We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Lilac Café

COVID-19 update: See the added health and safety measures this property is taking.Read more
Travel safe during COVID-19
Visit our Travel Safe hub to see how we're helping you make more informed travel decisions during COVID-19.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
Read more
Updated 20/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from Lilac Café
Updated 20/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

Ratings and reviews



US$ 2 - US$ 5
African, Bar, Cafe, European
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
View all details
meals, features
Reviews (111)
Filter reviews
85 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Traveller rating
Show reviews that mention
All reviews sandwich nice cafe food is excellent fast food free wifi busy town kelvin lilac ngorongoro electronic tanzania waiter cappuccino oasis environment fame nelson
Selected filters
Updating list...
Reviewed 22 February 2021

We were coming out of the Serengeti and stopped in Karatu for Covid tests. After the tests we spotted the Lilac café and decided to have lunch there. What a great choice. The food was great, the beer was cold. We were able to charge...our electronics and use the wifi. The service was excellent. If your passing through this is the spot to take a break at!More

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed 16 February 2021 via mobile

we got a good sandwhich and good explation of menu from good professional waiter Kelvin we were all fine .all the time waiter take care of us i recommend if your in karatu you can pass to lilac cafe for good meal

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed 12 December 2020

this place is marvelous. the welcome of the staff is magical and very warm. the food is excellent, especially the pumkin soup. and coffee .. My favorite place in karatu when I come from Arusha for a few days .. A peaceful, warm and welcoming...place. Thank you for everything!More

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed 9 September 2020 via mobile

We are running our charity project in Marera nearby Karatu. Anytime when coming to Karatu we need to stop with our friends and family at LILAC CAFÉ. It is always worthwhile to stay at this place. Not only because of great food and fresh cakes...but also for fantastic coffee specialities. Today we got served a very yummy Iced Coffee. You need to taste. Thank you so much for your outstanding service and hospitality - Nelson, Kelvin and Fadhili. See you tomorrow again.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 13 August 2020

Lilac cafe is a wonderful place with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The staff is welcoming and attentive. The food is delicious. Definitely stop by if you are in Karatu!

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 25 February 2020

We stopped in last night for dinner. We had Wali nyama which the best priced item on the menu and also the best meal. Not to take anything away from the rest of the menu as the other food was excellent too. The staff is...super friendly and gave us additional info on the town and Ngorogoro Crater. We just had to stop here again this morning for more food and coffee. EXCELLENT CAPPUCCINO!!More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 20 February 2020 via mobile

Best cappuccino I had so far during my trip. Very friendly personnel and nice atmosphere! Really recommend it!

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 19 February 2020 via mobile

We had a wonderful time in the cafe .the food was delicious and the staff were so friendly and the free WiFi has on point we really enjoyed our time and the service

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 6 February 2020 via mobile

I Was passed in lilac Café for fast food i buy a bacon sandwich is real nice and fast waiter are always smile and give you warmly wellcome i recommended you to visit lilac Café if your on way to Ngorongoro

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 18 January 2020 via mobile

The best place around! The crew are so gentle and recptive, also the food and the environment are perfect! I went with 11 people and everbody loved it!

Date of visit: January 2020
View more reviews
Best nearby
Best nearby hotelsSee all
Lilac Elevate Inn
1 review
1.05 km away
Green Hills Lodge
11 reviews
2.82 km away
Highview Hotel
307 reviews
2.89 km away
Crater Rim View
53 reviews
6.27 km away
Best nearby restaurantsSee all
Happy Days Lounge & Lodge
22 reviews
.86 km away
Rhotia Valley's Coffee Corner
22 reviews
5.68 km away
Mambo Cafe Ngorongoro
15 reviews
7.93 km away
Best nearby attractionsSee all
Lake Manyara
500 reviews
19.50 km away
Ngorongoro Crater
5,819 reviews
47.79 km away
Lake Manyara Treetop Walkway
17 reviews
19.99 km away
African Galleria
124 reviews
16.08 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
doreen y
12 February 2021|
Response from nellielilac | Property representative |
Dear customer, we will be open for valentine's day and also we have special package for that day. We are happy to serve you. Regards Management team
Is This Your Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Free Listing
Frequently Asked Questions about Lilac Café

Yes, Lilac Café offers takeaway services.

Yes, Lilac Café offers delivery services.

Yes, Lilac Café is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Lilac Café is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5