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Il Covo Restaurant

Bamburi Beach, next to Kenya Bay Beach Hotel | Bamburi, Mombasa 80100, Kenya
+254 740 634062
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good33%
  • Average14%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible5%
Travelers talk about
“pizza” (27 reviews)
“pumpkin soup” (2 reviews)
“seafood” (8 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Italian, Pizza, European, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
Bamburi Beach, next to Kenya Bay Beach Hotel | Bamburi, Mombasa 80100, Kenya
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Reviewed January 1, 2015 via mobile

more bothered about money than service Made a reservation for dinner on the new year only to find that the reservation wasn't done thus had to share a table with other guests. Also paid some entrance fees of 1500 for new year party only to...More

Thank Mwaniki W
Reviewed December 9, 2014

I have only ever had lunches here but always very good and reasonably priced. All food is fresh and Italian. The tuna carpaccio is delicious and the pastas (Ravioli etc) are freshly made and gorgeous. The restaurant is set above the beach with lots of...More

Thank grantrita
Reviewed November 18, 2014 via mobile

I went there to have fast lunch and have to say it was really good! I had pizza frutti di mare and i liked it! The view is amazing from there. Recommend!

Thank bijou1985
Reviewed November 6, 2014

Best pizza outside Italy.Fantastic views of the beach.Good value.Service good. Can be a bit windy.Plenty of parking .Visited many times.

Thank Grahemw
Reviewed November 3, 2014 via mobile

A group of us booked a table at Il Covo which was ready for us on arrival. The views of the Indian ocean are amazing from here. The staff are friendly and attentive. The food is lovely and fresh... I wound recommend the pizzas. There...More

1  Thank j2bob
Reviewed September 7, 2014

I visited here for dinner with work colleagues and it was delightful to be sitting by the ocean with clear plastic sheets to keep out too much breeze, but allowing just enough in to be nice and cool. The service was excellent with friendly and...More

Thank tropicopter
Reviewed September 1, 2014

Be prepared to have a culinary delight at this wonderful Italian restaurant.Main course and the accompanying dessert was simply amazing.

Thank 151eric
Reviewed August 5, 2014

Wonderful italian restaurant. We had dinner with a party of about 10 people. Great meals. I especially loved the fact that the restaurant is by the ocean, so you have the sea breeze during dinner.

Thank Thesh
Reviewed July 9, 2014

I've always loved the food and service at Il Covo Bamburi and Nyali branches and recently co-hosted a birthday party at the new Il Covo in Town. It is lovely and open on the outside verandah and has cosy lounges leading off the main bar....More

Thank Julie O
Reviewed June 11, 2014

Had a fabulous time here having dinner on the beach with family and friends. Food was amazingly good! Even managed to dance on the beach with great music but sadly the evening was brought down by a member of staff who managed to steal my...More

Thank crazychikapea
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Questions & Answers
Caesar W
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 Caesar W | 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$8 - $35
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Validated Parking, Television
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Special occasions, Bar scene, Scenic view, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Bamburi Beach, next to Kenya Bay Beach Hotel | Bamburi, Mombasa 80100, Kenya
  • Location: Africa  >  Kenya  >  Coast Province  >  Mombasa
  • Phone Number: +254 740 634062
  • E-mail
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 sea and a breeze that never ceases. Our Italian cuisine is renowned for it's originality, our menu consists of a wide range of original pasta dishes, fresh starters, salads including a variety of fish Carpaccio, tuna and red snapper. Fresh lobsters, prawns, calamari and octopus all depending on the day's catch, are also part of Il Covo's luscious and extensive menu along with fabulously tender Aged Angus meats. Il Covo also accommodates a large wood burning oven which gives the best authentic Italian pizzas. Our flat serene beach filled with white fine sand lends itself as a perfect venue for beach fun parties and exclusive dinners. All you require is just to ask for a beach setup and we shall do the rest at no extra cost. The il Covo experience is not complete without visiting our very popular disco club located on the upper floor. Our DJ will ensure that you shed of some of the calories you gained after dinner.
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