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“authentic local food” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Chez John

Chez John
Rue de Masaka Kiyovu, Kigali, Rwanda
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Ranked #46 of 79 Restaurants in Kigali
Cuisines: African
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Kigali, Rwanda
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“authentic local food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

Chez John is a real institution for local food. Fish, chicken, brochettes, manioc based dishes, bananas, etc. The lunch buffet is a nice spread. If you order from the menu, don't be in a rush.. nice service... a must go to in Kigali for newcombers and a mainstay for locals

Visited December 2012
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
DUBAI
Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
“ENJOY KIGALI”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012 via mobile

Nice Rwandan food with good service,atmosphere and nature.Keep it up.The buffae is very nice with some local dishes with a spicy chilly pickle that makes the body feels good in the cool rainy climate in Kigali.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Hampshire
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56 reviews 56 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“A true taste of Rwanda in lovely restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2012

was introduced to this restaurant by my customer, and have been back twice. This is a buffet menu, with tradittional Rwandan food, there is a large selection of well cooked and flavoursome dishes. I would happily recommend this popular eatery!

  • Visited May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
“It was okay until 3 of us got sick!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2011

Chez John was EMPTY when we arrived. I never like dining at restaurants that aren't busy. I'm always afraid at the amount of time food has been sitting in the kitchens. The service is slow at best, but it did appear the server was trying. We order the 1 HOUR preparation time dish(can't remember the name) and while we were the only table in the place, it took nearly 75 minutes. It tasted great, as did the side dishes, but BACTERIA can be a funny thing. THREE of the FIVE in our party, including myself SUFFERED through pains and bowels movements I wish never to experience again. I should have gone with my intuition.....FIND the busy restaurants and don't take chances!

  • Visited October 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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680 reviews 680 reviews
281 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 188 cities Reviews in 188 cities
1,791 helpful votes 1,791 helpful votes
“African Food in a Pretty Nice Setting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2010

Chez John is a large restaurant, with a terrace out front and also out back. It is a pretty nice place, with good tables and chairs, and decent service. It serves only African Food, and the lunch buffet was only 2700RF (about $4.50). The buffet was pretty decent, though not the best in town, and a very good value for the price. The clientele was mixed, but primarily locals dressed very professionally - there must have been government offices nearby. Overall, the place was pretty classy and we had a nice lunch.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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