Best restaurants in Senegal

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Dakar

    Le Lagon I

    Perched on stilts over the bay, Le Lagon is one of Dakar's top seafood spots, with a spread of culinary treasures – oysters, sea urchins, chargrilled fish, pastas with mixed seafood. You can dine outside on the breezy waterside deck, or in the classy dining room, amid hanging swordfish, brass sailing instruments and a vintage diving suit.

  • Restaurants in Dakar

    Le Djembé

    A block west of Pl de l'Indépendance, this inviting, colourful eatery is the whispered insider-tip for anyone in search of a filling platter of thiéboudienne (rice baked in a thick sauce of fish and vegetables). There's also poulet yassa (grilled chicken in onion and lemon sauce), bissap juice (a purple drink made from water and hibiscus leaves), lively music and a good mix of locals and expats.

  • Restaurants in Dakar

    Le Bideew

    In the cool shade of the garden of the Institut Français Léopold Sédar Senghor, this colourful arts cafe is perfect for a break from the city. The varied menu features vegetable curry, octopus salad, chargrilled pork and creative dishes such as grilled prawns with bissap chutney. Sunday brunch is a hit (10am to 2pm).

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Cap Skirring


    Set on the main road about 400m south of the village roundabout, Casa-Resto may lack the sea views and flashy setting, but it serves up some of the best meals in Cap Skirring. The menu has a bit of everything: good pizzas (made by William at the pizza station out front), seafood spaghetti, juicy steaks and grilled fish.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Saint-Louis

    La Kora

    La Kora has earned a stellar reputation for its fabulous cooking, the warm welcome from Peggy (the proprietor) and staff, and the lovely setting – complete with a baobab tree in the vine-trimmed courtyard and a stylish dining room slung with old photos of Saint-Louis. La Kora also hosts occasional concerts.

  • Restaurants in Dakar

    Estendera Vivier Beach

    A charming little eatery with tables overlooking the crashing waves, Estendera has a small, well-executed menu of seafood, grilled meats and Italian plates. Start off with barracuda carpaccio, then move on to seafood tagliatelle, chicken with porcini mushrooms or oven-baked lasagne.

  • Restaurants in Dakar

    Restaurant Farid

    Squeezed between grey inner-city walls, this little oasis serves the best Lebanese meze in town, plus quality grilled meat and fish. You'll also find friendly service, courtyard dining and live music several times a week (currently Thursdays and Sundays).

  • Restaurants in Saint-Louis

    La Linguère

    A reliable local eatery that serves up tasty poulet yassa, thiéboudienne and other Senegalese classics. Friendly service and attention to details (and cleanliness) makes all the difference.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Mbour & Saly

    La Guingette

    Tucked down a small lane near the entrance to Saly, La Guingette earns rave reviews for its delectable, market-fresh cuisine and its colourful garden setting. Reserve ahead.

  • Restaurants in Dakar

    Cabane du Pêcheur

    One of Dakar's best fish restaurants serves freshly grilled treats, such as amberjack and dolphinfish, that you'll find hardly anywhere else in the city.

  • Restaurants in Dakar

    La Pointe des Almadies

    This popular, breezy spot draws a mix of expats and locals, who come for a meal and perhaps a swim in the pool. There's a wide range of appetizers and a surprising medley of international dishes, from pizzas to Vietnamese-style noodle soup. Uncomplicated dishes, like filet of sole with lemon butter, are best.

  • Restaurants in Dakar

    La Maison de Celine

    Tucked down a sleepy street in N'Gor, Celine is the go-to place for excellent pizzas – cooked up in a wood-burning oven – as well as less outstanding pastas, grilled meats and seafood. The backyard setting beneath thick palms feels like a lush oasis.

  • Restaurants in Dakar

    Le Cozy

    Waltz through Le Cozy's heavy wooden doors and you're instantly swept off the market streets into a temple of refined cuisine – presentation and service are as perfect as the swanky restaurant and bar spaces. In the evening, the space transforms into a smart lounge bar serving delicious cocktails.

  • Restaurants in Joal-Fadiout

    Cabane du Pecheur

    Overlooking the waterfront and a few steps from the Fadiout bridge, this pleasant place serves up decent poulet yassa, lotte (a kind of white fish) brochettes and grilled fish. Nice breezes and pleasant views make this a fine spot, but come early as it closes by sundown.

  • Restaurants in Mbour & Saly

    Le Soleil de Saly

    The buzzing new favourite in town has a central location on the main drag and serves up tasty grilled meat and fish dishes, with live music three nights a week (Thursday through Saturday). Owner Mamadou Basse is easy to spot: look for the kind-hearted man in the fedora.

  • Restaurants in Dakar

    Sweet Coffee

    Handy spot in Les Almadies for coffee, snacks, wi-fi and people watching from the palm-fringed terrace in front. They offer plenty of reasons to linger, with crepes, salads and sandwiches on hand – plus cocktails and shisha (hookahs) for later in the day.

  • Restaurants in Cap Skirring

    Casa Bambou

    Offers tasty grilled seafood and roast chicken in a cheery, open-sided setting on the main road. The plat du jour (daily special) is a steal at CFA1000. Next door the restaurant has a bar-disco that draws a dance-minded crowd on Friday and Saturday nights.

  • Restaurants in Saint-Louis

    Le Reveil

    A friendly, very welcoming restaurant tucked away in the back of the bar Ambuscade, Le Reveil serves up tasty fresh seafood. The fricassé de la mer (a kind of mixed seafood plate) and coconut shrimp curry are both first-rate.

  • Restaurants in Cap Skirring

    Le Biarritz

    This much-loved classic serves up reliable plates of pasta with shrimp, grilled fish, sandwiches and ever-flowing drinks. On weekend nights, Le Biarritz embraces its wild side, with DJs (or bands) and dancing – and sometimes stays open till 6am.

  • Restaurants in Dakar

    Le Ngor

    At this quirky, seashell-adorned place, waves lap at your feet while you enjoy a perfectly grilled fish. There's also brochettes (shish kebabs), paella, vegetarian samosas and Senegalese classics like poulet yassa,