The Fig and Olive (Haile Selassie Road, Arusha) – this restaurant offers various Mediterranean dishes (including Greek, Lebanese, and Italian). Lamb minced kebabs, hummus and falafel (fast food in the Middle East) are also served there. Its “off the beaten path” location also gives diners a quiet setting, which is another plus. Live entertainment offered on Friday evenings.
Story Lounge (Kibo Road, Moshi) — this two parted space: restaurant and Moshi’s first ever lounge bar is a great hang out. Air-conditioned with a classic collection of long drinks, Story Lounge attracts a more urban middle & upper class crowd. They also have specials, like “buy one cocktail, get one free” on Tuesdays & Thursdays.
Picasso Café (Kjenge Supermarket, Simeon Road, Arusha) – this restaurant services mainly Indian and Italian dishes. There’s also sushi. Diners have given this place high ratings, in part, because of the large portions that is typically served here.
Live music is provided on Friday evenings.
Le Patio (near corner of Halle Selassie Road, Arusha) – as per its French name, many of the items served here are French. There are also salads, grilled food, sandwiches and pizzas. Like other popular restaurants in Arusha, this one also offers large garden dining areas. Le Patio turns into a trendy lounge on Saturday nights (often with live entertainment).
The Blue Heron (Plot 50, Haile Selassie Rd, Arusha) – this is another Arusha restaurant with garden dining space. This restaurant leans toward Italian dishes (like lasagna and pasta meals) along with wood fire pizzas. Also, pork ribs, chicken curry and fish & chips. It also offers local & imported beers, along with South African, French and Spanish wines. Local companies occasionally hold events there.
The Baobab Restaurant (44/1 Serengeti Road, Arusha) – this restaurant serves a variety of European, African & Indian cuisine options (all buffet style). There are also vegetarian meals. Travelers on TripAdvisor.com gave the Indian food (such as prawn masala and chicken tikka) the best ratings. They also gave the restaurant’s breakfast buffet high marks.
Rivertrees Restaurant (Himo Road, Arusha) – this restaurant (housed in a roomy estate-like space) offers a decent western-style menu with daily specials (ranging from pizzas to hamburgers) that are stomach-pleasing. Along with the meals, there are also Tanzanian beers, and wines from South Africa and elsewhere to please the most discriminate palate.
Onsea House Arusha (Onsea Moivaro Road, Moshono Village, Arusha) – this restaurant (located in a exclusive boutique hotel) mixes local influences with classic French cuisine, and only provides best and freshest products. Every bite and every sip will be an experience for your senses. Everyone who eats here walks away feeling like a VIP.
Maembe Café (Bustani Alley, corner Kibatijani Street, Moshi) — Maembe means “Mango” in Kiswahili and in the garden of this lush restaurant you find many of the mighty mango trees. The cuisine is international from paninis, wraps to seafood dishes.
Khan’s BBQ (Mosque Street, Arusha) – this restaurant attracts a cult following for its “Chicken on the Bonnet” street food and plates piled high with Indian style chutneys, naans and salads. Even the BBQ sauce here is highly rated. The tandoori chicken is also another favored item at Khan’s. Despite the restaurant’s modest décor and furniture (and roadside eatery vibe), it still manages to draw in an eclectic expat & local crowd.