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avenue de la paix, Kigali, Rwanda
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Buffet, Seating

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Good cheap local eats

Enjoyed a buffet lunch here. Ok it was mostly lukewarm but a good choice of about 16 tasty dishes buffet style for 2500 francs (about £2.25) and very popular with both locals and expats.

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 28, 2015
bridgemagoo2
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Cambridge England
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Bujumbura, Burundi
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Huge selection with lots of options for vegetarians or just people who like some vegetables with their meat and starch. The fried cauliflower is totally addictive. They were closed when I tried to go last week and I hope its just for renovations and not part of the city's eminent domain campaign!

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Thank Felicia P
Cambridge England
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215 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

Enjoyed a buffet lunch here. Ok it was mostly lukewarm but a good choice of about 16 tasty dishes buffet style for 2500 francs (about £2.25) and very popular with both locals and expats.

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Thank bridgemagoo2
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38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015 via mobile

The lunch buffet is good and has a decent variety of foods. I didn't like that it only has one type of meet and not any other kind of protein (chicken, fish, etc) and you are only allowed one piece... Atmosphere is decent and the personnel is helpful.

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Thank Aristides K
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

Karibu was a buffet place with a nice outdoor atmosphere. The food being served on the night we were there was traditional local food (rice, beans, plantains, potatoes, beef stew & salad items). It was a nice selection, and the taste and quality seemed fine, but it was nothing special.

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Thank Victor S
Nairobi, Kenya
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36 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015 via mobile

Fast, convenient, reasonable price. Everything you could want in a Rwandan lunch buffet! Except, of course, that it is Rwandan food you know.

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Thank ChrisRollins
Nairobi, Kenya
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24 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

I asked my driver to drive to a place of fair rates for us to have a decent Rwandese meal at a place frequented by the average Rwandese. He drove us to Karibu Restaurant, it was worth the budget cost! We were charged 2,500RwF (though later I would learn that at night, it cost 3,000RwF). We got to eat buffet... More 

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Thank The_Oj1
Madrid, Spain
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015 via mobile

We wanted local food and we were lucky going to this place. They have a big garden to eat outside. They have four, five dishes of African food in the menu for 10.000 francs but we tried the buffet. Really good food and only for 3.000 francs. I really recomend it. The best beef I have eaten in the last... More 

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Thank Wataita
Kigali, Rwanda
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43 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

If you're pining for a good carb load – because who doesn't from time to time – Karibu is a great choice for the 20+ starches, beans, veggies, meat, and fruit that comprise the Rwandan lunch buffet. Great outdoor seating area that bustles during the work week and hard to beat value.

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Thank Ashley M
Kilsyth
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33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

I go here regularly when in Kigali and its always excellent food and great value. Authentic Rwandan food, very healthy

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Thank saintjag
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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178 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 196 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

I ended up eating here several nights after having tried the buffet in the UTC building which was ok, but Karibu was much better. Most importantly, the buffet always includes chunks of beef cooked in a nice sauce and you can take as much as you want. I needed a protein fix so this fit the bill. Most of the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: avenue de la paix, Kigali, Rwanda
  • Location: Africa  >  Rwanda  >  Kigali Province  >  Kigali

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: African

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine

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