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Le Bistro

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Avenue du Lac, Gisenyi, Rwanda
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We all ordered different pizzas and they were good! The service was a bit slow, as is expected, but the staff were friendly and attentive. Coffee was good and the location and grounds are nice.

Thank Shakeel P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Finding good food in Gisenyi is surprisingly difficult. That's why we had low hopes for the bistro. Happily we were totally surprised! I had a wonderful chicken breast with mango salsa and my girlfriend had a really yummy and BIG veggie lasagne. The atmosphere is also nice even though there isn't a view of the lake. The music was soft... More 

Thank ExploringMind
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 222 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2015

Gisenyi has so few choices and this one doesn't look too good from the outside, but once inside the service was decent and the food wasn't bad at all. I suggest avoiding the pizzas and ordering the fresh fish. I had the Capitaine in mushroom sauce with rice and enjoyed it. Those with me that ordered pizza were disappointed.

Thank SCalCanz
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2015

Food was average, not too great. The restaurant has a very good view of the lake though and has a nice atmosphere.

Thank Kishan S
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2015 via mobile

The food at Le Bistro is only average, but if you are looking for something more European style, then this is a good choice. The setting is beautiful overlooking Lake Kivu. The service was good too. I would recommend this restaurant for anyone looking for a dinner out while in the area.

Thank imb89
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109 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2014

It's an average meal and the wine selection is limited but the location is lovely overlooking the lake.

Thank anuka9
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2014 via mobile

Saturday evening dinner steak. Pleasant atmosphere. Like most other places in the region don't expect to rush - order immediately and relax. Steak was very pleasant and the staff courteous.

Thank Tom M
Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2014 via mobile

My husband arrived in Gisenyi before me and had his breakfast there. Quote, "Best coffee I have had in a while". ....For Dinner ....on the same day....(we had to go back) My Beef Fillet (Bearnaise, Sauce champignon, Roguefort, Louvre vert) was simply exquisite.... Great Ambiance, good background music choice. Definitely a must go place in Gisenyi.

Thank MrsIbekwe
Havant, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2014

Le Bistro is the type of restaurant where you go if you have plenty of time to enjoy the lake view and can indulge yourself in the range of good meals and well-stocked bar. The staff are competent and multi-lingual, and the manager is often present ensuring guests are well satisfied. The menu is not the longest in Gisenyi, but... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2013

Steak was very good with tasty Roquefort sauce. Mexican pizza was good, but not great (better than Cormoran, but not as good as Sol e Luna). Better option than the Serena for dinner, but very similar menu and food quality to dozens of other restaurants in Rwanda.

Thank nathan3455

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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Address: Avenue du Lac, Gisenyi, Rwanda
  • Location: Africa  >  Rwanda  >  Western Province  >  Gisenyi

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