The Best Places to Eat in Denarau
When you think of Fiji, perhaps the “culinary experiences” is not the first thing that springs to mind. After a holiday to Denarau, that might change. The resort island is peppered with fine dining experiences among its luxurious five-star resorts. When it comes to food, the resorts really up their game for their guests! Mouthwatering Asian cuisine, fresh-from-the-ocean seafood, body-boosting smoothies and coffees and, of course, traditional Fijian dishes can all be found in Denarau. So take a look at our guide of the best eats and restaurants in Denarau and be inspired for breakfast, lunch and dinner!
For more about Fijian food, take a look at 10 Best Foodie Experiences in Fiji.
5 Tips for Eating Out in Denarau
- Don’t just stick to your resorts’ restaurants! You don’t have to be a guest to pop in and enjoy the restaurants at Denarau’s other five-star resorts. There are so many wonderful bars and cafes to enjoy around the island so take yourself on a culinary journey.
- Port Denarau at the Denarau Marina is a hub for eateries and bars, so schedule yourself at least a couple of nights at the Port!
- Staying in Denarau on a budget? Consider having a late lunch, with large dinner-size portions at half the price of dinner.
- Experiencing a cultural dinner show is a must in Denarau Island. Make sure you book your spot at these wildly popular events.
- To see how the locals eat, get a taxi into Nadi and head to the places we mention in our Guide to the Best Eats & Restaurants in Nadi.
For more tips, check out our Guide to Fiji Food.
Fijian Restaurants in Denarau
When in Fiji, eat Fijian food! Fijian food consists of fresh seafood from the surrounding waters prepared in many mouthwatering ways from smoked fish to creamy coconut-marinated delights. Expect to see a few tropical vegetables that you might not be familiar with but it’s definitely worth educating your palette. Check out 10 Unique Foods in Fiji You Have to Try.
Situated at the Port Denarau Marina, Nadina Authentic Fijian Restaurant is exactly that! It’s your opportunity to try the raw fish salad – kokoda or any other staple Fijian seafood dish. Check them out for lunch or dinner and enjoy the regular serenading and kava tastings too!
There’s more seafood on the menu at Bone Fish Seafood Restaurant, also at Port Denarau. Sample the freshest fish from the surrounding South Pacific Ocean for a real Fijian experience. We recommend the gigantic seafood platter to share with grilled tuna steak, prawns, calamari rings, tempura fish and spiced mahimahi. Delicious!
More than just dining, Coco Palms at The Westin Resort offers a full Fijian cultural show with their Meke Lovo nights (Wednesdays and Saturdays). Watch the revealing of the Lovo, food which has been slow cooking in the ground for hours, and learn about Fijian cultural through stories, song and dance. The feast is enjoyed in a buffet style so help yourself to your favourites over and over again.
The Radisson Blu Resort‘s cultural dining experience is at the Loma Ni Wai – meaning “in the water”. Yes, you will dine in refreshing knee-high water as you watch cultural performers and indulge in a three-course barbecue meal. It’s certainly a unique way of dining in Fiji!
Asian Restaurants in Denarau
Thanks to the Asian influence, particularly Indian and Chinese, in Fiji, you can bet that you’re going to find some divine Asian cuisine. That’s certainly the case in Denarau, so whether you prefer Indian, Thai or Asian fusion, you’re bound to find something to liven your palette in Denarau’s marina and resorts.
Spice up your life at the Indigo Indian & Asian Restaurant & Bar at Port Denarau. The menu is full of Info-Fijian specialities such as Crab Masala and Lamb Roganjosh, as well as Indian classics.
Go on a culinary journey at the Chantara Thai Restaurant at the Radisson Blu Resort. Breakfast starts with an a la carte breakfast menu, followed by an authentic Thai lunch and dinner menu from the speciality Thai chef.
On the waterfront, Maravu at the Hilton Resort spruces up tantalising Asian dishes. Apart from the irresistible Pad Thai, we also recommend for its super laidback atmosphere.
International Restaurants in Denarau
Flavours from all over the world can be sampled in Denarau, both in and out of the resorts. Here are some of your best options for international restaurants in Denarau…
Take your taste buds to Italy at Amalfi Italian Restaurant in Port Denarau. With an Italian chef and management, you know you’re getting the almost complete Italian experience (well, they use some fresh Fijian produce too so it’s not quite Italy).
Sometimes, you just can’t resist a steak. Cardo’s Seafood and Steakhouse is here in Port Denarau to serve to offer a global menu of New Zealand steaks, Fijian seafood and Chinese dishes.
If you’re ticking Hard Rock Cafes off the bucket list, then you’re in luck! The Hard Rock Cafe Fiji is right here in Port Denarau selling music collectables and merchandise. Oh yeah, and the food is pretty good too with crowd-pleasers such as nachos, barbecue grilled combos, gourmet burgers and grilled steaks. Head on down on an evening for a lively atmosphere and great music.
Don’t miss this Fijian favourite food chain, Mama’s Pizza. Famous for their wood-fired delights (which isn’t just limited to pizza), Mama’s Pizza is a great option for the whole family for lunch or dinner. Plus, they do takeaways and delivery!
Can’t decide what you want (or the family all want different things), head to Lulu Bar and Restaurant. They have something for everyone: curry, pasta, steak, sushi, burgers, pizzas and more. The bar downstairs serves drinks all night long, then big breakfasts the next morning to nurse the hangover.
Cafes in Denarau
Need somewhere awesome to meet someone, craving a coffee or just want some sweet treats? Denarau has a great selection of cafes around Denarau. You’re likely to stumble upon one on your morning walk.
Situated in front of the fountain area at Port Denarau, The Bilo Lounge is open for breakfast, lunch and early dinner. Grab yourself a coffee choose one of their fresh fruit smoothies or milkshakes from their juice bar. They have a classic Western-style cafe menu, but it’s also a great place to pick up a cake for a special occasion – even birthday cakes!
Speaking of cake, those with a sweet tooth cannot miss the Snowy House Dessert Cafe open all day till 10pm! Indulge in heavenly desserts, with a wide range to suit any dietary requirements from gluten-free cassava roll cakes to fresh and fruit frozen yoghurts. This is a place you don’t want to just visit once in Port Denarau.
Not so much a cafe, The Hot Bread Kitchen in Port Denarau is more of a must-try bakery selling fresh and affordable pies, sausage rolls, bread and sweet treats! It’s a great option for a quick snack or lunch.