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Port Vila Restaurant Guide

Port Vila has, on many occasions, been dubbed the ‘gourmet capital of the South Pacific’, and not without reason! The country’s French/English influence on the Melanesian flavours mean that you’ll come across a variety of delightful dishes, and with over 40 restaurants in Port Vila, and more around Efate, your biggest struggle will be deciding where to eat.

Francesca's Beach Club

We’re cheating a little bit by calling this a Port Vila restaurant, as it’s technically on the Havannah Coast, but we promise you that the journey is worth it! The stunning setting overlooking Havannah Harbour, with cabanas for larger groups, and tables under vines for smaller groups, will leave you in awe before you’ve even looked at the menu.

The owner, Francesca, has brought some of her favourite dishes from her native Italy, and added a Vanuatu twist. The result? A delightful meal in a stunning setting.

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Stonegrill

Vanuatu's steak is well-reputed because of just how tender the beef is. The local cattle eat coconut husks as they roam freely through the trees, which makes the product particularly delicious.

Stonegrill uses this steak, and you cook it yourself to your preferred texture on hot volcanic rock, with some sides included.

In addition to the steaks, the seafood menu is quite impressive with Stonegrill offering local, fresh fish like poulet and shellfish. Be sure to check out the delectable wine list, and save room for dessert (you can thank us for that suggestion later).

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K2 Kitchen

Catering to a wide array of palates (vegans, vegetarians, dietary requirements etc), K2 Kitchen offers a relaxed, friendly dining experience, built around converted shipping containers. The menu takes global favourites, and adds a range of special Vanuatu twists to deliver unforgettable dining experiences.

The produce comes from all around Vanuatu, such as green mangoes from Malekula, tomatoes from the Taleva Coast and Nangae nut from Santo. They offer catering to holiday homes and villas, and if you find yourself really enjoying your dining experience, they have a range of in-house spices and food gifts to take home.

With a playground for kids and great friendly service, it's somewhere the whole family can go to enjoy an afternoon out.

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Blue Marlin Club

Set atop a hill, just moments walk from Port Vila Market, Blue Marlin Club has been a strong presence in the Vila culinary scene, priding itself on fresh seafood and fine wine selection, accompanied by 5 star service.

With views across Port Vila Harbour, you'll find yourself enjoying the food, the wine, the service and the outlook.

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Reefers Restaurant

With a great view for sunset, and a stellar menu, Reefers is a great spot to eat, drink and just take in the amazing views over Port Vila Harbour. The restaurant is also well known for its rum bar and delightful ceviche, so be sure to try these out (either simultaneously or separately) for a cracking meal.

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Le Cafe du Village

With stunning views (like what you see on the left) across Port Vila Harbour, Le Cafe du Village beckons with its ever-changing menu which harnesses French-Mediterranean culinary traditions and pairs them with fresh, local produce. The staff are specially selected by the owners to provide the highest level of service, so that every aspect of your Cafe du Ville experience is infallible.

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner (and even for a coffee or drink between meals), Le Cafe du Village caters to all tastes with its fine dining and views.

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L'Houstalet

A stalwart of the Port Vila dining scene, L'Houstalet invites its guests to feel as though they're staying at a 'well-catered home farm stay' with its decor and hearty, fresh French cuisine.

Its steak and local shellfish dishes have guests continuing to return, while it also lists a range of alternate meats on its menu. The wine list is also well-regarded and worth sampling.

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Au Fare

The beauty of Au Fare (other than the amazing views over Port Vila Harbour), is that you can enjoy some delicious French/Melanesian fusion cuisine and pick your lobster straight from the tank. The restaurant also has amazing fresh seafood, and only works with the freshest of produce.

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