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“Outdoor Eating”
Review of Le Verdoyant

Le Verdoyant
Ranked #1 of 109 Restaurants in Ouagadougou
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $20
Cuisines: European
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Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Outdoor Eating”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

Le Verdoyant is a classic Ouaga eatery. It quickly fills up after 8:00pm, but has quite a bit of seating. There is not indoor seating, which is not ideal when the temperatures climb or when mosquitos are buzzing. However, the restaurant does have fans and swamp coolers to keep temperatures more pleasant. I would recommend using mosquito repellent before arriving. There is no smoking and non-smoking areas either, which means that your neighboring table's billowing smoke may wonder your way!

The have nice food. They are specifically known for the handmade thin crust pizzas. The ice cream is also wonderful. They have a great assortments of flavors, and strawberry season (January - March) the Fraise Melba is particularly yummy!

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank Megan H
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Kitchener, Canada
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129 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“A classic hangout, but not what it used to be...”
Reviewed April 1, 2013

Le Verdoyant is an extremely popular restaurant with both expats and nationals in downtown Ouaga. It features outdoor dining either in the open air or under a covered area (fans and humidifiers help keep things somewhat cool in the hot season). The place is almost always busy so reserve ahead or arrive before 7 p.m. if you don't want to be obliged to wait for a table. With its relaxed atmosphere and good food, it's a favorite group destination. If you've lived in Ouaga for any length of time, chances are you'll run into people you know there.

Le Verdoyant used to have the best pizza in town (and it's still good), but in my opinion it's now been trumped by Terra Nostra (nicer crust and more generous toppings). It's cool to be able to see the pizza oven in action, but when the pizza arrives at your table, the crust around the edges is now often bubbly & charred, making parts of it inedible. It didn't used to be like that.

Also, the service has definitely gone downhill. It's very slow and you sometimes have to get up and signal or even hunt for your server to get another drink, order a dessert, or ask for the bill. Again, it didn't used to be like that.

Because of its location, parking can sometimes be a challenge (especially when it gets busy later in the evening) and the place is a magnet for ambulant vendors trying to sell you tourist stuff when you're trying to get from your vehicle to the resto and vice versa. Some can be aggressive and even downright obnoxious, so be on your guard.

However, for good food in a friendly, comfortable atmosphere, it's still a nice place to go to.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank Mike S
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Paris, France
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164 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Good pizza”
Reviewed March 30, 2013

Dinner at Le Verdoyant was good. I would go back. Waiters were helpful, but a little slow. The atmosphere is nice, too.

Visited March 2013
Thank PeaceCorpsNorm
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New York City
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18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Excellent Pizza”
Reviewed March 18, 2013

Well known pizza (and other things) spot popular with locals and expatriates alike. It is a large restaurant and service can be a tad slow, but not really an issue.

Visited February 2013
Thank Reiver2000
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“Pizza the Hut would be Proud”
Reviewed February 20, 2013

This place has great pizza that you can enjoy in a comfortable outdoor environment. This is one of our go to restaurants in the galaxy.

I seriously have eaten pizza in a bunch of countries and this is one of the best finds.

  • Visited June 2012
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