East Timor Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in East Timor

December 17, 2017 Agatha Simes

East Timor (/ˌiːst ˈtiːmɔːr/ ( listen)) or Timor-Leste (/tiˈmɔːr ˈlɛʃteɪ/; Tetum: Timór Lorosa'e), officially the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste (Portuguese: República Democrática de Timor-Leste, Tetum: Repúblika Demokrátika Timór-Leste), is a sovereign state in Maritime Southeast Asia. It comprises the eastern half of the island of Timor, the nearby islands of Atauro and Jaco, and Oecusse, an exclave on the northwestern side of the island surrounded by Indonesian West Timor. Australia is the country's southern neighbor, separated by the Timor Sea. The country's size is about 15,410 km (5,400 sq mi).
Things to do in East Timor

1. Castaway Bar

Avenida de Portugal | Motadel, Dili, East Timor Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations American, Bar, Pizza, Pub, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +670 7723 5449
Excellent
24%
Good
56%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 197 reviews

Castaway Bar

Reviewed By vaiStardom - Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Good foods and lively atmosphere. The staff was polite and smily, which was great for this culture who just recently became a country in not the easiest of ways.

2. Caz Bar & Restaurant

Area Branca, Dili, East Timor Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations Bar Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +670 7723 3961
Excellent
33%
Good
54%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 137 reviews

Caz Bar & Restaurant

Reviewed By Angela W

Caz Bar is down the far eastern end of Dili towards Cristo Rei. It has tables across the road on the sand and wide open spaces and fans. The staff are friendly and the food includes some old familiar favourites like beer battered fish and chips.

3. Nautilus

Beach Road, Dili, East Timor Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Serves Alcohol European Dinner, Lunch, Late Night +670 7734 6481
Excellent
32%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 89 reviews

Nautilus

Nautilus Restaurant in Dili is located on beach Road a few minutes before you reach the U.S. Embassy. Great food (especially the kangaroo) - service is slow (but such is the case for most restaurants in Dili).

Reviewed By ProTourists

Well the chilling place is nice. The staff is lovely and well trained. The drinks are cold but the food.... aie aie aie... we're not picky but when you ordered simple bruschetta and the come in burger buns with cold tomato and very sweet mayonaise you don't order more.
Will go back for drinks and chilling but won't taste anymore food.

4. Diya Restaurant

84 Rua 30 de Agosto, Dili, East Timor Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi International, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +670 331 1111
Excellent
58%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 156 reviews

Diya Restaurant

No visit to Dili is complete without dining at Diya, the Discovery Inn’s acclaimed in-house restaurant. Since opening in 2007, Diya has become a veritable institution on the Dili dining scene. In a refined and intimate atmosphere Diya’s international chefs offer a dynamic menu, Featuring the best of European cordon bleu and sub-continental cuisine. A full bar and cellar stocked with the finest wines from Australia, New Zealand, France, Chile, Italy & Portugal completes your Diya dining experience. Diya restaurant can cater for special parties on request and vegetarian dining options are also available. Be it a business breakfast, a leisurely lunch or a celebratory dinner, dining at Diya is always a memorable experience. As the restaurant is extremely popular, advance bookings are recommended. Diya Restaurant is also the headquarters for the Discovery Inn’s renowned catering service

Reviewed By zimof1 - Purrmerend

This restaurant is teh best in Dili for sure. A nice fushion kitchen with Indian influences and beautiful plating makes this restaurant the best in Dili. It doesn't come cheap but when you ahve the chanceit's worth. Upstairs there is a nice bar for pre dinner drinks.

5. Little Pattaya

Meti Aut,, Dili, East Timor Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout Asian, Thai, Lebanese, International, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
27%
Good
53%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 79 reviews

Little Pattaya

Reviewed By matmob - Adelaide, Australia

The setting and location was beautiful - right on the beachfront and lovely plants in the restaurant which was open to the sea (no doors or windows). However, the food let it down. Most of the vegetables were from a frozen packet which was most disappointing as there is an abundance of fresh veges in Dili. Prices average.

6. Tibar Ximangano Beach Restaurant

Dili-Liquica Road | Tibar, Dili, East Timor Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol European, Contemporary, Portuguese Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +670 739 1124
Excellent
66%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 52 reviews

Tibar Ximangano Beach Restaurant

Tibar Ximangano Beach Restaurant is Timor's finest dining experience. Perched on the top of a small cliff overlooking the stunning Tibar Bay.

Reviewed By Grace M - Taif, Saudi Arabia

Was not happy with the food. Chicken was hard to chew on it. The first order was wrong. It seems to be popular among ex pats

7. Black Rock Restaurant

Caimeo Beach Road, Liquica, East Timor Takeout, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards Pizza, International, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Drinks, Brunch HK$55 - HK$196 +670 7798 8305
Excellent
57%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 70 reviews

Black Rock Restaurant

Black Rock Restaurant is at Caimeo Beach in Liquica about 27 kilometers from Dili, Timor Leste. The restaurant is part of Caimeo Beach Resort. Caimeo Beach is a pebble beach with palms and clear blue water. The climate is tropical with all year swimming. Black Rock is an open air restaurant where one can see dolphins, whales, views of the Islands of Indonesia and magnificent sunsets.The restaurant and Accommodation strive to supply excellent facilities while using local staff and produce. It is providing much needed employment and training in this part of Timor Leste.

Reviewed By Jnhang - Northern Territory, Australia

setting in front of a beautiful ocean view, you can relax in comfort of a lounge or dining area with a quick meal or coffee, very popular with the expert, road a bit tricky to get there.

8. DiZa

Meti-Aut | Dili, Dili 0000, East Timor Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Seafood, European, Portuguese, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Drinks +670 7808 9877
Excellent
54%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 214 reviews

DiZa

Reviewed By Leo L - Fairplay, Colorado

Had a solo meal, was a fantastic venue. Beach-side, great sunset. All was well till they got my order wrong twice. Ordered Pork Chops first got fish, then got pork ribs. I was a little disappointed. Food was good, really didn't what to eat ribs with fork & knife. Drinks were very good. Wait staff knew I was disappointed so they brought one of the best Creme Brulle' I ever had on the house. I was disappointed but overall it was okay. READER!! Highly recommend double checking the order.

9. Osteria Italiana Dili

Avenida de Portugal, Dili, East Timor Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Full Bar Italian, European, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Lunch +670 7830 3939
Excellent
25%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
3%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 88 reviews

Osteria Italiana Dili

Reviewed By Anna C - Suva, Fiji

One can't expect in Dili an authentic Italian cuisine but this cafe was quite good. The place is clean and the staff is polite and smiling. I had wine, pizza napolitana and parmigiana di melanzana which had no parmesan but was still quite tasty:-) The pizza has two options of crust - thick and thin so anyone's taste can be satisfied. Give it a try if you are craving for Italian food.

10. Letefoho Specialty Coffee Roaster

Beach Rd | Kampung Alor, Dili, East Timor Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe Lunch
Excellent
71%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 71 reviews

Letefoho Specialty Coffee Roaster

Reviewed By rynnintransit - Singapore, Singapore

We were there everyday during our visit to Dili. It was the first place we hit to get good coffee (not the muddy water they tried to serve us at the hotel) and wake up.
The staff were great, very friendly and helpful, the interior puts many of these pretentious hipster places back home to shame, and the coffee was good and strong. I'd skip the cake though or maybe I'm just not used to it - the carrot cake was dry and doughy.

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