Best restaurants in Southern Madagascar

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Parc National Isalo

    Pizza Liberta

    Arguably the best pizza in Madagascar's south, this fine little place, run by the amiable Luigi, does real thin-crust Italian pizzas, with all the usual ingredients, as well as some local surprises like zebu sausage. If you want an early lunch and a quick getaway, ring ahead, and he'll fire up the oven early.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Tuléar (Toliara)

    L'Estérel

    Our pick of the restaurants in Tuléar, Italian-run L'Estérel has a tranquil garden setting and a menu that includes some of the best Italian cooking in southern Madagascar – pasta, pizzas and salads you can trust – as well as the occasional French dish. Service is attentive without being in your face.

  • Restaurants in Tuléar (Toliara)

    Corto Maltese

    One of the best restaurants in Tuléar, yet moderately priced, this creative bistro offers an eclectic menu, ranging from steaks that look and taste the part to pasta, seafood brochettes and great desserts. Nice outdoor seating, too. Shame it doesn't open on weekends.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Ifaty & Mangily

    Sur la Plage

    This sand-floor restaurant offers the best of this stretch of coast – feet in the sand, grilled fish fresh off the boat, expertly mixed punches and cocktails – bliss! It also does huge plates of pasta and seafood grills.

  • Restaurants in Tuléar (Toliara)

    Blu Bar

    This lively, beautifully designed bar and expat hang-out with its own private beach is the place to come for breezy waterfront dining, with burgers, pizzas, sandwiches and kebabs to displace the memory of all that rice you’ve been eating. Quality can be patchy.

  • Restaurants in Ambola

    Chez Henriette et Richard

    So close to the water you could almost cast a fishing line from your table, this simple little open-sided eatery at the northern end of Ambola serves up simple Malagasy coastal cooking – fish, octopus and the like served with rice, beans and cold beer. Nice. Opening hours vary, but there's no need to book.

  • Restaurants in Ifaty & Mangily

    Chez Freddy

    This excellent roadside place along the main track through town between the paved road and the beach does well-executed grilled seafood and some surprises, such as zebu in a Creole sauce. On Saturday night from 7.30pm, there's live traditional music, as well as an ample buffet (per person Ar30,000).

  • Restaurants in Tuléar (Toliara)

    Oasis Cafe

    Much loved by expats, tourists and well-to-do locals, this cafe has become one of Tuléar's most popular meeting places. The menu is small but carefully chosen, the garden setting lovely and quiet, and the service friendly. It's down an enclosed alleyway, behind La Chocolaterie Robert.

  • Restaurants in Fort Dauphin (Taolagnaro)

    Chez Georges

    This popular local eatery and adjoining bar enjoys a laid-back surf atmosphere in cabins overlooking Libanona Beach. Catch of the day and crab farci are house specialities, but expect a wait. People swim after putting in an order and the sunset views are simply magical.

  • Restaurants in Parc National Isalo

    Restaurant Le Zébu Grillé

    The best restaurant in Ranohira itself serves a good mix of Malagasy specials (such as pork with beans) and international dishes (such as roast chicken or zebu brochette), all in a pleasant setting in the heart of town. It's attached to Le Orchidée d'Isalo hotel.

  • Restaurants in Tuléar (Toliara)

    Gelateria Italiana

    Have confidence in this place: it's owned by an Italian and he hasn't forgotten the motherland. Great ice cream, decent pizza, pasta and sandwiches, along with a patisserie for the early hours. Throw in free wi-fi and you have the perfect snack stop.

  • Restaurants in Tuléar (Toliara)

    L'Etoile de Mer

    A full range of meat and seafood dishes, expertly executed, fill the menu at this classy cafe-style restaurant close to the centre. Although the culinary influences span the globe, the Indian dishes are especially good. The service is also excellent.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Fort Dauphin (Taolagnaro)

    Chez Marceline

    Many locals' pick for the town's best restaurant, Chez Marceline combines assured international cooking, local ingredients – the grilled fish or zebu steak are signature dishes here – and a fine location overlooking the ocean.

  • Restaurants in Tuléar (Toliara)

    Food Stalls

    Grab a stool – this is where you down brochettes and beer for the cheapest dinner in town and a real slice of local life. Popular into the wee hours, but take a taxi to and from here after dark.

  • Restaurants in Fort Dauphin (Taolagnaro)

    Restaurant Mirana/Chez Bernard

    This single room off a narrow side street is an insider spot known for its pizza, seafood and beef.

  • Restaurants in Fort Dauphin (Taolagnaro)

    Mami Jo

    The place to come for no-frills fried rice and other Chinese-Malagasy approximations, but it also keeps locals happy with simpler Malagasy rice staples. Offers great juices, yogurt and an OK patisserie.

  • Restaurants in Fort Dauphin (Taolagnaro)

    Chasseurs

    Near the taxi-brousse station, this friendly neighbourhood institution offers traditional Malagasy fare, but is well above a hotely (small roadside place that serves basic meals).

  • Restaurants in Tuléar (Toliara)

    Chez Alain

    The restaurant here is best known for its French menu, with serious zebu steaks topped with various sauces, as well duck or seafood, all served in a pleasant garden setting.