Best restaurants in Réunion

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in St-Benoît

    Les Letchis

    Les Letchis has a fantastic location in a luxuriant garden by the Rivière des Marsouins. The menu is an ode to Creole classics and 'riverfood'; standouts include carri bichiques and braised duck. If you want to explore new culinary territories, try rougail chevaquines (a curry made from small freshwater prawns) or carri anguilles (eel curry). Reservations are advised.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Plaine-des-Cafres

    Le QG

    Two Senegalese brothers (Abdou and Cher) run this well-known venture with a snug dining room. The eclectic menu features exquisitely cooked rougail zandouille (chitterlings stew Creole-style) and grilled meats as well as poulet yassa (grilled chicken marinated in a thick onion and lemon sauce: a Senegalese speciality). A winning formula.

  • Restaurants in Boucan Canot

    Le Bistrot de Pépé Gentil

    This much-lauded venture with a vintage feel serves a range of culinary delights that deliciously represent French bistro cooking. The ris de veau (veal sweetbreads) and filet de voilier (sailfish fillet) are two specialities to look for, though the menu changes regularly according to markets and seasons.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in St-Pierre

    La Kaz à Léa

    This much-loved case, with its shady terrace and cosy dining room, is a soothing spot. It offers beautifully presented Creole, métro and Asian-inspired dishes as well as scrumptious homemade burgers. Desserts are delightful, especially the crème brûlée flavoured with vanilla. At €15, the three-course lunch menu is a steal. Lovely.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in St-Gilles-les-Bains

    Le Saint-Michel

    Part of the eponymous hotel, this is the gourmet choice in St-Gilles. With its enticing dining deck by the pool, charming welcome and delicious cuisine, Le Saint-Michel won't disappoint. The menu is a combination of high-brow, creative gastronomy and timeless classics such as beef fillet or half-cooked tuna steak. And there's always a great wine to match.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Cilaos

    L'Instant Plaisirs

    If you're growing weary of heavy regional dishes, this cute crêperie is a godsend. It's renowned for its gourmet crêpes and galettes made from quality ingredients. The grey-and-white decor gives it a fresh, modern feel, and the handmade crêpes are really first class. Where else could you savour a galette stuffed with Bleu d'Auvergne cheese?

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Bras-Panon

    Chez Éva Annibal

    Chez Éva Annibal is something of an institution on the island. Pack a hearty thirst and giant-sized appetite before venturing into this plain but feisty inn. The Full Monty feast comprises rum, gratin de légumes (baked vegetables), fish curry, duck with vanilla, and cakes, all clearly emblazoned with a Creole Mama stamp of approval. Pity about the very ordinary dining room.

  • Restaurants in St-Denis

    La Fabrique

    Innovative cuisine reigns supreme under the stewardship of young chef Jehan Colson. With its intimate dining room, small terrace, industrial-chic decor and delicious cuisine, La Fabrique has honed the art of dining out to perfection. The menu is concise, but you can expect succulent concoctions prepared with top-of-the-line ingredients. The wine list is another hit, with well-chosen French tipples.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Plaine-des-Cafres

    Palais du Fromage

    The aptly named 'Cheese Palace' is famous for its superb range of cheeses, including a delicious fromage au miel et caramel (cheese flavoured with honey and caramelised sugar), best enjoyed at a picnic table in the cryptomeria forest nearby. Also concocts pancakes, yoghurts and fruit juices. Find it on the outskirts of Bourg-Murat, towards the volcano.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in St-Pierre

    O'Baya

    Sick of stodgy carris (curries)? Then head here for loveable fusion fare served in a strong design-led interior. The menu drips with panache and the chef prepares succulent concoctions with top-of-the-line ingredients. Both fish and meat dishes are available. There's also an array of sweet temptations, including melt-in-the-mouth profiteroles.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in St-Leu

    L'Eveil des Sens – Le Blue Margouillat

    This elegant restaurant inside Le Blue Margouillat hotel is the top-end darling of the west coast. Marc Chappot's creative dishes are artfully prepared and presented, and all provide a burst of flavour. Another draw is the romantic setting: tables are set around the pool or on the colonial-style terrace. A memorable experience.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in St-Pierre

    Ancre Terre et Mer

    A hop and a skip from the seafront (but no views), this attractive garden restaurant has a seductively cosy terrace and serves up delectable burgers, tartares, risottos and a few salads. Something sweet to finish? Try the brownie with white chocolate ice cream.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in St-Paul

    La Bas Ter La

    One of St-Paul’s top tables, La Bas Ter La is tucked down a quiet street not far from the seafront. It offers excellent French cuisine with a refined twist, savoured in a stylishly modern dining room. The menu changes regularly. Book ahead.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Cilaos

    L'Atelier des Saveurs

    Well-respected chef Gregory and his wife (and sommelier) Pauline opened this very special spot on the main drag in late 2018. The emphasis is on local produce showcased in simple but extraordinarily good dishes.

  • Restaurants in La Saline-les-Bains

    Planch'Alizé

    This bustling little paillotte (beach restaurant) is noted for its reliable seafood as well as meat dishes, lavish salads and tempting desserts. It's also a fantastic spot for a drink any time of the day. Tapas are served after 5pm.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Le Baril

    Auberge Paysanne Le Palmier

    Plenty of smiles from the owners, recipes plucked straight out of grandma's cookbook, a serene setting in the Hauts and partial sea views from the terrace – if you're after an authentic Creole experience, this place is hard to beat. Here you can eat local specialities that are hard to find elsewhere, such as chicken with palm hearts and papaya cake.

  • Restaurants in St-Pierre to St-Joseph

    Les Badamiers

    This family-run eatery in a private house spins tasty carris and ace homemade desserts (Mmm, the crème brûlée and the tarte Tatin with papaya and cinnamon…). The menu is concise but everything is fresh, the atmosphere is reliably jovial and the prices incredibly good value for the area. The icing on the cake: a terrace with stupendous sea views.

  • Restaurants in St-Denis

    Le Roland Garros

    This St-Denis institution has the feel of a true Parisian bistro – packed, buzzing and full of attitude. It offers brasserie food that you wouldn't cross town for, but the menu covers enough territory to suit most palates. Its tartares and daily specials are well worth a try. Oh, and it's open on Sunday (a rarity in St-Denis).

  • Restaurants in Plaine-des-Cafres

    La Ferme du Pêcher Gourmand

    This ferme-auberge (farm restaurant) on the main road south of Bourg-Murat offers delicious, good-value, no-nonsense farmhouse food. Along with duck preparations and seasonal vegetables, signature dishes include pork curry and cassoulet (meat and bean stew). Save a cranny for the vanilla crème brûlée. Well worth reserving ahead, especially on weekends. It's also open for lunch Tuesday to Friday during school holidays.

  • Restaurants in Plaine-des-Palmistes

    Les Platanes – Chez Jean-Paul

    One of the best-known eateries in the area, this colourful spot on the main drag is popular with Réunionnais families – a good sign. The atmosphere is laid-back and the food is similarly unpretentious with an emphasis on hearty, home-cooked Creole and Chinese staples as well as homemade desserts. All at very honest prices.