Monrovia - Post Report Question and Answers

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

There are a few Lebanese-owned hotel restaurants that are really great, and both offer sushi bars, Lebanese cuisine, and Thai. There are some beach bar/restaurants owned by expats that are also good. Takeout/delivery also exists. The food at the Liberian-owned restaurants is local cuisine, which is not really food as I understand the definition of the word. - Oct 2021

Almost every restaurant has delivery through a number of delivery services. The problem is there are a limited number of restaurants and food usually take a long time to arrive. Local food is rice and beans, you can always find fresh fish but you do not want to have that delivered. There are a few sushi (yes sushi) places and some decent Indian. We have not found good Chinese but we are told it does exist. - Aug 2019

Restaurants are average, especially if you are vegetarian, however it is one of the only activities to do on the weekend so you often end-up at a restaurant. There is a food delivery service and its fine (cook shop). - Aug 2019

There are about six restaurants that expats frequently visit. Options from sushi, Lebanese, Chinese, and pizza are available. There are two grocery/restaurant delivery services. Local cuisine is like it or leave it. - Aug 2019

There is a great delivery service which will bring food from almost any restaurant for little or no extra cost. However, the quality of most restaurants and takeaways is average at best. Lebanese food is the most abundant and best quality, there is Thai, Italian and Sushi at the few larger hotels but it's expensive and in my opinion poor. There're a couple of average Indian restaurants and reasonable (authentic) Ethiopian. There is a Korean place I've not tried and a selection of Chinese places. Liberian food is often very spicy, but hearty and cheap. - Nov 2017

Not a huge number of restaurants but a fair variety - Lebanese, Thai, good sushi, Ethiopian, Syrian, Vietnamese, fresh seafood, Indian, Bangladeshi, salad/sandwich/coffee shops to name a few. is a great food delivery service that I use frequently. Pandora's Basket is a nice option for good local food and a great place to meet expats and locals. - Jun 2016

Many restaurants in town will do take away or even deliver. Monroe Chicken (a local chain) is the closest thing to Western-style fast food available (loosely modeled on KFC). There is plenty of street food available, but buyer beware: hygiene standards are unknown on the street! There are no international franchise brands. - Aug 2015

Monroe Chicken. You can't get out for less that US$15, but it is good and doesn't make you sick. The hotel restaurant at the Embassy Suites (NOT affiliated with the Hilton Chain) is ok, Mamba point hotel, and the Hotel Royal. All on the expensive side, but worth it. - Dec 2013

There are no fast food options available here, however there are a few nice places to eat. You can get a decent amount of American food here, but if you like the flavors of the world, there is Thai, Ethiopian, Indian, Chinese and tons, and I mean tons, of Lebanese options. Prices can be a bit higher than in the States. I've paid anywhere from $20 to $40 for a single meal, but most of it is good. I will caution you to be careful and talk to other staff before trying a place. There is nothing here to really regulate cleanliness, and, unfortunately, at some point here you will get food poisoning. It's just how it rolls here. - Dec 2012

None of the major chains - but a surprising variety: chinese, sushi, bbq, lebanese, ethiopian and lots of local places. Fancy is limited to the hotels, but even that is not very expensive. - Aug 2010

Surprisingly, Monrovia has an excellent selection of restaurants: sushi (really!), Lebanese, Liberian, Chinese, Indian, Bangladeshi, pizza and international cuisine. Eating out is expensive here - think DC prices. A $15 meal out, without drinks, is a steal. - Jul 2009

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