13 Best Restaurants in Namibia

Flamingo Villa Restaurant

$$$ Fodor's choice

The in-house restaurant at the Flamingo Villa Boutique Hotel, with a stunning view of the lagoon, is the best fine-dining establishment in Walvis Bay. With exceptional attention to detail and service, the menu combines flavors of Europe and the Mediterranean with Namibian ingredients. The ‘Flamingo Style’ kapana and seafood platter will have you coming back every night, so will the glorious cocktails out on the bar terrace at sunset. The attentive management of the hotel spills into the restaurant and the chef often comes out to chat with the guests.

Joe's Beerhouse

$$ Fodor's choice

If you only have a single night to spend in the capital city, make sure you swing by Joe’s Beerhouse, whether it’s to sample a large selection of local craft beers, savor their generous portions of German and Namibian food, or to marvel at the thousands of pieces of eclectic memorabilia and knick-knacks on display, from stuffed animals and road signs to antiques and wire art. This quirky Windhoek institution will make for very memorable photos no matter whether you choose to sit indoors or out. Despite the vast amount of people who usually frequent this popular jaunt, the service is fairly prompt. The restaurant also offers a shuttle service for its patrons, which is added to the restaurant bill.

160 Nelson Mandela Ave., Windhoek, Namibia
Known For
  • lively atmosphere which makes it easy to meet other travelers
  • extensive menu with a variety of choices— try Joe’s Jägerschnitzel
  • their own branded merchandise
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Reservations recommended

Leo's at the Castle

$$ Fodor's choice

Arguably Windhoek's only true fine-dining establishment—with a price tag to match—Leo's is literally in a castle on a hill. The small chandelier-dazzled dining room has fabulous views of the city and the haute cuisine is both gorgeously prepared and presented. Inside, it's all Champagne and taupe elegance, and sepia prints of early-20th-century photographs of the castle. The seasonal menu is not large but focuses on meat, with a couple of fresh fish and vegetarian options. The wine list is an impressive tome with at least 9,000 bottles available to choose from at any given time.

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Anchors @ The Jetty


This popular quintessential seaside restaurant is under new management as of late 2021 and has received a facelift, plus a distinct Portuguese flavor to its new menu – worry not as their world-famous grilled or fried calamari is still available. This is the place to satisfy your appetite for seafood, with a decent selection of meat options, as well as a superb view. Sitting right on the water's edge, Anchors is the perfect spot to sip a glass of sparkling wine and eat the freshest west coast oysters, as you watch boats go to and fro.

It's the perfect sundowner spot as it faces the setting sun as it slides down into the horizon over the sea.

Brewer & Butcher


One of the in-house restaurants at the Strand Hotel, this genuine steak house has an inviting and lively atmosphere that will set you at ease at once. The steaks are A+ and the four craft beers from the in-house microbrewery pair well with a succulent piece of grilled game loin or a grilled Namibian Kapana experience, where the meat is grilled on an open fire, sliced, and sprinkled with traditional kapana spice. There are only a few vegetarian options. The outside fire pits are a great place to gather with friends for the beer tasting palette and a side of barbecue wings before dinner; you'll never tire of the view over the misty beaches of Swakopmund.

Café Anton


The palm-shaded terrace at this classic little café is a good place to take a break after perusing the curio market around the lighthouse. Watch the world go by while you savor scrumptious home-baked cakes and pastries, or enjoy a late afternoon tea with hazelnut triangles, custard-filled danishes, or croissants. Breakfast (buffet or à la carte style) is served until 11 am, and a small selection of light lunch options, like toasted sandwiches and soups, are served from 12 pm until 2 pm.

Green Basket Cafe


If you’re looking for something traditionally Namibian/South African to eat, try the vetkoek with savory mince or the mielie pap and stew, as well as the peppermint crisp tart at this café on the main road through Katima Mulilo. Wash it down with a smoothie, shake, or gourmet coffee, as you watch indigenous birds frolicking in the luscious garden. While there are no airs or graces here, expect hearty, homemade food and friendly service. They also operate a small kiosk at the Katima Mulilo Airport that serves beverages and snacks to grab on the go.

539 Mpacha Rd., Namibia
Known For
  • doubles up as an unofficial tourism information center
  • you can rent a car or book a transfer, tour, or accommodation here
  • sells handmade souvenirs made by locals
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: No dinner

Hansa Hotel Main Restaurant


Full of old-world charm, the restaurant in this perfectly restored 1905 German colonial building looks out onto the manicured garden. This is the perfect place for that special-occasion dinner because the service is impeccable, the wine list excellent, and the menu is a broad selection of good, rich food such as venison steak and Namibian seafood delicacies. Whatever you do, make sure you start with the Kalahari cappuccino (a creamy soup made from Kalahari truffles) and end with the theatrical colonial coffee in the adjoining bar. It is on the pricey side, but certainly worth it.

3 Hendrik Witbooi St., Swakopmund, Namibia
Known For
  • come here for something unique
  • generous portions
  • first-class service
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Reservations essential

Jetty 1905


This restaurant, situated right at the end of Swakopmund's famous Jetty 1905, is a cocoon of warmth where patrons can sip wine and eat oysters while watching the Atlantic Ocean heave around them. Seafood is the recommended food choice—try the crumbed Camembert starter or the finger-licking-good grilled prawns—but there are meat options as well. The glass walls and gentle swaying makes for exciting sensations.

Be on the safe side and make a reservation for dinner.

Molen Rd., Swakopmund, Namibia
Known For
  • great location
  • fresh oysters and well-prepared sushi
  • a bustling yet romantic option
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: No lunch Mon.–Thurs.

The Brauhaus


A Swakopmund institution, the Brauhaus is a typical German restaurant where the beer flows and the big wooden tables invite long sit-downs over hearty lunches and dinners. The German fare—schnitzel, bratwurst, and rosti (similar to a potato pancake)—is excellent, but if goulash and sauerkraut don't do it for you, there is a large selection of steaks and game meat, as well as seafood and even a few pasta and vegetarian options. A lively gathering place on Saturday afternoons, this is the place to mingle with the (mostly Germanic) locals. The service can sometimes be unpredictable.

Sam Nujoma Ave., Swakopmund, Namibia
Known For
  • hearty German fare, especially the eisbein
  • good selection of beers
  • great vibe especially on Saturday
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun.

The Raft


The Raft enjoys a spectacular view from its perch out over beautiful Walvis Bay Lagoon. Divided into two parts—bar to the right, restaurant to the left—this warm and friendly establishment seems to be a favorite with locals. The menu is extensive, with the usual array of seafood, sushi, red meat (try the Bushman Platter, if you're really hungry), and the requisite pasta and vegetarian options (pizzas and burgers available at the bar only). The bar area lacks character but the view from the restaurant section is perfect for a lovely relaxing lunch.

The Stellenbosch Wine Bar and Bistro


A favorite restaurant among locals, this bistro-style steak house champions perfectly prepared Namibian meat and first-rate South African wine. The fairly large menu can be overwhelming, but only because it's all so delicious. Try the Kalahari venison bites for starters and the slow-cooked pork belly for mains or keep it traditional and have a good old-fashioned steak excellently prepared. Grab one of the tables set in the captivating courtyard warmed by outdoor heaters (on cooler nights).

Always book in advance as this place is extremely popular.

320 Sam Nujoma Dr., Windhoek, Namibia
Known For
  • selection of grass-fed beef classic steaks
  • matchless wine selection at good range of prices
  • prompt and professional service
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun.

The Tug


It's all about location at the Tug, which, as its name suggests, is actually an old tugboat that has been raised up and moored next to the jetty. The restaurant is known for its fresh, locally sourced seafood—especially the local Walvis Bay oysters—which are some of the best in the world, but there are creative seafood alternatives like venison (oryx, springbok, kudu and zebra), though not many vegetarian meals. The outside deck is a coveted location for a summer sundowner and it's always bustling with visitors and locals; alternatively enjoy an after-dinner drink in the bar which feels like you're in the boat's bridge. Be aware of the menu pricing, as they charge extra for sides and sauces that should be included with the meal.

Try to reserve (at least a week in advance) a sea-view table so you can watch the ocean crashing just beneath you.

Swakopmund, Namibia
Known For
  • lively atmosphere
  • fresh, locally sourced seafood
  • incredible location and views
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: No lunch Mon.–Fri., Reservations essential