We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

San Toro

Route de Koulikoro 169 | Hippodrome, Bamako, Mali
Improve this listing
Ranked #3 of 40 Restaurants in Bamako
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: African
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Reservations
Description: San Toro is a well known restaurant in the center of Bamako with 20 years of history. Koffi Annan and the current King of The Netherlands are well known visitors. The food and the characteristic decoration are traditional African. The grilled fish and meat have an excellent reputation like the delicious local juices. The large garden and paillote offer excellent opportunities for meetings and seminars. Alcohol is not served.
Write a Review

38 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Torgau, Germany
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Trip Advisor led us to this beautiful little Restaurant. The atmosphere is wonderful, walking through the front gate is really like entering a peaceful oasis in the midst of the hustle and bustle of Bamako. You have your choice of wonderful outdoor seating under palm trees or indoors in a tastefully decorated rustic dining room. The food was excellent! We... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Moscow, Russia
Top Contributor
158 reviews 158 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

Went on a Sunday night with a friend to taste some local meals. We shared the capitaine (Nile perch) and plantain rolls - very good and filling. I had poulet yassa (half-chicken with onions) and the food quality was impressive: chicken was of high quality, tasty, and larger than usual small birds. The plates were so large than neither of... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Bamako, Mali
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Dining in Bamako can be hit or miss. This place is a hit. Charming staff and great African food. Great live music too. Only drawback is no alcohol but that may change in the future. Great juices though! Seamless service from booking on line to a personalised farewell from the host. Highly recommended.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Dakar, Senegal
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

I had a meal here twice. The San Toro serves very decent Malian specialties in clean and calm surroundings. The xylophone player was a drawback, but you can't always get what you want. The place for a sit-down Malian.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Washington, DC
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

Went there for lunch. Good service and Malian traditional dishes. A couple guys were playing Malian music. Overall pleasant. As others have mentioned it is geared to the expat crowd and that is fine if that is what you are looking for.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bamako, Mali
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

This is the restaurant to take your visiting mom or your professional colleagues: beautiful pan-African and Malian decorations and music, with quality and delicious local and regional food, complete with long explanatory descriptions in the menu. Quiet and comfortable, and an assuredly clean kitchen. They have a filling vegetarian plate that is a flavorful mix of several small menu items,... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bamako, Mali
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

This was such a treat for us to discover. The ambience was fantastic, and the food matched it perfectly. The Kora playing in the background was impressive and very relaxing. You have to try the plaintains stuffed with fish as an appetizer. Seriously fantastic. Juice good, main courses good. The capitain was particularly well prepared. Can't way enough about this... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Kees-Jan V, General Manager at San Toro, responded to this review

Dear Andrew, thanks a lot for your enthusiastic review. And thanks to Kathleen of the American embassy for promoting our restaurant. I really hope to see a lot of your fellow countrymen to share the "San Toro experience". Hope to see you again soon. Warm greetings More

2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

I was at the San Toro after the renovation and it was a wonderful experience. The place is really very beautiful and authentic. The cora player is just amazing. And last, but not least, I ordered fish, (poisson braisé) and it was delicious, one of the best I have ever had. This is a pleasure that one would always want... More

Review collected in partnership with this restaurant

Was this review helpful? Yes
Kees-Jan V, General Manager at San Toro, responded to this review

Dear Moussa, Thanks a lot for your review. Thanks to you and all the other people that have written wonderfull reviews, the San Toro has become the first restaurant in Bamako! We will do all we can to keep up the good work, to improve and to serve you even better in the future. Warm regards More

Ghent, Belgium
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

I visited before the crisis and it was wondeful. One of the many reasons I would like to see Mali and its great people back on their feet is to be able to go back and enjoy San Toro. Deserves all the praise on this page.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Kees-Jan V, General Manager at San Toro, responded to this review

Dear Pedritissimo, we hope and pray that everyone in Mali understands that only peace can bring back stability in this country. We all want this. And if this can bring back the tourists to Mali and the clients to San Toro....... Thanks for you review More

Bamako, Mali
Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

If you have just one evening in Bamako, I'd say eat at San Toro. The restaurant has been closed for some time due to the Malian crisis, it has recently reopened after renovation to a great effect. The best thing about it is the authentic Malian/West African food, the decor, and the soft live Kora music. This will give you... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Kees-Jan V, General Manager at San Toro, responded to this review

Dear Clint. I appreciate the time you took to review our hotel. We are very pleased that the decoration and food pleased you. Please check out the new Star fruit drink that we have prepared this month for our customers. Hope to see you soon More

Travelers who viewed San Toro also viewed


Been to San Toro? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage San Toro, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing