Savai’i’s Best Cafes and Restaurants
Treat the tastebuds to a true island experience on Savai’i, whether it’s traditional Samoan cuisine or an island spin on international favourites. From quaint cafes to casual dining by the beach, there’s something to suit a range of tastes (as long as you’re not looking for “fine dining”). We share the best places to eat, as well as the hidden gems of the Savai’i dining scene, in this list of the best restaurants on Savai’i.
Before we begin, be sure to open up our complete recommendations in The Food Guide to Savai’i: Places to Eat & Food Tours. Also note that due to limited resources and some restaurants being so remote that they often don’t receive many customers, it is very common on Savai’i for only half of the menu to be available, so be prepared to pick from a small selection of meals.
1. Adria’s Cafe
A quaint Western-style cafe in the village of Lalomalava, Adria’s Cafe delights with coffee, cake and meat-lover meals to see you through your morning or afternoon. Cosy up in a booth or out in the open-plan dining area with industrial-style decor. Either way, you’ll have the opportunity to tuck into eggs or pancakes for breakfast – just about your only vegetarian offerings – or opt for a hearty beef and eggplant lasagne or teriyaki bowl for lunch. Plus, try their custard tarts! With reasonable prices, Adria’s also appears in The Top Cheap Eats on Savai’i.
Location: Lalomalava village, signposted on the main road on the east coast.
2. Harbourside Cafe & Pizza Bar
Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even for partying on Friday and Saturday nights, Harbourside Cafe & Pizza Bar is a reliable yet reasonably priced dining option in Salelologa. With a couple of industrial-style partitions, you can easily find your own cosy corner of this attractive establishment. Treat yourself to a cooked breakfast or stop by for lunch or dinner with the likes of chicken salad, chicken kebabs, sausage/chicken/fish and chips, sashimi, poke, an indulgent seafood platter or steak. Pizza is obviously a big deal here, so if you’re a fan you might as well…
Location: Salelologa, within walking distance of Salelologa Wharf heading north (and opposite the Savai’i Tourist Information Centre).
3. Taefu T. Matafeo Store Asaga (Netta’s Cake Shop)
At the northern end of Asaga village near Puapua is the Taefu T. Matafeo Store, also known as Netta’s Cake Shop. Needless to say, the cafe is famous for its cakes and cupcakes which pair perfectly with an espresso, latte, mocha or iced coffee. Either dine indoors on the vibrant sofas or chairs or enjoy the garden table set up outside. They claim vegan and vegetarian snacks are available, while many can vouch for the affordable hot meal, which is usually a set special each day. What’s more, it’s the only cafe with free internet on Savai’i!
Location: Asaga village, along the main road on the east coast.
4. Amoa Restaurant (Amoa Resort)
In the airy dining fale of the Amoa Resort, enjoy an internationally inspired menu with pleasingly local ingredients at the Amoa Restaurant. It’s your chance to try a refreshing Samoan oka (raw fish marinated in coconut cream and spices), taro nachos garnished with seagrapes or stick with the classics such as local pan-fried fish or New Zealand striploin beefsteak. Top it all off with one of the many cocktail options (happy hour is 5-7 pm daily) or a refreshing vai tipolo – a local drink you can find out more about in the 10 Drinks in Samoa You Have to Try.
Location: Faga village on the east coast.
5. Vailili Restaurant and Leilina’s Pizzeria (Le Lagoto Resort)
Locals love it for the “best thin-crust pizzas on Savai’i”, formerly known as Leilina’s Pizzeria, while those feeling more adventurous will find an eclectic menu of meats and seafood. Vailili Restaurant of the Le Lagoto Resort also has an extensive drinks menu from the pool bar so you can make the most of the sunset from the west-facing beach. Look out for Thursday fiafia nights and the Sunday Polynesian barbecue with a string bad (both events depend on resort occupancy so be sure to book ahead).
Location: Fagamalo village, along the main road on the northeast coast.
6. Va-i-Moana Seaside Lodge Restaurant & Bar
On the remote northwest corner of Savai’i nestled in Asau Bay, Vai-i-Moana Seaside Lodge is just about the only dining option in the area (with the exception of the nearby sister hotel, Vaisala Hotel – see #9). Although the restaurant has an unusual system of taking orders from its a la carte menu; orders must be made at reception before 5 pm, it’s worth the wait for impressive sizzling hotplate steak, lobster in mornay sauce, chicken basicolla with mushroom and bacon sauce and, well, simply anything with a generous topping of sauce!
Location: Between Auala and Asau villages in Asau Bay on the northwest coast.
7. Beach Bar & Restaurant (Stevensons at Manase)
In prime position for sundowners with ocean views, the Beach Bar & Restaurant at the resort Stevensons at Manase is a worthy dining option while exploring Manase‘s popular beach destination. Dine by the pool or over the lagoon with something from the extensive cocktail menu and one of the crowd-pleasing meals, from fish and chips to seafood platters. Book ahead, as the restaurant is only open when there are enough guests staying on-site (and check out the accommodation in the 10 Best Resorts on Savai’i).
Location: Manase village, along the main road on the northeast coast.
8. Barefoot Bar & Restaurant (Savaii Lagoon Resort)
Another stellar sunset spot and beachfront eatery on Savai’i, Barefoot Bar & Restaurant is your dining venture at the Savaii Lagoon Resort. Seafood is the speciality here, created into the likes of sashimi, poke and oka. With the restaurant’s own pizza oven, there’s competition with next door (Le Lagoto Resort), while pork belly, tuna steaks, fish and chips and refreshing cocktails are on their ever-changing menu board.
Location: Fagamalo village, along the main road on the northeast coast.
9. Vaisala Hotel Restaurant & Fetogi’s Bar
Relax with some casual dining elevated with gorgeous ocean views at the Vaisala Hotel. Perched on the hotel’s fun if not rickety old deck, you’ll have access to one of the most extensive menus on the island (that’s if it’s all available) with fish, chicken, steak, pork, lobster and soup prepared in numerous ways. There’s even a wee vegetarian menu should you wish to go the sustainable route. The meals are made even more substantial as each is served with vegetables and a local side, such as taro, breadfruit or banana with palusami. As for lunch, expect all of the usual suspects with chips. Learn more about the local foods in Traditional Samoan Food: 20 Foods to Try in Samoa.
Location: Vaisala village, signposted from the main road on the northwest coast.
10. Le Tolotolo Restaurant & Bar (Jet Over Hotel)
If you need sustenance in Salelologa and you’ve already tried Harbourside, then make your next stop the Le Tolotolo Restaurant of the Jet Over Hotel. A favourite with locals visiting the island from Apia, the spacious dining hall blasts local tunes and serves all the usual crowd-pleasers, including steak, fish, burgers and pizzas (when available). They also have a hearty breakfast menu served with a variety of coffees and teas.
Location: Salelologa, approximately 10 minutes walk north of the ferry terminal.
More About Places to Eat, Cafes and Restaurants on Savai’i
That’s it for our list of the best restaurants on Savai’i. Plan more treats for your palate with the following articles:
- 10 Best Foodie Experiences on Savai’i
- The Food Guide to Savai’i: Places to Eat & Food Tours
- The Best Places to Eat in Samoa: 20 Best Restaurants in Samoa
Finally, don’t miss our foodie must-dos in The Food Guide to Samoa: Places to Eat & Food Tours.