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Restaurant l'Eau Vive

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Rue de l'Hotel Ville, city centre | BP 5117, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
50 30 63 03
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Lovely setting for lunch

The portions are great and the food tastes good. I had fish and chips. The service is great too, people are very pleasant. The only criticism is that the menu lists so many dishes but a lot of them are not on offer. This is common in Africa though.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 16, 2015
marywyse
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Dublin, Ireland
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Dublin, Ireland
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53 reviews 53 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

The portions are great and the food tastes good. I had fish and chips. The service is great too, people are very pleasant. The only criticism is that the menu lists so many dishes but a lot of them are not on offer. This is common in Africa though.

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New York City, New York
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95 reviews 95 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Great place, wonderful food, really a nice place. Don't miss this jewel and fantastic ladies running it. They are professional cooks and hosts.

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Hobart, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

I've been to this restaurant several times - you run out of places to go if you spend too much time in Ouaga, and this is one of the most relaxed places to spend an evening. The food was great, and the restaurant has a homely feel to it. I find Nuns to be inspiring people. They perform a religious... More 

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Nairobi, Kenya
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

At our last night in Ouagadougou, during FESPACO 2009, one of the worlds greatest film festivals (yes, really) I sat with a table of new and old friends from all over the continent in a nunnery which also doubles up as a restaurant called L’eau Vive or Water of Life. The nuns, who run this particular mission, served us bottles... More 

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Not sure why people love this place so much - it's just so-so. Guess it's for the cachet value of being run by an order of nuns and having nightly performances of Ave Maria. The food is decent, the prices okay. Families seem to like it.

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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

This is easily one of the best dining experiences I have had in Ouagadougou. The food, the service and the ambiance puts this right at the top of my list of places to eat in the city. Last night, Saturday, was a Asian theme night plus the À la carte menu, all of which was most palatable. There was some... More 

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San Francisco
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39 reviews 39 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

A group of twelve of us dined here recently. The menu offered both French and local cuisine. The manager suggested the Capitaine fish (nile perch) which was grilled to perfection, fried yams, a delightful steamed spinach dish with local herbs, and sliced avocados with a light vinaigrette dressing. The restaurant and their small gift shop next door supports a local... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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40 reviews 40 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

A unique experience because of the singing of the Ave Maria at 9.30pm every evening. Uplifting! The food was middling. Location slightly off center. Best bet is to arrange with taxi driver to come and collect you after the meal.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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57 reviews 57 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

Run by nuns this restaurant is in a quiet courtyard with a small fountain - gives it a lovely feeling. The food is pretty good - not a great choice but well cooked fish and meat and some west african dishes and veg.

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Melbourne, Australia
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45 reviews 45 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

I went there in 1993 and I think 2001. It is a Ouaga institution that has survived several Presidents and military coups, grinding poverty outside its doors, and at least two major famines (I was not there during those). I recall great food and ambience. Everybody braced themselves for les soeurs singing their catholic refrain in the middle of the... More 

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  • Address: Rue de l'Hotel Ville, city centre | BP 5117, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
  • Location: Africa  >  Burkina Faso  >  Centre Region  >  Ouagadougou
  • Phone Number: 50 30 63 03

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