We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Fabulous Decor”

Gaya Art Cafe - The Gambia
Ranked #5 of 99 Restaurants in Kololi
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $20
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Situated in the heart of the bustling ''Senegambia'' part of Kololi, yet nicely tucked away from all the hustle and bustle, is a chilled, mellow place where you are assured of having one of the finest dining experiences in The Gambia, and meeting an interesting and sophisticated crowd.Our fresh tempting menu, draws on flavours from the Mediterranean, Latin America and Asia, and not forgetting our vegetarian friends, a delightful variety of tasty organic dishes.Our bar, an exciting mix of traditional and modern cocktails, delicious world wines, and a heavenly variety of coffee beans to choose from, all set within a gallery of exquisite African art, contemporary decor pieces, and jewellery on display for sale.Gaya Art Cafe is chic but comfortable, stylish but relaxed, and buzzy but not loud. Whether it’s for lunch or dinner, or just lounging on our terrace with a luscious cocktail, or simply having a great shopping experience, there is something for everyone, and much more in between.The place to see, and be seen. Come and enjoy the alluring and intimate ambience of Gaya Art Cafe.Hope to see you soon !
Reviewed November 23, 2013

Loved the decor and ambiance in this restaurant ....food did not disappoint , I had the sole ...was beautiful!!! Worth a visit with relaxed atmosphere, service was superb without the over familiar "Boss Lady or Boss Man" which seemed popular in Gambia. Both this and the Butchers Shop were to me on the same par as fantastic food. They were a bit more pricey but ..... well worth it!!

1  Thank Annette W
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a ReviewReviews (257)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year

149 - 153 of 257 reviews

Reviewed October 16, 2013

For many this restaurant is the "go-to" spot for special occasion meals in The Gambia - nicely decorated, friendly and attentive manager, interesting menu, friendly staff. Kamal's eclectic choice of music is nice - a refreshing change from the usual Kenny G and Celine Dion! The cocktail menu is imaginative, and they are prepared and presented better than any other spot in town. The outdoor patio is a great spot for a leisurely evening of cocktails and appetizers. The lunch menu is especially good. All the soups and the kleftico (greek lamb dish) ae especially delicious. On the down side, service some nights can be very slow, and food prices are a bit higher than some of the other top restaurants in the area, especially for appetizers, and not all the dishes work that well, e.g. lemongrass captain fish. But with an extensive dinner menu and many great dishes this is a place everyone should try.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank eezygoit
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed May 29, 2013

had lunch here - very good food catered to all our needs. definitley recommend. interesting concept of art on sale while you eat. great atmosphere both inside restaurant and out.

Thank T_B_ELondon
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed April 15, 2013

We had been recommended this place on our last visit to the Gambia, but never got the chance to check it out. We made sure not to miss it this time! We went there for lunch, and we enjoyed everything about the place. The atmosphere, the friendly manager, the smiling staff, the music and of course the food!
You have the choice to sit outside in the little garden, or inside with A/C to cool you down, and a wide selection of art and beautiful things, all for sale.
We were given a table by a friendly waiter, wet towels to freshen up (smelled lovely) and the menu before he left. As my husband took a bit time to find out what he wanted to eat, the staff offered him a dinner menu (lunch and dinner menu is not the same) and he could pick whatever he wanted.
As it was lunch time, we did not order any wine, but their wine list and cocktail menu looked like a good start on an evening out. They also had a big selection of non-alcoholic drinks. I had the Citron Presse and my hubby the Ginger Cooler. Both tasty and refreshing!
Our starters came, the Thai Fish cakes were lovely, and so was the Coconut prawns! My husband had ordered the Pepper Steak, and I had a burger. Both mains were tasty, cooked well, and served not long after our starter had been cleared.
As we were full from the food we decided to share a cake and orderer the Mud Pie and coffee on the side.
While we waited for the cake, the manager came over to the table and asked if everything had been ok with the meal. We had nothing to complain about, so instead we had a quick chat about the place.
During our lunch several people had been in getting take away, so it must be a popular place for the local expat community. We will make sure to visit again, but will try it at dinner time then!

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
1  Thank travl1ight
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed March 16, 2013

Searched this place out one night picking it as worthy from the reviews on this site.

Oh dear...Trying really hard to do somthing close to fine dining in The Gambia, I'm afraid the Gaya failed.

On entering, we expected to be treated to somthing special. The decor is interesting, the tables spaced out beautifully and the waiters looked great in white shirts and red fez style hats. The menus arrived and we selected starters, mains and a bottle of South African Pinotage.

Bread arrived and things started to descend into somthing of a farce. the bread was rock hard, almost like crutons and the bread sticks were so hard that I was scared of breaking teeth on them. Starters were OK but the service was just comical. The plates were delivered from all angles then the waiters spun on thier heels, thrust thier hands into thier pockets and loped off without so much as an "enjoy".

Mains of steak and prawns were fine although my steak was under cooked for medium rare and was drowning in peppercorn sauce.

We paid GMD2300 (£45) for the meal, which is almost double what you can eat at Green Mamba, African Queen or Scala's buffet night. Very expensive for the Gambia, try it but don't expect too much. We walked out laughing, but for all the wrong reasons.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank Mark&Nic
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Gaya Art Cafe - The Gambia also viewed


Been to Gaya Art Cafe - The Gambia? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing