Best restaurants in Eastern Uganda

  • Restaurants in Jinja

    Black Lantern

    Bujagali's premier dining destination is set under an elegant traditional thatched-roof overlooking the water. The extensive menu showcases dishes from around the world. Barbecued spare ribs are the house speciality, but there are other original options, including Afro-Mexican nachos and tilapia (Nile perch) grilled in banana leaves. Check the Facebook page for jazz and party nights.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Jinja


    This industrial-chic deli and cafe is just the trick for homesick travellers. Tasty espresso drinks, brownies, lovely oversized salads, nachos and sandwiches on crusty fresh bread have patrons lining up. Seating is mostly at picnic tables on the shady front lawn. The deli stocks import items and wine as well as local meats and produce. Also delivers.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Mbale

    Nurali's Café

    This popular Indian restaurant delivers delicious flavours from the tandoor. The chicken tikka masala is melt-in-your-mouth good, plus there's excellent palak paneer and naan with big chunks of garlic. Add to that fast service and spice that hums on the tongue – if you wish. A friendly and fun place.

  • Restaurants in Jinja

    Gately on the Nile

    The restaurant on the back porch of the popular boutique hotel of the same name exudes the atmosphere of a Balinese garden. The fusion menu serving butter chicken, burgers and Thai specialities shows plenty of international flair. Has a kids' menu too.

  • Restaurants in Jinja

    Source Café

    A magnet for expats seeking reliable wi-fi (not free but cheap and fast), this attractive cafe does excellent French-press coffee, baked goods and sandwiches. The porch with mosaic tiles is a good place to watch the street action. There's also a nice gift shop and local coffee for sale, with proceeds going to development programs.

  • Restaurants in Mbale

    Eco Sham

    Inside the Casa del Turista, this cafe has quality food and top organic Mt Elgon coffee, with proceeds going to a local school. The rooftop tables with umbrellas are great for a sunset beer, though you won't get wait service up there. Popular with locals and tourists alike.

  • Restaurants in Jinja

    Jinja Sailing Club

    Completely rebuilt in a sleek and modern resort style, this waterfront restaurant serves a long list of Indian, African and Western classics, with vegetarian options. It's also a good destination to enjoy cocktails on the lawn overlooking Lake Victoria.

  • Restaurants in Jinja

    Moti Mahal

    Jinja's best Indian food comes from this cavernous restaurant with a large downstairs dining room. The ambience is dull but the food isn't. Enjoy spicy curries, tandoor dishes and more. It also delivers.

  • Restaurants in Jinja


    Locals like this friendly laid-back Nepali-owned restaurant, the last word in authentic South Asian food, from Indian thalis to dhaal bhaat, with some Ugandan dishes also available.