Top 10 restaurants in Blantyre, Malawi

January 26, 2018 Marlin Saiz

Blantyre (UK: /ˈblænˌtaɪə/) is Malawi's centre of finance and commerce, and its second largest city, with an estimated 1,068,681 inhabitants as of 2015. It is sometimes referred to as the commercial and industrial capital of Malawi as opposed to the political capital, Lilongwe. It is the capital of the country's Southern Region as well as the Blantyre District.
Things to do in Blantyre

1. Bombay Palace

Hannover Ave, Blantyre, Malawi Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible Indian, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner +265 888 20 02 00
Excellent
38%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 179 reviews

Bombay Palace

Reviewed By William G - Johannesburg, South Africa

Never been to an Indian restaurant that didn’t serve samosas however always a first. We have had better curries but a reasonable attempt. Recommended for a change.

2. 21 Grill on Hannover

Protea Hotel by Marriott Blantyre Ryalls | 2 Hannover Ave, Blantyre 1921, Malawi Full Bar, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards Steakhouse, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks +265 1 820 955
Excellent
55%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 267 reviews

21 Grill on Hannover

Reviewed By William G - Johannesburg, South Africa

Expensive but the best restaurant in town. Escargot and fillet steak which my son said the best steak he had even eaten.

3. Chez Maky

Kabula Hill Rd, Blantyre, Malawi Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating African, French, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +265 1 833 764
Excellent
23%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 64 reviews

Chez Maky

Reviewed By Kidest - Sydney, Australia

This was another work related dining experience. It has an enjoyable atmosphere and nice view. The food was buffet meat, potatoes and rice. Nothing spectacular but tasty. I am not sure if they have Al Cart menu but if they do it will be worth trying.

4. Casa Mia Restaurant

Kabula Hill Road | Kabula Hill, Blantyre, Malawi Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Steakhouse, Grill Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch HK$118 - HK$196 +265 111 91 55 59
Excellent
35%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 113 reviews

Casa Mia Restaurant

Casa Mia offers a menu with a variety of pasta dishes, steaks, pork and chicken inspired from the European continent. We import our seafood directly from the coast of South Africa and Mozambique. Our menu also includes some of the best steaks available in Malawi . The restaurant is well situated in a quiet suburb close to Blantyre city center and has accommodation and conferencing facilities.

Reviewed By ScatterlingsAbroad - Doha, Qatar

Lodge restaurant with tasty food and excellent wine selection. Staff very friendly and helpful. Nice Terrace. Excellent G&Ts!Thanks for your review of our restaurant. We really appreciate your input and hope that you will come again.

5. L'Hostaria

Sharpe Road,Namiwawa, Blantyre, Blantyre, Malawi Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Pizza, European, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +265 888 28 28 28
Excellent
24%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
26%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 89 reviews

L'Hostaria

Infront of Twiga Lounge Club

Reviewed By StillTravelling2009 - Florida USA

Food is always good - but not exceptional - they unfortunately do not use cloth serviettes like they used to - now using the cheapest thinnest paper ones. Winter time - cozy fire. Unfortunately do not make their great chicken liver pate anymore.

6. hostellerie de France restaurant

Chilomoni Ring Road | Namiwawa, Blantyre pb 246 bt, Malawi Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Reservations, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible French, Mediterranean, European Breakfast, Dinner HK$47 - HK$392 +265 888 83 35 86
Excellent
37%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
9%
Terrible
9%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 32 reviews

hostellerie de France restaurant

Hostellerie de France is only situated 2 minutes drive from Blantyre City Centre just off Glyn Jones Chilomoni Ring Road. The House is set in tranquil spacious Gardens with fantastic views and a large swimming pool salt water and Spa.<br>Food and Drink <br>Crab pie, seafood pie,vegetable pie,chef liver pate,brown,goose liver mousse,block of goose liver,block of duck liver,mixed salad soup of the day , caviar..... Stuffed mussels, garlic mussels, burgundy snails, squid a "l&apos;Armoricaine", frog legs, shrimps a la Provencale,caviar..... Basque chicken, stuffed chicken a la Biou, chicken in red wine sauce ( coq au vin) , roasted chicken, rabbit in white wine and mustarde sauce, roasted pork, pot au feu,roasted lamb&apos;s leg , T. Bone steack, veal cutlet ( escaloppe milanaise) tripes a la "mode de Caen", veal Marengo, beef in reed wine sauce ( boeuf Bourguignon) , curry mouton, steak tartare..... Lobster soup, red sea bream, sole, grilled crayfisch, squid a &apos;l&apos;Armoricaine", stuffed crab, stuffed mussels, garlic mussels, Big prawns "Armoricaine", lobster thermidor(order only) ..... 3 Menus with the choice A.B.C Wines : Bordeaux : Margaux, Sauternes ,Saint Emilion, Pomerol, Beau Rivage, Entre deux Mer, Medoc, Graves.... Burgundy : Saint Amour,Julianas, Moulin a Vent, Macon superieur, Beaujolais Villages, Chablis,Gevrey Chambertin, Morgon, Poiully Fuisse, Pommard, Nuit Saint Georges,Sancerre .... CA&apos;te du RhA&apos;ne : CA&apos;te du RhA&apos;ne, Chateauxneuf du Pape, Crozes Hermitage, Gigondas, Tavel... ALSACE, COTES DE PROVENCE, Corsica, LANGUEDOC, Roussillon, CHAMPAGNE, SUD AFRIQUE, Australie ,Portugal......

Reviewed By Trygvetv - Oslo, Norway

We called the hotel ahead to ask for prices and availability. We got to know that it was 60 USD for a double room, which was a bit more than we were expecting, but we thought OK. When we arrived, the receptionist told us that the price was for one person, and two persons is 70 USD. We went to see the room, which was not in a very good state, but it was late, and we had been driving the whole day, so we thought OK. Then the owner came, and told us that the price was 80 USD if the second person wants to have breakfast... I was just laughing by then, but he was serious. Then, calculating the price in Kwacha, he added another 10 percent on the rate, and asked if we wanted a receipt. If we wanted a receipt he would have to add vat, which means another 16.5 per cent. So we went from 60 to over a hundred in a matter of minutes. The location and the pool are nice, but the standard of the room does not nearly justify that price. I recommend you find another place to stay in Blantyre.

7. La Caverna & Cafe Mandala

Kaohsiung Road | Mandala House, Blantyre, Malawi Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, European, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +265 1 871 932
Excellent
50%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 112 reviews

La Caverna & Cafe Mandala

In the historic Mandala House together with the historic society and the La Caverna Art gallery and store

Reviewed By Ana Maria F - Blantyre, Malawi

The building is fantastic, the craft shop offers a nice selection of art crafts from Malawi and the region. They have also a nice small selection of Blantyre history books. The restaurant is nicely located outside, it is average in menu choices, the service is a bit slow due to the fact that they have few people waiting tables.

8. The Blue Elephant

Kidney Crescent | Ginnery Corner, Blantyre, Malawi Parking Available, Television, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, Pub, Gastropub Lunch HK$39 - HK$118 +265 1 915 559
Excellent
22%
Good
58%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
2%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 36 reviews

The Blue Elephant

The Blue elephant is a lively local pub offering fantastic buffet lunches during the week for a quick inexpensive meal. There is also an a la carte menu with a variety of bub style and continental dishes all day/night.Ideally situated for a quick drink on the way home or for an evening of entertainment, "The Blue" is a must for a lively night out, having live bands on Wednesdays and a disco every Friday/Saturday

Reviewed By Theo K - Johannesburg, South Africa

Me and some colleagues went there on a Wednesday evening. We had burgers, steaks and fries. The burgers were of the I&J frozen variety, the "steaks" were minute steaks, the bread was hard and the fries were extremely oily and the oil used was really old. The waitress was slow and didn't know what was on the menu. At least it serves cold Carlsberg at a decent price.
Avoid

9. Veg- Delight

Glyn Jones Road | Opposite Fmb Bank, Next to Hindu Temple, Blantyre, Malawi Takeout, Seating, Street Parking, Reservations, Waitstaff Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$78 +265 992 73 62 67
Excellent
60%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 120 reviews

Veg- Delight

"finest Vegetarian Restaurant In Malawi" Free Wi-fi

Reviewed By Hari Krishnaa N - Africa

Undoubtedly a best Indian vegetarian food joint in the town. Authentic Indian taste, wonderful service with a smiling face make this place most sought after among the Indian restaurants in the town.

10. Picasso Restaurant, Mount Soche

Glyn Jones Road, Blantyre, Malawi Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible European Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
Excellent
23%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
27%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 43 reviews

Picasso Restaurant, Mount Soche

Reviewed By Sérgio O

Picasso is a very pleasant restaurant for any meal. Went there on a business trip but with some free time, and we needed it as service was a bit slow.
The food was pretty good. They have some choices for fish which is a plus on this landlocked country which makes it my first choice in Blantyre whenever I want to eat it.

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