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Ali Barbour's Cave Restaurant

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Seafood, International
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P.O. Box 53, Ali Barbour | Diani Beach, Diani Beach, Ukunda 80400, Kenya
+254 714 456 131
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6:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: You'd be hard pushed to find a more romantic place to dine than Ali...
You'd be hard pushed to find a more romantic place to dine than Ali Barbour's Cave Restaurant, set inside an ancient coral cove and lit by warm candlelight. The a la carte menu specializes in seafood, international & traditional cuisine and is accompanied by a great wine-list so take your time over dinner.The Restaurant opens every day from 7pm. Reservation Required.Courtesy transfer from Hotels in Diani.Dress Code: Smart casual. No shorts, no hats.We apologize we do not allow children 6 and under.Cigars from our humidor available.
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Good for:
Romance
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 341
    Excellent
  • 133
    Very good
  • 45
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 16
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great Setting............

Amazing setting and you can watch the stars too with the right table. Food and service is ok, not exceptional but you go for the unique setting........worth a visit for sure.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
Sir_Mitul
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London, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Amazing setting and you can watch the stars too with the right table. Food and service is ok, not exceptional but you go for the unique setting........worth a visit for sure.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

My friend living in Nairobi insisted we go to the Cave. Seriously one of the coolest dining experiences ever. We had a beautiful final dinner in Diani beach here, and went on to 40 Thieves for dancing and more drinks after. If you go to Diani and don't get here, it will be your biggest mistake. We spent about $40USD... More 

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Ok, so if you are in Diani Beach, this is a great stop - just to eat in a cave! The setting is stunning and the food is yummy. Part of the restaurant is enclosed but the other section of the cave is open to the night sky above so you can look at the stars while you dine.

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Monaco
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

We visited the cave on one of our last nights in Kenya and it was a fitting end to a great holiday. The setting alone is well worth the visit and though a little pricey, the food was pretty good though the meal overall was let down by the desserts (I sent mine back and asked for it to be... More 

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Westbourne, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

everything was great, loved looking out at the stars, the service was excellent - just missed out on the oysters!

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Visited on the first week of our holiday to celebrate my birthday. Great food in a wonderful setting. Returned the following week with friends from the hotel and they were just as impressed as we were.

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Swansea, Wales
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58 reviews 58 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Good food in amazing surroundings: part of the Forty thieves complex. Pricier than other restaurants nearby but worth it for the unique natural dining room in a cave

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Food good and service very good. Free taxi to pick up and return you to your hotel. Only thing is not a lot of space when all the tables are occupied.

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Hannover, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

enjoyed the evening despite starting off in a bad way.....someone forgot about our reservation! The service was top and the food was exellent we will definately come again

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Bujumbura, Burundi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Their food is good, the restaurant set up is magnificent and service was impeccable. We will recommend!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: P.O. Box 53, Ali Barbour | Diani Beach, Diani Beach, Ukunda 80400, Kenya
  • Location: Africa  >  Kenya  >  Coast Province  >  Ukunda  >  Diani Beach
  • Phone Number: +254 714 456 131

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 33 - 79
  • Cuisine: Seafood, International

Restaurant Characteristics

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

Description

You'd be hard pushed to find a more romantic place to dine than Ali Barbour's Cave Restaurant, set inside an ancient coral cove and lit by warm candlelight. The a la carte menu specializes in seafood, international & traditional cuisine and is accompanied by a great wine-list so take your time over dinner.The Restaurant opens every day from 7pm. Reservation Required.Courtesy transfer from Hotels in Diani.Dress Code: Smart casual. No shorts, no hats.We apologize we do not allow children 6 and under.Cigars from our humidor available.
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Monday
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
6:00 pm - 12:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?