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Carre 342 quartier Zongo, Cotonou, Benin
21 31 29 32
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
good fresh grilled fish and aloko

Nice basic place with outdoor seating and friendly service. Good fresh grilled fish--- huge portion! Recommended!

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 4, 2015
jenabaindelhi
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Lagos Nigeria
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110 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015 via mobile

I can't help it. How can I visit Cotonou without lunch or dinner at Pili Pili. When worn begin... The fresh pineapple juice chilled to perfection or the native chicken or fish grilled with all kinds of herbs. Eating in Cotonou isn't like going to a fast food restaurant it's real dining no matter what level the restaurant is. The... More 

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1,003 reviews
400 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 460 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

Nice basic place with outdoor seating and friendly service. Good fresh grilled fish--- huge portion! Recommended!

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Thank jenabaindelhi
Nairobi, Kenya
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49 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

When I asked the waiter for pima (a common preparation of grounded green chilis-in the region) he protested in response, saying no we don't do pima here! We do Pili Pili. Off he went and returned with a preparation of their own and proudly announced ..." Ici, les pili pili en question".... This is the signature source that marks the... More 

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Thank Kim K
Shanghai, China
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35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

The place is basic but clean and prepares very good grilled fish and grilled beef tongue, among other foods. They serve a variety of local food with usual staples. A lot of mosquitos during the evenings so bring repellent. Very reasonable prices.

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Thank LuciaShanghai
Toronto, Canada
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Out of fish (specialty) but I had the chicken bicyclette Very good but a small portion for a big guy, need to add extras to get full

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Thank mahdint
Yaounde
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29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Unlike Sorrento, Pili Pili offers real benin dishes. From chicken, fried or rosted and aloko and atchéké. the place is calm and attractive.

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Thank PANGOP A
Bangkok, Thailand
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32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 via mobile

We came here in October and ordered some grilled fish and chicken. I must say the grilled chicken was well prepared and delicious, I also loved the sauce ( very hot ) and various side dishes, fried banana, sweet potatoes, rice etc..The ambiance was friendly rather hot though, and one thing to take into consideration, since this is an open... More 

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Thank Pitpilai V
Cotonou, Benin
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

This is one of the best grilled chicken i had . Portions of food are enough and I should say for the price it is a good choice. The wait is a bit long, but hey this is freshly cooked not pre-cooked the day before and just microwaved so it is quite understandable to wait 20 to 30 minutes to... More 

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Thank jon_boy24
New York City, New York
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

Pili Pili has excellent fish and the sauces are to die for. But beyond that the owner and staff are incredible! They are an incredibly helpful and generous group of people.

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Thank Diana B
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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45 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

Pili pili is great for grilled meats and local dishes. The legume sauce is nice, and the grilled fresh fish is nice too. You probably burn as many calories trying to pry the meat from the Poulet Bicyclette, but that's a general comment rather than anything about Pili Pili in particular. It can get rather hot under the thatched roof,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Carre 342 quartier Zongo, Cotonou, Benin
  • Location: Africa  >  Benin  >  Littoral Department  >  Cotonou
  • Phone Number: 21 31 29 32

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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