Here are some best dining places in Mombasa, a coastal town in Kenya.
1. Tamarind Mombasa
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Tamarind restaurant sits on a cliff located on Silos Road in Nyali, Mombasa. It provides an open fresh air environment for outdoor dining alongside a wide beautiful panorama of the ocean and Mombasa town. Their food specializing in African, French and Asian dishes is praised by many. You should not miss out on their signature seafood fresh from the water like the mangrove oysters, prawns, chili crab, and lobster. For drinks, there is a lot to choose from on the menu including a local Kenyan drink called dawa that is worth a try. Customer service is not bad and you can be sure to be well taken care of.
2. Cafesserie Mombasa
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Cafesserie is a café and restaurant on the ground floor of City Mall in Nyali, Mombasa. They have some of the best coffee options around prepared to the Italian coffee standards. There is also a long list of pastries to choose from for a bite to take along with the coffee. There are French baked bread, croissants and brownies that come in different flavors. For lunch and dinner, they provide continental cuisines including roasted chicken, mouth-filling burgers, fresh fish, vegetarian salads among others. An ice cream bar with a multitude of flavors is also at your disposal for dessert or a snack. Generally, the prices are quite out of the roof but worth the quality and ambiance.
3. Yul’s Restaurant
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Another great restaurant in Mombasa based right onto the shores of the Indian ocean. The view here is breathtaking in addition to the surrounding sandy beach with waving palm trees and a cool breeze from the ocean. Pizza is the number one best seller coming in many various types and sizes. They also have a lot of yummy grilled fish straight fresh from the water, great burgers and more varied options on the menu. For drinks, there are a number of options between cocktails and coffees. They also provide arrangements for special occasions like parties. Apart from the dining, you can enjoy some water sports in the ocean with professional guides and trainers. It is definitely a place to check out when in Mombasa, along Malindi Road.
4. Pavillions Restaurant
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The Pavilions Restaurant is situated at the Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort along Malindi Road. Renowned for a sumptuous and varied buffet that will leave everyone happy and satisfied there are coffee and tea options with pastries and quick snacks for breakfast. A special Swahili breakfast is worth a try. There are a variety of starters with soups and a salad bar to kick-start your meal. For the main course, there are all sorts of cuisines from African to Oriental dishes, with vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. The food portions are healthy but you should remember to spare room for some of their amazing desserts like the bread and butter pudding.
5. Shehnai Restaurant
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If you are craving some Indian or you just want to try something new in Mombasa, Shehnai is the restaurant to visit. Good effort is put into delivering authentic traditional Indian meals. Some of the dishes that are a must try here are the malai tikka and the kulfi for dessert. There are also a number of ice creams and other milk confectioneries available to wind up a meal. It is obvious that the staff are well trained paying great attention to the customers to ensure that everyone is comfortable and well-tended to. The restaurant is also very accessible right in the middle of Mombasa on Mungano street.
6. Singh Restaurant
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Another option for wonderful Indian food, Singh restaurant is along the MwembeTayari Road within Mombasa Town. Very clean and well maintained with friendly and caring service, it is majorly a Punjabi restaurant with tasty traditional Punjabi dishes as well as other Indian foods. Their ruti and curry are the best in town as well as the lamb, chicken curry, egg curry, sarson saag and thali dishes that are exceptional and enjoyed by the frequent customers. The plates are well filled up to everyone’s satisfaction. The place is always full of life and enjoyable to spend an evening or afternoon at with friends or alone.
7. Tarboush Café
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Tarboush is a very popular eating place in Mombasa mainly because it is your easy access to good food in the busy town. It is a parkside restaurant with outdoor seating under a shed as well as a partially indoor option. Their most popular dish is the shawarma which is a mixture of different types of meat that are grilled on a spit and served as it is or wrapped in some sort of bread. They also have other barbeque dishes and a number of local Swahili dishes. The food prices are very pocket-friendly too.
8. Il Covo Restaurant
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This is a lovely beach restaurant with a wide ocean view and a refreshing breeze. Located on Bamburi beach on the Mombasa coastline, the Il Covo offers an exquisite dining experience with a wide range of starters, soups, salads, meats, pizzas, and seafood. Along with side dishes like french fries, chips masala, and grilled vegetables, the drinks come in plenty too with soothing cocktails, smoothies and coffee options. Furthermore, they also have a lively club with exciting music that will get anyone on their feet to shake off a heavy meal. A good place to enjoy life in Mombasa.
9. Roberto’s Restaurant
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Roberto’s is a beach bar and restaurant at the coast on Links Road in Nyali, a suburb of Mombasa. It is owned by an Italian couple who are always there to ensure quality food and service for their customers. The main dishes are definitely Italian with pasta, lasagna, and signature pizzas. A number of wines and cocktails are also available from the bar for refreshment. The customer service is good enough with the restaurant owners there in person most of the time to serve. The ambiance is good with the ocean view and breeze allowing for a comfortable unwinding experience.
10. Forodhani Restaurant
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This is right next to the Fort Jesus Museum in Mombasa. It sits raised on a cliff enabling a wide captivating view of the ocean and the island beyond. It is a cozy restaurant that is amazing for dates of two or some quiet alone time but also with the availability to seat bigger groups of people. Some of the food you can expect to find here is the traditional Swahili cuisine like the coconut rice, Indian dishes among others. Friendly and welcoming staff add to the wonderful dining experience. The prices are a bit on the high side though.