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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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Lagos, Nigeria
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35 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Magnificent! Our friend who've been here recommended this place to us and on fact from entering the cave, we were impressed already with the location, the concept. Sitting in the bar was a good feeling, you're drinking in an unusual place, and everything you can see is just beautiful and amazing. So we had dinner and they served free bread... More 

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Kremenchuk, Ukraine
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32 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We been there 2 times - first when just come in from the beach in not proper clothes - the shorts and slippers, second time in the suit. )) Service and food was excellent. Prices compare to other places in Diani/Galu Beach not too high. Nice setup - so simple and Amazing. Restaurant have a nice service - driver, so... More 

Thank Valdis A
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A must on your trip to Diani- make sure to book though to try the scrummy meals, or pop in for a drink! The open air cave has such a romantic and quiet atmosphere, it's rather enchanting.

Thank Katie R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic food, great atmosphere, good quality and quantity. I think for the price of food you pay in the area, it's defiantly worth it. And you get the experience of eating in a cave. A feee taxi service is also provided which is lovely!

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Wirral, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I don't have a negative comment to write about this restaurant; from start to finish, the food and service was exemplary. We were picked up from our resort by the restaurant and taken back once finished, which was a lovely touch. The food is beautiful and fresh and the service was great. I really enjoyed looking up at the stars... More 

Thank Kim2492
Nanyuki Town, Kenya
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I took my parents here earlier this month, they were on their first trip to Kenya and they absolutely loved it! The Venue itself is stunning and so unexpected (if you haven't been there before) and the food is simply fantastic, there is so much choice and it is all amazing!! The staff look after you extremely... More 

Thank JennyMPage
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Hands down - this location is hard to beat. The food is way too expensive though. In ratio to quality I would suggest to lower the price by appr. 20%, then it's ok. You just can't pay more in the middle of Kenya for ok food than you would in a very good restaurant in London for the same. That's... More 

Thank Sandra M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had dinner here, the cave is amazing, worth visiting just for eating in a coral cafe. Food is very good, service is speedy, too speedy for us, but that seems to be the norm in Kenya.

Thank Edward A
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

The restaurant setting is quite striking in an underground cave and certainly provides some atmosphere. The cave is open to the sky so it may be somewhere to avoid if rain is likely. The staff were good and attentive, although the service was almost too quick - like they were rushing you to finish and be gone. It was also... More 

Thank Steve C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

The food was very tasty. I'm not a seafood eater and of course staying onthe coast for vacation it's hard to find good alternatives. It was myself, 2 close single girlfriends and my husband. My husband is the only one from Kenya, but never visited Mombasa before. The restaurant offers complimentary car pick up which was very nice since we... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$33 - $79
Seafood, International, European
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Families with children
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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