Where to Eat in Neiafu: The Best Restaurants and Bars
Discover the best food in Neiafu, Tonga including Bellavista Cafe & Restaurant, Mango Cafe, Cafe Tropicana, Dancing Rooster Bistro & Marina Wine Bar, La Paella Restaurant, Poolside Cafe Bar & Restaurant, Falaleu Deli, Panda Restaurant, Mandala Restaurant, Refuge Restaurant
1. Bellavista Cafe & Restaurant
4 based on 190 reviews
Reviewed By LuqPR - Luquillo, Puerto Rico
Great food and view
We ate here couple times. One of the only 2 that take CC ‘s. Food is very good and the staff as well. Malo e Lelei,Appreciate the comments, Thankyou for being here!Cheers The Team
2. Mango Cafe
4 based on 171 reviews
Come and visit us for lunch, dinner or sunset drinks on the waterfront in Neiafu on the island of Vava'u in the Kingdom of Tonga.
Reviewed By billychristopher91 - Airlie Beach, Australia
Stopped by for lunch on the 29th of August 2019 and was not dissapointed. Location is perfect 5 minutes walk from the main shops directly on the harbour watch all the boats come and go as you choose from a delicious menu!Strongly recommend the snapper crumbed coconut with veggies : )Wifi is also as good as it gets in Vavau if needed. Thanks guys I’ll be returning.
3. Cafe Tropicana
4 based on 129 reviews
The original Internet Cafe in Vava'u since 2004. Espresso coffee, coffee bean sales, breakfast, lunch and takeway food. Fully licensed liquor, beer, wine and cocktails. Laundry and Ice. Post cards, prints, momento's, arts and craft sales. Free booking ser
Reviewed By betsyl105 - Los Angeles, California
Go to spot for yachties!
Greg is a wealth of knowledge and so helpful. We enjoyed several breakfasts and lunches here. We bought ice here. He even takes the trash for us for a small fee. Bought a Fiji courtesy flag here. Great spot right in town.
4. Dancing Rooster Bistro & Marina Wine Bar
4 based on 36 reviews
Reviewed By Hydrolagus - California
Great fries and movie night
This place has really good fries and I love fries. They're thick cut and always hot. I ate here a couple times and had the fish and chips, which was nicely battered and delicious, and the vegetable pasta. The pasta didn't have much in the way of vegetables but considering the location and availability of vegetables it was understandable. The pasta was over cooked but tasted pretty good. The beers and beverages are abundant here and on Sundays they play movies with dinner and have a pretty good selection. My only negative is that it's a bit hot and muggy and there isn't much airflow and this is a problem if there are any smokers around. The secondhand smoke is pretty bad.
5. La Paella Restaurant
5 based on 13 reviews
Reviewed By kimstarnes
Delicious food off the beaten track
This place was recommended to us by a local as being worth the journey. They weren't wrong. Maria picked us up in her boat, took us to see the floating art gallery then back to her and eduardo's amazing hand built restaurant. We were served the most fantastic tapas followed by a fire cooked Paella. Following dinner we were treated to some authentic Spanish music from the very talented Eduardo. Overall it was a fantastic evening. Be sure to book ahead and take a bottle or two of red wine with you . Getting there involves a 15 minute taxi to Ano beach, which is quite secluded so its worth arranging for the taxi to come back to collect you. We used a local guy called James who we'd definitely recommend.
6. Poolside Cafe Bar & Restaurant
4 based on 29 reviews
Simply Italian - Uniquely Canadian. Situated in the heart of town at the Puataukanave Int Hotel by the pool. Open Monday to Friday for lunch and dinner, on Sunday for brunch from 11am. Full menu, daily and weekly specials, including "poutine" - a Canadian
Reviewed By MickB53 - Petersham, Australia
We called in for a meal at about 7.30 PM. The place is nicely decorated, the furniture rather grand looking but comfortable, the menu limited. The flesh of the fish in my fish and chips was brown and chewy. My colleague's curry was so so. We wanted to pay by card, but it seemed to be too much of a challenge to go the office to do this. Prices were on the high side by local comparisons. I wouldn't bother.Good morning, I think you must have visited the Beach House Vava'u which is also located in the Puataukanave Hotel complex, or perhaps even the Lobster House restaurant. The Poolside Cafe is not affiliated with the hotel other than leasing the space. We close before 7:30, and do not have fish on our menu; thereby I believe you erred in your review of our establishment. It would be most appreciated if you would remove it. Thank you.
7. Falaleu Deli
We sell inhouse cured hams,our own Canadian back bacon, and we make sausage. Along with a list of precooked meals that you thaw and heat. These are great for day tripping as well as yacht provisions. Pre order to garrentee your request and it will be pack
Reviewed By Jackie M - Sydney, Australia
Pig in a blanket for the win!
We visited this Vava'u newcomer today for lunch and were very satisfied! We tried their thinly sliced cured ham with fried egg and cream cheese on Canadian bannock buns. We were even more impressed with their pigs in a blanket. This included their new spicy chorizo with home-made chilli sauce, accompanied by handmade lemonade - total win! We also got some maple cured bacon to take back to our resort to tart up breakfast tomorrow because we're getting a bit bored with scrambled eggs. Would happily return - friendly Canadian proprietors & a (nice) dog called Killer.
8. Panda Restaurant
We are the only Chinese Restaurant in town, and at the heart of Neiafu, right at the waterfront where the Mariner's Park is. Tourists from the Cruise ships that have visited Vava'u this year, advised us that we should get listed in this global platform fo
Reviewed By mbaas - Singapore
Awful Food but Choice is Limited
This may very well rank in the top three of Most Awful Chinese Food experiences but the problem is: choice is simply limited in Vava'u. We were in Tonga during the holidays and many businesses seemed closed. Panda is definitely popular though and you will always find many people inside and outside having or waiting for food. Perhaps it's because we live in Singapore and are used to much better Chinese food but wow, this was exceptionally awful.
9. Mandala Restaurant
Reviewed By Jackie M - Sydney, Australia
Pricy but organic architecture is worth the visit
We popped over to Mandala Resort for dinner. They arranged a speedboat pickup for us that met us at the old harbour. Arrival is exciting - the main building has the look of a Bond villain's lair. All surfaces are curved and there's plenty of padded places to perch upon (and padded is often in short supply on islands). The cocktail list is excellent, Whisky Rebellion was a personal favourite - though be warned: the prices turn out to be in Australian dollars, despite the American hosts & the Tongan location. Speaking of hosts, Ben and Lisa are warm and friendly, as are their friendly dogs & Benzini, their well behaved restaurant cat. Food is a three course affair, with an emphasis on vegetables rather than meat (the Swedish chef is vegan). We started with bread, then stuffed zucchini, followed by chicken roulade. The bacon-wrapped rounds of chook were stuffed with feta & sun-dried tomato, and served on garlic mash. The meal highlight was dessert - a pineapple upside-down cake with a clever soursop sorbet flavoured with lemongrass. Food feels like that of a competent home cook, adept at making the most of ingredients that are locally abundant and sustainable.Mandala also have the best wine list I've seen in Vava'u, with a very drinkable NZ Hawkes Bay Chardonnay coming in at sixty Tongan pa'anga. The only surprise was the bill actually being in Australian dollars, converted to Tongan pa'anga, then with stamp duty added... we paid 500 Tongan pa'anga which brought it in as our most expensive meal in Vava'u. While I wouldn't say it was the best food, it was certainly worthwhile as an experience.
10. Refuge Restaurant
Refuge, on the Neiafu waterfront, serves Tongan, Tahitian and Hindu-Fijian cuisine prepared in our elevated island style. We have great vegan and vegetarian options, daily specials and a nice selection of wines. Happy hour is from 4 to 6pm with drink spec