This restaurant is so beautiful. It has a lovely view out across the water, and tables out on the lawn right next to the water, but the service is absolutely appauling and I would never ever go back. The first time we arrived to look at the menu, we had already been out to dinner and were just stopping by the check it out. The maitre'd actually ADMONISHED us for being 'so late' and told us that if we wanted to eat there we'd have to come back earlier. I couldn't believe we'd been told off when all we wanted to do was look at the menu! When we did go for dinner, we took a bottle of wine. As we were seated, we asked the waiter to open the wine and bring glasses. Ten minutes later we could see him setting one of the other tables. My boyfriend went over and asked him about our wine and he said he had forgotten. It took another 10 minutes until we actually got the glasses. Then, we ordered our food. The menu did not mention that the prawns would be battered, and I'm allergic to wheat. When they arrived, we asked if the batter was wheat. The waiter took the plate, went to ask, and then didn't come back. Finally, we had to ask another waiter what was happening, and the dish was brought back cold and we were informed that it did indeed have wheat. We asked if we could order something else, and were informed that the kitchen was now closed. If we had been served promptly the kitchen would still have been open! We swapped meals so that we could at least eat (now that it was cold) and then were told that since the kitchen was closed we couldn't have dessert. You would think that we were alone in this mess, but no kidding, I could hear the same scenario being played out in different ways all around us. A group of 8 sitting near us were already complaining when we first sat down. The entire meal was a debacle, if you're looking for a nice night, don't go to Rossi's!
Favorite Dish: The food was nice (if cold), but it really wasn't worth it.
This is another beautiful hotel restaurant. You get a free ferry over to the island from the centre of town, and then walk up to the restaurant and look back at town as you eat. It's very pretty, and very romantic, but you could also be anywhere. The food was lovely, and the environment was nice. My boyfriend loved it, and I thought it was nice so I suppose it gets a recommendation!
Favorite Dish: The steak was great.
This place has cocktails in coconuts. What more do you need? But really, the menu is basic, and if you have a diet with special needs then this probably isn't the place for you, but otherwise if you're looking for a cheaper alternative to some of the upmarket restaurants then this could be the spot. They also have a pool table, and obviously a bar! A band played the night that we were there, and the place was moderately full so it seems like other people liked it.
Favorite Dish: The battered squid was yummy, but the bangers and mash could be missed.
This little restaurant is tucked out of the way and is a very 'tropical experience'. We had delicious food and the ambience was just lovely. Very quiet and intimate, if I had to choose my three favourite restaurants in Port Vila this one would definitely make it onto the list, and trust me we went to a lot! It's a little more expensive than 'average', but I don't think a lot of people would want to be visiting the average Vanuatu eatery.
Favorite Dish: The tropical chicken was so great, who would have throught that chicken would go with pineapple, banana, and mangoe chutney?
This unsuspecting little bakery has the best meat pies! It's situated on the road leading to the Meridien hotel, just after the jail (!!) on the left hand side. They are worth the visit.
Favorite Dish: The breads and the meat pies are delicious, and cheap.
The Rossi is a restaurant situated on the water with great views of the harbour. It's consistently good and the staff/ambiance is fun. There is a large table with magazines and typically you'll see people reading and drinking coffee. It's a good place to have a party.
Favorite Dish: Cajun Tuna is great, it comes with three pieces of fish and a ceasar salad! A great meal!
They also make great pizzas. My favorite is the Mob's Favorite!
Just off the main drag, this tiny romantic restaurant was a surprise pot of gold. The waiter, Leslie, was professional and attentive and always remembered our favorites. Without doubt, the best dish is the steaks. They use the local "Santo" beef and they are cooked to perfection.
Favorite Dish: Without doubt, the best dish is their steaks. They use the local "Santo" beef and you could cut it with a butter knife. Good to know that they cook on the rare side, (french) so take that into consideration. My favorite steak is the mustard steak. Delicious!
This restaurant became our favorite - great service, nice ambiance, and delicious food. The waiters knew us and always were very polite, trying to teach us the local dialect, Bislama. The restaurant is situated in a boutique hotel and has romantic views of the water and the sunset. Light music is usually playing ( like Nora Jones). Tilly's specializes in Tapas and our favorite became the gaspacho oyster shooters. I was even given the recipe from the chef! I would recommend how their fish of the day is prepared, with a nice pesto sauce.
Jill's Cafe has all sorts of hot dogs and burgers etc. The food is fairly plain but it seems to be a very popular place for the tourists... The cafe has a nice view of the water and an outdoor eating area...
Favorite Dish: I had a Hawaiian hot dog...the dog wasn't so good but the bun and filling were great. :)
The Waterfront Bar & Grill is a nice open air restaurant with a great atmosphere.
We went there to try the coconut crab but they don't serve coconut crab any more since it has become an endangered species so we had something else instead... The food was good and the location was great...
We had lunch at both the restaurant section and cafe section of this place. The restaurant was definitely better food but the prices were higher. The view from the top of the restaurant is nice too...and you can watch the fish in the water below.
We ate at the Flaming Bull Steakhouse (attached to the Office Pub) on our first night in Vanuatu... The food was fine and the prices were reasonable (or similar to others)...
Favorite Dish: I had fish & chips and they were good!
Mangoes Restaurant is part of the resort... They have great food at reasonable prices. We had a free light breakfast every morning (pancakes, toast, french toast or honey & banana on toast). We also had 3 other meals there and each was very good.
Favorite Dish: Probably the most fun was the seafood platter which costed 3500 vatu (about A$40) for the two of us...
I also loved the cocktails at Mangoes...they always came out decorated with flowers and fruit. :)
Port Vila is becoming known as the gourmet capital of the South Pacific. The potpourri of expatriate cultures is reflected in food styles served in over forty restaurants and cafes - French, Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Mexican, Thai, Melanesian and Mediterranean. You can buy an Aussie meat pie or American chili dog, sip cappuccino in one of the many outdoor cafes or purchase pates and salads from a patisserie.
Favorite Dish: French dishes provide an elegant sufficiency should you be starving English, Asian or any other cuisine is recommended.
The restaurant is right on the bay, so you've got a great view anytime of the day. The staffare as good as the seafood. Locals provide entertainment on most nights.
Favorite Dish: Anything with seafood in it.