“A culinary experience that awakens your senses and feeds your soul.”

- The Zimbabwean Foodie Magazine, Spring 2022

Enjoy a fusion fare within the hotel’s grand dining hall, encompassed by tall ceilings, classic parquet flooring and large sliding doors that open out onto an idyllic riverfront vista. The dining hall flows onto a veranda space and onto an al fresco dining area, sheltered by tall ceilings that merge with the canopy of trees. The refreshing and airy dining spaces are complemented by sweeping garden views framed by cobbled pathways leading directly down to the Zambezi River beyond. Delight in an early morning breakfast (complimentary with our accommodation rates) while looking out over the awakening river, or soak in the atmosphere of dining under a starry African sky.

The restaurant offers an à la carte menu serving breakfast, lunch and dinner to hotel guests and day visitors, while the cuisine reflects the natural setting, using fresh, local ingredients. Our accommodation rates include a full-continental breakfast buffet and an array of items which can be ordered off the hot breakfast menu.


Al Fresco Bar & Dining

Set under a canopy of trees in front of the hotel’s Restaurant in the Main Area, the outdoor bar serves a selection of local and imported beverages, wines, cocktails, speciality coffees and fresh fruit juices, available daily from 10 am to 10 pm. Toast to the end of an adventure-filled day while immersed in the hotel’s wild surroundings. Keep your eyes out for the nocturnal wildlife that meander onto the lower garden levels to graze on the lush lawns.

Fully-Immersive Riverside Dining

Dine on the edge of the Zambezi River surrounded by wilderness

Delight in a fully-immersive dining experience on the tranquil and serene banks of the Zambezi River, sheltered under a twinkling canopy of stars. The riverside dining experience offers an authentic African barbecue-style dinner surrounded by the wilderness of the Zambezi National Park.

Expect an array of delicious items on the menu, with a touch of traditionally Zimbabwean flavours, all freshly prepared on open coal fires. The hotel’s extensive range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages is served by attentive waiters set to ensure an unforgettable experience. Guests often get the opportunity to dine in the company of meandering hippos, buffalo or elephants.

The Riverside Dining Experience is available to all in-house guests of Palm River Hotel and Ilala Lodge Hotel exclusively and is available throughout the year, weather conditions permitting. Advanced reservations for the Riverside Dining Experience are essential.

Email or call +263 867 7196873 to make a reservation.


Join us for a delicious array of teas, coffees and sweet treats while enjoying the tranquil views of the Zambezi River. The hotel’s complimentary Afternoon Tea is available daily between 3.30 pm and 4.30 pm.


The Palm River Hotel restaurant also offers in-room dining as well as private dining experiences. Please enquire for more details.

Dine at Palm River Hotel

Make a Reservation

To make a reservation contact +263 (0) 867 7196873