The 9 best restaurants to eat in Saint-Denis, Reunion Island

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Renowned for its tropical rainforests and volcanic interior, Réunion Island is also a gourmet destination. Just for you, we’ve selected the best restaurants on the island.

Whether you’re heading off with the family for a friendly getaway, or with friends for an adventurous trip to La Réunion, let yourself be tempted by an exceptional culinary getaway. During your expedition, you’re sure to enjoy some of the island’s most emblematic spots, including Chapelle pointue, Piton de la Fournaise and Cap Méchant. Rest assured, you’ll find excellent restaurants in almost all these places.

However, to help you find your way through this jungle of eateries, we’ve put together a selection of the best restaurants on Reunion Island.

In the city of Saint-Denis

1. The Jaipur

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  • 🍽️ Specialities: Indian cuisine

Discover a warm and friendly address in downtown Saint-Denis. Jaipur is one of La Réunion’s finest restaurants, and offers a colorful setting for fun times with family and friends.

If you like spicy meals, this expert Indian restaurant is for you. You’ll find a variety of tasty dishes such as biryanis, chicken tandoori and naan. The dishes are vegetarian and vegan: no pork, beef or alcohol.

Rich in aromas, herbs and spices, Indian cuisine plunges you into a world of fragrance and color. Thanks to the medicinal properties of the various ingredients used, Indian dishes will invigorate your body and help you make the most of your Reunion Island adventure.

2. Mediterraneo

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  • 🍽️ Specialities: Italian cuisine

Pasta, pizza or antipasti… let yourself be tempted by Mediterranean cuisine during your stay in La Réunion. Come to Mediterraneo to sample delicious Italian dishes made with vegetables and other authentic ingredients. Whether you’d like to eat in or order a takeaway, one of La Réunion’s top restaurants will be happy to serve you.

Italian cuisine is quite rich in carbohydrates. Between spaghetti and risottos, you’ll be able to sample countless typical recipes when you stay at Mediterraneo for dinner or lunch. These different dishes are also ideal for giving you strength and energy if you’re planning to go hiking or on long cultural visits during the day.

3. Au comptoir du potager

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  • 🍽️ Specialities: seasonal cuisine

Located in the heart of Saint-Denis, in the Bas de la Rivière district, Au Comptoir du Potager is one of Réunion’s finest restaurants. Offering seasonal cuisine based on fresh, local produce, the chef and his team welcome you to an atypical setting with a family atmosphere, serving succulent dishes to eat in or take away.

Upon reservation, the establishment sometimes organizes parties and offers a catering service. During your trip to La Réunion, enjoy these fresh and delicious meals. There’s nothing like healthy food to feed the family, especially the kids, when you’re away from home.

4. Chez Pépé Dofé

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  • 🍽️ Specialities: Creole cuisine

To discover Reunionese culture through its gastronomy, head to Pépé Dofé, a typical restaurant nestled in downtown Saint-Denis. The restaurant offers Creole and metropolitan cuisine. On the menu: salads, grills and curries. Your taste buds are sure to travel with this Reunionese restaurant. Open from Monday to Friday, the menus vary according to the chef’s inspiration and seasonal produce.

Indeed, Creole gastronomy is diverse and vast. Emblematic and traditional recipes include many herbs and spices, such as annatto seeds, colombo spices and ginger powder. When you dine in this restaurant, you’re sure to enjoy these many delights.

5. Osaka974

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  • 🍽️ Specialties: Japanese cuisine

Japanese dishes offer a variety of flavors, combining customs and philosophy. Composed mainly of foods with multiple health and weight-loss benefits, these dishes are enormously popular, especially during a trip to the other side of the world.

On Reunion Island, in the heart of Saint-Denis, you’ll find a traditional and authentic Japanese restaurant, Osaka974. You can eat in or order takeaway. Slices of fresh fish, seaweed rolls around vinegared rice, crispy fried dishes made with Japanese breadcrumbs… you’ll be spoilt for choice among the succulent dishes suggested by the chef.

Around Saint-Denis

6. Chez Marie (St Gilles les bains)

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  • 🍽️ Specialities: fish dishes

Located in Saint-Gilles les Bains, Chez Marie restaurant offers specialties such as salads, grilled meats, homemade desserts and, above all, fresh fish. The restaurant’s location on the marina is ideal for enjoying a seaside atmosphere.

You can order takeaway food, but you can also eat in. From tuna tartare and poké bowls to exotic salads and sandwiches, you’re sure to enjoy your meal.

7. Restaurant Chez Jules (St André)

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  • 🍽️ Specialities: Creole cuisine

While you’re in Saint-André, be sure to dine at Chez Jules. The restaurant offers Creole, semi-gastronomic, vegan and Cajun cuisine. Using fresh, local produce, the chef delights his many visitors. In fact, he has been awarded a Silver Fork.

Open Monday to Saturday, Chez Jules welcomes many travelers from all over the world. You’ll have the opportunity to sample many typical dishes, including chicken curry.

8. Le St Benoît (St Benoît)

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  • 🍽️ Specialities: French and Creole cuisine

Nestled just above the covered market in Saint-Benoît, the restaurant le Saint-Benoît is also one of the must-visit restaurants on a trip to Réunion Island. The restaurant prepares French and Creole dishes using fresh, local ingredients.

Open seven days a week between noon and 2.30pm, the Saint-Benoît offers public parking for your convenience and WiFi access to keep you entertained while you wait.

9. L’envers (St Pierre)

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  • 🍽️ Specialties: metropolitan cuisine

Located in Saint-Pierre, l’Envers is no ordinary restaurant, but one of the best on Réunion Island. It is also a concert hall and art gallery. You won’t have time to get bored if you choose this establishment to enjoy a good meal with your family.

L’Envers offers creative metropolitan cuisine, with appetizers and flavors from near and far. You can choose between the back terrace and the cosy dining room. Open Monday to Friday, the restaurant serves succulent dishes made with fresh ingredients.