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The Lagos Hit List: Best New Restaurants in Lagos

Our Updated essential guide to the newest and trendiest restaurants in Lagos in 2017.

We get asked a lot of questions. One recurring question is: Where are the newest restaurants to eat in Lagos? That got us thinking about a more efficient way to share that information with our audience. We decided to create The Lagos Hit List, your essential guide to the best new restaurants in Lagos.


The list reflects the trendiest and newest restaurants to dine in Lagos right now. Some places are so new, you might not even find an address for them online (except on ofadaa.com of course). This is your chance to impress your fellow foodies! We have arranged the list in order of recent discovery (no ranking is implied) with newer restaurants added at the top to help you keep track.

The Spots

Backyard Bar & Grill

4B Musa Yaradua Street, Victoria Island, Lagos

You’ve probably been driving past The Backyard and wondering do we need another BBQ restaurant in Lagos. Actually we do. The decor setup is very thoughtful and the food is awesome. If it’s not raining and the sun is not burning , the backyard is a solid spot hangout with friends and drink a strong frozen strawberry margarita. Where else will you find a sink on a bicycle in the restroom in Lagos? Welcome to your new favorite restaurant in Lagos.

Spiro Lagos

Water Corporation Road, Oniru Estate, Victoria Island, Lagos

Shiro Lagos adds diversity to the Lagos restaurant scene. The decor is lavish and exquisite featuring the Buddha and relief carving. This is also the only place in Lagos that serves Wagyu beef for just under N30k, and if you have the money it’s probably worth it. The sushi is also very good. The spot is run by the same guys who operate the famous Hard Rock Cafe franchise in Lagos. The vibe is similar, lounge feel which eventually becomes a club after dark.

Black Cod Makimono and our famous Bang Bang Chicken Salad… #Lagos #Shiro

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Sugar Cane

6 Ologun Agbaje Street, Victoria Island, Lagos

Despite the name, Sugar Cane is not a candy store. They serve some amazing desserts – try the Brownie Waffle. However that is only a small part of the story. All day breakfast is pretty hard to find in Lagos. That’s what makes Sugar Cane special. And if the whole family wants to tag along, they have a lovely kids menu to match.

Cut Steakhouse

38/40 Isaac John Street, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos

For a city that loves suya so much, steakhouses are seriously lacking. So Rejoice, another steakhouse has arrived in Lagos (in addition to an old favourite, Talindo Steakhouse). You need to be prepared to spend money at Cut Steakhouse. Sell your blog, get a government contract or whatever. All in all, it’s worth the experience. Side point, Marriott is aggressively expanding in Africa; seems Renaissance Hotel in Lagos is only the start.


Marcelino’s Pastry

Lagoon Restaurant, 1C Ozumba Mbadiwe, Victoria Island, Lagos

There are plenty reasons to visit Lagoon Restaurant. Now there is one more. A beautiful pastry shop / cafe / restaurant just opened in the same compound called Marcelino’s Pastry.

Utopia Restaurant and Bar

11B Goriola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos

From the moment you step into Utopia in Lagos, it feels like an instant classic i.e that restaurant everyone is going to like. It has something for everyone. A spacious 28-seat long bar which is also an excellent place to dine or get after work drinks. An extensive menu covering a variety of beef cuts, seafood dishes and wood fired pizzas.


Plot 69A Admiralty way, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos

This is not the fine dining joint you hoped for in Lekki. We get it. Nevertheless Blackbell is a great option if you need a place in Lekki that is solid and easy.

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