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Oyster Island Resort Restaurant

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Steakhouse, Seafood, International, Pacific Rim
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Malwepe | Oyster Island, Luganville, Espiritu Santo PO Box 183, Vanuatu
+678 778 2773
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Built in true Vanuatu style, with a cone Natangora roof and an open air...
Built in true Vanuatu style, with a cone Natangora roof and an open air deck for fresh dining, Oyster Island Restaurant is renowned for serving some of the best food that Santo has to offer. Light and modern dishes with a South-Pacific influence are offered, using the freshest organic ingredients sourced from local markets and farms. Highlights of our menu include the freshest Oysters in Santo, which during harvest season are collected daily of course! Our lobster, crab, and poulet fish dishes are second to none in the region. We serve only 100% Organic Santo beef, which is world renowned for its tenderness and succulent flavour. Other favourite dishes include Spiced Coconut Prawns, Lobster, and Lime Pan-Fried Scallops. Our delectable dessert menu is the final temptation of the evening. As with everything on Oyster Island, our dining times are relaxed therefore we do not have a set time for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Your meal will be prepared for you when you require it, and a cooked breakfast menu is available throughout the day. Our staff would be pleased to offer you room service if you wish to have your meal served on your private waterfront balcony.
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    Very good
  • 13
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great spot

There's accommodation here but we didn't stay there so can't comment on it other than to say it looked okay from the outside. Pleasant restaurant (lunched there twice) and went for a walk around the island (nice tropical forest) and snorkelled through the coral. Saw a large nudibranch and (gulp) a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 15, 2015
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English first
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22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

There's accommodation here but we didn't stay there so can't comment on it other than to say it looked okay from the outside. Pleasant restaurant (lunched there twice) and went for a walk around the island (nice tropical forest) and snorkelled through the coral. Saw a large nudibranch and (gulp) a crown-of-thorns (don't touch those they're nasty). Also paddled one... More 

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OysterIsland, General Manager at Oyster Island Resort Restaurant, responded to this review

Great Spot. Thank you for sharing your day experience on Oyster Island. It is amazing to see tourism back up with many in-house guests and day visitors. Santo definitely has something for everyone and a day on Oyster is a sure hit. Your mention of crown of thorns, yes..we are getting hit with these nasty critters, but have control procedures... More 

Stockholm, Sweden
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32 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Rarely, if ever, have I eaten as good food as on Oyster Island. The Santo beef was wonderfully prepared, the kumala fries and mash were great as well. Even the pizza was perfect. I also liked the curry with all the local vegetables. We stayed here for about a week and have since been to Tanna and Efate. So far... More 

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OysterIsland, General Manager at Oyster Island Resort Restaurant, responded to this review

Magnificent!! Thnak you for you kind words and sharing your experience of Oyster Island and our Restaurant. I will be sure to pass on your praise to Chef Marcel and his team, maybe not today they are busy preparing our Sunday BBQ Lunch Buffet. Hope to see you soon. Happy Travels. More 

Bulli, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

It's nice to across the river by a cute boat to the Oyster Island. We stayed 3 nights at Oyster island. They offer lot of activities. We ate best mad crab dish at their restaurant!

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Recommended! Thank you for your visit to Oyster Island, and more so Espiritu Santo Vanuatu. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay. Mud Crab - Yumm. We do only harvest mud crab, oysters to order and in sustainable quantities. The area surrounding Oyster Island is a certified marine reserve that we definitely take the up-most care protecting. Many guests arrive... More 

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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Chef Marcel cooks the food to perfection, no special order is too hard and the portions are generous. Beautiful surroundings right on the beach and the staff will go out of their way to make sure you have a good night. Definitely a place to visit whilst on Santo!

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OysterIsland, General Manager at Oyster Island Resort Restaurant, responded to this review

Fantastic food in generous portions Chef Marcel - I always say never trust a skinny chef (Sorry Marcel). He has taken Oyster Island Restaurant to new levels with his amazing yet simple dishes, highlighting the incredible organic produce, Santo beef and sustainable seafood. Things move a little 'Island Time' on Oyster. everything, and we do mean everything is cooked to... More 

Roxby Downs, Australia
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4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Took the small boat over to Oyster Island (organised by the Manager of the Espiritu). Anyway we were there for the day so basically all we were there for was lunch and do the canyon river swim. Even so the manager gave us free use of the kayaks and then because we had an infant assigned a rubber boat (ducky)... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

The Oyster Island staff are all so nice and were able to modify the menu to fit with out special diets - but also our whims. It is a great setting with nice views to the water and the main island. I wish we could have spent more time there!

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OysterIsland, General Manager at Oyster Island Resort Restaurant, responded to this review

Nice setting, nice staff, big servings, quite affordable.... Thank your for your review of the Oyster Island Bar and Restaurant. Pretty much your heading says it all, and again we thank you for your kind words. You say you wish to have stayed longer, well, Vanuatu is open for business and looking forward to your next visit :-) Happy Travels. More 

Port Macquarie, Australia
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118 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Once your ring the gong the ferry travels across the short expanse of water to collect you and transfer you to the island. Once on the island we were warmly welcomed into the restaurant and provided with our 'Cruise Specials Menu' which offered approximately six choices. My family all chose the Blue Hole Hamburger which had a very thick patty... More 

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OysterIsland, General Manager at Oyster Island Resort Restaurant, responded to this review

Beautiful surroundings, good food, friendly people. Thank you for choosing Oyster Island for your day visit from a cruise ship arrivals. Cruise Ship days can be a little hectic (In a good way) so we do limit the menu somewhat to ensure speedy delivery of our amazing food. This way it allows cruise ship guests to spend more time enjoying... More 

Albury, Australia
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116 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We visited Oyster Island for a day of snorkelling and enjoyed a pleasant lunch at their restaurant. The staff were very friendly and helpful and when my grandson asked how to open a coconut a friendly staff member took the time to fetch a coconut from a nearby tree and demonstrated how to open it to drink the milk and... More 

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Ballarat, Australia
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

We were lucky enough to discover the "island night" through our guides to Mt Hope. The two "Johns" made it sound so good we had to visit. We were able to arrange a visit to Oyster Island via our hotel, which included our pickup and return and the buffet dinner. Apart from the musical talent were were also lucky enough... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

We went there for their fantastic Sunday buffet. The buffet lived up to the hype we had heard. Prior to lunch we kayaked to the blue holes from the resort, which in itself was an experience. Although we were only there for the day the staff and managers could not have been more helpful. My friend managed to dislocate a... More 

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OysterIsland, General Manager at Oyster Island Resort Restaurant, responded to this review

A Sunday buffet not to be missed. Good morning, How is the finger?? Did not mention how we dislocated the finger. (Classic). Thank you for your review of our Sunday Buffet. It is always a great time, and Chef Marcel is excelling with his variety of local and western dishes. Sunday's are always a mix of in-house guests, Santo; Vanuatu... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Malwepe | Oyster Island, Luganville, Espiritu Santo PO Box 183, Vanuatu
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Vanuatu  >  Espiritu Santo  >  Luganville
  • Phone Number: +678 778 2773

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 29
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Seafood, International, Pacific Rim

Description

Built in true Vanuatu style, with a cone Natangora roof and an open air deck for fresh dining, Oyster Island Restaurant is renowned for serving some of the best food that Santo has to offer. Light and modern dishes with a South-Pacific influence are offered, using the freshest organic ingredients sourced from local markets and farms. Highlights of our menu include the freshest Oysters in Santo, which during harvest season are collected daily of course! Our lobster, crab, and poulet fish dishes are second to none in the region. We serve only 100% Organic Santo beef, which is world renowned for its tenderness and succulent flavour. Other favourite dishes include Spiced Coconut Prawns, Lobster, and Lime Pan-Fried Scallops. Our delectable dessert menu is the final temptation of the evening. As with everything on Oyster Island, our dining times are relaxed therefore we do not have a set time for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Your meal will be prepared for you when you require it, and a cooked breakfast menu is available throughout the day. Our staff would be pleased to offer you room service if you wish to have your meal served on your private waterfront balcony.
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm

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