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Old Man and the Sea

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Mama Ngina Rd, Old Town, Malindi, Kenya
31106
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Romance
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

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  • 79
    Excellent
  • 58
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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This is one of the oldest restaurant in malindi i remember it since i was 9 years old. They have great food but the are priced quite high .

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 21, 2015
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Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

This is one of the oldest restaurant in malindi i remember it since i was 9 years old. They have great food but the are priced quite high .

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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

After having read 168 positive reviews we tried this place and we really can't understand where this reviews come from. We were 6 people at our table and the rest of the restaurant was empty exept for a couple and another group. We had to wait 1 hour for the starters: the seafood crepe was good but the seafood tagliatelle... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

We were six people, looking for a nice restaurant and lovely food as rated by most of the travelers here! It has ended to be an awful experience both for the quality of the food and the service. We actually waited one hour to get the dishes and the taste was unacceptable. Everything was overpriced and surely this restaurant ruined... More 

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Miskolc
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

It is not easy to find a spot on the coast os Kenya where there is much more than pizza and spagetti. This small and a bit hidden restaurant gives you a perfect choice with fresh fish and sea-food but also excellent meat and even a fair wine list. Do not miss the coconut rice and give them a largely... More 

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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

We've been here now four times over a couple of years and every single time it has been fantastic. Particular highlights: the pepper crab, the queen prawn masala, the seafish fillet. Nothing we've ordered here has ever disappointed. An absolute must visit for everybody going to Malindi.

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5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

When going to Malindi for the first time "the old man and the sea" is a must stop on your itinerary, the food is fresh and sourced locally the restaurant is very small and you sit practically on top of each other, with this said every tourist should visit this local landmark...

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Nairobi, Kenya
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Stumbled upon the old man and the sea while in Malindi, we had the mixed seafood platter and it was a delightful meal. The only issue is the king prawns were on the small side for 'king' prawns. Also, they don't accept payment by debit/credit cards so have cash or mpesa (mobile payment platform in Kenya) on hand.

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Nairobi
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68 reviews 68 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

We drove into Malindi one afternoon from Watamu in search of this restaurant. We used Google Maps to navigate. It is a small hole in the wall on a strip full of many larger restaurants. I am glad that we did not relent in our search. I loved everything about it. The look and feel were intimate and inviting. Service... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Really fantastic, and the chef refused to let out one of the dishes because it wasn't according to standard and a new one came

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Callaway, Minnesota
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104 reviews 104 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I tried this Malindi restaurant this past October while on vacation and had a most delightful meal. Very uncrowded and the waiter was in top form and couldn't have been more friendly. The setting was very warming so to speak, outside in the front porch and a most cozy atmosphere made for a fine dining experience. Had the Lamu crab... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Mama Ngina Rd, Old Town, Malindi, Kenya
  • Location: Africa  >  Kenya  >  Coast Province  >  Malindi
  • Phone Number: 31106

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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