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La Paillote

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15 Ave Lt. Colonel Lukusa, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
+243 999 942 710
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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206 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

During a business visit to Kinshasa my Belgian friend, stationed here, invited me for a lunch at this pleasant restaurant, with kindergarten, tennis courts and swimming pool. We went for the 'Brochette de Capitaine' and de 'Filet de jeune Capitaine' with french fries and a salat and a glass of red wine. The fish etc. tasted good, the food was... More 

Thank Havaki
Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 February 2017

It took them more than TWO HOURS to bring the food out. After 1.5 hours, the waiter apologized and asked if he can bring a small bite while we're waiting. We accepted, but he charged it all at the end. And pizza was $20 (total $90 for 3 of us for horrible food and even worse service). Never again to... More 

1 Thank Budimir M
Phnom Penh
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 December 2016

Affordable prices. Good quality. Very good service. Menu is quite extensive; from pizza to steaks and fish. Fresh food.

Thank Normmnomad
Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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310 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2016

Objectively, the prices are high here, even for Kinshasa. 13$ for a cheeseburger?! I've been here twice and I do enjoy the food. Most of all the setting is lovely, it's upstairs, overlooking the beautiful pool. The air is usually cool, with a breeze, and it's a nice place to visit.

Thank TroisChatsLies
London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2016

Notwithstanding the rather impolite waiters (on the verge of being blatantly arrogant sometimes), and the painfully slow service, the food is excellent, certainly worth the wait and icing on the cake, relatively cheap by Kinshasa standards. The restaurant overlooks a handball court and a massive swimming pool together with the perpetual Congolese greenery making a beautiful surrounding to a succulent... More 

Thank Toutou54
Washington DC
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36 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2016

This is a very pleasant open air bar and cafe overlooking the tennis courts and pool of the Cercle Elais sports club at Le Voyageur (Elais) hotel. The sandwiches are adequate, but the African dishes are spectacular, especially the river fish.

Thank Zouave2k
Guangzhou, China
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

The food is good .. The place is also great and peaceful .. But the service needs some improvement .. The waiters can be friendlier

Thank Sliyah
Addis Ababa
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122 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2016

I stayed in Le Voyageur hotel and within the same compound, you get La Paillote restaurant. The restaurant is surrounded by swimming pool, basketball ground and tennis court and while eating good food, you can enjoy the sporting activities. The food is clean and tasty. I have tasted steak, fish and wraps and all are good. The menu is in... More 

Thank amha_z
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 7 January 2016

Fast, friendly service, excellent food (beef brochette, tapas), quiet, relaxing Athmosphere overlooking pool inmidst Park with huge Trees. Not much wine selection

Thank Uwe N
Level Contributor
36 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2015

service and availability are spotty.. If you hit it on the right not it is great but can be equally frustrating.

Thank Thunderb0lt

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
African, Bar, International, European, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 15 Ave Lt. Colonel Lukusa, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Location: Africa  >  Democratic Republic of the Congo  >  Kinshasa
  • Phone Number: +243 999 942 710

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