Some people plan their island getaways around relaxation time on the beach or in a bungalow perched over the ocean. Some people are more interested in outdoor excursions like snorkeling, hiking, or 4X4 day trips.
Others are, let’s face it, in it for the food.
If you’ve ever planned a vacation entirely around making sure there were plenty of excellent dining options for you to enjoy, you are not alone! A vacation to Tahiti should be a true experience for all five senses, including taste.
Whatever your budget or preference, this list of the best restaurants in Tahiti is sure to have you planning out your meals for every day of your Tahiti getaway.
What Are the Best Restaurants in Tahiti?
1. L’O à la Bouche Delivers Gourmet Food in French Polynesia
Located in the capital city of Pape’ete, L’O à la Bouche tops just about every list for the best food in Tahiti for a reason! We’d recommend a trip to L’O à la Bouche for a romantic night out.
Enjoy inventive dishes created with fresh-caught seafood by Chef Jean Francois Dive. Their expansive wine list and the inclusion of some of the best coffee in Tahiti alongside dessert allow you to truly settle in, relax, and take your time. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner options are available.
Go ahead and splurge a little on the full three- or four-course experience. Trust us — it’s worth every dime.
2. Casa Bianca: Marina Views, Italian Eats
When planning a family-friendly or multi-generational vacation in Tahiti, it’s important to have several dining options on hand to please those picky eats. Casa Bianca more than delivers!
An Italian restaurant nestled within the Taina de Puna’auia Marina, you’ll enjoy gorgeous views whining dining on Italian specialties like pizza, rissoto, calzones, and lasagna. They have a varied menu, so the kids can chow down on their favorite pizza while you enjoy the more eclectic unusual fare.
Casa Bianca is a great budget-friendly option for the whole family.
3. The Blue Banana Offers Eclectic Dishes and Can’t-Miss Atmosphere
Don’t let the Blue Banana‘s casual waterside atmosphere fool you… you’ll eat some of the best food you’ve ever tasted right here! The menu is in French, but English-speaking staff is on-hand to assist if you need some help with translating.
Enjoy spectacular sunset views while you dine on local seafood, quirky and interesting dishes, or choose something that seems a little closer to home.
Whatever you’re in the mood for, the Blue Banana has something for everyone!
4. The Pink Coconut: Upscale Casual Polynesian Fare
Another spot perfect for a group vacation, the Pink Coconut offers a mix of tourist-friendly fare like hamburgers and pasta alongside true Polynesian specialties. The marinated raw fish in coconut milk is a go-to choice!
They also have plenty of sashimi and tartare options, so you’ll be able to truly appreciate the quality, freshness, and taste of local seafood. That from-the-freezer salmon at home will never taste the same once you’ve tried the Pink Coconut!
If you’re up and about early on a Sunday morning, stop by the Pink Coconut for their special brunch options.
5. For a Local Favorite, Try Villa Thai
Where does a Tahitian local eat, when their everyday food is so spectacular? They head to Villa Thai! While this local favorite looks small from the outside, its upstairs room offers expanded dining. Be sure to remove your shoes when you enter and stow them in the nearby lockers (a key is provided).
Enjoy Thai and Vietnamese meals served with beautiful presentation and authentic flavors. We recommend starting with the Plateau Royale to share, then following up with Pla Lat Pik (crispy fish sauteed in spices) or Tom Ka (galangal soup with coconut milk) for your meal. Try to save room for dessert, so you can split the coconut milk pannacotta before you go!
Ready to Try Out All the Food Tahiti Has to Offer?
The truth is, we’ve only just scratched the surface. If we tried to list every delicious restaurant in the Tahitian islands, we’d be here all week! Whether you’re interested in fine dining or you’d prefer to head out on a picnic with a freshly baked baguette, fresh cheese, and a bit of fruit on hand, your Tahitian vacation should be exactly what you’ve been searching for.
Contact Journeys of a Lifetime Travel to get started building your completely personalized, customized getaway to Tahiti today!