Food & Restaurants

One of the major reasons for people returning to The Gambia time and time again is the quality and diversity of the cuisine available - you'll definitely not go hungry!

The Gambia is renowned for its abundant supply of fresh sea food; lady fish, barracuda, butter fish, atlantic prawns are just some you will find on many menus.

In beach bars in the south of the country you can order the 'catch of the day' and the staff will go to the local fishing village and purchase some of the freshly caught fish for you.

Traditional Gambian Dishes

There are four main traditional Gambian dishes which can be made with fish, meat or chicken.

  • Benachin - Rice cooked with meat or fish and vegetables and tomatoes.
  • Domoda - Meat stewed in peanut puree and served with rice.
  • Superkanja - A mix of okra, fish or meat, palm oil, onions and pepper boiled together.
  • Chicken Yassa - Chicken cooked with fresh lime, onions and ground black pepper.
 

Types of Restaurants

Fine Dining:

Ngala Lodge - Fajara

Fantastic international cuisine with a Mediterranean influence in a superb location overlooking the ocean.

Inside restaurant

 
Red Croc - Cape Point

Ocean Bay's à la carte restaurant with an unrivaled position next to the ocean.

Red Croc Menu

 
Coco Ocean Resort & Spa - Bijilo

A choice of restaurants is available at Coco Ocean Resort & Spa, with international chefs producing dishes from Morocco, Thailand, Lebanon and Europe. Enjoy something prepared from one of the following menus in elegant and exquisite surroundings:

Sample menus

 

Indian:

Jewel of India - Kololi

Good value for money and tasty food in comfortable surroundings.

Jewel of India Menu

Taj - Cape Point

Friendly atmosphere. Watch live football matches here!

The Clay Oven - Fajara

Longstanding and extremely popular Indian restaurant.

The Clay Oven Menu

 

Italian:

Luigi's - South Kotu

Italian dishes served throughout the day and evening, popular for home made ice-creams.

 

Asian:

Tao - Kololi

(Closed 19th May - mid October)

South East Asian cuisine, particularly popular for its buffets.

Tao Menu

African:

Boss Lady (Gambian) - Kotu

Gambian open air restaurant/cafe.

 

Lebanese:

Shiraz - South Kotu

Excellent home cooked Lebanese food, very popular.

 
Al Basha - Kololi

First Class Lebanese restaurant offering an extensive selection of Eastern specialities.

 

Mexican:

El Sol - The Village Complex, Kololi

A contemporary hot spot for cocktails, tapas and Mexican specialities.

 

Mediterranean:

Vineyard - The Village Complex, Kololi

Classy air-conditioned restaurant with an excellent menu.

 

International:

The Brasserie - Kombo Beach Hotel, Kotu

Great food in a relaxed atmosphere plus ocean views.

The Brasserie Menu

 
The Butcher's Shop - Fajara

Quality restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The Butcher's Shop Menu

 
Calypso - Cape Point

Spectacular beach side setting for informal dining.

 
Captain's Table - Kotu

Excellent food in an attractive outdoor setting.

 
Casa Fernandos - Kololi

Bistro within the grounds of The Kairaba offering informal al fresco à la carte dining with live entertainment.

The Casa Fernando Menu

 
Gaya Art Cafe - Kololi

Variety of cultural cuisine served in a cosy atmosphere.

Gaya Art Cafe Menu

 

The Kora - Kololi

Bar and restaurant for drinks and/or dinner.

The Kora Menu

 
Love 2 - Kololi

Recently established by Togolese owner & chef Cyril, serving international cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere.

 
Scala - Kololi

(Closed 19th May - mid October)

Danish family run restaurant with extensive menu, good steaks.

Scala Menu

 

Casual Eating:

Al Baba GFC - Kotu Junction

Popular for pizza, chicken, steak and seafood. Good value food plus a large TV screen for sports.

 

Discount For Our Customers

When booking a package holiday with us you will receive a copy of The Gambia Experience ‘Gambia Guide’ within your ticket pack.

Within the guide, is an extensive listing plus ‘tear out money off vouchers’ for each of the following restaurants; detailing opening times, a price indicator, a description of the type of cuisine, atmosphere and features, a location map plus contact numbers to enable you to secure a reservation.

The money off vouchers will provide our customers with a saving of 10% off the total bill (in most cases - some variations and restrictions apply).

Gambia Guide

FREE Gambia Guide

Book with The Gambia Experience and receive a FREE Gambia Guide packed with info and SAVINGS at over 20 restaurants in The Gambia.

 
 

Hotel Restaurants

Many of the hotels we feature have a main restaurant and à la carte dining, the following hotels have a greater choice with three or more restaurants for guests.

The quality of a meal at any restaurant can vary and Gambian restaurants are no exception. Our local representatives can offer advice about the current reputation of restaurants and any new establishments that may have opened.