanihy. The restaurant also has a couple of basic but tidy bungalows (Ar50,000) if you'd like to spend the night in this wonderful corner of the island.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Tamatave (Toamasina)

    Ocean 5O1

    Laid-back beach-shack restaurant with beautifully prepared and well-presented seafood dishes. However, you'll be so focused on the waves lapping the sands of the beach right in front of you that you probably won't even notice the splashes of thought that have gone into each dish. It's a short way north of the town centre.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Île Sainte Marie

    Idylle Beach

    This cool restaurant is without a doubt one of the best on the island: the fusion cuisine blends European and tropical influences to produce wonders such as tuna carpaccios or succulent zebu steak in green-pepper sauce. The desserts are phenomenal too. It is pricey, but a worthwhile treat.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Île Sainte Marie

    Crazy Lemur

    This activity centre doubles as a great cafe and bar, which serves informal meals (omelette and salad, burger and fries etc) on a lovely slice of beach: tables are set in the sand and under the palms.

  • Restaurants in Île Sainte Marie

    Chez Nono

    A bungalow restaurant in a clearing overlooking the Baie d’Ampanihy. The food here is fresh from the sea, and fabulous. By fresh, we meanit has wicker baskets of live fish and mangrove crabs in the nearby creek, while the morning’s catch of shrimp is still kicking. It also organises excursions around Baie d'Ampanihy. Call ahead to book.

  • Restaurants in Tamatave (Toamasina)

    Adam & Eve Snack Bar

    A popular budget option, this semialfresco bar and terrace cafe has a loyal following for its Malagasy dishes, zebu somasas, big crispy salads, ice cream and crêpes. Even if you're not eating it's a very enjoyable place to relax for an hour or so over one of the freshly squeezed juices.

  • Restaurants in Île Sainte Marie

    La Terrasse

    This is the place to come and get your fill of poisson sauce coco (fish in coconut sauce) or fried calamari. The open-air setting, right by the sea, and laid-back vibes are additional draws.

  • Restaurants in Île Sainte Marie

    Pizza Mama Santa

    Great wood-fired pizza and a lovely dining room. Portions are huge. Takeaway available.

  • Restaurants in Île Sainte Marie

    Choco Pain

    This little cafe is a boon for travellers catching the dawn departures of the boats to the mainland, as it opens at 4.30am. For those lucky enough to get a lie-in, come in for a midmorning coffee: the pastries are excellent. It also does cooked breakfasts and good sandwiches for a quick and cheap lunch.

  • Restaurants in Baie d’Antongil & Masoala Peninsula

    Vivanette

    This open-air restaurant-bar, right on the canal by the bridge, is a great spot for a quick meal or beer with a side order of sea breezes. The fare is simple but well cooked: mi sao (noodle stir-fry), soups, kebabs, fried fish etc.

  • Restaurants in Île Sainte Marie

    La Paillote

    This vazaha (foreigner) hang-out entices with its very attractive open-air floor plan, street-front location (great for people-watching) and broad menu, from pizza to langouste. Try the thick zebu fillets. English spoken.

  • Restaurants in Tamatave (Toamasina)

    La Terrasse

    This hopping street-side bistro with tasty pizza and grills is the go-to lunch spot for people on the move. Street children gather around the edge of the terrace to beg for food which some people might find off-putting.

  • Restaurants in East of Antananarivo

    Le Coq d’Or

    A neat painted cafe off the main road, serving soupe chinoise (noodle soup with fish, chicken or vegetables), fried chicken and other Malagasy meals. Highly rated by locals.

  • Restaurants in Baie d’Antongil & Masoala Peninsula

    Florida Snack

    This Chinese-run cafe serves the usual Malagasy fare, along with Chinese favourites such as spring rolls and sweet and sour dishes. It also has delicious homemade yoghurts.

  • Restaurants in Baie d’Antongil & Masoala Peninsula

    Restaurant Ravinala

    Along with the usual assortment of stir-fries and grilled fish, Ravinala also serves decent pizzas.

  • Restaurants in Tamatave (Toamasina)

    Score

    Self-caterers and treat-seekers should check out Score supermarket.

  • Restaurants in Tamatave (Toamasina)

    Shoprite

    Reasonably well-stocked supermarket.