10 Top Restaurants in Uganda

Nyanja Restaurant at dusk
Nyanja Restaurant at dusk | © Speke Resort

A get-together over food is always a celebration in Uganda, so why not go on a culinary tour with our pick of the top restaurants in the country?

1. Nyanja Restaurant

Hotel Restaurant, African, Indian, Contemporary

Nyanja Restaurant
© Speke Resort Munyonyo

Housed in the somewhat intimidating Speke Resort Munyonyo, Nyanja Restaurant’s food prices are nevertheless astonishingly affordable. Nyanja Restaurant has a delightful and laid-back ambiance and takes great care to create a special culinary experience. Whether you want a four-course meal or just a light snack by the lakeside, Nyanja Restaurant has everything you need.

2. Café Javas

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

Cafe Javas
© Cafe Javas

Café Javas is a full-service, casual, coffee-themed chain restaurant. Located in the most convenient places, Café Javas restaurants provide a safe haven after a busy day’s shopping, or a quick break from the office. The top-quality customer service keeps bringing its customers back in throngs; you would think everyone in Kampala dines here. Café Javas is also well known for its generous portions at great prices.

3. The Bistro

Bistro, Asian, Mexican, Mediterranean, American

The Bistro Patio
© The Bistro

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

4. Mythos Greek Taverna and Lounge

Restaurant, Greek, African

The interior of the restaurant
© Mythos Greek Taverna and Lounge

Mythos 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. Mythos’ menu respects authentic Greek cuisine and combines it with a contemporary approach. They serve meals using only the freshest local produce and imported Greek spices for that authentic taste.

5. Dasarang House

Restaurant, Asian, Korean

Dasarang House
Olive Nakiyemba / © Culture Trip

If you belong to the masses being swept away in the K-world with the current huge popularity of Korean dramas and Korean pop music, or if you merely want to try something new and wonder where you can get a taste of Korean food without breaking the bank, Dasarang House is the place. With its signature healthy soups served in a quaint ambiance, a visit always feels like a trip back to the parents’ house for a home-cooked meal.

6. Java House Jinja

Restaurant, Contemporary, African

Java House Jinja
© Java House Jinja

After Java House spread through Kenya, it made its journey to Uganda, and has turned Jinja into one of its many homes in the country. Java House is known for its rich and tasteful coffee and gourmet culture. It’s spacious and ideal for both families and private parties.

7. The Pearl of Africa Restaurant and Champagne Bar

Hotel Restaurant, Contemporary, Asian, American, Italian, African

Pearl of Africa Restaurant and Champagne Bar
© Serena Hotel

A fine-dining experience like no other, The Pearl of Africa offers an intuitive fusion of menu choices, featuring international, national and regional cuisine. This unique restaurant offers elegant niche seating, a more relaxed outdoor terrace where fountains play, its own exclusive private dining room (to seat 12), and an intimate yet relaxed central dining room, which centres on a raised piano dais, where a resident pianist plays nightly.

8. Dutchess

Boutique Hotel Restaurant, Italian, African

© Dutchess Restaurant

Known for its versatile menu that includes crocodile burgers and over 40 choices of excellent wood-fired pizzas and calzones, Dutchess takes great pride in being the only restaurant that serves authentic Italian cuisine in western Uganda. A stop at this elegant boutique hotel restaurant for a food adventure is highly recommended.

9. Endiro Coffee

Cafe, Restaurant, American, African, Contemporary

Housed in what used to be a coffee warehouse, Endiro Coffee is the place to go eat good portions of delicious food from their varied menu, or do a spot of work using their fast internet as you sip on some delicious Ugandan coffee. It has a soothing ambiance and is a good place to unwind after a day’s work. Your food can even be delivered.

10. O Café Gulu

Restaurant, African, American, Contemporary

O Café, Gulu
© O Café

O Café is the perfect stopover situated in the heart of Gulu town and offers an array of delicious culinary delights, warm smiles and the fastest WiFi in town. Every two weeks, O Café transforms into a stage for poets, musicians and anyone else with something to say.

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