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Il Covo Restaurant

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Bamburi Beach | Bamburi, Mombasa 80100, Kenya
41 5487481
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Lichtenburg, South Africa
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21 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A trip to Mombasa and not dining here would be incomplete for me! Watching the sun set and waves beating on the beach is a sight to behold! And the food is mouth watering; couldn't have enough of it! Enjoyed the home made cocktails as well; great experience!

Thank gordinmalaba
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37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Went here as it is literally next door to the Kenyan Bay Beach hotel where we were staying. The environment just looked old and in need of renovation. Our server was down with cough and kept coughing while taking orders. Tiny cockroaches danced out of the menu. The owners weren't friendly. We probably just went here on the wrong day... More 

Thank Sweet_NK
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016 via mobile

The menu is bursting with all types of seafood specialities that one is confused on what to eat.The parking area falls abit short of expectations but once at the restaurant,the view makes up for it.The service is superb with the owners always being there and the portions are huge!Surprisingly for a seafood restaurant not to have the proper cutlery such... More 

Thank Naz M
Nairobi, Kenya
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25 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

We had lunch at IL covo and their chicken pizza was good. We also tried their Grilled chicken and enjoyed it. Their beachfront is alright. Overall good place for a lunch. Prices are above average.

Thank Susan N
Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana
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21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2016

So I would not attempt to describe in words the sushi I ate here. The only words that will suffice are "out of this world".

Thank ndeboasam
Madison, Wisconsin
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2016

We ate dinner at Il Covo on a lovely, albeit windy, evening in Mombasa. The pizza we ordered was delicious, served hot, and fast! The pumpkin soup was also tasty. Service was average, but not bad, but be prepared to spend a bit of money. Bring something warm to wear in the evening if you are easily cold.

Thank teamtvtravels
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51 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2016

Il Covo is an Italian restaurant on the beach of Bamburi - near Plaza Beach hotel. It services great food. Service is very professional. To Kenyan standard it's not a cheap place, but what you get is worth it. Take one of the tables in the front corner. In the eve it can become a bit chilly, cause of the... More 

Thank FrancisMM
Larkspur, Colorado
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201 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2016

I loved the pizza here. I agree, the menu is all Italian, but the signs say it also has Japanese. Fortunately, I was looking for Italian, and this fit the bill. The garlic toast and pumpkin soup were all great. The pizza was terrific. You can see the guy making them and sliding them in the brick oven. The view... More 

Thank desertdiablo
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23 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2016 via mobile

As I was in Mombasa yesterday and today, I decided to stroll by the beach and pounced on the restaurant, I dined here since I liked the view, I am not really in to seafood but they had pizza and burgers, the burger was nice last night and the lunch today was a well made pizza, the place thought is... More 

Thank Nick O
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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30 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2016 via mobile

This is their idea of what they 'think' western tourists like !! Although they are at least 20 years behind the times ! Music is mainly Nigerian happy hip-hop. The service is better than most places, but that isn't saying it is good, just better than the rest ! I would say the food is quite good aswell. Easy to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Pizza, Seafood, Mediterranean, European
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Takeout, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions, Families with children, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Bamburi Beach | Bamburi, Mombasa 80100, Kenya
  • Location: Africa  >  Kenya  >  Coast Province  >  Mombasa
  • Phone Number: 41 5487481

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