Dining at 46 Year Old Marie Antoinette Restaurant, Seychelles

Step into Marie Antoinette restaurant, housed in a beautiful colonial Seychellois mansion and one feels like having stepped back in time. Opened in 1972 by the late Mrs. Kathleen Fonseka, Marie Antoinette has remained popular till date and survived changing times by remaining unchanged! One of the oldest and most famous restaurants in Seychelles offers authentic Creole Seychellois food amidst rustic charm. The colonial style architecture of the restaurant has remained unchanged since its opening day barring minor renovations. Located in Mahe, your visit to Seychelles is incomplete without enjoying an authentic meal at this  popular dining spot.

The restaurant named after Queen Marie-Antoinette of France makes you feel comfortable with an impressive high roof. In addition, we loved the winding wooden staircase, huge bar and seating area & a souvenir wall with handwritten notes from visitors. Various knick knacks spanning its rich history are displayed on the walls. The 100 year old majestic colonial house is one of very few buildings in Seychelles that has maintained its original structure. Therefore, it was also designated as a national monument in 2011.

Marie Antoinette also has an outdoor seating area, a beautiful spice garden and giant tortoises. Marie-Antoinette is also home to the Livingstone Gallery built in honor of the late American adventurer, Henry Morton Stanley who stayed there in 1872 and named it Livingstone Cottage. A huge visitors book near the entrance is a silent witness to the many guests who came from all over the world to enjoy the time honored menu that has remained unchanged since 1972.

Marie Antoinette offers a fixed menu served buffet style. It features aubergine fritters, batter-fried parrot fish, fish stew with vegetables, chicken curry and rice, golden apple or pumpkin chutney, tuna steak, grilled fish and salad. The restaurant also has an impressive wine list. Wines from South Africa, Italy, France, beers, chilled juices and milkshakes feature on the menu.

Patrons can also enjoy seasonal specialties like Fruit Bat curry, Lobstor, Octopus and more on special request. Ones with sweet tooth enjoy traditional desserts like Caramelized Banana, Coconut Nougat, assorted ice creams, local sorbets and more. We tried Caramelized Banana served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Though the restaurant does not serve food after lunch hours, visitors can enjoy afternoon tea and ice-cream. The restaurants accepts major currencies and credit cards.

How Do I Get Here:

From the traffic lights roundabout in Victoria, walk along the Revolution Avenue until you reach the Serret Road Junction. You will find a big white wall on your right with the name clearly written at the top. The restaurant is about 7-10 minutes walking distance from the centre of Victoria. Ample parking is available on the premises.

Open from Monday to Saturday at the following time:

Lunch: 1200hrs – 1430hrs (last order at 1330hrs)

Dinner: 1830hrs – (last order 2100hrs)

Call # +248 426 6222