10 Best Restaurants in Kampala

The cozy interior of The Bistro
The cozy interior of The Bistro | © The Bistro

Ugandans enjoy food. A get-together over food is, regardless of the time, always a celebration. Ugandans are open to teasing their taste buds with something new, and that’s why there seems to be a restaurant around every corner. Here are the best restaurants in Kampala.

1. The Bistro

Bistro, Asian, Mexican, Mediterranean, American

The Bistro Patio
© The Bistro
The Bistro opened its doors in August 2012 as a bright and new addition to the popular Kisementi neighborhood of Kampala, Uganda. This chic, stylish eatery brings forth a fusion menu using the very best local ingredients sourced from local markets and suppliers. An outdoor patio allows patrons to make the most of Kampala’s near perfect weather, while the comfy couches inside beckon those who are meeting friends for coffee, stopping by for an after-dinner drink, or wanting to use the free WiFi.

2. 2K Restaurant

Restaurant, African, Halal

Luwombo - steamed beef
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2K Restaurant is a premium eatery offering a completely unique and fine dining experience centered on Ugandan food. There is no doubt about the fact that this restaurant leads the pack when it comes to Ugandan food. Focusing on fresh and natural flavors, top quality produce, and expert technique results in extraordinary food that is unpretentious but delicious and beautiful. If a step away from the norm is something you’re looking for, dine at 2K Restaurant for that authentic Ugandan food experience.

3. The Lawns

Restaurant, European, BBQ

The Lawns Restaurant
© The Lawns
The Lawns gives you an experience that’s full of lush green tropical gardens, delicious meals from high quality menus, and tables adorned with fancy table cloths and a multitude of silverware. The Lawns serves a wide range of excellent game meat like gnu, springbok, impala, kudu, crocodile, hartebeest and ostrich. The extraordinary staff members go beyond just taking orders and serving food – the service is top notch and precise.

4. Tamarai Restaurant

Restaurant, Thai, Asian

Tamarai Restaurant
© Tamarai Restaurant
Tamarai specializes in Thai cuisine and Pan Asian food. The establishment prides itself on being the only restaurant in Kampala with a tea bar. With over 16 flavors imported all the way from Sri Lanka, they have the finest tea you can taste. Tamarai also offers outside catering, party venue options, deliveries, special discounts for corporate lunches and cocktail parties.

5. Mythos Greek Tervana and Lounge

Restaurant, Greek, African

The interior of the restaurant
© Mythos Greek Taverna and Lounge

The Mythos team has a passion for Greek and African heritage. The aim is to serve the best Greek food in Kampala in an elegant, warm and friendly atmosphere. The menu respects authentic Greek cuisine with a contemporary approach. They serve meals using only the freshest local produce and imported Greek spices for that authentic taste.

6. Le Chateau Brasserie Belge

Boutique Hotel Restaurant, Belgian, European

Le Chateau
© Le Chateau

Experience the best of culinary delights while enjoying typical African decor and ambiance. This 20-year-old boutique hotel restaurant proudly offers more than food for its guests. Le Chateau has mouth watering Belgian and European cuisine of the highest standard, coupled with attentive service. Le Chateau keeps reinventing itself to keep up with the new trends and tastes of its customers, delivering a faultless dining experience each time.

7. Cafe Javas

Cafe, Restaurant, Halal, Caribbean, Mexican, Italian, American

Cafe Javas
© Cafe Javas
Cafe Javas is a full service, casual coffee-themed chain restaurant. Located in the most convenient place, Cafe Javas provides a safe haven from the busy day’s shopping or a quick break from the office. Its high quality customer service keeps bringing customers back in throngs, leading you to think everyone in Kampala dines at Cafe Javas. It’s is also well known for its generous portions at great prices.

8. Khana Khazana

Restaurant, Indian

Khana Khazana
© Khana Khazana

Khana Khazana, located on John Babiha road (fondly known as the ‘restaurant street’) , is famed for its excellent service and a menu with over 140 dishes to choose from. The staff members are all dressed in uniforms inspired by the culture of India and the layout of the restaurant is unusual with an inner courtyard and water fountain. Word is that Khana Khazana serves the best Indian cuisine in town.

9. Yujo Izakaya

Restaurant, Japanese

Yujo Izakaya
© Yujo Izakaya
Yujo Izakaya is a popular, friendly and traditional Japanese restaurant that specializes in Japanese rice wine imported directly from Nara, Japan. Yujo features a hot kitchen and a sushi bar with fresh local ingredients.

10. Mediterraneo

Boutique Hotel Restaurant, Italian, European

© Mediterraneo

Mediterraneo is the restaurant in boutique hotel Villa Kololo. It’s one of the most upscale restaurants in the city with the finest menus. The extensive Italian menu is famous for the pizzas cooked in wood-fired ovens, pastas and fillets. The decor is intimate, lovely, cozy and makes a great place for romantic date nights. The service is exceptional as their servers are always warm and efficient.

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