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Pili Pili

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Carre 342 quartier Zongo, Cotonou, Benin
+229 21 31 29 32
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Pretoria, South Africa
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

I have been a regular at Pili Pili since 2011. Back in 2011 I had found the food quite good in particular grilled fish. I was driven by the various positive reviews at that time and wasn't disappointed then. Unfortunately this place seems to be getting worse in terms of food quality, hygiene and overall service. I was there yesterday... More 

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5 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2016

I had a sumptuous meal of grilled fish, rice, and vegetables prepared the Cotonou style. I enjoyed it though not cheap. The rest of the family enjoyed theirs as well. Located within the center of the city with a local ambience, it is good for a local experience.

Thank Favored4real
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43 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2016 via mobile

Quiet ambience. The service was good and the food was fresh. Friendly staff... I would definitely go back.

Thank HopeNairobi
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016

If you go alone and not have anyone to chat with, you could be frustrated with the long wait. I visited with my husband and we kept ourselves busy with a game of cards. That being said, food was very good and fresh, so no regrets. We ordered the pili pili chicken and fish...so yummy

Thank Hojijones
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2016 via mobile

Quite autenthic (although I could not find things like the aguti) rich in variety, taste and spicy! Strongly recommended the visit.

Thank Anna Maria P
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2016 via mobile

Excellent food!! Don't go hungry as you will have to wait an hour! We ordered the pili pili chicken, lamb in spinach stew and their version of red gari. Lots of spice, lots of flavour !! Highly recommend for authentic local cuisine. Seriously though waiting till 10pm for our dinner was frustrating

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Lagos Nigeria
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111 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2015 via mobile

I can't help it. How can I visit Cotonou without lunch or dinner at Pili Pili. When worn begin... The fresh pineapple juice chilled to perfection or the native chicken or fish grilled with all kinds of herbs. Eating in Cotonou isn't like going to a fast food restaurant it's real dining no matter what level the restaurant is. The... More 

Thank ArynAjalaTravel
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1,125 reviews
472 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 514 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2015

Nice basic place with outdoor seating and friendly service. Good fresh grilled fish--- huge portion! Recommended!

Thank jenabaindelhi
Nairobi, Kenya
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66 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2015

When I asked the waiter for pima (a common preparation of grounded green chilis-in the region) he protested in response, saying no we don't do pima here! We do Pili Pili. Off he went and returned with a preparation of their own and proudly announced ..." Ici, les pili pili en question".... This is the signature source that marks the... More 

Thank Kim K
Shanghai, China
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39 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2015

The place is basic but clean and prepares very good grilled fish and grilled beef tongue, among other foods. They serve a variety of local food with usual staples. A lot of mosquitos during the evenings so bring repellent. Very reasonable prices.

Thank Lucia B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Carre 342 quartier Zongo, Cotonou, Benin
  • Location: Africa  >  Benin  >  Littoral Department  >  Cotonou
  • Phone Number: +229 21 31 29 32

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?