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“Fabulous Friday Dinner” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Moonrise Restaurant

Moonrise Restaurant
Ranked #5 of 20 Restaurants in Lamu Island
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Kisumu, Kenya
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Fabulous Friday Dinner”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2013

The prix fixe menu on our Friday visit was wonderful (crab claw, tuna carpaccio, cold cucumber soup w prawns, pasta with pesto, seafood curry with rice and dessert) and amazing for 1500Ksh/each. Made us want to come home and figure out how to make this happen in Kisumu (less often...). The owner was very considerate of the children as well, bringing them soup and a nice pasta early on. Truly one of the nicest dinner I have had in a long time, and a lovely setting. We ate another night, from the menu, also very nice (but hard to beat Friday night, especially with live music as well.) (Not too loud, don't worry.)

Visited December 2013
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Callaway, Minnesota
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164 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Just the best restaurant in Lamu”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2013

Just back from a month in Lamu and the Moonrise restaurant is head and shoulders the best dining experience in this wonderful community. Frank and his wife are super hosts and always checking with the guests to make them feel welcome and that everything is OK. The setting is perfect, open but shaded with trees and overlooking the ocean and the moon when full trickles in to enhance the setting.

The Friday night gathering with it tapas like meals and a local group playing Swahili music makes Fridays nights here so special and unique. Frank has such an eclectic choice of food that you will be thrilled what is on offer and always enough to make you feel satisfied. It is not to be missed.

This is my third trip to Lamu and while seafood is king, at times I do tire of it, and this time I tried the spaghetti bolognese and it was so good. I could eat this 5 times a week and it kept me coming back. While I did stay in Shela and the boat taxi at night is a bit of a hassle, it was well worth to enjoy the food here.

And keep in mind the Sunday fixed meal at Lamu Beach Club on Manda. Again Frank creates a
special menu full of surprises and the value and quality of the food cannot be topped.

To my way of thinking, when visiting Kenya, the Moonrise and Lamu Beach Club are among the top places to dine. I cannot think of any others I enjoy more. Be sure to give Moonrise a try, you will not be disappointed.



Jim in rather cool Minnesota where the temp last night was minus 31 F degrees below zero.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Kampala, Uganda
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55 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“A surprising disappointment”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2013

With all of the incredible reviews on here, my friend and I went expecting a fantastic time. I'll start with the good. The view is just absolutely fantastic. It's at a part of the sea front that's not overloaded with people so it's quiet with a wonderful view of the water. The ambiance is great as well. And that's where my good ends. The food was mediocre at best, though priced high. Our service was terrible. As in, getting to the point of begging our server to pay attention to us. We also went with the Lamu House to their beach club and had a great experience with delicious food so I'm just hoping that we hit the Moonrise on a bad night.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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“Perfect Friday night with music”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2013 via mobile

The food was delicious as was to be expected from Lamu House and the Moonrise restaurant. This was our sixth day of absolute culinary bliss. Tonight was Friday night at Moonrise. Perfect ambient music was played throughout dinner at a nice volume. Through a combination of organ, percussion, tambourine, and Islamic voice emerged a beautiful Swahili melody throughout our dinner. We feasted on bruschetta, crab salad, grilled eggplant with calamari sauce, a soup filled with delicacies of the ocean, the main course was a fantastic millet served with sweet potato and a shrimp/calamari vegetable garnish. Everything was tasty, even to a person who does not like fish. I have found a new appreciation for fish after this visit. The dessert was divine: homemade vanilla ice cream with mango and mint. This was a perfect end to our perfect vacation! Thank you for everything and we can't wait to come back.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Delicious!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2013

Moonrise serves some of the best food I had in Africa. Great menu selection, excellent cocktails, fabulous service and beautiful ambience.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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