As you drive into town from Lagoon Lodge, you will see a sign on the right for 'Ostrea II' Restaurant/Hotel. This clean and simple restaurant with a terrace right on the water is a wonderful place to see Oualidia's famous oysters being harvested and to enjoy the freshest possible seafood - oysters, sea urchins, crab salad or perhaps a really tasty paella generously filled with octopus, mussels, prawns and local fish, the rice deliciously caramelised and worth scraping up every crunchy bit.
A little further along on the right, you will see signs for 'La Sultana' Hotel, which is pricey but the best restaurant Oualidia has to offer.
In Oualidia itself, half way down the hill, you will find L'Hippocampe Hotel. It has a lovely terrace overlooking the lagoon and its garden is filled to bursting with colourful flowers. Here you can have lunch/dinner/coffee and pick up your emails on the beach as they have free wifi.
L'Araignee Gourmande is a cheap, bustling restaurant popular with French tourists and caravaniers. At the end of the bay, L'Initiale has good pizzas and salads. Kalypso is expensive but dependable.
A favourite Oualidia treat for visitors is crab grilled on the beach. You will also find fishing boats drawn up on the beach, whose owners will be happy to sell you freshly caught clams or sea urchins which they will open for you to eat, there and then.