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.
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 place is truly something on an island where tourists are not spoilt for choice of clean, good quality, service-driven restaurants. Located in the centre of town opposite the marketplace, it could be easily missed being upstairs in the Au Bon Marche supermarket building above a fast food outlet. It is by far the cleanest, most modern place in Port Vila. The chocolate/orange décor is bold for Port Vila, edgy and classy with crisp, white tablecoths. It looks over to Iririki Resort. The sealife in the water below is a sight, especially at night, when lit by strong floodlights.The staff (all locals) are obviously well trained and attentive without being intrusive. They are friendly and like to chat if given the opportunity.The wine list features Australian, New Zealand and French wines and the cocktail list is good - the “Nambawan” cocktail is highly recommended. The other bonus...this place is one of the few restaurants in Port Vila with air-conditioning. It is an oasis in the heart and heat of town where one can literally ‘chill’.
Favorite Dish: The “Vila Big Deala” (all of their pizza names are quirky!) was better than pizzas I have had in Australia - good amount of toppings and perfect base. The seafood platter is also a good recommendation - divine. Vegetarian options on the menu are generous and even appealing to a carnivore! Vanuatu, food-wise, is famous for beef and poulet fish (‘poulet’ meaning chicken in French because the consistency is like chicken). The beef is incredibly tender and flavoursome and organic – with mushroom sauce, it was divine. The poulet fish was as fresh as can be with a mustard cream sauce. There would easily be an export market for fish/beef of such a standard.Do it! Indulge in dessert here – chocolate soufflé with Cointreau - to die for. Paw paw and local nangae nut ice cream slice - refreshing and different. The lime tart was also good. One couple admitted they had been to Chill for lunch and returned for a second lime tart that same afternoon. Fresh cakes are available - there were even real Aussie lamingtons and the coffee is actually good…it is hard to find good coffee in Vila!Lime juice is popular in Port Vila and it could be fair to say you could use it as a benchmark for judging restaurants in this town. Chill’s was perfect - not too sweet and not too tart - a perfect refreshment in the tropics.
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!
Awesome breakfasts that are half the price as everyone else in town! Value for money is something missing in Vanuatu then along came Pacific Cafe! A bit of everything is on the all day menu with the take aways extremely cheap!!!!
Favorite Dish: Sausage and Eggs (Breakfast menu) I am full afterwards and it cost me 500VT ($6 AUS)
Carbonara (Day menu) 600VT ($6.20 AUS) Filling and amazingly Light Cream Sauce!
Chinese Roast Chicken Take Away with Chips/ Rice 350VT ($4 AUS) TASTY!!!!
CHEAP INTERNET AS WELL!
This place is UNBELIEVABLE! When you book, ask for a table by the water's edge. You won't regret it. The river is lit from underneath and you can see all the fish (and there are a lot!) swimming around under the water. You can feed them from your table, we were tipping the bread crumbs off our plates all night. The lighting is magnificent, the food is lovely, and the entire experience is absolutely magical. I cannot stress enough, if you only go to one restaurant in Port Vila, make it this one!
Favorite Dish: The lamb cutlets were very tasty. I'm afraid I was too busy gawking at the view to go into much more detail about the food!
A beautiful restaurant and a gorgeous hotel. This place is definitely worth a visit. You arrive out the front of the hotel and a man dressed in traditional Vanuatu costume opens your car door for you. The lobby is spectacular, and you can feel free to wander around a bit before you head to the restaurant. We walked down the 'spider-web' bridge which spans the prettily lit lagoon (we were there at night) to pathways on the other side. Very sweet and romantic! Then we went back over the lagoon and down to the restaurant which is located on a balcony like structure which looks down over the lagoon. I don't see how you could not like it!
Favorite Dish: We had the seafood, as we felt that it would probably be a bit safer at a large hotel. The food was nice, but it's the location that makes this restaurant.
"Le Rendez Vous" is a restaurant in the town of Vila, and it has an excellent view of the bay and of your cruiseship !
Le Rendez Vous is open daily, seven days a week for lunch and dinner !
Dont miss to take a look at its wooden sculptures in the car-park, see some pics of them in my "things to do" tips !
Favorite Dish: I just had a coffee and a cake, so I cannot say much about the food they are serving !
The perfect getaway! It is secluded and situated right on the beach so while you enjoy your Gin & Tonic, relax. This is trully an experience of relaxation and a lunch turns into an early dinner because no one leaves!!! Try and book because it does get busy with the locals.
THE BLACK BOARD SPECIALS ARE ALWAYS OUTSTANDING!!!!!!!!!!!
Favorite Dish: Gin & Tonic (South Gin)
Champagne (Moet & Chandon)
Lobster Tail Salad as the (entree)
Seared Tuna on a bed of Wasabi Mash (Main)
Creme Brule (Desert)
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 place is absolutely gorgeous. We came for lunch on a sunny day, and ate at the restaurant before laying on the beach and swimming out amongst the HUGE starfish and the TINY jumping fish. Definitely worth a visit, but the food was not very good so maybe come for a daytime cocktail and snack instead of for a full meal.
Favorite Dish: Not very good I'm afraid, althought the drinks were nice, and the dessert wasn't too bad.
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.
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.
Atmospheric local little bar on the main road, fills with Aussies and other travellers when the cruise ship docks in. Great atmosphere, easy to strike up a conversation with locals and tourists. The perfect place to escape the balmy sun.