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Chez John

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Updated 08/27/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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Reviewed March 2, 2020

i was in Rwanda in January this year but i have seen where a very good restaurant Che z john restaurant located at Kiyovu -Kigali but is the first time i get a buffet like what i have seen at that restaurant !where ever you...come from as long as is every food is present it welcome you and the very good hospitality people, i will keep on using this restaurant! i highly appreciate.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed October 28, 2019 via mobile

Chez John serves tasty local staples and pizza in a relaxed and pleasant atmosphere. Recommended for fans of African food and for large groups.

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed November 27, 2018

Nice buffet with lots of options for lunch. Nothing special about the food otherwise. Nice looking restaurant both inside and out.

Date of visit: November 2018
Reviewed September 5, 2018

Decent lunch buffet, nothing fancy, gets the job done. It'd probably be a lot more interesting if I wasn't a vegetarian.

Date of visit: September 2018
Reviewed July 2, 2018

This was our first stop for lunch after having arrived in Kigali. Was a great first introduction to local Rwandan food. Super cheap and very popular with the locals. Location is a bit out of the way, but worth the trip! Would recommend getting a...table outside as the inside of the restaurant is quite dark, dimly lit.More

Date of visit: June 2018
Reviewed August 26, 2017

I really enjoyed the food at Chez John. They had a rather large selection at the buffet and I was pleased being able to taste so many African foods. Everything was refilled in a timely fashion and tasted good to me. Great option for groups...especially.More

Date of visit: July 2017
Reviewed April 20, 2017 via mobile

What a lovely place to sit and have lunch. The food portion was great - the filet of fish was so thick and generous I almost didn't finish!! The waiter was so helpful he asked the kitchen to adapt one of the dishes to suit...my needs. He took my phone away and charged it up for me when it was about to die on me and he also assured me my belongings would be safe when I went to use the ladies. When I got back everything was as I had left it so I didn't have to worry about lugging my things to the toilet everytime I needed to move - a solo traveller's nightmare!! The service was really good, there was some nice cheesy ballad music playing and the view was really calming. The clientele were locals and it just felt warm and inviting. It was a really good experience and I will go there for sure before I leave. Note that the buffet is not available on public holidays and I think weekends. I'm going back to sample it... Apparently it's amazing! Real genuine African cuisine.More

Date of visit: April 2017
Reviewed March 26, 2017

A nice place to go for lunch. It is located in a very good area. Nice buffet at a very affordable price. A must place to visit in Kigali.

Date of visit: March 2017
Reviewed February 22, 2017 via mobile

A taxi driver recommended this place. The food was average, the meat somewhat dry. The service is fast and the staff was very helpful with ordering a taxi after our meal!

Date of visit: February 2017
Reviewed December 26, 2016

On our visit to Chez John, almost all menu items were unavailable (except for African Buffet and the most expensive entrees). Unfortunately, we were not made aware of this until after we had been seated and ordered drinks. After asking for 4-5 dishes and being...told "we don't have that today", we finally asked to be told what was available. The waiter was not apologetic and didn't seem concerned that we were disappointed. We left before ordering meals. I've heard the food is good but recommend asking upon arrival what the status is before committing to a meal or you may be disapointed.More

Date of visit: December 2016
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