Where to Eat in Freetown: The Best Restaurants and Bars

December 31, 2017 Mollie Coke

First settled in the 18th century by freed slaves from America, Nova Scotia and Great Britain, Freetown is a thriving cultural capital on the Atlantic coast of Sierra Leone. Standing in the center of downtown is the majestic cotton tree, a symbol of freedom said to have been standing since the first arrival of the free settlers. Other attractions include numerous beaches and nightclubs, as well as the Sierra Leone Museum, housing the Ruiter Stone and the original drum of Bai Bureh.
Things to do in Freetown

1. Lighthouse Restaurant

No. 5 Man of War Bay, Freetown, Sierra Leone Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Seafood Lunch, Dinner HK$39 - HK$78
Excellent
31%
Good
56%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 35 reviews

Lighthouse Restaurant

Reviewed By MayaguezanaPR - Jakarta, Indonesia

Light House is known for its great Friday night buffet that includes fresh fish, shrimp, langostines and all sorts of great dishes and dessert. It has a lovely outside area and a live local band on Friday. The owner pays attention and makes sure service, which can be wobbly at times, stays on track. Upscale local clientele with a smattering of expats. Enjoyed it every time I was there.

2. Crown Bakery Restaurant

6 Wilberforce Street | Sierra Leone, Freetown, Sierra Leone Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff International Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$39 - HK$157 +232 22 223411
Excellent
36%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 106 reviews

Crown Bakery Restaurant

Founded in 1990, the Crown Bakery is the perfect oasis to escape the hustle and bustle of downtown Freetown, and our aim has always been to provide you with the highest quality food and service in our spacious and fully air conditioned restaurant.

Reviewed By Mep3avec

Recommended by a trusted person - not a disappointment.
Great and peaceful place in the city centre. Good portions and quality food. Had humus and jollof rice with beef. It was delicious.
Service is fast and waitresses know their job.
Prices were a surprise as well.
Don't get scared by the crowd on entrance - it's just local folks picking up takeaway orders. Place is great for Seating in.
Overall very happy with this choice. Will stop by again.

3. Balmaya Arts Restaurant

32B Main Motor | Congo Cross, Freetown, Sierra Leone Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Serves Alcohol African Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +232 76 601209
Excellent
12%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
9%
Terrible
9%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 32 reviews

Balmaya Arts Restaurant

Reviewed By ARaaf - Bangkok, Thailand

For some inexplicable reason this restaurant is still favoured by the local elites - I guess by association to the owner family. When I was first in SL back in early 2008 there were nowhere near the number of restaurants available there is today, and Balmay was definitely on the map at the time. Today, with so many more better and cheaper options open in town I see no point in going there. Outrageously expensive and zero development of the concept in a decade.

4. Basha Bakery

Wilkinson Road, Freetown, Sierra Leone Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff Lebanese, Mediterranean Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
27%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 36 reviews

Basha Bakery

Reviewed By Ryan A - Brussels, Belgium

It's such a relief to find a real bakery in Freetown hahaha and it's so much more. They have great food too and smoothies...the staff are so courteous and we also had the pleasure of meeting Basha himself! Such a friendly guy, I'm definitely coming back when I'm in town, I highly recommend you check it out....

5. Bliss

110 Wilkinson Road, Freetown, Sierra Leone Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Lebanese, International, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night HK$39 - HK$157 +232 78 609312
Excellent
32%
Good
60%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 79 reviews

Bliss

Reviewed By Vishna - London, England, United Kingdom

Mix of Lebanesse, indian and european food, this is a popular dinner spot in Freetown, where you are more than likely to meet someone you know. It is easily accessible off the main road. There is a real sense of calm inside the place, with a lovely quiet and chilled outdoor Seating area, alongside a busier bustling inside restaurant. The menu is great, both in terms of taste, variety and value and the ambience makes it a perfect escape evening. I can imagine that this place gets very packed in the weekend, so you may need to make a booking. Staff are friendly, but like with most places, service could be faster

6. Senegalese Restaurant

68 Wilkinson Road, Freetown, Sierra Leone Seating, Waitstaff African Lunch, Dinner +232 33 305405
Excellent
37%
Good
63%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 16 reviews

Senegalese Restaurant

Reviewed By Ellabreeze57 - York

This place looks shabby from the outside but the food is great and very reasonable. Definately the best fish place IN Freetown. Not east to spot but close to Bashers bakery.

7. Crown Xpress

125 Wilkinson Road, Freetown, Sierra Leone Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner HK$157 - HK$314 +232 78 999222
Excellent
54%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 110 reviews

Crown Xpress

Reviewed By Ashleigh O

Went here for a quick bite and coffee. The wifi here is pretty good and so perfect for sending some emails and chilling out. The coffee and apple pie I had were great! A comfortable place with great attentive service.

8. Oasis

33 Murray Town Road | Western Urban, Freetown 232, Sierra Leone Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +232 76 605222
Excellent
56%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 31 reviews

Oasis

After a long hot day of work and running around in Freetown, all you want is a little quiet, a place of beauty, of rest and enjoyment, where your spirit can be refreshed, as well as your body and mind. Oasis Juice Bar, a welcome addition to life in Freetown offers you this tranquil existence. Conveniently located just off Murray Town junction, (33 Murray Town Road) Oasis Juice Bar is just the place to relax and unwind with family and friends. We are experts in producing various types of fresh fruit juices of the highest quality, as well as foods with a healthy touch, providing a unique service excellence. We sell other beverages such as coffee, tea, espresso, cappuccino, etc and cater for all categories and tastes including vegetarians. This haven has been created for you in the midst of a flower garden with a view of the Atlantic Ocean which gives an ambiance of

Reviewed By shg496 - The Hague, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands

Stayed in the guesthouse of Oasis and also had diner a few evenings in the small restaurant. Food is of good quality but it takes at least 45 minutes before you receive your food. Having said that don't forget to order a smoothie, they are really tasty!

9. Florence's Resort Restaurant

2 Micheal Street, Freetown, Sierra Leone (Formerly Franco's) Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Seafood Lunch, Dinner +232 78 366366
Excellent
53%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 35 reviews

Florence's Resort Restaurant

Reviewed By MayaguezanaPR - Jakarta, Indonesia

Florence (the wife) and Franco (the hubbie) faces a lagoon, which depending on your point of view can be relaxing or boring. I came here several times for the exceptional fish carpaccio and the tomato salad as appetizers. The fish was good but the lobster arrived with a sauce that smothered the freshness and natural taste of the lobster. Service is atrocious. Even though they have you call the day before to order, they still can't serve the main dishes within a reasonable amount of time. Every time we visited we had to wait at least 1.5 hours for the main dish. When you go....make sure you have lots of time and throw away the watch!

10. Roy's Hotel & Beach Bar

54 Lumley Beach Road, Freetown, Sierra Leone Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Seafood Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night +232 77 405060
Excellent
19%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
14%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 42 reviews

Roy's Hotel & Beach Bar

Reviewed By ChristieMcManus - Gualala, California

The restaurant maintains a Seating area on the beach with shaded tables and excellent service. Easy to while away an afternoon sitting under an umbrella with food and drink. They will prepare Takeout as well. The food is good but not the best available on the beach.

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