Where to Eat in Livingstone: The Best Restaurants and Bars

December 11, 2017 Kandra Bartel

Discover the best restaurant in Livingstone, Zambia including Olga's - The Italian Corner, Cafe Zambezi, Ocean Basket, Golden Leaf, Kubu Cafe, Munalicafe, The Old Farm House, Da Canton, Jollyboys backpackers, The Royal Livingstone Express
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1. Olga's - The Italian Corner

20 Mokambo Road, Livingstone 60138, Zambia Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$8 +260 21 3324160
Excellent
48%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 589 reviews

Olga's - The Italian Corner

absolutely stunning restaurant. From june 2012 also Guesthouse

Reviewed By Fligh - Ontario

We had 2 meals at this restaurant, the first was dinner. What I really remember was the great large fresh crispy salad! We also enjoyed the thin crust pizza. I found the service and servers serious and not overly friendly, but the good food made up for it.

2. Cafe Zambezi

Shop 214 Mosi-Oa-Tunya Road, Livingstone 20100, Zambia Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi African, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$39 - HK$118 +260 97 8978578
Excellent
49%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 824 reviews

Cafe Zambezi

Eat authentic Zambian and African food with the locals, enjoy Caribbean food including Jerk Chicken and Caribbean goat curry. Try our wood-fire pizza, gourmet burgers and extensive vegetarian options including our eggplant and haloumi burger. Get ready for the warm Livingstone hospitality and a good time in our candlelit leafy courtyard. Look out for our traditional dancing nights!! See you there!!

Reviewed By Stefan-12345 - Cape Town Central, South Africa

We visited as group of 16 pax. We were well received and service could not be faulted despite the large group. Very friendly and efficient.
Menu has so many options ranging from traditional cuisine to ‘normal’ food.
Portion as mentioned in other reviews are really big. We from ZAR and know for big appetites. Almost no one could finish their food. Maybe not so well presented and varied reviews re taste but all in all good experience at a local restaurant.
Live Jazz musos was great touch.

3. Ocean Basket

Mosi O Tunya Road, 217 Area | Mosi O Tunya Square, Livingstone 20100, Zambia Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Seafood, Sushi, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +260 21 3321274
Excellent
50%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 233 reviews

Ocean Basket

Reviewed By Chong A

We wanted seafood but wasn’t sure as Zambia is landlocked. Hotel staff recommended Ocean Basket. We had a taxis to take us there and back for $10.
We were not disappointed. The starter calamari was very sweet. The big prawn 12 for 350K(&35) was fresh and succulent. The fish was ok, and I had a bottle of white wine and juice for my wife,
Total bill was $60! Back home the wine alone will set me back by that amount.
You could spend less if you order the platter. See my photos

4. Golden Leaf

1174 Mosi-Oa-Tunya Road, Livingstone 20100, Zambia Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available Indian, Asian, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night 321266
Excellent
65%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 338 reviews

Golden Leaf

Reviewed By BuchananPlymouth - Plymouth, Devon

We wanted a change so six of us jumped in a taxi and came to this restaurant. The food was excellent and the curry i had was for me quite hot but it was truly delicious. With an array of drinks and the food the bill was remarkably low.
The staff at the restaurant were extremely good and deserved the pooled tip we left at the end. A great evening was had by all.

5. Kubu Cafe

Mosi-Oa-Tuna Square | Livingstone, Livingstone CB4 2DW, Zambia Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Validated Parking, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards Fast Food, Grill, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner HK$16 - HK$78 +260 21 3324093
Excellent
49%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 192 reviews

Kubu Cafe

Kubu Cafe serve a good assortment of cafe food, fine coffees,brunches & lunches, cakes and snacks, and delicious dinners. We are fully liscensed to sell alcohol.

Reviewed By Dimitry O - Rotterdam

We stopped here for food. The waitress was a lovely lady, very friendly and service minded. We both ordered steaks. I had to return mine because it was ordered medium done and it got served as being as done as can be done. Since the fries that came along tasted as being fried in somewhat old oil I decided not take the lady up on her offer to get me a new one.
My brothers steak was about 1/3 fat that had to be cut off.
This is a nice place to have a drink with friendly staff, but the food was disappointing.

6. Munalicafe

357 Mosi-Oa-Tunya Road, Livingstone 20100, Zambia Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Excellent
44%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 59 reviews

Munalicafe

Reviewed By mcstannard - Woonona, Australia

Great beef pies and coffee available at a very cheap price. Free wifi available for 30 minute intervals.

7. The Old Farm House

Plot 1942/L Sichango Rd, Livingstone 10101, Zambia Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible Steakhouse, International, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch HK$39 - HK$157 +260 97 5114440
Excellent
77%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 42 reviews

The Old Farm House

Reviewed By Ros A - London, United Kingdom

Anita and Trevor are the most wonderful hosts, it's a lovely family run place with hard working staff and a great atmosphere. Food is excellent and drinks are cheap. Location is great as it's very close to the waterfront and other good accommodation. We went for a hen party which was great fun and excellent food. We will be back for dinner soon. Thanks very much Anita and Trevor! Rosie & Cynthia

8. Da Canton

Mosi-Oa-Tunya Road, Livingstone 20100, Zambia Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available African, Italian, Pizza, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$55 - HK$118 +260 95 3709666
Excellent
71%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
6%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 104 reviews

Da Canton

Reviewed By AnnaSabuni - Bratislava, Slovakia

This is probably the best restaurant in Livingstone. For us sure it is. We were quite a big group and they were able to manage big table for us immediately. Food was delicious. I definitely recommend grilled fish from the river combined with traditional zambian vegetable mix. People from our group had many different dishes and everything was very tasty and look sooo good. Also pizza and home made pasta were maybe better than in Italy :) The owner is Italian. He also prepares home made icecream and it is real rich italian gelato, super yuammi :) Stefano and his zambian wife Claire are super friendly and kind people. They run this restaurant excellently. Also the prices of food and drinks are reasonable. In the evening was traditional show with life music and dancer. Highly recommend this place with nice atmosphere. We definitely come back.

9. Jollyboys backpackers

34 Kenyatta Road, Livingstone 20100, Zambia Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +260 21 3324229
Excellent
34%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 38 reviews

Jollyboys backpackers

Reviewed By Nirvasin P

We visited Livingstone in December 2016 and booked most of our activities via Jollyboys. The process was excellent, and the packages offered were often the best priced. They were quick to respond to e-mails, and very efficient in getting in touch with the providers for any special requests that we had.

10. The Royal Livingstone Express

Mosi-Oa-Tunya Road, Livingstone 20100, Zambia Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol African, International, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner HK$1,413 - HK$1,413 +260 97 8777044
Excellent
68%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
7%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 41 reviews

The Royal Livingstone Express

Fine dining aboard a classic steam locomotive promises an iconic journey, with a choice of breathtaking railway passes. Relive the bygone era of Victorian elegance. Relax with exceptional service. Capture memories of Africa’s rugged landscapes. Pair your taste for true adventure with an impeccable six-course dinner, expertly crafted by Anantara chefs, served with wines, beers and soft drinks.

Reviewed By TishLondon - London

We really enjoyed sitting in the well preserved carriages enjoying the attentive service from the staff. Wine, beer and gin is included in the price and the drinks flowed freely. In our case the food was in the form of canapés (at the request of a powerful holiday company) but the price was therefore reduced. The food is provided by the Victoria Falls Hotel. The train doesn't go far, apart from to the bridge, where you get out and stretch your legs and enjoy the view but we had great fun.

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