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Near Obote Road, Kisumu, Kenya
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Description: This one is listed on Google maps - On Lake Victoria Kisumu. It has...
This one is listed on Google maps - On Lake Victoria Kisumu. It has amazing food and is a terrific location so I'd like to review and recommend. Unfortunately most businesses in Kenya have no online presence.
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  • 10
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Tilapia with flavor, and a venue with flavor too

Some locals we were working with led us here. The place is right on the shore of Lake Victoria, and you sit in one of several gazebos overlooking the water. Very pleasant. As you enter the facility, you pick out your fish. They're all lying there, sorted roughly by size. You try not to notice... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
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Sacramento
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Sacramento
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Some locals we were working with led us here. The place is right on the shore of Lake Victoria, and you sit in one of several gazebos overlooking the water. Very pleasant. As you enter the facility, you pick out your fish. They're all lying there, sorted roughly by size. You try not to notice that flies are already checking... More 

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Nairobi, Kenya
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Put simply this is the very best fish you will ever eat, its by the lake so the fish is fresh and it is prepared while you wait. Overall the most authentic way to enjoy this local delicacy

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Rotterdam
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

This is THE place to eat the famous tilapia perch. We ate it with chips and corn-something. Try to sit near the lake. The view is great and the prices are fair. The enty road is horrible, but very Kenya. And, ask for crispy chips otherwise it will be limp fries.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

As eating fresh fish has been one of the highlights of Kisumu visits, this restaurant epitomizes that experience. Unlike other restaurants along the lake, there is no crowding and uninvited hawking here. The view of the lake is good. Fish is a bot pricy though, and there is no beach (the name can be misleading), and sometimes the lake is... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

You chose your fish, that is cooked deep fried. We got the "wet" version, what it means is the fish is cover with kale cooked with tomatoe and onion. You eat with your hands, there are buckets with clean water to wash your hands before and after the meal.

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Rijswijk, The Netherlands
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

We went to Tilapia beach after many recommendations of this place being the best place for tilapia fish in Kisumu. What a mistake that was!! We could pay 2000 Ksh (over 20 USD) for a plate of fish or 1500 Ksh for a smaller one. Because we couldn't choose I asked to go to the kitchen to see the size... More 

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kisumu
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

the best place to be in kisumu is this place.as you treat your eyes to breathtaking scenery and entertain your taste buds with freshly cooked tilapia fish while enjoying the breeze from the lake . the cooks at Tilapia beach are actually the best cooks for this type of fish in the world as at now coz they left my... More 

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Kisumu, Kenya
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

This place has really tasty fish, yes. But you can go down the street and get an identical fish for literally 1/4 of the price and it will be just as good. When I went to pay, they gave me a ridiculously high price per "medium-sized" fish. I went outside and asked a passing waiter the price of a "medium"... More 

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Kisumu, Kenya
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

If you are in Kisumu the best place to get your freshly cooked tilapia fish is Tilapia Beach, Cooked by locals you can be sure to enjoy it, though they need to improve on many areas like service, sometimes it can take like forever but that shouldn't be a reason not to visit.

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Kisumu
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Other than the allure of the traditional tilapia dish, the menu is limited and service poor. The location has potential of becoming something big with the planned Kisumu Urban project city upgrade, with access roads set for improvement. The food is tasty though, improvement needed on ablution and general cleanliness

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Near Obote Road, Kisumu, Kenya
  • Location: Africa  >  Kenya  >  Nyanza Province  >  Kisumu

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: African

Description

This one is listed on Google maps - On Lake Victoria Kisumu. It has amazing food and is a terrific location so I'd like to review and recommend. Unfortunately most businesses in Kenya have no online presence.

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