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A Polynesian island with French culinary influence, Tahiti boasts some of the best fine dining in the South Pacific. With an impressive selection of gourmet restaurants located both at the resorts and around the island, you'll find a place that suits your taste. Here, according to Forbes Travel Guide’s editors, are some of the best places to eat in Tahiti:
1. L'O à la Bouche. This is one of the top gourmet restaurants in French Polynesia. This charming bistro serves a range of unique creations including grilled fish with a passion fruit and ginger sauce, fresh cod served with a peanut crust and scorched tuna in a light curry sauce. The restaurant interior is elegant and sophisticated with vintage wine labels adorning the walls — and the actual wine selection is just as pleasing as the décor.
2. Le Coco's. This is one of the most romantic restaurants in Tahiti. With a lovely waterfront setting that offers gorgeous views of Moorea in the distance, it's the perfect place to enjoy sunset cocktails before dinner. The menu features French cuisine infused with fresh, local ingredients.
3. Le Lotus. The overwater restaurant Le Lotus at the InterContinental Tahiti Resort appears to float on the lagoon, creating a peaceful and romantic setting with stunning views of Moorea. The tables are spaced out nicely along the water's edge, providing each couple with an intimate dining experience. On some nights, live piano adds to the ambience. The fresh seafood-heavy menu is complemented by an exquisite selection of French wines.
4. Le Carré. The sophisticated Le Carré at the Le Méridien Tahiti is an alluring waterfront restaurant. Stylish décor and subdued lighting gives it a loungey feel, and the menu is mostly French with subtle island influences. Dishes include lobster ravioli with a peppermint, ginger and anise sauce; veal tenderloin with capacola ham; and fish cassoulet flavored with a delightful blend of smoked butter and vanilla.
5. Le Velvet. Located at Hotel Tahiti Nui in the heart of downtown Papeete, Le Velvet is a fine French restaurant serving creative gourmet cuisine in a chic, romantic atmosphere. As the name suggests, it boasts a soft, quiet ambiance with a warm and friendly waitstaff that knows how to provide exceptional service. The food is carefully prepared with local Polynesian flavors, adding the taste of Tahiti to each innovative dish. Try the filet mignon with grilled mozzarella and creamy mascarpone risotto; mahi mahi served with red and green pesto; and shepherd’s pie made with goose conserve and shallots and topped with roasted figs in a lavender honey.