Best restaurants in 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.

  • Restaurants in Kampala

    Fez Brasserie

    One of Kampala’s most renowned restaurants, this gorgeous spot looking out over the leafy grounds of the Emin Pasha hotel has an ever-evolving fusion menu, which respects vegetarians, uniting flavours from five continents. Chilled avocado soup and the tender grilled beef with rocket deliver. Or just come for a drink on the comfy couches in the wine bar.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Jinja

    Deli

    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 Entebbe

    Thai Garden

    With a conscientious Thai owner, this restaurant more than delivers with fresh lemongrass in your coconut soup, a red curry both light and spicy, icy beer and fresh green-papaya salad. The lush setting features patio and garden seating surrounded by tropical blooms and sunbirds drinking nectar. It's a delight, though portions are on the small side.

  • Restaurants in Kampala

    Prunes

    A great spot for brunch, lunch or a laid-back dinner, Prunes is a popular expat hang-out. It does great Ugandan coffee to go with comfort food such as toasties, burgers and healthy salads of beetroot, goat's cheese, apple and nuts. Saturday mornings take on a different feel with its buzzy farmers market. The backyard playground will keep kids busy.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Kampala

    Mediterraneo

    This upmarket open-air Italian restaurant occupies a sprawling wood deck in a tropical garden, lit at night with kerosene lamps. The Italian chef creates fantastic thin-crust pizzas and handmade pastas, such as pappardelle funghi with porcini imported from Italy. You can also dine on steak or grilled rock lobster. Reservations are recommended.

  • Restaurants in Kampala

    Mama Ashanti

    West African fare isn't so common here and this is some of the best. Mama Ashanti tempts with egusi (minced spinach, pumpkin seed and groundnut) with pounded yam, delicious grilled kebabs in a dry chilli rub, and fragrant stews. The spacious garden setting is a good place for a drink or ginger passionfruit juice.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Kampala

    Khana Khazana

    Regarded by many as the best Indian in town and even far beyond, classy Khazana is a great place to treat yourself. It features atmospheric Rajasthani-inspired decor, crisp white tablecloths and professional waiters serving a menu full of wonderful tandoori dishes and creamy north Indian curries. Home delivers too.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Gulu

    Elephante

    Gulu's hipsters flood this cute garden cafe serving wood-fired pizzas, burgers and Mexican fare. It's owned by a Portland native, which ensures quality espresso drinks and a good tea selection (in addition to beer and wine). If you had pizza in mind, be patient. It takes a long while to fire up the oven.

  • 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 Kampala

    Yujo Izakaya

    In a gorgeous setting, this highly regarded, popular and friendly restaurant offers a slice of traditional Japan. Known primarily for its imported rice wine, excellent sushi and sashimi selection, it also serves tasty homemade ramen and okonomiyaki (savoury pancakes).

  • Restaurants in Kampala

    Le Chateau

    Though popular for its Ugandan beef tenderlion, Le Chateau serves an extensive Belgian menu that includes Flemish stew, crispy fries, snails and a selection of 11 Belgian beers, all served under an enormous thatched roof. Recently renovated, its open-air curtained booths offer cosy ambience and there's top-notch service.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Kibale Forest National Park

    EcoBurrito

    This brilliant and highly unexpected roadside find is likely to elicit squeals of glee from even the most seasoned Africa hands. An American doctoral student studying the chimps in the park trained locals in the ways of Tex-Mex, and EcoBurrito is the result. Enjoy succulent and delicious chapattis and tortillas stuffed full of tasty fillings and washed down with beer.

  • Restaurants in Queen Elizabeth National Park

    Omwani Training Cafe

    When you tire of all-inclusive lodge meals, come to this adorable cafe with tables in the backyard and chickens running loose. Service is slow but the end product is good – enormous rolex (eggs wrapped in chapatti), espresso drinks and addictive sweet-potato hash browns. If you order ahead, you can get delicious wood-fired pizza in the afternoon.

  • Restaurants in Fort Portal

    Dutchess

    Coveted by travellers, this elegant cafe has a creative menu featuring crocodile burgers, Flemish beef stew with Guinness and mash, and a selection of 46 excellent wood-fired pizzas, including a superb calzone. The only lacklustre offering on our last visit was the dessert menu. People linger here with their laptops. It's a nice, relaxing setting, but service can be surly.

  • Restaurants in Kampala

    Cafe Javas

    It's really hard to fault this place, a bright, spotless and roomy cafe in the middle of downtown Kampala. A huge menu takes in everything from delicious (and vast) breakfasts to excellent coffee, freshly baked pastries, sandwiches, wraps and full meals. Service is attentive and fast, and in the mornings it seems like most of Kampala is brunching here.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Fort Portal

    Gardens

    Quite friendly and popular, this busy corner restaurant has a quality menu of foreign and local dishes including burgers, curries, pizza and African fare such as firinda (mashed skinless beans) and lots of mochomo (barbecued meat). There’s a good liquor list, a large African lunch buffet and excellent local coffee too.

  • Restaurants in Masaka

    Café Frikadellen

    An expat fave, this Danish-owned eatery is best known for its Friday night all-you-can-eat barbecue (USh40,000) with many side salads, but also serves quality à la carte dishes from Greek to Danish, including a frikadeller (meatball) burger. Be prepared for painfully slow service. Proceeds from its craft shop go to an orphanage.

  • Restaurants in Kampala

    Holy Crêpe

    Billing itself (perhaps unshockingly) as Uganda's first crêperie, this spot perched on top of Kololo Hill has sweeping views of Kampala. The main reason to come here, though, is the excellent crêpes and galettes on offer from its breezy rooftop dining room. There's a full cocktail menu too, making this a perfect place for a sundowner.