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Ali Barbour's Cave Restaurant

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| Diani Beach, Diani Beach, Ukunda 80400, Kenya
+254 714 456 131
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 6:00 pm - 12:00 am
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A really romantic place to go for a dinner! We enjoyed it super much! Very calm and cozy, we spent there the whole evening, also there is a great ali baba bar just outside!

Thank Rugile S
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I was a little worried on arrival wondering if I wanted to go in, the carpark and entrance do not give anything away once you're inside!!! Brilliant, especially at night... Took my breath away! The menus great, as is the service but had been to Sails, the night before and the food was better... The ambience though was beautiful!!! We... More 

Thank Susan S
Mombasa, Kenya
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Loved every minuet of the evening and many more evenings to come, from the smiles on all the faces of the staff to the delicious variety of selection , you can tell they are not afraid to try new things :) I would recommend to anyone looking for something out of the ordinary, to have a candle lit dinner under... More 

Thank kiri b
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We were a party of 7. Dinner was delicious. I had a seafood platter with my boyfriend. Definately worth it. I mean. You get to eat good food and wine with Friends and Familu in a cave thats over 100 years old. You look up and STARS!! Because theres an opening above.. AMAZING!!! Complimentary car service back to the hotel.

Thank Lynn A
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place for a quite, romantic night in Diani. Was hesitant to go at first as thought it would be too touristy and fake but it's all the opposite! Delicious food, attentive but subtle service and an amazing and authentic atmosphere.

Thank Mascha K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved the ambiance.. loved the service... loved the food.. even my very picky husband rated this restaurant a 5* A must visit for all those at south coast!

Thank Saini2012
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Yes would recommend as its in its class with fresh seafood great cave atmosphere and great service.george has maintained hi standards and I would recommend it

Thank Jamal G
Seattle, Washington
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The restaurant is fairly touristy, both in terms of prices and setup. not very typical for the local crowd to pop-in. But if a romantic or relaxed evening out is what you're looking for, this is a great spot to get some coastal food.

Thank gheipranav
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a wonderful evening in a very cosy atmosphere. Food was excellent. Wonderful seafood, perfect crepes. I do not remember any other place in Kenya with this quality. Service is very professional. Prices are high for Kenyan standards, but very acceptable as per international standards (we paid 50 USD each for a feast incl. wine, dessert and tip)

Thank Anginafrika
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Cave is a wonderfully unique family owned restaurant just a short walk from the beach. The lighting, fixtures and fittings are so sympathetically integrated into the space that it just feels right and nothing interfere with the splendour of the stunning coral walls or the view of the stars above you. The food, locally sourced as much as possible,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$33 - $79
International, European, Seafood
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Families with children, Large groups, Romantic
Open Hours
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: | Diani Beach, Diani Beach, Ukunda 80400, Kenya
  • Location: Africa  >  Kenya  >  Coast Province  >  Ukunda  >  Diani Beach
  • Phone Number: +254 714 456 131
You'd be hard pushed to find a more romantic place to dine than Ali Barbour's Cave Restaurant, set inside an ancient coral cove and lit by warm candlelight. The a la carte menu specializes in seafood, international & traditional cuisine and is accompanied by a great wine-list so take your time over dinner.The Restaurant opens every day from 7pm. Reservation Required.Courtesy transfer from Hotels in Diani.Dress Code: Smart casual. No shorts, no hats.We apologize we do not allow children 6 and under.Cigars from our humidor available.

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