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Tarboush Cafe

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$$ - $$$
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Makadara Road, Mombasa 80100, Kenya
+254 721 312046
10:00 - 22:00
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Sun 15:30 - 21:00
Tue - Thu 10:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 22:30
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22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A very recommendable fast food place in the heart of the city. Excellent shawarmas and all the usual Kenyan stuff, everything very fresh due to a big turnover. Don't miss it when you feel hungry at lunchtime on your stroll towards Fort Jesus.

Thank IsabelleUndWerner
Level Contributor
10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

My friends and I walked through mombasa town to the restaurant in the evening.ate shawarma and naan plus tamarind juice.service is quick.food is fresh

Thank kyule K
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

i think food is my third name. i just love food but it has to be done well. Tarboush offers a wide variety of traditional African food and mostly coastal delicacies. I happened to dine here and had "BIRIANI" for dinner. I was more than impressed considering where i come from they don't do it skillfully as in Tarboush. congrats... More 

Thank Mercy M
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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76 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited Tarboush after 3 years. Ordered takeaway. Guys were friendly but made a bit of a hash of the order which meant we had to come back all the way. Chicken tikka was 👌,but the rest of the food was OK.

Thank Sufyan M
Nairobi, Kenya
Level Contributor
18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Been coming here since I was a little girl! I love the chicken or beef shawarmas they are super duper delicious!! Also, dishes such as the chicken tikka are great! If you are planning to eat here you MUST order the masala chips! Hands down the best masala chips I've had! EVER!! The only downfalls I guess would be the... More 

Thank savannahamber
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

Over the years, Tarboush was my go to restaurant at the Coast for Pwani flavour, however the last visit left a disappointing taste in my mouth. The service was slow, and it took five minutes to get a waiter to our table and even longer for them to clean/ clear the table, and bring our food. The food was also... More 

Thank Rachel M
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

If you want to have fast tasty food it's the place to go to. The atmosphere is not so good neither is it so clean but you are assured of fresh food because if you go around 14.00 hrs almost everything on the menu is finished and you have to make do with what's left. Same applies to the evening... More 

Thank aishalieberg
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

Nothing better than dining in the open air in Mombasa city. This is a good restaurant and lots of locals are dining here. The food is good, the servings BIG. But.... ask for a doggy bag (In Kenya called: paper bag) and let them give your left over to the poor people in the park nearby.

Thank Rik G
Nairobi, Kenya
Level Contributor
35 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017

This place is always incredibly busy and is very popular with a wide range of locals, in part because the meals are inexpensive and hearty. It's an interesting place for people watching but vegetarians, beware. There aren't many options. I had a vegetarian curry and it tasted like a can of Campbell's vegetable soup. In other words, bland and blah.... More 

Thank Fantajan
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97 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2017

No atmosphere to speak of. Not a very clean place and loads of flies in the restaurant. But having said that, for a good and tasty meal that gets to you quickly at a cheap price, Tarboush is the restaurant to go to.

Thank Garrett - A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
African, Halal
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
15:30 - 21:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:30
10:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Makadara Road, Mombasa 80100, Kenya
  • Location: Africa  >  Kenya  >  Coast Province  >  Mombasa
  • Phone Number: +254 721 312046
They are best in Biryani, Pilau and Kebabs in mombasa town. Most visited by locals.

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