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The 10 Best Seafood Restaurants in Mauritius

Picture of Rusheel Sakaram
Updated: 9 May 2017

With a laid back attitude, Mauritians tend to take things as they come. But when it has to do with seafood, they are quick to become razor sharp. In this ocean of restaurants, we took a dip to get you the big fish out there. Here’s our ultimate list, potentially putting to shame many institutions on the Mediterranean coast or even in Southeast Asia.

1974

Helmed by Italian couple Antonio and Giulia, this restaurant is second to none when it comes to seafood. Working exclusively with the freshest of produce, this couple puts splurge-worthy dishes on the table. The array of colors on the plate hints more than it should on the successful fusion of Mauritian ingredients with Italian culinary know-how. The special touch of this place is its olive oil and herbs shipped straight from The Boot. 1974 has become even more sought after nowadays since it closes down several times during the year. Fingers crossed that you’ll get lucky on your visit!

Gambas|© Courtesy of 1974

Gambas |© Courtesy of 1974

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Tue - Thu :
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat :
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Budget
$$$
La Rougaille Creole

An honest, unpretentious, and warm welcome characterizes this little pearl that faces the ocean. From the scent of a blend of onions, tomatoes, and garlic filling the air, it won’t take long to decipher the Creole ambiance reigning in this charming restaurant. A revisited crab bouillabaisse is one of the best sellers at La Rougaille Creole. Their octopus “rougaille” (served with a tomato-based sauce) is also a winner, judging by the number of tentacles on the neighboring tables. With a minimalist décor, this place is definitely a must-go when you’re craving seafood.

Address & Phone
Royal Road, Grand Baie

+230 263 8449

Opening Hours
Mon - Sun :
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Budget
$$
La Vielle Rouge

Denoting a type of fish (the blacktip grouper), this restaurant has nothing to hide. Located a few minutes away from the Mahebourg lagoon, you can even see the catch of the day being delivered right under your nose. Go for the beer garden seats and try their gingery calamari. Departing from the abundant Creole-prepared seafood, this restaurant has a penchant for Indian spices, giving its concoctions a finger-licking aspect.

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon - Sun :
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Budget
$$
Les Canisses Resto et Plage

Scoring high already on its location, nestled right on the beach, Les Canisses also excels at transforming crustaceans into art. Their seafood platter is known to have made quite a few elated tummies from all around the world. Their palm heart salad with smoked marlin fish also caught our eye.

Address & Phone
Royal Road, Grand Baie

+230 263 5231

Opening Hours
Sun - Mon :
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat :
10:00 am - 10:30 pm
Budget
$$
Le Capitaine

An institution in the Mauritian culinary landscape, it is considered by many locals as the best restaurant on the island. Built on stilts right into the lagoon, its deck offers a stunning view on the bay. Boasting a very eclectic wine list, this restaurant grants you the honor of picking your own fish or lobster from a basin. The St. Jacques ravioli are to die for and they are big on mussels.

Address & Phone
Royal Road, Grand Baie

+230 263 6867

Opening Hours
Mon - Sun :
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Budget
$$
Le Pescatore

If you’re looking for that perfect match of seafood and wine, head straight to Le Pescatore. An obligatory rendezvous for fine diners on the island, this place breathes culinary art at apex. If you’re still not convinced, the bergamot lobster or the Malagasy will definitely reel you in. Do not make the mistake of showing up without prior booking!

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon - Sat :
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Budget
$$$
Le Domaine Anna

Quite a trek from the main road, this restaurant, makes the drive worthy in every sense. Offering an idyllic setting with its magnificent gardens and series of ponds and lakes, the Domaine Anna is yet another institution in the country. With heap portions and spoilt for choice, we recommend the steamed fish and lobsters. You can even be seated at one of the several covered booths surrounded by a stream. Run by a 13-sibling family, they also own other restaurants on this island.

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Tue - Sun :
11:30 am - 2:30 pm 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Budget
$$
Amigo

Far from dealing with Spanish cuisine, “Amigo” is simply an acronym of the names of the founder’s family members. Owning several fishing vessels, the family-run restaurant gets its customers the best out of the Mauritian waters. You can taste this freshness at the table, adding another dimension of flavor. Dig into the oysters or get yourself the platter for a real feast.

 

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon - Sat :
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Budget
$$
Luigi's

This is the temple of seafood if you want a new twist to your old classics. Managed by a charming Italian family, you’ll be welcomed by an authentic Piaggo scooter. Skimming through the menu, you’ll immediately notice that most of their Italian dishes are served with seafood. The seafood gratin is a must and so is their crustacean cannelloni. While you’re at it, why not dig into their seafood pizza, loaded with shells, squid, octopus, and tender crab meat.

 

Address & Phone
Royal Road, Grand Baie

+230 5948 1291

Opening Hours
Tue - Sun :
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat - None :
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Budget
$$
Rib & Reef

In the small coastal village of Flic en Flac, queues are often seen at the entrance of this restaurant. They prepare a heavenly crab soup, with perfectly balanced flavors exploding in your mouth. Another thing you cannot miss is the seafood salad with mangoes.

Address & Phone
Royal Road, Flic en Flac

+230 453 5673

Opening Hours
Tue - Sun :
11:00 am - 3:00 pm 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Budget
$$