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Cotonou, Benin
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Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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relaxed dinner at streetside terrace

we enjoyed the nice cold beers and the food .. the terrace is pleasant, but inside is also okay .. the staff is friendly

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 8, 2015
Deventer, The Netherlands
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Rome, Italy
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128 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

Everybody seems to be speaking about the livingstone restaurant in Cotonou. I went there on my first night in Cotonou and I found the food just ok, but nothing special…. A few days later, after some other colleagues joined us, they insist to go to the Livingstone…. And again: food just ok and it was not just me: everybody in... More 

Sao Paulo, SP
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116 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

One thing that I hate no matter how good the food could be is to be treated like a stupid, dumb white expat/tourist in Africa! I live in Africa and know what is acceptable and what is not and therefore when I went to this highly recommended restaurant in Cotonou I expected good food and service. Instead I got less... More 

1 Thank Mimo2405
Deventer, The Netherlands
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60 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

we enjoyed the nice cold beers and the food .. the terrace is pleasant, but inside is also okay .. the staff is friendly

Thank SipMeijer
Sint-Truiden, Belgium
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55 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Nice place to have a meal and a drink. Splendid Irish coffee. Very friendly owner. Meals are correct.

Thank Loadie1980
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

Their pizza and hamburgers are good, but on the average level, not exceptional. Once I had also a local dish that was fine. Prices are on the average of the street prices (Le Haie Vive).

1 Thank LuciaShanghai
Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

If you visit Cotonou, you can pretty much guarantee you'll eat at Livingstone at least once. They have a pretty extensive menu. It can be hit or miss, though. The dishes they do well, they do really well and the ones they don't...well, they don't. The pizza is generally good. The wait time for your meal is always long and... More 

1 Thank Carrie S
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015 via mobile

This is the most for feeling at home if you're from western world. Place belongs to A British Rwandans couple and is managed by Mme Virginia and Eugenia. Very good people. Its the stop must for all peace corps ambassadors and international consultant. Great soft music superbowl tv CNN you name it.... Location Is in rich neighborhoods. ..so you can... More 

1 Thank O. Cedrick M
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46 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

I visited on a Saturday and it was lively, friendly and welcoming. Predominantly a beer and pizza place for expats, I had brochettes and rice (which was good) but service was on the slow side 30+ minutes from order and I had to ask a number of time. There is football on live screens and a breezy terrace.

Thank NicholasUk
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I went here for lunch with an expat living in Cotonou. The restaurant is in a neighborhood where lots of expats live and there are many restaurants on the same street. Their specialty seems to be pizza, which looked fine, but I didn't feel like pizza so I had a steak au poivre with a cream sauce. The steak was... More 

Thank KellyCameronUSA
Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
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56 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

One of the best spot in Cotonou. Not really fine ding bt what you have in your plate s nervier disappointing, the quality is consistent and the service eligible. This is too rare not to mention. Our of our favorite places in Cotonou! Don't miss the seafood pizza...

Thank BelgiansNYC

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Restaurant Details

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  • Address: Cotonou, Benin
  • Location: Africa  >  Benin  >  Littoral Department  >  Cotonou

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  • Cuisine: Pizza, Italian, French

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