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Kawe, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
+255 763 391 456
12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I went there a few times. Lovely beach. If you're a quiet kind of person this is definitely one of the better options. Their food isn't disappointing as well. Velisa has left me with some memories to compare.😋😋

Thank mwozoe
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A great fusion of Caribbean and African fare. Local ingredients blended to make an authentic Jamaican evening. Smooth jazz, sizzling regarding and the rhythm of the Indian Ocean tranquilize you as wafts of seafood, assorted curries and exotic beverages tantalize your sensibilities. The gardens are perfectly manicured. Worth fighting the traffic to get there! A must see experience!

Thank Midwifetraveller
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154 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2016

Very nice location, although the beaches south of Dar aren't clean at all. Food is superb, service isn't great unfortunately and they don't have proper coffee which is a big miss out, as people go often in the morning like we did.

Thank Elisa U
Toronto, Canada
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2016

Delicious meal at Velisa's. Betty, the owner, used to run a wonderful Velisa's in Kingston Jamaica. She has transferred her excellent food quality, menu selection to Dar. BUT, this location on the beach is 1,000 times better than her Kingston location. Lovely lovely ambiance and equally delicious meal (snapper) served by genteel Tanzanians.

Thank Marguerite O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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53 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2016

Velisa's isn't only situated in a beautiful setting, right by the sea, but also serves excellent food. I went there with three friends, and we had dinner at one of the 4 tables directly on the beach. Added bonus: You don't have to ask for vegan dishes, they are clearly labeled as such on the menu. We had Tempeh with... More 

Thank cybergabi
Dusseldorf, Germany
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2016

I loved the restaurant: The food was so good, especially the seafood, and it is directly located at Kawe Beach. The atmosphere in the evening is very nice as they put up candles everywhere. The service was very attentive and the prices are reasonable. Highly recommended.

Thank Mirjam Z
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Level Contributor
7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2016 via mobile

Never knew this place existed, the Jamaican owner happens to be very modest in marketing this place. One of the best foods ive had in Dar for sure. A must visit

Thank Mo K
Level Contributor
6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2016 via mobile

Why is this rating # 54 on trip advisor??? It is amongst the top 3 restaurant we ate in Dar, if not the best. Great food, excellent location on the beach, Only restaurant we could literally sit on the beach and dine!!!!! The food took a while but it was well worth the wait; you can tell everything was freshly... More 

Thank Yolan Z
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2015

A beach-front family-owned and run bar and restaurant. The food is so great and the drinks are nicely priced. It's a great night out or afternoon with family and friends. They open at 12noon

Thank IamKuko
Ernakulam, India
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225 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2015

Its a great place a nice sea view & nice food. Fish will be fresh. You will love to spend time in this place by seeing good sea view


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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Caribbean, Seafood, Jamaican
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar scene, Families with children, Romantic
Open Hours
12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Kawe, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Location: Africa  >  Tanzania  >  Dar Es Salaam Region  >  Dar es Salaam
  • Phone Number: +255 763 391 456

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?