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Ali Barbour's Cave Restaurant

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Ali Barbours Rd | Diani Beach, Diani Beach, Ukunda 80400, Kenya
+254 714 456131
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 6:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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40 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2017

It is a really unique restaurant in an amazing concept. But that is where it ends. The drinks were pricy. The food was nothing much and pricy. Service just about ok.

Thank Cowas B
Melbourne, Derbyshire
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2017 via mobile

We have visited Ali Barbours Cave a few times over the last few years and in our opinion it is the best place to dine in Diani. Great service, atmosphere and pleasant staff. A little expensive but worth every penny.

Thank Complog
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2017 via mobile

Went there after they told me about the special of the place.the restaurant is very beautiful but for a simple chicken brest with some cheese(remind me exactly the taste of aeroplanes food)and a beer was almosr 20euro,for one time ok just for the experience second ....never !

Thank Dionisis D
Hong Kong, China
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2017

My partner has arranged dinner here for my birthday. It's located in an old cave with a bar area and a dinning area. We've picked a table directly under the open top which we can see the moon and the stars. The inside of the restaurants are lighted mainly with candle and yellow ambiance lighting. Very romantic and soothing setting.... More 

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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2017 via mobile

Read about this place on trip advisor and surprised the girlfriend with a meal here on our 'early' Valentines night out. The restaurant is built into an actual cave, nothing is fabricated to give a fake illusion and the end result is spectacular. The caves are 1000's of years old and the roof is open to the sky so you... More 

Thank Savage1978
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66 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2017

This restaurant is situated deep in a natural cave and has been in business since the early 80's! Food is great, service even better! You can literately watch the stars at night through the opening in the roof. Highly recommended!

Thank worldclassinspector
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2017

What a fantastic setting in a candle lit natural cave open to the stars with food and service to match a special evening to end our holiday

Thank colinfs49
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2017

Our friend recommended we visit Ali Barbour for dinner one evening and we had a wonderful time. The restaurant will arrange transport to/from your hotel for you, which is an added bonus. It is within a cave open to the stars and the whole ambience is extremely unique and unusual. Very romantic too for a special occasion, since it was... More 

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Frankfurt, Germany
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23 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2017

Around 2 weeks before coming I made a reservation for a table for 2 which was confirmed within 1 hour and stated that we will be picked up from our lodge at the set time (although you could easily walk it, still that was very luxurious treatment from he very beginning). We had a fantastic evening dinner in Ali Barbour's... More 

Thank Olala1988
Nairobi, Kenya
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7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2017

Beautiful scenery within the cave. Can look up at the stars as the main dining room is "open". Insightful information card providing history on the cave and the restaurants development. Very tasty food; prawns were grilled to perfection. Excellent and friendly staff.

Thank Christoph S

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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, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Scenic view, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic, Large groups
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: Ali Barbours Rd | Diani Beach, Diani Beach, Ukunda 80400, Kenya
  • Location: Africa  >  Kenya  >  Coast Province  >  Ukunda  >  Diani Beach
  • Phone Number: +254 714 456131
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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