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African, Bar
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Scrumptious, local, southern African food can be found at Gavas in Harare. My wife and I enjoyed a wonderful meal at Gavas. I had Hanga which is a guinea-fowl stew. The sadza, greens, and beans that came with it made the meal perfect! My wife...enjoyed the quarter chicken. The restaurant has spacious outdoor seating. We were there during Zimbabwean winter so the restaurant provided pit heating at our table which for our climate-adjusted North American bodies made it very pleasant. Gava's also has a bar with beer, wine and spirits. This restaurant has great food and is a wonderful place to chill and enjoy the local vibes and atmosphere.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed May 7, 2022 via mobile

Good local food, very large portions and a very good price. If you’re staying in Harare for a few days make sure you visit.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed February 2, 2022

Our daughter (who teaches chemistry & science at the local "Queen Elizabeth High School" (QEHS) brought us here for some real local fare ... and it hit the spot! Absolutely terrific location, kind & knowledgeable wait staff who were keen to advise, outstanding food and...welcoming atmosphere. We'll be back, when we're back! Peter Drake Hexham Victoria AustraliaMore

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed November 10, 2021

I have been here a few times and they have very good traditional Zimbabwean food. I always recommend this place to people visiting Zim. The restaurant is in a pretty garden with lots of space and it's actually some of the best customer service I've...seen in Harare. The waiters/waitresses are attentive and polite. I cannot fault this restaurant, it's my go to, when I feel like having some rice with peanut butter or sadza renjera. The portions are really big too and worth the price.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed December 4, 2020 via mobile

Has very good sadza . A local Zimbabwean dish to try for tourists. A great meal. Very close to near bye theatre and costume hire.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed October 4, 2020 via mobile

Very pleasent setting. The garden is very beautiful and spacious. Great range of traditional food and grilled meats. Unfortunately the service is rather slow and took time to get served, some things are rather overpriced although the food is good. Would recommend you to encourage...waitresses to work on their speed and pay attention to customers. Generally good food and refreshing setting. For traditional Zimbabwean cuisine I would recommend Gavas.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed February 14, 2020

On entering the outdoor premises you stroll towards your desired table and are immediately approached by one of the many waiting staff. They give you a menu and the best advise on what to order. On placing your order, your drinks arrive very quickly, you...dont have to wait too long for the delectable meal to arrive. If you want Zimbabwean cuisine this is the place to go but they still offer fries for those with a European palateMore

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed December 11, 2019 via mobile

Gavas Restaurant Is The Right Place To Be This Festive Season , Tired Of Hotel Foods , Try The Organics Natural Indigenous Tastey Foods For Less And Drinks Are Served As Well Alongside African Relaxing Music , The Best Place Where Hospitality Originates 👌

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed November 5, 2019

It is a meat lover's delight especially if you choose their combo like Mutongi Gava or Muyera Shumba. The prices were high and the service was a bit slow but not too bad.

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed October 28, 2019

It was out first introduction to Zimbabwean food and it did not disappoint. I especially loved sitting outdoors listening to the Jazz while we tried traditional Zim dishes.

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed September 24, 2019 via mobile

Second time visiting this place. Very simple standard setup, friendly staff and delicious local food. Thank you team Gava's

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed September 22, 2019

I liked this place. The food was filling, which is what you want, and tasty. I ordered a sausage dish, but someone else ordered the goat stew and I was jealous of it, so maybe go with that.

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed September 1, 2019 via mobile

We were booked for lunch but were delayed and only arrived at 4.30pm but they were still open to serve us. Situated on a disused bowling green, this place is perfect for families with children because there is lots of grass for them to run...on. The restaurant specializes in grills and traditional Zimbabwean food. Sadly some of the more popular dishes like oxtail were sold out! Go early. It’s popular with the locals. There was a private party with a live band in one corner and a hen party on the opposite side. Very festive and fun. So worth a visit but go hungry. The portions are big!More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed August 13, 2019 via mobile

Very refreshing outdoor African cuisine,for a real Zimbabwean cuisine with generous portions Gavas is a must try.The food is well prepared and delicious.Served hot and appetising.Service is alright just needs a little improving in terms of waitress speed.

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed August 4, 2019

Gava' mixed grill is a surreal meal that raveals your taste buds and leave you clamouring for more. They serve the perfect slow cooked traditional meals that makes the perfect Zimbabwean traditional meal ambarssardors.

Date of visit: March 2019
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I think you send your driver to go there and talk with them.. There should be plenty of space
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Yes, Gava's offers takeout services.

Gava's is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5