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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, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
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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  • 12
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Good food, distressed waitress

April 2015. Food is absolutely lovely. Prawns in garlic butter and the seafood platter is amazing. A minus for forgetting my food order (we were eleven people), and serving it after the others had finished eating. No compensation! A second minus for neglecting to pick us with the pre arranged... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
Anna-Maria S
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Nairobi, Kenya
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
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Nairobi, Kenya
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

April 2015. Food is absolutely lovely. Prawns in garlic butter and the seafood platter is amazing. A minus for forgetting my food order (we were eleven people), and serving it after the others had finished eating. No compensation! A second minus for neglecting to pick us with the pre arranged restaurant taxi, leaving us distressed without transport only 15 minutes... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

We had our engagement meal at this wonderful restaurant. The setting is truly magical, star gazing whilst eating in this beautiful well renovated cave made our special day that bit more special. The food was lovely and the staff attentive with a live pianist throughout. We couldn't have asked for more. Amazing!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Super setting with full moon above opening of the cave! Nice menu and very fresh. Fans keep the cave cool. History is fascinating.

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shropshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Fascinating restaurant. Try and make sure you eat in the main central part of the dining area....it can be very hot elsewhere!

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london
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Went with my partner over Easter. Have been many times as a kid with vivid and fond memories and am very happy to say this place did not disappoint. Great ambience, and relatively unique in that you are eating in a cave! Quick and amicable service, and a good selection of drinks were a bonus. The vegetarian options were good,... More 

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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

This is an exceptional restaurant with exceptional service! From the time we made our reservation to the time we left the restaurant we were made to feel like we were at home! Florence, Jane and their team understand the concept of customer service which they have mastered to the letter. Amazing food, inviting and beautiful ambiance, perfect setting – couldn’t... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

Last time was here had a very good experience, however this time round it was the complete opposite. The food was bland and the service not good at all . The mango sorbet was the biggest disappointment of all and for the hefty prices not worth it all! Will not be going back as we found another jewel down the... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Great food and drinks, a bit pricey compared to everywhere else, but the flip-side is that you get to dine inside of a cave. Eat here if you want a dining experience that's completely unique and special.

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Westbourne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Fab food , Had a great night here and the cave is stunning. Would recommend a night out at this great restaurant.

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London, United Kingdom
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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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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: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients, Romantic

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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