Zambia Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Zambia

December 11, 2017 Janette Largent

Zambia from Africa region, is best know for Delivery. Discover best restaurants in Zambia with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!
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1. Marlin Restaurant

Los Angeles Road | Longacres, Lusaka 10100, Zambia (Formerly Marlin) Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Credit Cards Steakhouse, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$78 - HK$157 +260 21 1252206
Excellent
45%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 473 reviews

Marlin Restaurant

Reviewed By Chanda C - Brisbane, Australia

Absolutely the best steak I have had in a very long time!!! Went to Marlin for a family dinner and it was absolutely fantastic. Great energy in the restaurant, a really good vibe and excellent customer service, special mention to Gibson who looked after us very well and the portions are generous which was a nice change!! I would definitely recommended the Steak Mushroom and the Pepper Steak, also there was a lovely spread of fresh self service salads. We look forward to coming back to!! :)

2. Rhapsody's

Shop 41, Arcades Shopping Centre | Great East Road, Lusaka 10100, Zambia Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, International, European, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks HK$39 - HK$471 +260 21 1256705
Excellent
22%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
24%
Poor
6%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 339 reviews

Rhapsody's

Rhapsodys Lusaka is a well established restaurant/wine bar, since 2004. Our delicious meals will explode your taste buds. Check out our large selection of wines and cocktails for a great experience the Rhapsodys way. We are a great venu for that quiet dinner for two, or simply just drinks with friends. Our friendly staff look forward to hosting you. We take large group Reservations, corporate events, functions, birthdays and celebrations.Chat to our management team for a great event.

Reviewed By Daniel C

I was part of a group of 15 to Rhapsody's earlier this month and was so pleased we chose this place. Customer service was excellent and they were well able to cater for the demands of such a large group. I tried the Pork Ribs, a delicacy for somebody who is living in the UAE.
The desert was phenomenal as well, I tried the Twisted Sister but the others in the group were equally impressed by Death By Chocolate. Great atmosphere and amazing food!

3. 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.

4. Chang

22768 Acacia Park, Great East Road and Thabo Mbeki Road, Lusaka, Lusaka, Zambia Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +260 21 1258425
Excellent
43%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 138 reviews

Chang

opposite to FNB Bank

Reviewed By David H - Saint Louis, Missouri

When traveling in East Africa, good Thai food is not something I have come to expect to find. Chang surprised me with good Thai food. I tried several dishes including a delicious fish in red curry sauce. Service was excellent and attentive. Highly recommended for those travelling in Lusaka.

5. Mint Lounge

Arcades Area, Lusaka 10100, Zambia Television, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Takeout, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Serves Alcohol Cafe, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +260 97 5071505
Excellent
29%
Good
58%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 214 reviews

Mint Lounge

Mint Lounge is "Inspired By Nature" We take pride in the products that we use, supporting local suppliers for fresh and organic ingredients always. If you're looking for fresh and healthy food that is is delicious and full of flavour. Then Mint is the one!

Reviewed By Chanda C - Brisbane, Australia

Mint Lounge is classy and great to visit. Great ambience and amazing food!! They have a very wide selection of food on their menu, I love in particular the gourmet sandwiches, absolutely delicious and generous portions. A must visit!! :)

6. 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.

7. 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

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. GigiBonta

Crossroads Shopping Mall | Lusaka, Roma Foxdale Court, Lusaka 10101, Zambia Takeout, Seating, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking Cafe Breakfast HK$141 +260 96 9520856
Excellent
61%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 84 reviews

GigiBonta

The best quality of the real Italian home-made ICE CREAM, made only with natural products: - we faithfully follow Italian traditional recipes; - we use selected dairy products; - our home-made ICE CREAM is produced every day in Gigibonta factories according to a balanced nutritional scheme and an healthy and low fat content. Last but not least we are not here for a profit. The shop is in fact part of a project for street kids and the art of making ice - cream was one of the activities taught to the young street boys of Ndola. From there, our four shops were born in order to make CICETEKELO YOUTH PROJECT and the other projects of the Association Pope John XXIII sustainable in the long - term. Come and enjoy, for yourself and for others!

Reviewed By Liezl0123 - Zambia

The ice cream is of top quality and both Crossroads & Foxdale branches deliver great service, but the branch at East Park Mall is really poor. The staff are very rude and when we wanted a table to sit at they had people sitting at tables who weren't customers. The staff refused to tell the people that the tables were for customers only, so we had to go enjoy our treats in the car. Very frustrating.

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