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!

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.

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.

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

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

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 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

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

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

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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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 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