Wine & Dine

Vanuatu has a range of restaurants, cafes and local eating options to keep even the most discerning palates happy. This list is not exhaustive, but here are a few of our favourites. If you are in Port Vila you really can eat anywhere along the waterfront and also at the resorts around town. All of the restaurants below we have tried for ourselves - enjoy!

Au Fare / Pizza Hot

Located right on the water’s edge with views over Port Vila Harbour, Au Faré restaurant has just become Port Villa's newest pizza place, Pizza Hot. Choose from a variety of pizza styles, eat in on the water front or take away. Also does delivery around Port Vila - that's a first! Closed Sunday.

+678 25580

Back to Eden Bar & Restaurant (also water activities)

I was lucky enough to visit Back to Eden and enjoy one of Bronnie's fabulous fruit smoothies recently, and knew I had discovered a hidden gem! Located on the spectacular and often unheard of Mangalilu Reef just a few minutes south of Havannah, Back to Eden is situated perfectly if you want a  tranquil and idyllic location for lunch, afternoon tea and a swim.

Drive down the dirt track at the turn off to Mangalilu just south of Havannah, and 5 minutes later you are in paradise! The only sounds are the gently cascading water from the nearby fresh water spring and the birds. You may also hear the gentle lapping of water on the nearby reef. Serving up delicious food in fabulous surroundings is just the beginning. They also offer snorkeling tours in crystal clear waters, can arrange local activities with the Mangalilu villagers, even take you for a ride in a traditional outrigger canoe.

Book the cafe for your private function and enjoy dining in a relaxed atmosphere, watching the sun set over Havannah Harbour.

Open Friday - Monday from 10am - 5pm

+678 711 8305

Banyan Beach Bar

The Banyan Beach Bar is a true 'sand between your toes and drink in hand' kinda place. The cocktails are the best in Port Vila (in our humble opinion!) and are reasonably priced too. The sunsets from the beachside fare are magical. Very relaxed and unassuming, the Banyan has quickly become a favourite spot for locals and visitors alike. The Banyan Bar also offer a range of nibbles and light snacks to compliment the drink selection. Conveniently located just north of the main strip in Port Vila, it is out of town enough to escape the noise and heat. Great spot for a pre or after dinner or movie drink or three. Open from 3pm until late Wednesday until Sunday.

Breakas

Breakas resort is a child free haven of landscaped tropical gardens and a beautiful restaurant. Offering themed feasts every day of the week, their seafood banquet is sensational! Bookings are recommended. Located on the Pango Peninsula, just 10 minutes south of the CBD. Open daily.

+678 23570

Cafe Vila (Nasama Resort Restaurant)

Cafe Vila on the Pango Peninsula does relaxed island dining very well indeed. Seriously good coffee and breakfast options, consistently tasty meal options. Being close to the water means you enjoy the cooling breezes while overlooking the resort grounds and the lagoon in the distance. Cafe Vila is a peaceful spot any time of the day. Live music on Sundays. Check out their Facebook page for current specials and entertainment information. Open 7 days.

+678 7728028

Cake Fantasy

Whether you are looking for a cake for 2 or 200, Cake Fantasy can create a unique piece of edible art to add that touch of magic to your tropical Vanuatu wedding, birthday or function. Cake Fantasy provides cakes for resorts in Port Vila and for venues around Efate and the outer islands. Cake Fantasy is proud of its reputation for service, quality and creativity. Winners of Best in Class, Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in the annual Vanuatu Chef's Association Culinary Art Shows since 2006, they take pride in working closely with their clients to create a cake that suits your special style - from formal and traditional to way out and wacky. It's your day. Let us help make it extra special. Cake Fantasy can also create cakes for other occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, children's parties, Christmas and corporate events. Contact Judy via email. For Facebook, please search for Cake Fantasy Vanuatu.

Chill

Chill is located near the fruit and vegetable market in Port Vila. It has waterfront views and is famous for its pizza and fresh tasty menu, casual dining and great service. The 1200 vatu lunch menu, including either a wine, beer, soft drink or glass of bubbles is outstanding value. Chill are known for their generous serving sizes too! Open every day except Sunday.

+678 22578

Deco Stop Lodge Narcosis Bar & Restaurant (Luganville, Santo)

Beautiful food cooked simply and well, stunning location, rotating menu to suit produce availability, this is tropical dining at its best. Treat yourself to a dining experience that you will never forget! Open daily

+678 36175

Divi's Bar and Tapas

Divi's is at Mangaliliu, about 5 minutes south of Havannah in the north west of Efate. It's the perfect spot to finish of a round-island drive, or head there for the afternoon and enjoy the sunset with a drink or three. Divi's is a low-key tapas bar and restaurant, presenting beautiful food cooked simply and to perfection. Taking inspiration from their local garden, the menu changes with the seasons. The service is great all year round though, and it's fantastic to see new businesses flourishing in the North West corner of Efate. There is lots to see and do around Divi's, so make it a must-stop. Guests over 15 years only. Phone for current opening hours.

+678 779 3696

Francescas

Located at Havannah Harbour, Francesca's is Vila's only Italian restaurant, and it is just perfect! Fresh local product cooked in a traditional Italian way is so easy to enjoy at the iconic Francesca's.The bar and beach club are sublime, a decadent way to treat yourself  to a very special day. Spend a divine afternoon being wowed by Francesca's degustation menu with perfectly paired wines. Open Tuesday to Sunday

+678 7719898

Grand Hotel and Casino

With a relaxed yet sophisticated waterfront setting, Grand Hotel and Casino offers a great range of dining options. Enjoy cocktails and tapas by the pool, dine alfresco on the balcony or in air conditioned comfort from the extensive menu. Check out the weekly lunch special! Free Wi-Fi. The Grand Casino offers the very best in gaming facilities with multiple gaming options to cater for everyone, from the novice to the high roller. Open to the general public over 18 years of age.


+678 20292

Harbour View Chinese Restaurant

With dine in and take away options available, the Harbour View Chinese Restaurant is a Vila institution. The extensive menu means there is something for everyone, dishes are tasty, and prices very reasonable.
Open daily from 5.30pm.

+678 23668

Jill's Cafe

Jill’s is an institution in Port Vila known for great breakfasts and generous sized burgers and fresh tortillas. American style food with a Mexican flavour, huge ice coffees and spiders and very friendly service. Great relaxed place to eat with kids, as the playground is just across the road. Open Monday to Saturday for Breakfast and Lunch

+678 25125

Jungle Cafe

You can’t miss the Jungle Cafe in the main street of Port Vila, it is bright green façade catches your eye every time! Great English breakfast and lunch options, air conditioning at the rear of the café, good prices and excellent coffee. Also has some take away options for lunch on the go. Open 6 days for breakfast and lunch.

+678 22428

Kesorn Exotic Thai Restaurant & Takeaway

Come And experience a local legend among long-standing restaurants in Port Vila. Kesorn offers you freshly cooked Thai meals with a South Pacific twist. Sit back and watch the sun set over Fatumaru Bay and enjoy the traquil garden setting while you dine. Open 7 days for dinner and Monday to Saturday for lunch.

+678 29949 / +678 773 1751

Lava Lounge

Lava Lounge is Port Vila's only Tapas bar, and it does it so well. Relaxed atmosphere with a chilled out vibe, fantastic food, extensive drinks available and attentive staff all add up for a great night out! My personal favourite is the 'Ladies Sunset Sessions, from 4-7 every sunset, with a great range of drinks discounted so that you will happily go back for a second..or a third? Cocktails starting from 300 vatu plus a range of wines and other drinks available at great prices too. Open daily from 10am until 11pm.

Daily specials on their Facebook page.

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Le Café du Village

Mediterranean inspired casual dining in Port Vila. Absolutely delicious fresh breads served with every meal, and the ice cream sandwich is a doosey! We have eaten here several times as a family. Staff are welcoming and friendly, attentive, and the food is consistently very good. Open every day but Monday.

+678 27789

Le Life Resort (Le Mer Restaurant)

We love to stop at Le Life whenever we go around the island with friends or family that are on a cruise ship, and need to see as much as possible in just a few hours. Located at Ebule, in the North East corner of Efate, Le Life is a beautiful beachfront restaurant and small resort with stunning views. The local staff are friendly and accommodating and their calamari rings and other fresh seafood are delicious and well priced! You can also combine a trip to Eton Reef or any of the swimming and snorkelliing spots up north with a trip to Le Life for drinks or lunch, it is situated close enough to North Efate to be a perfect hub for a day out. We love it!

+678 559 8499

Leaf Restaurant

Leaf Restaurant at Poppy's has beautiful food and the view over the lagoon is stunning too. Kids are welcomed with open arms by the friendly staff, fantastic little resort that is located close to town but feels a world away. Bookings recommended for Leaf Restaurant.

+678 23425

L-Houstalet

L-Houstalet is a French restaurant in the Nambatu area in Port Vila. The deco is a little dated, but the French chef is a local legend and his steak is seriously the best! Potato Gratin to die for, and very good pizzas and a full range of French dishes, including local delicacies with a French twist! Smoking and non-smoking areas available. Open 7 days for Dinner


(And yes, he eats the whole pizza every time!)
 

+678 22303

Market Tour with Annette

No one knows Port Vila quite like a local, so join your guide, Annette, for a personalised tour of our local fresh produce market right in the heart of Port Vila. Be introduced to our range of tropical fruits, vegetables, local seafoods and unique products like wild sugar cane and locally cooked taro chips. Annette explains how local market gardeners work their gardens, how the markets operate, and will answer all your questions from her lifetime's experience working with and cooking local food for her family and friends. Get a real taste of island life. Drop off and pick up from your private villa is included in the tour price. Book today

Moorings

Under new management, Mooring offers good food at great prices and has generous serving sizes. Moorings is right on Port Vila Bay and is an excellent spot to watch the sun go down. Casual dining with a fresh and tasty menu perfect for families. Restaurant open daily.

+678 26800

Nambawan Cafe

The Nambawan Cafe serves fresh juices, salads, pies, wraps, great meals and shakes in their breezy and relaxed outdoor café at the northern end of town. They also have free wifi for customers. Open Monday to Saturday all day.

+678 771 4826

Natangora Cafe (Luganville, Santo)

Recently reviewed by friends of ours who are actually Japanese, they gave this little cafe a big thumbs up! Traditional, simple, elegant Japanese food at a great price. Western options available as well, but the fresh sushi made with local seafood is the bomb! Open daily for brunch, lunch and snacks

+678 36811

Navara Restaurant, Coconut Palms Resort - GLUTEN FREE

My daughter and I are both gluten free, so absolutely LOVE Navara Restaurant at Coconut Palms resort in central Port Vila. Almost everything on their menu is gluten free and it's amazing! Their pasta carbonara tastes like heaven, you would never know it was gluten free. The chef is pure talent, taking the best of local produce, which is all naturally gluten free, and creating beautiful meals that everyone will enjoy. Call for opening times and reservations.

+678 23696

Orovy Beach Resort

Orovy Beach Restaurant & Bar - relaxed beachfront dining. Orovy Beach Restaurant is North Efate's newest restaurant and it is a tribute to just how good a local business can be. 100% locally owned and situated in the north western corner of Emua Village, it boasts gorgeous views of the offshore islands floating on the sparkling blue waters of Undine Bay. With both an a la carte menu and a buffet, it's an ideal spot for a round-island lunch stop. Or a snack. Or a cold Tusker while watching golden sunsets from the beach. BBQ's on Saturdays are always great - and don't miss their seafood mornay, it is perfection! See George and his team for a lovely afternoon eating, swimming, and relaxing at Orovy.

Open 7 days a week, from 9.00 am - 3.00 pm Breakfast and dinner are available by arrangement

Phone: + 678 7316597 | 5400266

Paradise Cove

Paradise Cove at sunset is a magic place to be. Enjoy a cocktail on the private wharf or stroll the garden around the huge central Nakamal. A wonderful menu with attentive staff and a casual but elegant dining area, candle lit dining at its best! Excellent cocktails and consistently good food, it is worth the drive for a special night out. Open daily

+678 7773398

Peche Mignon

Opposite the fruit and vegetable market in Port Vila, Peche Mignon is a French boulangerie with excellent coffee and a range or eat in or take away pastries and other delicious French goodies that are oh, so yummy! Quiches and pies, choux pastries, flan, macaroons, meringue, chocolates, the list goes on. The iced coffee here is exceptional. Open 6 days for breakfast, snacks and lunch.

Private Chefs & Culinary Classes

Kandy’s Kitchen


For the perfect way to enjoy local organic product while in Port Vila, Kandy’s Kitchen will come to your accommodation and create the perfect menu for you and your family. Choosing from Kandy’s extensive menu of Melanesian Feast, gourmet and modern menus, finger foods and a delivery only service, you are spoilt for choice. Including waiting staff and many extras, contact Kandy for the ultimate in Vanuatu luxury. Catering for functions and weddings is also available. Kandy's contact details are +678 773 5602 and www.kandys-kitchen.com


Knife's Edge 
 
Fiona works her magic at Cafe du Village, and amazes her lucky guests as a private chef too. Known in Port Vila for many years now, her knowledge of local foods is outstanding and she is able to cater for private functions and family dining at your private villa. Catering for functions and weddings is also available.
Fiona's contact details are +678 537 2225 and knifesedge@vanuatu.com.vu


Sarangkita

Slip your curiosity into high gear and join Christiana on a culinary day out. You will experience a cook's tour of the South Pacific, a unique food experience that's inspiring, informative and fun! Your days starts with a visit to the local fresh product market followed by a cooking class and relaxing meal by the sea in the glorious surrounds of Sarangkita. Christiana's contact details are +678 26108 and bookings@vanuatufoodsafari.com

Reefers Restaurant and Rum Bar

Reefers, at the northern end of the restaurant strip in Port Vila, is nestled down on the waterfront and has fantastic sunset views. Port Vila's only Rum Bar, Reefers boasts restaurant quality food with a relaxed atmosphere. Full bar service, top food and well trained and attentive staff make Reefers stand out from the crowd. Go and see Mick and his crew for a great afternoon or night out - check out Facebook for current performance/entertainment information.

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Restaurant 1606 (Luganville, Santo)

Consistently excellent food sourced locally and cooked exceedingly well every time. Seafood and the world famous Santo steak are the specialty here, and you won't be disappointed! Specials most night reflect the chef's flexibility and ability to use local ingredients superbly. A beautiful location adds to your experience at 1606. Open Daily for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

+678 36123

Scoop and Sprinkles

Easily the best ice cream store in Port Vila, Scoop and Sprinkles is a family favourite for us. Opposite The Grand Hotel in the Loft Complex, sit and enjoy Emily's handmade gelato and sorbet that are created with local seasonal fruits, fresh coffee and chocolate. Cold drip coffee and made-to-order gorgeous gelato layer cakes are also available.  Seriously good hand crafted delights await you! Open every day.

+678 28328

Shiki Teppanyaki

Shiki Teppanyaki Restaurant is situated right on the water at Second Lagoon. The setting is beautiful, especially at sunset, and the authentic Japanese teppanyaki is superb. Fresh sashimi, sushi, and a full range of Japanese cuisine is cooking right in front of you. The banquets are exquisite and the service is also excellent.
Open daily from 11am–2.30pm & 5.30pm–10pm.

+678 25806

Spice

Spice is an authentic Indian Tandoori restaurant in the Nambutu area in Port Vila. Excellent range of curries, gluten free options, friendly staff (English speaking). As a family we have eaten here over a dozen times and are always very full and happy! Open Saturday to Thursday for Dinner, Monday to Friday for Lunch.

+678 24406

Stonegrill Dining

Recently relocated to Wharf Road. The Stone Grill is a novel and tasty way to enjoy the best of Vanuatu fresh seafood and grass fed beef. Main meals come with a choice of two sides included in the price. The seafood medley is very tasty and sooooo fresh!

+678 546 4506

Take Away Food - Port Vila

Island Time in the centre of Port Vila has great priced chicken and chips, burgers, soft drinks and beer and the cheapest ice cream in Vila! Great for a quick lunch on your way out to explore. Open 7 days


Near Wilco Hardware in the Champagne Estate area of Port Vila is a great local fish shop with beautifully fresh fish to buy and also to eat fresh from the fryer. Look to your right before you get to Wilco as you head up the hill. Simply called the Fish Shop (but in French!) Open daily except Sunday.

Tana Cine has great take away Chicken and Chips, Pizza, Pasta, Salad and also Sushi - open 7 days until late.

Au Fare does take away pizza - wood fired too! (see their post for more information) They also deliver around Port Vila.

Harbour View Chinese Restaurant does take aways from 5.30pm weekdays and lunch times on the weekends, as does Keson Thai.

For a local take away experience, buy some Hot Tuluk from the lovely ladies at the side of the road at Mele, near Hideaway Island. Cheap at only 100 vatu per serve and very filling. Kind of like a slow cooked meat pie - we love them! You can also buy local food very cheaply at the back of the Market House - go around lunch time and eat with the locals.

Any of the French bakeries around Port Vila offer a great standard of pastry and bread - spoil yourself!

A new pop-up takeaway booth at the Centrepoint carpark in the centre of Port Vila offers a range of fresh food for hungry shoppers - open 6 days.

Crave in the Numbatu area is now a Vila institution and you can find take away salads and sushi, pies, sandwiches, muffins and mousses, a soft serve bar and good coffee too. Open 6 days.

Spice Indian Restaurant in the Numbatu area also offers take away options, open 7 days for lunch and dinner and now also serving brunch too.

There is also a new Thai Takeaway near the Casino that is very popular, as well as a new Indian Take Away opposite Mooring Hotel at the northern end of town.

Tamanu on the Beach

Tamanu on the Beach at White Sands is a beautiful and relaxed yet refined dining experience. For me it's a 'special occasion' kind of place, and when you are on holidays, it is a special occasion, so please book a table here and enjoy one of Vila's best restaurants. Not only is the location devine, the food is outstanding. Prepared from fresh local ingredients, the menu is complimented by French, Australian and New Zealand Wines. Their chapel dining room is perfect for special occasions too. Special dietary requirements can be catered for. Return transfers from your Private Villa can be arranged by their staff. Enjoy!

+678 27279

The Beach Bar

The best beach bar in Vila, the Beach Bar in Mele is relaxed and welcoming and has great specials. Tuesday night is wood fired pizza night and a movie is shown on the large screen right on the beach. Friday night is Vanua Fire Dance, not to be missed, and Sunday is Circus night, fantastic for younger children. Great atmosphere, friendly local staff, relaxed right on the beach dining and entertainment. Bookings are recommended for Vanua Fire on Fridays. My kids highly recommend this one - Come for the day and swim and snorkel on the beach at the front of the bar, so relaxing and the whole family will be happy.

+678 560 1132

The Espiritu (Luganville, Santo)

Serving fresh local seafood in a relaxed yet attentive restaurant, The Tu is fast becoming THE restaurant in Luganville. Newly opened, the staff are well trained and nothing is too much trouble. A good bar too, with delicious fresh cocktails made to order. Beautiful fresh burgers, oysters, and many other local foods cooked and presently to the highest standard.

+678 37539

The Havannah

The Havannah has been designed as a child free haven and is the perfect romantic destination. Situated on the beautiful Havannah Harbour, overlooking Lelepa Island, you will sit in perfect peace and tranquillity, sipping cocktails as the sun sets over the South Pacific. The food is exquisite, and a generous range of wine, beer, spirits and cocktails await you. The 25 minute drive to and from Havannah only adds to the experience, the views from the top of Klem's Hill overlooking Vila and Mele Bay are spectacular! You can also access the near by and stunningly beautiful Havannah Beach from the resort grounds.

+678 35600

The Moso

Moso Island is just a few hundred metres off the north western corner of Efate. Moso Island is an untouched tropical paradise with reefs, white sand beaches and turquoise waters, and it now also boasts a modern yet very relaxed resort, The Moso. We visited as day guests. A 30 minute drive from Vila brings you to the wharf, simply ring Joel at The Moso and in 5 minutes your transfer boat will be waiting for you. We were lucky enough to visit The Moso on a quiet day, and we were the only guests. After a relaxing cocktail by the water and a swim, we enjoyed perfectly cooked local seafood and chilled Australian wine. We then went for a short kayak north of the resort, we even saw a large turtle swimming on the reef - perfect. There is also a pool at the resort, massages are available, and The Moso has a very impressive cocktail list (ours were delish!)

The ideal spot for a relaxing and retreating from everything, all you need is on hand. Joel and his team take care of everything for you - right down to the luxury beach towels that are happily provided. Highly recommended.

+678 771 1365

Tmel Takeaway & Butchery

Tmel is one of the best butcheries in Port Vila. It has the most comprehensive range of local beef, pork and chicken products that make it so easy to enjoy local produce while on holiday in Vanuatu. Tmel is also a family friendly and well priced takeaway store with both local food and good western style hot chips. They also have a range of salads and fresh lunch options prepared daily. Located near the Korman roundabout (just ask your driver, he will know!), they also have Mr Whippy soft serve if you are really missing home! Their smaller store at Tagabe has hot chips and pies, and a great range of fresh local meats.

Wahoo Bar

Located at Havannah, the Wahoo Bar lives up to its name as it serves beautiful fresh seafood in a relaxed outdoor dining area with waterfront views. Enjoy a casual beer with exquisite seafood, a definite must on a trip around Efate.

+678 7736232

War Horse Saloon

With the best BBQ pork and beef ribs, delicious burgers, a Mexican inspired menu, fab cocktails and a daily happy hour from 4.30 - 6.30pm daily, who doesn't like the War Horse? A traditional ‘watering hole’ with craft beer and ciders on tap. Open 7 days from 11.30am

+678 26670