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Ali Barbour's Cave Restaurant

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$33 - $79
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Seafood, International, Healthy
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The Cave is such a special place and not to be missed of in Diani. Food and wine quality was excellent.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Extraordinary dinner in an extraordinary location! Newly taken over by Michelin-Star chef Mohsine Korich, who is (alongside with the whole staff) very friendly and welcoming. An extremely pleasant experience and the perfect finale to our vacation in Kenia.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely menu with many seafood options. Service was attentive and quick. Varied wine list at reasonable prices. I believe a new menu has been introduced since our visit so will have to return.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful, serene and a romantic place. Very welcoming and kind staff. I really loved the experience and I would visit again for sure when I go back to Diani.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our friends wanted to surprise us so we didn't know we were going to eat in a cave! It was fabulous, all natural (but not damp and dark). And the food! Yummy appetizer plate of cheese and seafood. My husband's red snapper was excellent. My...pepper steak was an inch thick and melt-in-your-mouth tender. The desert mousse was a bit skimpy but my cheesecake was to die for. I would definitely go here again.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The ambience is great and staff are friendly. But options are limited for a vegetarian (they have a new menu which is different from their website) and portions are tiny! It took us over an hour to get our mains - and the staff did...nothing to speed up the process. The restaurant does offer free pick up and drop off to/from your resort.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing restaurant with world class food, this place really turned into something very special under the new management of Moshine Korich, his signature is everywhere and make your visit so special, the service is excellent and well trained. This new international menue matches perfectly with...its stonning location.....all in all it is a culinary experience you should not miss in Diani BeachMore

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we went with a big group but this amazing restaurant could accommodate us all and did a very good job of getting the orders correct. The attraction here is the cave setting. The fresh catch fish was very good. Dessert was great (I enjoyed the...cheesecake). Wait service was very good. We were very well entertained.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were really excited to spend our last night at the famous cave restaurant which was close to the villa we were renting for the week. Unfortunately we were received by a hostess who socially and racially profiled us. Despite calling in advance to confirm...that we would come for drinks, we were made to sit at the reception for close to an hour waiting to be seated while clearly seeing empty seats at the restaurant and bar. She served everyone else well and left us hanging. Additionally, she repeatedly left and came back with new excuses to not let us in while we observed other guests seamlessly being served and given entry - for example: she pointed out our dress code as inappropriate and hinted at us not being appropriately dressed for the venue (while we observed multiple people of other races being scantily dressed and still receiving admission). She even mentioned that we should hurry up and go downstairs because she had work to do. When we did eventually get seated, we were served by the friendly bartender. We finished and paid as we thanked our barman, waitress, Maasai warrior at the entrance for their service. While we were leaving, she hurriedly ran and called after us at the exit, (we thought to see us off and wish us a good night or offer transportation services as she did the other guests) and rudely accused us of not having paid for our bill. We confirmed to her that this had been settled and confirmed by the waiter via mpesa. She made us re-enter the restaurant, forcefully asked for our receipt and alleged that the reason she was asking was to make sure we paid and we did not just leave. Our experience at the restaurant was very disappointing, appalling and shocking owing to the fact that we were profiled and given a different service to our white counterparts, most notably by the hostess. If this is a “rich looking, white guests only” place, say so. Would not recommend this place AT ALL. Do better!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The best place we have been to in a long time. Tasty food and the nicest waiters around. The prepare desseet by the tables. A must to visit

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful and special place with great food and excellent service. We would very highly recommend Ali Barbour’s and will be back when we’re next in Diani

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was such a great experience and good food Freddie, Daniel and Nyambura gave a prompt attentive and non intrusive service.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 4, 2022 via mobile

Great settings in a cave below surface. Cave is natural and unspoiled corals Great service and really good quality food.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 2, 2022 via mobile

This is a lovely setting with atmospheric lighting and good service. The food however was underwhelming. I had chilli ginger crab but could taste neither chilli nor ginger. While not overly expensive by worldwide standards, it is quite expensive for the area .

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed June 29, 2022

With Mohsine the Cave got a 2 Micheline Star Chef! And now the food matches perfectly with this outstanding location. Mohsine have convinced us for a surprise Menü with 3 courses and we where spoiled with a yellow fin tuna carpaccio followed by a bisque...with crab ravioli and brought us the salmon sous vide. Definitely a place to be when you are in Kenya.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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No. It's a restaurant though there are many options along the main Diani road. And since they pick you up from and drop your back at your hotel/residence, it all works out fine.
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Ali Barbour's Cave Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 5