Best restaurants in Lake Victoria

  • Restaurants in Mwanza

    Hotel Tilapia

    The hub of Mwanza’s expat population and a magnet to passing tourists, the restaurant of the Hotel Tilapia has an attractive terrace overlooking the lake. Pied kingfishers chatter and squabble as you choose anything from Japanese teppanyaki and Indian to continental. The kitchen is slow, so expect to take your time.

  • Restaurants in Mwanza

    Breeze

    No longer open-air, the Breeze restaurant has little in the way of character, but is known for producing decent Indian food. There are also Chinese, continental and Swahili dishes, including several styles of tilapia. Get here by using the Flames nightclub stairs on the 1st floor.

  • Restaurants in Mwanza

    DVN Restaurant

    Excellent local fare is served fast and cheap in this church-run place with an old-fashioned cafe look and feel. There's no menu, just a daily special like fish and side dishes. It's behind the post office and the St Nicholas Anglican Church – quite hidden with just a small sign above a tucked-away door.

  • Restaurants in Mwanza

    Sizzlers Restaurant

    Quiet during the day, this cheap Indian joint transforms into a hive of buzzing activity in the evenings. This is when people grab a streetside table and tuck into the chicken tikka, which sizzles on the hot coals of the outdoor barbecue. It also does a range of other Indian and Chinese meals.

  • Restaurants in Mwanza

    Salma Cone

    Sambusas (Indian pastry snacks stuffed with curried meat or vegetables), soft-serve ice cream and juice are all pleasers here, but it's the smell of barbecuing meat that will draw you in for a kebab. With plastic outdoor tables, this is a fun corner to lounge during the evening.

  • Restaurants in Mwanza

    Kuleana Pizzeria

    Don't expect Italian-class fare, but this is a relaxed and popular place for pizzas and snack-style food (omelettes, sandwiches and breads) with a good mix of locals and expats. The friendly owner feeds many street children.

  • Restaurants in Mwanza

    Diners

    This odd time warp serves some of Mwanza’s best Indian food, though oriental decorations and menu items are holdovers from its previous incarnation as a Chinese restaurant.

  • Restaurants in Mwanza

    Shahensha Restaurant

    Tasty samosas and other snacks, a daily menu featuring Pakistani and Tanzanian dishes, plus pleasant, casual indoor seating.

  • Restaurants in Mwanza

    Burger Point & Cafe

    Plastic tables and chairs, a semi-open-air environment, and burgers, fried chicken and chips make this a popular local lunch stop.