Where to Eat in Kampala: The Best Restaurants and Bars

December 10, 2017 Harland Bartelt

Near the banks of Lake Victoria, Kampala, the capital of Uganda, is a lively city with a long history. Before the British, the city was the capital of the Buganda Kingdom, and remains so to this day. The city sits on several hills, each housing an important government or religious building. Kasubi Hill is the home of the Kasubi Tombs, a sacred burial ground of Buganda Kings. The Uganda Museum sits atop Kololo Hill, and features a hands-on collection of traditional musical instruments.
Things to do in Kampala

1. Khana Khazana restaurant

20 Acacia Avenue | Kololo, Kampala 21528, Uganda Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Delivery, Takeout, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards Indian, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$78 - HK$392 +256 41 4233049
Excellent
51%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 421 reviews

Khana Khazana restaurant

Reviewed By wonderlust_dude - New York City, New York

We have been to this restaurant on several occasions. The very first time was the best (was with a large group). The next time was OK. The most recent time was really disappointing. It was dirty, and they sat us at a table that had on old plate of half eaten food on the chair. Service was also down, when I asked about on of the specialty drinks on the menu the waiter only could say that he knew it contained alcohol.

2. Haandi Kampala Ltd (Restaurant)

Floor 1st Commercial Plaza, Kampala Road Kampala, Uganda, Kampala 00256, Uganda Outdoor Seating, Full Bar, Delivery, Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Takeout, Private Dining, Parking Available, Television, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Chinese, Indian, Asian, Pakistani, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$31 - HK$235 +256 701 411221
Excellent
39%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 146 reviews

Haandi Kampala Ltd (Restaurant)

HAANDI Restaurant specialises in North Indian Cuisines which includes Tandoori (BBQ) and curry preparations. The restaurant has Seating capacity of over 200 guests and is Air conditioned with full backup generator. Haandi serves quality food prepared by master chefs from India. Wide selections of drinks are available to include wines from around the globe.

Reviewed By Ashraf A - Kampala, Uganda

Attended a wedding reception here.We patronized the Terrace.It was lovely.The decor was good,sitting arrangements were also good.Started with starters of garlic balls and chilly paneer,these were excellent.Chutneys(condiments) were also very well prepared.Had a Buffet Dinner which had a vast variety of foods from malai kofta,paneer with corn and palak.Nans were well prepared,very nice salad table and papadams.For desert we had gajjar halwa,it was very nice.
Memorable evening.
Thanks

3. Le Chateau Brasserie Belge

Ggaba Road | Quality Hill Boutique mall, Kampala 12721, Uganda Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Visa, Validated Parking, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards French, Belgian, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night HK$24 - HK$118 +256 791 572701
Excellent
48%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 196 reviews

Le Chateau Brasserie Belge

Every great brand re-invents itself to keep up with the new trends and tastes of its customers. Le Château is no exception, have been in existence for over 20 years. Le Chateau Brasserie Belge proudly offers more than just food for our guests. With enchanting ambience, mouth watering Belgian and European Cuisine of the highest standard coupled with attentive service, we are able to deliver a faultless dining experience. The team is very excited to welcome you through our doors to a brand new, transformed restaurant, promising you an unforgettable dining experience fitting to any mood. We look forward to welcoming you.

Reviewed By Safariafficionado - Kampala, Uganda

As the pictures will attest to, the Bottomless Brunch has become an institution in Kampala and is a regular sell out. Food galore with plenty of seasonal options, providing for vegetarians and meat lovers alike.
Service for drinks was prompt as were the waiting staff always swift when clearing the plates, and not just took them and the cutlery but instantly provided new cutlery to continue with the feast.
I personally loved the addition of the Bretzels which sister outlet La Patisserie started to bake a few weeks ago and which, when fresh and still oven warm, match their European 'cousins' with ease.
With the garden setting and ample secure parking is the Brasserie Belge / Le Chateau a prime choice, not just for the brunch of course but lunch and dinner any day.

4. Cafe Javas

40-42 Bombo Road, Kampala, Uganda Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Cafe, European, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$39 - HK$157 +256 39 3202296
Excellent
48%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 942 reviews

Cafe Javas

Cafejavas is a full-service, quick-casual, coffee-themed restaurant chain in Kampala Uganda. It provides the perfect refuge from a busy days shopping or a quick break from the office. It is where Kampala goes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee and pastries. Menu items are specifically designed to meet the needs of just about everyone looking for a friendly informal dining experience. Great emphasis is put on customer service. The staff are highly skilled, trained and experienced in the hospitality industry. We commit to great food, great coffee, great service, an experience that will make you long for more.

Reviewed By gundappa - Kota, India

purpose of visit was to spend some time till the movie and this was a worthwhile stop. the staff were so friendly and prompt, the options available were tremendous.
I ordered the quesadillas and they were more than filling. the house coffee sort of complemented the dish and the overall time of one hour spent there was an excellent experience.
wifi is complimentary which is an addon incentive in such a place

5. Faze 2

Plot No. 10, Nakasero Road, Kampala, Uganda Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Full Bar Indian, Bar, International, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +256 772 345808
Excellent
30%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 171 reviews

Faze 2

I had lunch at this restaurant every weekday for three months and it is perfect. Faze 2 has a great choice and staff is friendly. The kitchens are open, split by sort (pork, beef, fish, tandoori) and extremely clean. Their salads are the best (and safest) in Kampala. To further enhance the food quality, this restaurant has its own butchery, which also happens to supply the five star hotels in town. They also do Delivery. A Faze 3 will be opened in Entebbe this year.

Reviewed By lenemike - Roskilde, Denmark

During a working week in Kampala one meeting was scheduled over lunch at Fase 2 in the centre of the city. The outdoor Seating was pleasant, sheltered from the hustling and bustling of the downtown business district. I ate rather non-descript stir-fried beef with rice while others in my group ordered curries. There were no complaints and the prices seemed reasonable. Service was efficient.

6. Mediterraneo

Plot 31, Acacia Avenue, Kampala 00, Uganda Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +256 41 4500533
Excellent
50%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 769 reviews

Mediterraneo

Reviewed By lenemike - Roskilde, Denmark

Staying at the Villa Kololo it was easy to restrict gastronomic exploration to the Italian specialities on the menu at the Mediterraneo. The restaurant is very popular and the food is fine. In the course of a four-day stay I ate lasagna, a huge pizza – perhaps not the best in the world – fish and tagliatelli dishes. I treated myself to a tira misu one evening, which was also very good. In short, with the attractive wooden tables between trees and bushes, soft lighting (oil lamps) and excellent service, the Mediterraneo can be recommended for dining in Kampala as long as you’re keen on Italian food.

7. Yujo Izakaya

36 Kyadondo Road | Nakasero Hill, Kampala 23248, Uganda Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi Japanese, Seafood, Sushi, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$118 - HK$196 +256 794 289856
Excellent
47%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 254 reviews

Yujo Izakaya

Yujo Izakaya is a Modern Japanese restaurant and tavern, located in the heart of Nakasero. We specialize in Japanese RICE WINE and CRAFT BEERS, imported directly from Nara and Mito in Japan! So when you come to visit us, please come thirsty! Our restaurant features a hot kitchen and sushi bar, with fresh local ingredients, and many others sourced from all over the world! We also now have LITTLE KOBE JAPANESE GROCERY for all your take home needs,including miso pastes, wasabi, japanese chocolate, little gifts, and more!

Reviewed By 68WorldTraveler68 - Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire

Considering we are in Kampala I give this restaurant 2 thumbs up. Large indoor/outdoor space, interesting cocktails, fairly extensive menu and very accommodating to food allergies and other restrictions. Friendly and fast service. Closes at 11 pm on weekdays.

8. Piato Restaurant

Plot 20 Lumumba Avenue | Nakasero, Kampala, Uganda Highchairs Available, Delivery, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Takeout, Television, Wheelchair Accessible African, Bar, International, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +256 31 2516388
Excellent
34%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 123 reviews

Piato Restaurant

Reviewed By lizwinnie - Kampala, Uganda

Piato is a very nice luxurious restaurant which is perfect for all occasions I must say.They have very good customer service and a wide space which allows them to host different functions in different areas.
It is also good for ordering food for take away for example cakes which will be finished on time and ready to pick up at the agreed time.

9. Il Patio - The Italian Restaurant

Plot No. 2/4, Kizozi Close (off Kyaggwe Road), Nakasero | off Kyaggwe Road, Kampala, Uganda (Formerly Il Patio) Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch, Late Night +256 41 4258448
Excellent
49%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 159 reviews

Il Patio - The Italian Restaurant

Reviewed By cpl1775 - cpl1775

I've had several things here, but the best by far is there mushroom risotto. You must try it! Great parking too.

10. Pardis

Corner of Mabua and Philip roads, Upper Kololo Terrace, Kampala, Uganda Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Middle Eastern, Persian, Lebanese, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal Lunch, Dinner +256 712 872555
Excellent
42%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 117 reviews

Pardis

Middle eastern and Persian restaurant

Reviewed By Trottie69 - Gravesend, United Kingdom

My second visit here. Last time was about 6 months ago. Yet again great food at a reasonable price. Surroundings are beautiful. Would definitely give a score of excellent if the service was faster . Seemed to be a long long wait for food despite the fantastically attentive waiting staff.

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