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All 48 Malindi Restaurants

Old Man and the Sea

Mama Ngina Rd, Old Town, Malindi, Kenya
31106
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Ranked #2 of 48 Restaurants in Malindi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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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 NEW

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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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USA
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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Linköping, Östergötlands Län, Sweden
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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90 reviews 90 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 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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nairobi
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51 reviews 51 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The restaurant is so unassuming but I am more than glad I convinced my friend to have lunch here. We had just walked down the road from the Vasco da Gama pillar, and I kept telling my friend that this is a very old but well known restaurant in Malindi. We were welcomed into the small establishment so warmly it... More 

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Malindi, Kenya
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Good reliable food and some interesting dishes. Try Sailfish wrapped around prawns. The best starter for value is Russian Lobster - delicious. Main courses are mainly cooked on a BBQ. Sometimes odd things happen. Last time I was there they were out of white wine! (in a fish resto??) On other occasions for about a year or 2 they were... More 

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Nairobi, Kenya
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We heard a lot about this restaurant so we were really excited to visit a great fish establishment. The atmosphere was good but that's where it stopped for us. There were only two wines in stock from the list and the one we got was barely potable. The food was average to below-average and lacked any care, passion or creativity.... More 

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

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