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Insight & Analysis - March 12, 2022

7 Most Popular Restaurants in Nigeria in 2022

Nigeria’s restaurant business shrunk by 16% due to the COVID-19 pandemic and decreased to $12.3 million in 2020 from $14.6 million in 2019.

Due to the pandemic, some of the popular restaurants in Nigeria experienced a decline in profit. According to Euromonitor International, a London-based market research firm, Nigeria’s restaurant business shrunk by 16% due to the COVID-19 shutdown. The sector decreased to $12.3 million in 2020 from $14.6 million in 2019.

Despite the decline, the sector continues to be one of the most profitable industries in the country. Thanks to ‘food e-commerce, adopted by many restaurants. Instead of waiting for customers, the restaurants take online orders, package them and dispatch riders to deliver to customers within minutes.

Here are some of the most popular restaurants in Nigeria.

Tastee Fried Chicken (TFC)

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The starting of Tastee Pot Limited (TPL) in 1989 preceded the formation of De Tastee Fried Chicken Limited (TFC). TPL is an open-air catering company that provides high-end services to a select group of people.

Its entry into the market transformed the fast-food business in Nigeria. It established itself as a benchmark among Nigeria’s Quick Service Restaurants (QDR), especially in its excellent service delivery and conducive environment, and the standard has been maintained over time.


It is an American multinational pizza restaurant chain founded in 1960. Its Nigerian franchise, Eat’N’Go, opened in 2012 with the true passion and aim of bringing the finest in cuisine and drinks to the country.

It has successfully launched globally recognised brands such as Cold Stone Creamery and Domino’s Pizza across Africa to fulfil the promise. Apart from Nigeria, the brand has also entered the East African market, having acquired a franchisee that has begun operating Cold Stone Creamery and Domino’s Pizza in Kenya. It has also started the process of establishing a pan-African firm.

Chicken republic

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Chicken Republic is a Nigerian restaurant chain that began operations in 2004 and now has over 129 locations in Nigeria and Ghana, with ambitions to expand to 430 sites by the end of 2024.

Its objective is to become West Africa’s most popular quick-service restaurant, with roughly 100 locations in Nigeria and Ghana. The restaurant franchise specialises in fried chicken and chicken meals. Food Concepts Plc is the proud owner of Chicken Republic.

Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)

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KFC is an American fast-food restaurant specialising in fried chicken. Colonel Harland Sanders founded it in a roadside hotel and Café in Corbin, Kentucky.

By the middle of the 1960s, KFC had opened locations in Canada, the United Kingdom, Mexico, and Jamaica, making it one of the first American fast-food chains to grow overseas. However, in 1987, it became the first Western restaurant brand to establish in China.

After McDonald’s, it is the world’s second-largest restaurant chain, with 22,621 outlets in 150 countries as of December 2019. KFC restaurants may be found in over 125 countries and territories, with more than 41,000 locations.


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Tantalizers is one of the most popular fast-food restaurants in Nigeria. It began in Festac Town in 1997 and has since extended to important towns such as Ibadan, Abuja, and Port Harcourt.

It offers a diverse range of high-quality products for both Eat-in and Take-away. This includes delectable oven-baked pastries such as Meat Pie, Chicken Pie, among others. It also provides a variety of continental dishes such as chips (fries), fried rice, coconut rice, chicken (various sorts), fish, among others.

Sweet Sensation

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Sweet Sensation is a renowned fast-food restaurant situated in Lagos State. In 1994, Lady Kehinde Kamson, a businesswoman, business leader, and philanthropist, established the company.

The Place

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The Place is a Nigerian hospitality brand. It is one of Smackers Limited’s business units, and it operates through several stores in Nigeria’s various states. Its operations also encompass Restaurants, Clubs, Lounges, and Hotels. It aims to become the most sought-after experience in the QSR industry.

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