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Where to Eat & Drink in Tahiti

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The food in Tahiti is very, very good. The island delivers the best of French and Polynesian cooking in a variety of restaurants, ranging from food trucks in Papeete to uber-romantic oceanfront restaurants at luxury resorts. Here are some of our favorite places around the island to eat and also drink.
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Taravao, French Polynesia
In Taravao, at the southern edge of Tahiti Nui, this family-run French place is known for its French-style grilled meats and fish (locals will make a pilgrimage out to the countryside for it). The menu skews to old-school Gallic...
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French Polynesia
On Tahiti Iti, it is hard to beat eating with your toes in the sand right on the beach (there's also an inside dining room). Order one of the Polynesian dishes that include some fresh caught steamed line fish and local produce from taro to...
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Serving up creative French and Polynesian fare, as well as some wood oven pizza choices, Blue Banana is a trendy restaurant right on the lagoon in Punaauia. Portions are small but well presented and there is an impressive wine list, including...
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InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa, PK7,5, Faaa 98702, French Polynesia
Part of the InterContinental Resort, Le Lotus, is set in an overwater building and has a romantic vibe with live piano music, candlelight, amazing views and top-notch French and Polynesian cuisine. Make sure to arrive before sunset to watch the...
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Pape'ete, French Polynesia
Café Maeva serves excellent French coffee, smoothies, pastries, and proper meals up on the second floor of Papeete's popular Le Marché shopping complex. Come for the good breakfast menu or wait for...
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Rue de l'École des Frères de Ploërmel, Papeete 98713, French Polynesia
Tahiti is not known as a nightlife destination, but there are a few places to dance at least a portion of the night away. Try Le Royal Kikiriri to dance the traditional Polynesian two-step, waltz and tamure. Le Grenier de Montmartre is where to go...
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Pīra'e, French Polynesia
Set on a hill some 2,000 feet above Papeete, with impossible views of the sea and Moorea beyond, O Belvédère is the place locals take visitors for thrilling sunsets and good food. The restaurant and bar have the air of a tree...
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The islands of Tahiti have given the world a lot of popular ideas: This is the birthplace of the overwater bungalow, of surfing, the tattoo, and also . . . the food truck? Yep! Well, maybe not officially, but dozens of years before food trucks...