Nouakchott - Post Report Question and Answers

What typical restaurants, food delivery services, and/or takeout options are popular among expatriates?

Restaurants are more limited here than anywhere I have lived. The seafood is good: you can get decent sauteed fish, calamari, at the beach. Most restaurants have similar menus that include mediocre pizza, hamburgers, shawarma, chicken wings, "tacos" (which are not tacos, no one is clear on what they are). There are two pretty good French restaurants, one mediocre Chinese restaurant, an okay Indian spot, and a few others. Lots of bakeries with decent croissants, and a good ice cream/gelato place. New restaurants pop up all the time with a lot of buzz, but fall short in providing really good or different food. One sushi restaurant did just open that is quite good, so options should continue to improve. - Aug 2021

Food delivery is risky as well as restaurants as I mentioned above. - Aug 2021

There is a steak house, a French restaurant, lots of seafood places, a Moroccan restaurant and lots of Lebanese places to eat some great food. There are a couple of greasy spoons out there too for burgers and sandwiches, including milkshakes. - Sep 2020

There's a couple good sandwich/shwarma places we go to a lot. There is a new-ish Indian place that does home delivery. Take out is available just about anywhere, but the fancier places will look at you sideways if you ask for take-out instead of eating there. Yes, it is possible to get a decent steak here. Seafood is usually excellent. Pizza is OK. There's a couple Chinese restaurants in town but Mandarin is very helpful for ordering. - Apr 2019

No fast food, and very little in the way of decent restaurants in town. I think you could make a strong case that the Embassy cafeteria is the best restaurant in Nouakchott. That's not an exaggeration. Almost everything I eat is either from the Embassy cafe or my home. - May 2016

American fast food? No There are some decent restaurants. The cost is fine. You will tend to cook at home. - Dec 2015

There are a few non chain "fast food" restaurant but you eat at your own risk. - Apr 2014

Fast food, not so much. Only one fast food restaurant is consistently open and has high quality service. The others are more unpredictable. Twelve inch, eight slice pizzas are about US$5, chawarama US$2. Middle of the road restaurants are good and offer a good variety of options including sea food, Lebanese, and French fare. Expect to spend about $15-20 US per person for dinner. There is at least one fancy restaurant in town that serves high quality French fare. More than US$30 per person for dinner. - Aug 2011

No fast food is available. Some restaurants are okay. You can get by. - Dec 2009

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