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Il Covo Restaurant


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Certificate of Excellence2015, 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Italian, Pizza, Seafood, European, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly
Special occasions, Romantic, Scenic view, Bar scene

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Formerly a holiday house on two floors overlooking the white, sandy Bamburi beach 12 km north of Mombasa island. Il Covo opened its door in May 2003 and since then it has been the top dining and entertainment venue in Mombasa. The lower veranda overlooks the beach, a romantic gazebo just out onto the sea and is fondly called fort Jesus. Its' an ideal spot for romantic dinners. The upper deck has two balconies with a sea view. One of them is a sushi bar whereby our chef will create the freshest and most delicious sushi, sashimi and teppanyaki right in front of you. The second balcony, dubbed "A room with a view' is an ideal setup for a private family lunch or dinner with a perfect view of the
$8 - $35
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Italian, Pizza, Seafood, European, Mediterranean
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Free Wifi
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place many memories and good food I love the pizzas better than the other joints here in the coast. Keep up the work

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Omb677
Reviewed January 2, 2019 via mobile

We have had heard so much good about this restaurant so we decided to go there. When we arrived if was only 4 guests there so this was the first warning. After ordering drinks and food it took us 20 minutes to get it. From...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank LasseJ191
Reviewed December 31, 2018 via mobile

What used to be a decent place is now a severe disappointment! On arrival we were met with resistance to sitting on the available tables we wanted. Ignoring this, the WiFi was not working and when the food eventually arrived after about 45+ minutes, there...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank savrajsk
Reviewed December 27, 2018 via mobile

They have reopened after some renovation. Went there for dinner. First of all, the tablecloth was stained and moist. It was'changed. I ordered grilled fish. Food was nothing special, more like home cooked food rather than what I expected to be served in an Italian...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank ztig65
Reviewed September 3, 2018

used to be very popular at one time especially for its pizzas. however seems like mismanagement has taken over. food quality has hugely depreciated and place looks run down now. better choices available in the area. avoid!More

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank ms0316
CaesarW6, Owner at Il Covo Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded September 4, 2018

We have taken note of your feedback for which we thank you. We normally receive very good feedback on our food especially pizzas. Your experience was an exception which we shall isolate. We hope that you can find time to re-visit so we can demonstrate...More

Reviewed July 15, 2018

Very good Italian dishes : pizzas and pastas are very tastefull and the service is good. Been there 4 times and each time it was wonderful.

Date of visit: June 2018
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Caesar W, Owner at Il Covo Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded July 15, 2018

We are delighted to learn that you have never been disappointed by our food and service. It is comments such as yours which give us extra energy and desire to keep improving on our offerings. We look forward to your next return.

Reviewed June 18, 2018

Great meal and sundowners by the beach...good food and excellent service. Secluded but worth the find...

Date of visit: October 2017
Thank lele1432
Caesar W, Owner at Il Covo Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded June 24, 2018

Thank you for finding time to give a review on our products and service. Your favorable rating is also appreciated. We look forward to welcoming you back to Il Covo in the very near future.

Reviewed June 9, 2018

Been here several times- mainly for lunch- the place was serene and the waitstaff polite. Loved their pizza- actually the reason I keep going back! That and the ice cream- its super fresh and they've got the most interesting flavours. I definitely advice you to...More

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank tjthefoodie
Caesar W, Owner at Il Covo Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded June 14, 2018

Thank you for your favorable rating and review. We are glad to note that overall you are happy with our offerings. I will certainly share this with the team. Thank you for taking your time to let the world know of your wonderful experiences at...More

Reviewed May 30, 2018 via mobile

We were so saddened when Il Coco closed but in truth on our occasional trips to the North Coast it has started to look a little worn. But now it's back and as delicious as ever. But the weather doesn't change and so it can...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank CarmelODolan
Caesar W, Owner at Il Covo Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded June 14, 2018

Thank you for your favorable rating and refreshing remarks about the new look Il Covo. We are determined to exceed the expectation of our guests and are always happy to receive feedback on our offerings. I am glad to note that you (and your guests)...More

Reviewed April 29, 2018 via mobile

I have been to mombasa now over 15 times in the last year and absolutely love this place. The setting overlooking the ocean is stunning the staff are excellent and attentive and the food is superb. From the oysters and crab meet to the T...More

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank dazzjgillen
Caesar W, Owner at Il Covo Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded May 4, 2018

Thank you very much for your positive rating and detailed review of your respective experiences at Il Covo. We are happy to note that we have not disappointed you so far and we have all intentions to keep it that way. I will certainly share...More

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January 26, 2018|
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Response from Caesarmw | Property representative |
We are located in Bamburi Mombasa, next to Kenya Bay Hotel by the beach.
This negative feedback is very surprising and disheartening. We have served several customers since we reopened the restaurant under new management on 12th April 2017 and since then we have only been receiving very complimentary comments save for a few feed-backs on areas where we can improve. It is most unfortunate that you found your experience so totally unpleasant because of the 'overpriced' wine despite the fact that you had complimentary remarks on the pizza you had as per the conversation you had with me as an owner of the restaurant. Whereas it is your prerogative to express your opinion freely, we take exception in the manner you tried to portray Kenyans as people who have no appreciation of wines and therefore deserve the cheap cask wines. We, at the new il covo restaurant under new management tend to differ with your opinion and that is why we have introduced House Wine from carefully selected set of bottled whites and reds. We go a step further in letting our valued customers taste any of the wines on offer in order to ascertain the grape which goes well with their palette. We believe wine should not just be consumed to get one drunk but rather to compliment one's meal experience. We continue receiving very positive remarks about our House Wine from customers who appreciate value in its entirety. We regret that you found our new baby not pleasant to the extent you could use derogatory words such us 'absolutely crab' to describe it. Just for your information, we have had a good build up of clientele and its no longer the empty restaurant you found on our second day of soft opening. We shall always endevor to ensure that our customers get maximum value for their money and will always listen to constructive feedback for purposes of improvement. Esther W. (owner)
April 22, 2017|
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Response from Caesarmw | Property representative |
Hi Larry, Kindly accept my sincere apology. indeed my response was meant for someone else and am still trying to figure out how it got tagged to you. We take your feedback seriously and am happy to announce that I did... More
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