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The freshest fish, mouth-watering fruit and heavenly French-inspired cuisine are what a hungry vacationer can expect at nearly every restaurant. Even if the sights weren’t spectacular (which they are), the food alone would be worth the trans-Pacific flight. Here, according to our Forbes Travel Guide editors, are the best places to dine in Bora Bora:
1. La Villa Mahana. Ten minutes from the Viatape dock is the best place to dine in all of French Polynesia. Only a handful of tables are peppered throughout this quaint two-story restaurant, which means personal service and exquisitely crafted dishes are the standard. The food is brought out beneath silver platters, concealing what are, truly, edible works of art. Succulent creams adorn freshly-caught fish, and sides simmer with the perfect balance of flavor. We recommend their wine pairings for each course. Chef Damien Rinaldi Dovio is a master of gastronomy, having trained at restaurants all over France. Diners will find themselves savoring every single morsel he presents. Make sure to book your reservation far in advance, as this gem of a restaurant is as famous as it is delicious.
2. Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Lagoon Restaurant at The St. Regis. Aside from the illuminated water on the outdoor deck, the thoughtfully designed main dining room and perfect view of Mount Otemanu, this restaurant packs a delectable punch with its first-rate cuisine.
3. Fare Manuia. This roadside, thatched roof pit stop has more than meets the eye. A French Polynesian blend of east meets west, with its own unique island spin, results in rich flavors and a wide variety of choices. Go hungry, leave fulfilled.
4. Le Matira Beach Restaurant. Enjoy a casual lunch or a romantic dinner atop this unbeatable terrace overlooking the beach. Mouthwatering pan-fried foie gras followed by chocolate-covered banana cake is enough to keep you coming back night after night.
5. Kaina Hut. This sandy-floored hut is home to excellent pastas in fresh sauces, breadfruit gnocchi and New Zealand meats. You certainly won’t want to skip dessert here; the fruit panna cotta is not to be missed.