Best restaurants in Mauritius

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Trou d'Eau Douce

    Le Café des Arts

    This intriguing dining option is located within an old mill that has been transformed into Victoria 1840, an oddly charming gallery space, with canvases of wicked brushstrokes adorning the cracked brick walls. The food, an exquisite, modern nod to traditional island flavours, mirrors the old-meets-new surrounds. Lunch can be reserved for groups with 24 hours' notice.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Chamarel

    Restaurant Le Barbizon

    Barbizon may not look like much, but it's a fabulous place. Marie-Ange helms the kitchen, whipping up traditional Mauritian flavours from her family's cookbook, while Rico L'Intelligent (what a name!) entertains at the tables. He doesn't give you a menu. Instead, he offers a feast of rum punch, rice, five vegetables, and fish or chicken.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Port Louis

    Lambic

    Set in a refurbished colonial home in the heart of the capital's chaos, Lambic is a beer buff's paradise, with dozens upon dozens of local and imported beers, including a particularly rich selection from Belgium and the local craft beer. The food has some unusual local dishes such as roasted wild boar from the Vallée de Ferney.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Grand Baie

    Domaine

    'Domaine' is the answer every local offers when travellers ask where to go to savour some Mauritian home cookin'. The best dishes are those starred on the menu as local specialities – offerings such as ourite safrané (octopus cooked in ginger, garlic and turmeric) and chilli lamb. It can be hard to find and you'll need a private vehicle or taxi.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Grand Baie

    Boulette Ti Kouloir

    Off Royal Rd, this is one of Grand Baie's best places for street food. As the name suggests, this microscopic place really is just a ti couloir (li'l hallway), where Yvonne and friends cook up boulettes (small steamed dumplings) and piled-high bowls of fried noodles to lines of locals. For the boulettes, choose among chicken, pork, fish, calamari and lamb.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Poste de Flacq & Roches Noires

    La Maison d'Été

    The restaurant at La Maison d'Été is run like a stand-alone establishment, serving an enticing assortment of Mauritian and fusion food of the highest quality. The inn's owner often moonlights as the chef and takes special care when preparing locally sourced dishes matched with international wines. There's also a Mauritian Sunday lunch buffet that's a local institution.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Cap Malheureux

    Amigo

    Everyone adores this friendly joint tucked behind Cape Malheureux township near the sugar cane farms. The writing's on the wall (literally): contented customers have left myriad messages of love and affection on every flat surface in the restaurant. The tables, however, are graffiti-free – they're reserved for the excellent seafood specialities.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Mahébourg

    Pyramid Snack

    This hero of the street-food scene is beside the petrol station just across from the market. Delicious biryani (rice cooked in a steel pot with various eastern spices and meat or fish) and 'kebabs' (salad, meat and sauce in a baguette) seem to emerge from the kitchen in factory proportions as fishers and hawkers queue for a midday meal.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Central Plateau

    La Clef des Champs

    If you're in the Floréal area, we highly recommend seeking out the table d'hôte – and pet project – of Jacqueline Dalais, chef to the stars. Known for her impressive library of self-created recipes, Jacqueline has earned quite the reputation locally for her unparalleled cuisine. Dishes served in her quaint dining room lean towards Provençal flavours; the presentation is exquisite.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Flic en Flac

    Canne à Sucre

    Now here's something special: an authentic slice of Mauritian life in the midst of touristy Flic en Flac. May has converted her roadside bar-restaurant into a cosy space that captures the essence of coastal Mauritius. She offers multicourse Creole dinner feasts – rice, chicken, octopus, Creole sausages and 'some vegetables you've never heard of' – with dessert and rum thrown in.

  • Restaurants in Mahébourg

    Shyam

    For the best dhal puri in town, look no further than Shyam (you can call him 'Sam'). He scoots around scooping out flavourful snacks from an empty aquarium tank on the back of his motorbike. On Monday he's at the market, but if you're desperate for dhal puri at other times, give him a ring and he'll come find you.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Pamplemousses

    Chez Tante Athalie

    The best-known table d'hôte in the area, open-sided Chez Tante Athalie offers fresh, simple, wonderful Creole tastes overlooking a garden filled with vintage cars. There's an oasis-like feel to the place. From the entrance to the botanical gardens, follow the signs around 500m to the T-junction, turn left and then watch for a signposted driveway 2km further on your left.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Trou Aux Biches & Mont Choisy

    Chez Meung

    Join the queue and watch a master reap the whirlwind. Every lunchtime, Meung cooks and serves up some of the simplest and best Chinese food on the island. You put your own meal together by pointing to the pots you wish to try – boiled or fried noodles, beef, boulettes (small steamed dumplings in a variety of flavours) or soup.

  • Restaurants in Rodrigues

    Le Marlin Bleu

    The coolest, most sociable spot in Anse aux Anglais, this restaurant gets the thumbs up from expats and is dominated by larger-than-life Mega, the friendly owner who makes sure that everyone's having a good time. The food is excellent (we especially loved the octopus salad), with a good mix of seafood, pizza and local dishes.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Trou Aux Biches & Mont Choisy

    Café International - The Flame Grill

    This popular South African–run spot serves up an excellent assortment of dishes from around the world. Burgers here come in many forms with the quality of the meat paramount, but the highlights are the ribs and South African steaks that are so good we would (and, on at least one occasion, did) cross the island just to have them.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Tamarin & Black River

    Frenchie Café

    One of the coolest places on the island, French-run Frenchie does quick bites and more substantial (but reasonably priced) mains, as well as breakfasts and an outstanding Sunday brunch (11am to 4pm). It's also a stylish cocktail bar with Saturday-night DJs. On the road to the Black River Gorges Visitor Centre; the turn-off is almost opposite La Balise Marina.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Tamarin & Black River

    La Bonne Chute

    Don't be dissuaded by its location adjacent to a petrol station; La Bonne Chute has been around since 1969 (!) and has built its reputation on expertly prepared dishes served in an attractive garden setting. From duck confit to prawn cassoulette to the best palm-heart salads we tasted, the kitchen always seems to get it right.

  • Restaurants in Trou Aux Biches & Mont Choisy

    Cabanne de la Prise du Pêcheur

    You just don't get experiences like this if you never leave your resort. Run by Nathalie and her all-female crew, this seaside kiosk serves fabulous local specialities, among them prawns or fish in red Creole sauce and fish curry with eggplant. Servings are large and the ramshackle tables by the water could be our favourites along this stretch of coast.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in South Coast

    St Aubin Table d'hôte

    The height of the St Aubin experience is a meal at the charming table d'hôte. The dining room is one of the island's best throwbacks to colonial times: dainty chandeliers cast ambient light over the white tablecloths and antique wooden furniture. The set menu showcases the fruits of the plantation: hearts of palm, pineapple, mango and chilli. Reservations essential.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Chamarel

    L'Alchimiste

    The Rhumerie de Chamarel 's chic restaurant boasts an impressive menu that promises to satisfy, with seafood and palm heart from the surrounding hills the highlights. The chef's philosophy is definitely gourmet: Mauritian favourites are whipped into eye-pleasing concoctions such as braised palm heart with king prawn, served with a hollandaise sauce and a leek emulsion.