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“Not exactly the budget choice, but worth it anyway.”

Peponi Hotel Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 20 Restaurants in Lamu Island
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Not exactly the budget choice, but worth it anyway.”
Reviewed April 3, 2013

I was staying in a large house about 100 metres from the Peponi Hotel, and given that this Muslim Island is largely alcohol-free, the bar and restaurant at the hotel became something of a second home. When I first arrived in Kenya some years ago, I was advised that the Peponi bar in Shela was "the finest spot in the world for a sundowner". And it certainly is a very fine spot to have a few drinks as the sun goes down (although in my experience there are quite a few contenders for 'finest'). The restaurant is as good as anything in Nairobi -- particularly the seafood, hardly unexpected given that the water laps at the steps of the hotel/bar/restaurant. In particular, as someone who has spent considerable time in Asia, the sashimi really was terrific -- I had it for lunch three days in a row! Fresh, a good choice of fish (although the "assorted" platter seemed to vary a little every day), and well presented. I also tried a number of other seafood dishes in the restaurant, and all were far better than I would expect in Nairobi. My fellow diners also seemed to be quite happy with their choices, ranging from burgers, sandwiches and sushi to pasta dishes. The bar is good, the service perhaps a little slow, but hey, we're on an island off the African coast, not in a hurry anyway. Didn't really get a look at the rooms, but I imagine they're up to a pretty high standard. I guess the only negative is that it's not cheap by Lamu standards, but it's worth paying a little extra for the ambiance and the quality.

  • Visited April 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
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7 reviews
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“Always there to get excellent food and a watering hole”
Reviewed March 24, 2013

We loved that everyone congregated at the Peponi. For sunsets, coffee, dinners, all meals, late night cocktails. Of course
the Peponi has it all in a world that there where you can't get everything . The Peponi is like solid ground.

Visited February 2013
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Halifax, Canada
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13 reviews
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“Excellent cappuccino!”
Reviewed March 2, 2013

Although we did not have a meal at Peponi, it became our go to place for a good strong cappuccino, enjoyed with a marvelous view.

Visited February 2013
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Frome, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Lunch by the beach.”
Reviewed March 2, 2013

We found this a very pleasant place to sit and eat lunch and relax for an hour or 2 . Also good to call in for a beer while walking the walk from Lamu to Shela . Staff very attentive and cheerful.
A good experience.
Food perfect.
We had lunch here twice while staying in Lamu town; a 45 minute walk away.

  • Visited January 2013
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Nairobi
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
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“Divine cuisine”
Reviewed February 20, 2013

For the best and freshest, have a lovely lunch or dinner at peponi overlooking shela beach and the dhows and sea. Tuna carpacio, great curries, salads with a wondrous variety of greens. After dozens of meals there, it still remains a favourite which sets the bar against which all other restaurants in kenya and beyond are judged. Ask for a romantic table near the pool or dine on the verandah with a view.

Visited December 2012
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