Restaurants in Mauritius
For travellers who enjoy exploring a destination through the local food, there are few better ways to experience this island paradise authentically than through its unique culinary scene and the excellent restaurants in Mauritius. Thanks to the Indian Ocean nation’s chequered past, the local food scene here is rich with flavours from India, Asia, Europe and Africa that are beautifully blended and transformed into uniquely Mauritian dishes that are absolutely delicious.
While many people choose to stick to their resort restaurants in Mauritius, there is an entire world of gastronomic flavours to discover here; from delicious biryanis, moreish daubes, gorgeously grilled seafood and tasty fish curries to amazing samosas, Chinese noodle dishes and desserts as unusual as they are delicious, there’s something here to delight everyone.
If you are looking for a fabulous culinary experience (outside of your hotel) then here are five of the best restaurants in Mauritius to try on an epicurean adventure of the island’s diverse and multicultural cuisine—the perfect introduction to Chinese, Creole, French and Indian flavours:
Rated as one of the island’s top Mauritian restaurants, this exceptional lunch spot (they aren’t open for breakfast and dinner) is situated in Moka and is an absolute must-try for those looking to get a taste for the local fare. The restaurant’s hosts provide an insightful introduction to Mauritian cuisine, culture and cooking and offer hungry visitors a magnificent array of authentic Creole dishes. Some of the savoury highlights include rougaille saucisse (a local stew made with sausages), octopus curry, salted fish and stewed vegetables while the decadent desserts—namely the fruit cakes such as banana or coconut cakes—are out-of-this-world. Taste their special house infused Mauritian rum and embrace the flavours of the island—but be sure to book, as this popular spot fills up quickly.
La Table du Château
Beautifully located at the restored Chateau Labourdonnais in Mapou, Grand Baie, this is one of the best restaurants in Mauritius for sophisticated diners—in fact, it’s arguably the best fine-dining restaurant on the island not affiliated to a hotel. Created for true bon vivants, this exceptional restaurant in Mauritius promises elegant dishes in the most stunning of surrounds. The menu draws inspiration from French, Cajun and Creole cuisine with a particular focus on fresh seafood, fruit and vegetables which results in exquisite dishes packed with flavour. The kitchen is lead by Chef Fabio de Poli who ensures that only the highest quality ingredients are used, many of which are sourced locally. Take your taste buds on a culinary adventure with tandoori prawns served with minted cucumber, the chef’s take on palm heart salad, delicious curries served with homemade achar, coconut heart served with scallops and sour cream and end your meal with one of the unbelievable desserts. Those who enjoy their rum should definitely indulge in a Mauritian rum tasting to finish off the experience as they enjoy the gorgeous views of the grounds. If you are in the area, definitely make a stop at this extraordinary restaurant.
This popular takeaway and sit down restaurant in Mauritius focuses on fresh local ingredients with a menu that boasts excellent seafood as well as Indian and Asian dishes. Situated in Poste Lafayette, this casual eatery offers tasty dishes—from fresh daily catches cooked and flavoured to perfection to delectable Mauritian snacks, fish platters, Indian curries and Asian-inspired noodle dishes, it’s the perfect island restaurant. Consistently friendly staff and excellent service make the experience all the more extraordinary.
At Linda’s Place
This charming eatery is a must-try for those staying in or passing through Calodyne, Grand Gaube. From hearty Sunday brunches to casual dinners and delicious cups of coffee, it’s the perfect place to satisfy any craving. The diverse menu is made up of Creole specialities, international favourites, ample vegetarian options and more, with each dish created with love—evident in every bite. From aromatic curries and light salads to burgers and moreish desserts, there’s something here for each member of the family.
One of the best beachside restaurants on the island, La Plage, situated right by the Indian Ocean at Ambre in Belle Mare, offers guests elegant beachside fare with unparalleled views of the turquoise lagoon. The ultimate place for a romantic evening or lunch with a view, here Mediterranean and Mauritian dishes are masterfully created and beautifully presented. Enjoy fresh fish or satisfying curries with your favourite tropical tipple and enjoy the peaceful experience of dining to the sound of the sea.
While enjoying the food at your resort is convenient and sure to be enjoyable, we highly recommend branching out and discovering the various eateries around the island and the sensational local dishes on offer for an unforgettable culinary experience in paradise.