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Cafe Zambezi

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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Shop 214 Mosi-Oa-Tunya Road, Livingstone, Zambia
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The food is delicious! The portions are huge. My friend and I found this place by recommendations at the hostel we stayed at. We split one entree and we still didn't finish the ribs.

Thank Leah Y
Ireland, Indiana
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We liked this place so much we went back again next day. The place was very busy so service was a bit slow but the staff were very friendly and professional and the food delicious. Be careful of the mangoes dropping from the trees onto your table!

Thank lreidy2017
Soest, The Netherlands
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Cafe Zambezi serves nice African dishes. some are very spicy (!) You sit in an nice open space in the back of the building You would not expect that seeing the building up front! Very friendly and hospitable staff.

Thank Hans R
Hong Kong, China
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407 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 443 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Some locals recommended this restaurant to us and thus we tried a dinner here. It's spacious with many more tables innerside and the waitress was quite friendly and helpful. There were quite many choices in the Menu and the waitress recommended some game meat to us. At the end, we only ordered some ordinary meat like pork ribs, chicken, crocodile... More 

Thank MissHK2009
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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95 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place was very crowded and full of tourists. They are drawn by the game meat (crocodile, kudu, etc). I had a kudu burger that had very little meat and so many condiments that you could barely tell it was kudu. My husband had the peri-peri crocodile sandwich, which was much better. More of a place for novelty than very... More 

Thank C R
Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The café will give you loads of food which you simply cannot finish at one go. it is so well prepared I had to call the chef to congratulate her. Try the CROCODILE RIBS! Awesome. However, anywhere in public places in Livingstone there are just lots of flies - they are everywhere. If you can stomach some of that, you... More 

Thank sicelos474
Sydney, Australia
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24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were recommended this place to try "authentic" local cuisine. Turns out the locals generally cannot afford to eat there. Flies everywhere. Cleanliness patchy. The food included crocodile, impala and kudu. The servings were huge. The food was fairly average. Service was fairly good. Friendly and efficient. Shame about the flies and the lack of hygiene.

Thank David G
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21 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Found the restaurant through trip advisor and decided to give it a go. Wasn't too happy with the decision. We went there for lunch, order our starters and mains at the same time. Mains came about 15 minutes before the starters (why are they called starters?). Way tooo many flies, all over the food and drinks, waitress decides to bring... More 

Thank Chirag P
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78 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Reading through a number of reviews about the Cafe Zambezi and having visited the premises, I was very disappointed because my expectations were very high. The place looks run down and non of my family members (we were six in all) enjoyed their food. Food was either cold, over spiced or hard. We had fish n chips, crocodile burger, t-bone... More 

Thank Namukulo M
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3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in here for lunch and ordered a few cocktails and some lunch. We like food and ordered the starter platter and 2 mains. 1 main would have been enough for the both of us. The food is of great quality, staff are friendly and wifi available. Definitely worth checking out.

Thank Dale C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 15
Caribbean, Cafe, African
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Shop 214 Mosi-Oa-Tunya Road, Livingstone, Zambia
  • Location: Africa  >  Zambia  >  Southern Province  >  Livingstone
  • Phone Number: 260978190059
Eat authentic Zambian and African food with the locals, enjoy Caribbean food including Jerk Chicken and Caribbean goat curry. Try our wood-fire pizza, gourmet burgers and extensive vegetarian options including our eggplant and haloumi burger. Get ready for the warm Livingstone hospitality and a good time in our candlelit leafy courtyard. Look out for our traditional dancing nights!! See you there!!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?