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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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Washington DC
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36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles 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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103 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles 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
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27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 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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29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2014

This restaurant offers a wide variety of choices, from local to Belgian to international cuisine, all of them very well prepared and presented. The staff are friendly and the service is fast. The sitting, with the swimming pool view is very relaxing. Definitaly very good for any occasion and, especially, if you are a resident at the adjoining hotel Le... More 

Thank Maurizio P
Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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35 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2013

I think the best part of this restaurant is its location just by the elais pool gives it a relaxed and away from it all atmosphere. The food is good and the service is attentive. Decent value too.

Thank Nicole I
Nairobi, Kenya
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67 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2013

La Paillote is a popular restaurant in Kinshasa next to the Embassy of South Africa. Wonderful and reasonably priced food and a very friendly service. The restaurant is surrounded by a swimming pool, tennis court and basketball field so if someone likes to have some sporting activities before a sumptuous meals this is the best place in town.

Thank peter w
Dakar, Senegal
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102 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2012

La Paillote has good food and average service and is located in an upmarket, but fairly nice compound with one of the nicer (and more expensive to visit) pools in Kinshasa. On our last trip there, the beef filet was good and done as ordered with a decent mashed potato and parsley side, and the capitane brochettes and other mains... More 

Thank awaferthinmint
Teilhet, France
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61 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2012

One of the few places where you can sit in the open air in Kinshasa. It´s actually within a club ("Cercle Elais"), next to a large Pool, a Tennis ground and a sports field and that is sometimes noisy. We place most of our consultants into a hotel basically attached to the club (Voyageur), and as you should better not... More 

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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, European, French, Bar, International, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings
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?