4 Best Restaurants in Arusha, Tanzania

Blue Heron

$ Fodor's choice

A popular hangout for the ex-pat community, the Blue Heron has long been the go-to spot for alfresco dining in Arusha with authentic Italian pizza, local wines and beers, generous salads, and an all-you-can-eat Sunday brunch. The quirky and unique atmosphere of dining under an umbrella of twisted beach wood leads out to expansive lawns and views of Mount Meru. While you wait, check out the on-site shop for souvenirs like jewelry, furniture, textiles, and sweets or coffee.


$$ Fodor's choice

A fusion of French and Swahili cuisine, the hallmark of one of Arusha's top restaurants is its inventive daily changing signature menu as well as lunches that feature dishes like Swahili-style red snapper en papillote (cooked in a paper wrapper), mixed grilled skewers with Belgium fries, and garden green pea soup. The outdoor dining terrace has magnificent views over the valley towards Arusha town, making it a popular spot for those seeking some quiet and comfort in classic style. Reservations are essential.

Fifi´s Restaurant & Café


If you're looking for a quick meal in between flights or safaris, Fifi's is a firm favorite for those looking for simple fare in a relaxed, casual dining atmosphere. The menu is a lovely fusion of Tanzanian favorites—mishkaki (spicy cubes of grilled beef) and mtori soup (aka banana soup)—and international fare like burgers and homemade pancakes. There is also free Wi-Fi if you need to catch up on the news of the world, decent coffee, and a cute boutique shop. 

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The Grill Room


If you're looking for fresh and well-prepared dishes in a fine dining setting, Arusha Coffee Lodge's Grill Room is a star in the local fine-dining scene. The eclectic and modern à la carte menu features dishes like grilled steaks with Swahili spices and Tanzania Chips Mayai (a French fry omelet) alongside fresh curries. With superb wine pairings and their famous coffee always available, this is a great evening out.