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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, Late Night, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Interesting small restaurant

Good seafood table in this intimate restaurant. Prawns masala excellent. Overall great value for money.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 21, 2015
Steve H
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Nairobi, Kenya
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
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Nairobi, Kenya
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8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Good seafood table in this intimate restaurant. Prawns masala excellent. Overall great value for money.

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Jinja, Uganda
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

The restaurant is very small and from the outside it doesn't look like much. We almost decided to forego it. But we are soooo glad we stayed. The food is absolutely heavenly. I learned a few days later that Old Man and the Sea is a legendary restaurant that draws people. I can understand why. Don't miss it if you... More 

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Nairobi, Kenya
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Had delicious crab in cozy setting. Friendly waiters. Should improve on their wine menu, none of the listed wines are actually available

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Nairobi, Kenya
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Delicious crab in a cozy, old skool setting. Waiters are friendly. They did not have any of the wines on the menu and could improve on that.

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New York City, New York
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

An aging establishment with very fresh seafood and friendly service. It may be considered pricey for the area, but it is an oasis if you are trying to avoid the ubiquitous Italian food. I

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Kaltenkirchen, Germany
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Sorry to say, but this place is more than history....in all travel books you can read about it...but see by your self...nothing changed....everything goes old and dirty....the service is not good anymore, and the menus.....old fashion.....sorry...hope the best for the future......

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London, uk
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Excellent food and service. We visited three times. Very friendly. the prawn salad is very good. I liked everything in this restaurant

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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225 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

It's hard to find any original restaurants in this town so the Old Man stands out with its creative dishes and homey atmosphere. The waiting staff seem a bit lost at times but are always friendly and try to be helpful.

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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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8 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015 via mobile

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

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Restaurant Details

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

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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