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 seafood; lady fish, barracuda, butter fish and Atlantic prawns are just some of what you'll 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.

Ngala's restaurant

Buddha Restaurant & Lounge - Cape Point

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

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



Boss Lady – Kotu

Popular restaurant with an informal atmosphere serving good quality authentic Gambian cuisine.



The Clay Oven - Fajara

Longstanding and extremely popular Indian restaurant.

Tandoor Indian Restaurant - Kotu Craft Market

Freshly cooked authentic Indian cuisine at reasonable prices in a relaxed setting.



Gustos - Kololi

Italian Restaurant and Bar for dinner and/or drinks.


Luigi's - South Kotu

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



Buddha Restaurant & Lounge - Cape Point

Modern Asian cuisine with Mediterranean alternatives



Shiraz - South Kotu

Excellent home-cooked Lebanese food, very popular.

Al Rawshe - Kololi

Traditional Lebanese cuisine, with a buffet night on Fridays



El Sol - Kololi

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



Leo's Restaurant - Brufut Heights

Mediterranean cuisine made with fresh and healthy local produce in the beautiful modern setting of the Leo's Beach Hotel.

Vineyard - The Village Complex, Kololi

Classy air-conditioned restaurant with an excellent menu.



Al Terrace - Kololi

A newly opened restaurant that is quickly gaining in popularity.

The Brasserie - Kombo Beach Hotel, Kotu

Great food in a relaxed atmosphere plus ocean views.

The Butcher's Shop - Fajara

Quality international restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Calypso - Cape Point

Spectacular beachside setting for informal dining. Read our review.

Captain's Table - Kotu

Excellent à la carte restaurant in an attractive outdoor setting.

Gaya Art café Restaurant - Kololi

Variety of cultural cuisine served in a cosy atmosphere.

Gida's Garden - Fajara

Enjoy this serene garden setting under the shade of a bantaba.

Kori d'Or – Kololi

A la carte cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere. Kori d'Or is also a lovely location for pre or post dinner drinks.

La Cucina Restaurant – Cape Point

Contemporary seafood with a fantastic ambience.

Ningki Nangka Beach Restaurant – Kotu

An à la carte oceanfront restaurant with wonderful food, great service and a tranquil atmosphere.

Reo's Bar & Restaurant – Kololi

Contemporary décor and friendly atmosphere offering pasta, seafood, grills, tapas and African specials plus live football matches and a pool table.

Sea Shells - Senegambia strip

Serves lunch and evening menus with a variety of international cuisine


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 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.


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 two 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.