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Watamu Road - Timboni | Watamu, Watamu 80202, Kenya
+254 724 812422
07:00 - 22:30
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57 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Loved the food and the feel of the place. The chef was also kind enough to accomodate our special orders. They even had options for a vegan in our party. Be ready to brave the plastic everywhere. The decor is in dite need of an update. But it's worth the experience and the fresh African food

1 Thank Abby254
Detroit, Michigan
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463 reviews
314 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 May 2016

The staff took forever to even notice we were there. They didn't have any of the food we wanted to order, and when our food was brought out it was not even correct. The fish stew was bland, and the chapatis were much too oily. I really do not know why this place is recommended as there are other better... More 

Thank waverider681
kivuli, Proprietario at SWAHILI cafe, responded to this review

we apologize for the inconvenience we have caused you probably due to the negligence of the staff or not understanding the language. Since this is a low season it is sometimes hard to find everything stated in the menu. To eat we are disappointed that it was not to your liking, our specialties are always appreciated by all the positive... More 

2 reviews
Reviewed 27 December 2015 via mobile

The pan cake cook is so good at his job. And this waiter called Vincent, I like him because served locals equally he served foreigners.

Thank Fridah N
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 November 2015 via mobile

I liked the swahili dishes...not forgetting the swahili tea....It was quite a good experience ..my elder sister who had come to watamu for honeymoon with her hubby liked the place too. .

Thank Timothy M
London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 October 2015 via mobile

Did not have much of the food they had on the menu. It's a local place and it suits it's standards. Could sample.

Thank Pamgary
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32 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2015

Just did visit this restaurant because we did'nt find another place with swahili food. We were visiting the coast and wanted local food, and we got it.

1 Thank bjois
Watamu, Kenya
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 January 2015

if you want great pilau then this is the place to be, warm and friendly place simple but unique setting leaves you feeling at ease, and the pilau yum yum, they have a variety of sea food and most coastal dishes,will definately be back

Thank Cynthia N
Mombasa, Kenya
2 reviews
Reviewed 30 December 2014

iliked visiting one of the local hotels,they are very nice.well observed with hygine.the climate is condusive and friendly.

Thank nik0l2
Nairobi, Kenya
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2014

its location is easily accessible and one can connect to various touristic destination with an ease.The swahili food will leave you salivating and keep on demanding for more and more

Thank Roliqueen T
2 reviews
Reviewed 22 August 2014

It's lovely and the good is quite nice. I liked the decorations a lot and it felt very homely! I disliked one thing I ate but that's because I had never tried it before

Thank Katherine P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 19
African, Italian
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
07:00 - 22:30
07:00 - 22:30
07:00 - 22:30
07:00 - 22:30
07:00 - 22:30
07:00 - 22:30
07:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Watamu Road - Timboni | Watamu, Watamu 80202, Kenya
  • Location: Africa  >  Kenya  >  Coast Province  >  Watamu
  • Phone Number: +254 724 812422

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