French Polynesia

Restaurants in French Polynesia

French Polynesia is home to a plethora of excellent restaurants with French cuisine prevailing on these islands alongside more local fare. French Polynesia restaurants like Le Grillardin (Tahiti), La Villa Mahana (Bora Bora) and Toatea Crepes Restaurant & Bar (Mo’orea) offer delicious classic French fare. Meanwhile, other French Polynesia restaurants specialize in local cuisine. Eateries like Snack Mahana on Mo’orea or Bora Bora’s Lagoon are particularly good at serving the best of Polynesian food, which largely consists of meals cooked underground in an earth oven, known as a himaa. A typical French Polynesia restaurant will use ingredients like pork, chicken, fish, shellfish, leafy green vegetables, and root crops wrapped in leaves, placing them on a bed of heated stones, covering them with more leaves and earth and leaving ingredients to steam for several hours, with coconut cream typically used to add richness. And if you’re seeking a meal far and away from French or Polynesian cuisine, the islands are home to plenty of Chinese and Japanese restaurants run by immigrants from those respective countries who have made the South Pacific their home. In all, whatever you’re seeking, rest assured that restaurants in French Polynesia will cater to your tastes.

The roadside restaurant serves divine lobster ravioli.

The hip new locals' hangout in Papeete, Ute Ute, which is Tahitian for "red hot" serves tarte flambe with escargots.

Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s restaurants stretch around the world, from Shanghai to New York to this amazing location, perched over the Bora Bora Lagoon.

At this five-table restaurant Villa Mahana, Corsican-born chef Damian Rinaldi Dovio reinvents native ingredients (Tahitian vanilla oil, curry, coconut milk) with classic Mediterranean techniques.