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Watamu Road - Timboni | Watamu, Watamu 80202, Kenya
7:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Detroit, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

The staff took forever to even notice we were there. They didn't have any of the food we wanted to order, and when our food was brought out it was not even correct. The fish stew was bland, and the chapatis were much too oily. I really do not know why this place is recommended as there are other better... More 

Thank waverider681
kivuli, Proprietario at SWAHILI cafe, responded to this review

we apologize for the inconvenience we have caused you probably due to the negligence of the staff or not understanding the language. Since this is a low season it is sometimes hard to find everything stated in the menu. To eat we are disappointed that it was not to your liking, our specialties are always appreciated by all the positive... More 

2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

The pan cake cook is so good at his job. And this waiter called Vincent, I like him because served locals equally he served foreigners.

Thank Fridah N
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015 via mobile

I liked the swahili dishes...not forgetting the swahili tea....It was quite a good experience ..my elder sister who had come to watamu for honeymoon with her hubby liked the place too. .

Thank Timothy M
London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015 via mobile

Did not have much of the food they had on the menu. It's a local place and it suits it's standards. Could sample.

Thank Pamgary
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33 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Just did visit this restaurant because we did'nt find another place with swahili food. We were visiting the coast and wanted local food, and we got it.

1 Thank bjois
Watamu, Kenya
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

if you want great pilau then this is the place to be, warm and friendly place simple but unique setting leaves you feeling at ease, and the pilau yum yum, they have a variety of sea food and most coastal dishes,will definately be back

Thank Cynthia N
Mombasa, Kenya
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

iliked visiting one of the local hotels,they are very nice.well observed with hygine.the climate is condusive and friendly.

Thank nik0l2
Nairobi, Kenya
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

its location is easily accessible and one can connect to various touristic destination with an ease.The swahili food will leave you salivating and keep on demanding for more and more

Thank Roliqueen T
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

It's lovely and the good is quite nice. I liked the decorations a lot and it felt very homely! I disliked one thing I ate but that's because I had never tried it before

Thank Katherine P
Watamu, Kenya
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

As a Responsible Tourism Operator, yesterday I went for dinner at Swahili Cafe with 2 of our guests. Travellers are tired of the irresponsible behaviors in big resorts and go out with the disire of meeting genuine and authentic Africans. I was disappointed by the cunning, crafty, tricky with fake simpathy of the staff! I ordered for a grilled seafood... More 

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kivuli, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at SWAHILI cafe, responded to this review
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dear Mr. Joseph, I'm really sorry for what happened, but I think it's, say, because of a mutual misunderstanding, both... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
Italian, African
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Large groups, Dining on a budget, Local cuisine
Open Hours
7:00 am - 10:30 pm
7:00 am - 10:30 pm
7:00 am - 10:30 pm
7:00 am - 10:30 pm
7:00 am - 10:30 pm
7:00 am - 10:30 pm
7:00 am - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Watamu Road - Timboni | Watamu, Watamu 80202, Kenya
  • Location: Africa  >  Kenya  >  Coast Province  >  Watamu
  • Phone Number: +254724812422

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?