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A plate of Abacha also known as African salad, a delicacy from the southeast |Courtesy of Buka Hut
A plate of Abacha also known as African salad, a delicacy from the southeast |Courtesy of Buka Hut

10 Great Restaurants in Lagos for a Taste of Nigerian Cuisine

With its location close to the sea and mish-mash of practically every culture in Nigeria, Lagos is a steaming pot of tastes and olfactory delights. From VI on the Island to the streets of Ojuelegba, there are local restaurants that serve a variety of food from every nook and cranny of the country. And what better way to experience Nigeria than through its food?


The Place Restaurant
Diner, African, $$$$

Fufu and Efo Elegusi | Courtesy of The Place Restaurant

With a wide variety of food from the southeastern and southwestern part of Nigeria, The Place is a great restaurant to have pocket-friendly meals that are delicious and homely. Designed along the lines of a fast food restaurant, it aims for an open and airy feel. Ideal for groups and family friendly, the place has several outlets both on the Island and mainland of Lagos.

Tip: They make a mean efo-riro that can act as an accompaniment with pounded yam or any other meal of choice.

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Sun:
7:00 am - 12:00 pm

Yellow Chilli Restaurant and Bar
Restaurant, African, $$$$

Sea Food Basket | Courtesy of Yellow Chilli

A very ambitious restaurant that has tried to incorporate meals from every part of the continent into their menu, Yellow Chilli, with two outlets (one on the Island and the other on the mainland), does best with meals from the southwestern part of Nigeria. The restaurant is cozy and makes an ideal place for romantic dinners.

Tip: try their seafood okro.

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Sun - Sat:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Veggie Victory
African, Vegetarian, $$$$

Noodles with vegmeat | Courtesy of Veggie Victory

The only vegetarian restaurant in Lagos, they specialize in using locally sourced ingredients to prepare local meals that taste like heaven. An open-air restaurant, it is ideal for groups and also family friendly.
More Info
Sun - Sat:
11:00 am - 10:30 pm

Atmosphere:

Fast Casual
Olaiya Food Canteen
Restaurant, African, $$$
Amala ati ewedu with fish and goatmeat stew

Amala ati ewedu with fish and goatmeat stew | Courtesy of Bukka Hut

Traditionally styled a Yoruba Buka, Olaiya Food Canteen specializes in meals predominantly from the southwestern part of the country. For your piping hot amala, it is advisable that you check out this joint. The environment is unpretentious and totally committed to the gastronome experience. Ideal for groups and family friendly.

Amala ati ewedu with fish and goatmeat stew |Courtesy of Bukka Hut

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Calabar Kitchen
Restaurant, African, $$$$

Seafood Okro | Courtesy of Calabar Kitchen

Primarily dedicated to providing cuisine from the southeastern part of Nigeria (particularly Cross River), Calabar Kitchen is great for getting a taste of Nigeria through Lagos. With offerings like fisherman soup, banga soup, yam porridge and several other soups and swallows (pounded yam, garri/eba, starch, etc), the kitchen has come to establish itself as one of the go-to places for homey, well-prepared meals.
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Sun - Sat:
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Utazi Restaurant and Café
Restaurant, African, $$$
Egusi Soup

Egusi Soup | Courtesy of Utazi Restaurant

Another restaurant where you can experience southeastern cuisine in Lagos, but with primarily igbo dishes. Utazi restaurant makes really delicious local means like beans, plantain and fried fish. Their seafood okro is delightful and they make really great peppered snail.

Tip: For the adventurous, Nkwobi is a must-try.

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Natives Restaurant
Restaurant, African, $$$$
The restaurant specializes in meals from the southern part of the country, they also feature food primarily considered “street food” (like roasted plantain and ugba with fish), they also offer abacha and various other delicious meals. They also prepare meals on order.
More Info
Sun - Sat:
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Jevinik Restaurant
Restaurant, African, $$$$

Ekpang Nkukwo | Courtesy of Jevinik Restaurant

A family styled restaurant specializing in meals from both the southeastern and western part of Nigeria. The meals are delicious, filling, and economical.
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Mon - Sat:
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mama Cass Restaurant
African, $$$$
Styled as a quick service restaurant, Mama Cass provides a variety of local and continental dishes, they also have a wide array of pastries. Their specialty is southwestern and they sometimes put a twist on time-honored local ingredients, inventing new dishes to titillate the palate.

Ofada Rice with turkey, vegetables and moinmoin |Courtesy Bukka Hut

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Bukka Hut
Restaurant, African, $$$$

Pap and Akara | Courtesy of Bukka Hut

Bukka Hut specializes in rice dishes made locally. The rice is locally grown and unprocessed, thus bringing its own distinctive flavor to dishes like jollof-rice, fried rice, coconut rice, and more. They also make stews and soups as an accompaniment to the rice dishes.
More Info
Mon - Fri:
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat - None:
8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Atmosphere:

Quirky
The Place Restaurant

With a wide variety of food from the southeastern and southwestern part of Nigeria, The Place is a great restaurant to have pocket-friendly meals that are delicious and homely. Designed along the lines of a fast food restaurant, it aims for an open and airy feel. Ideal for groups and family friendly, the place has several outlets both on the Island and mainland of Lagos.

Tip: They make a mean efo-riro that can act as an accompaniment with pounded yam or any other meal of choice.

Fufu and Efo Elegusi |Courtesy of The Place Restaurant

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Sun :
7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Budget
$$
Yellow Chilli Restaurant and Bar

A very ambitious restaurant that has tried to incorporate meals from every part of the continent into their menu, Yellow Chilli, with two outlets (one on the Island and the other on the mainland), does best with meals from the southwestern part of Nigeria. The restaurant is cozy and makes an ideal place for romantic dinners.

Tip: try their seafood okro.

Sea Food Basket |Courtesy of Yellow Chilli

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Sun - Sat :
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Budget
$$
Veggie Victory

The only vegetarian restaurant in Lagos, they specialize in using locally sourced ingredients to prepare local meals that taste like heaven. An open-air restaurant, it is ideal for groups and also family friendly.

Noodles with vegmeat |Courtesy of Veggie Victory

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Sun - Sat :
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Budget
$$
Olaiya Food Canteen

Traditionally styled a Yoruba Buka, Olaiya Food Canteen specializes in meals predominantly from the southwestern part of the country. For your piping hot amala, it is advisable that you check out this joint. The environment is unpretentious and totally committed to the gastronome experience. Ideal for groups and family friendly.

Amala ati ewedu with fish and goatmeat stew |Courtesy of Bukka Hut

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Sun - Sat :
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Budget
$$
Calabar Kitchen

Primarily dedicated to providing cuisine from the southeastern part of Nigeria (particularly Cross River), Calabar Kitchen is great for getting a taste of Nigeria through Lagos. With offerings like fisherman soup, banga soup, yam porridge and several other soups and swallows (pounded yam, garri/eba, starch, etc), the kitchen has come to establish itself as one of the go-to places for homey, well-prepared meals.

Seafood Okro |Courtesy of Calabar Kitchen

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Sun - Sat :
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Budget
$$
Utazi Restaurant and Café

Another restaurant where you can experience southeastern cuisine in Lagos, but with primarily igbo dishes. Utazi restaurant makes really delicious local means like beans, plantain and fried fish. Their seafood okro is delightful and they make really great peppered snail.

Tip: For the adventurous, Nkwobi is a must-try.

Egusi Soup

Egusi Soup

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Sun - Sat :
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Budget
$$
Natives Restaurant

The restaurant specializes in meals from the southern part of the country, they also feature food primarily considered “street food” (like roasted plantain and ugba with fish), they also offer abacha and various other delicious meals. They also prepare meals on order.

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Sun - Sat :
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Budget
$$
Jevinik Restaurant

A family styled restaurant specializing in meals from both the southeastern and western part of Nigeria. The meals are delicious, filling, and economical.

Ekpang Nkukwo|Courtesy of Jevinik Restaurant

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon - Sat :
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Budget
$$
Mama Cass Restaurant

Styled as a quick service restaurant, Mama Cass provides a variety of local and continental dishes, they also have a wide array of pastries. Their specialty is southwestern and they sometimes put a twist on time-honored local ingredients, inventing new dishes to titillate the palate.

Ofada Rice with turkey, vegetables and moinmoin |Courtesy Bukka Hut

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Opening Hours
Sun - Sat :
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Budget
$$
Bukka Hut

Bukka Hut specializes in rice dishes made locally. The rice is locally grown and unprocessed, thus bringing its own distinctive flavor to dishes like jollof-rice, fried rice, coconut rice, and more. They also make stews and soups as an accompaniment to the rice dishes.

Pap and Akara |Courtesy of Bukka Hut

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon - Fri :
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat - None :
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Budget
$$