Best restaurants in Western Sahara

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Dakhla

    Casa Lola

    This stylish restaurant celebrates the region's recent Spanish heritage with hot and cold tapas – the shrimp croquettes and the calamari are both very good – while local octopus and grilled whiting are popular menu items. The namesake Lola keeps regular business visitors from the Canary Islands very happy, dispensing both good humour and complimentary aperitivo shots. Beer and wine are also served.

  • Restaurants in Dakhla

    Le Palais Rhoul

    Trimmed with Asian design cues, this elegant lounge and bar would be more at home in cosmopolitan Casablanca. Blackboard menus highlight fragrant tajines and an excellent seafood bastilla (savoury-sweet pie), and the wine list with French, Spanish and Moroccan varietals is the best in town. The dining room segues to exterior terraces with ocean views, a great spot to share a shisha.

  • Restaurants in Dakhla

    Café Restaurant Samarkand

    This waterfront cafe commands stupendous views across the narrow Dakhla Bay. The bougainvillea-kissed pavilions are a great escape from Dakhla's dusty streets, and Samarkand is one of the town's only cafes where the clientele regularly includes both men and women. The menu features fish and other dishes; order in advance for couscous or fish bastilla (savoury-sweet pie).

  • Restaurants in Dakhla

    Casa Luis

    Spanish flavours and Atlantic seafood come together at this long-established local favourite. Tuck into tortilla, paella and well-priced grilled catch of the day (which sometimes include lobster). Chicken and grilled beef also feature, and beer and wine are served.

  • Restaurants in Dakhla

    Gladys

    Located on a busy shopping street, Gladys serves up well-priced tajines to a loyal band of locals. Aside from the food, it's a great place to check out neo-Tuareg dress sense (think blue robes over Adidas trackies). The kitchen is helmed by female members of a single family, and no, we don't know why it is called Gladys.

  • Restaurants in Dakhla

    Café Bahia

    What's on the menu here? There is no menu. But there's fish and Coca Cola, and rumour has it you can get a beer disguised in a teacup if you ask nicely. Scruffy but serviceable rooms (Dh100 per person) are available upstairs if you overdo it on octopus and teacup beer.