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“Best in Town”

Calypso Bar and Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 24 Restaurants in Bakau
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: African
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Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups, Families with children, Special occasions, Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed February 2, 2013

Located on the beach front just a couple of minutes walk from the Ocean Bay hotel. Calypso has a choice of tables around the bar plus open air tables (under thatched gazebos) spread around the well maintained grounds.
Don't expect fine dining, extensive menu or wine list but Calypso serves well cooked local food with good service at reasonable prices. Share some garlic bread to start, followed by skewered prawns, daily fish special or beef steak and a bottle of house wine to wash it down - not bad for around £30 per couple.

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Reviewed January 31, 2013

We visited up a few times, both during the day & in the evening. Lovely location & good food. I would really recommend this restaurant.

Thank SamGC
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Reviewed January 19, 2013

As a regular visitor to The Gambia I have eaten at many restaurants but none of them offer the perfection of Calypso. The ocean view & crocodile pool just add to the overall experience of the perfect setting for lunch, supper or just chilling with a Jul Brew.
The food is cooked & presented with pride by the most obliging chefs you could find. Being particular, i spoke to a chef called Musa who from that moment has never forgotten how we liked our prawns, lobster or any seafood cooked and it has been the same for years!!
Ousman & the rest of the team are attentive & discreet, promptly servicing all your needs with a smile.
I spent Christmas 2012 in Gambia & chose to have my lunch there rather than the hotel & I was not disappointed. The genuine high standards at Calypso have never faltered and I would urge you not to miss out on the experience when you visit The Gambia.

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Thank Davis4553922
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

we visited around 8 in the evening, we had been there many times before in the past, so it came as a bit of a surprise when we found it nearly empty. very romantic setting, the staff attentive and polite. you are seated at a table which is covered by an african hut type structure with open sides, well set apart from each other which creates a very private setting.
the waiter had in the past put a mosquito coil under the table, but this time we had to remind him.
my partner ordered the chickpea, couscous and aubergine dish, a very tasty vegetarian option, me the the chicken escalope with a coating of parmesan, unfortunately i couldn't taste the parmesan, but the meat was tender. for afters waffles and ice cream, the great 70s fallback.
the loos aren't too great either but this is africa, this place is owned by a european couple so i would have expected better.
in summary we had better food other places but the setting is really spectacular and well worth a visit. with the view of the croc pool in the foreground shimmering in the moonlight and the vast ocean as a backdrop with it's low and constant rumble.

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Thank sunshineand
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Reviewed January 8, 2013

This is a lovely rtestaurant in a beautiful position overlooking the ocean and crocodile pool! The food is good and the service excellent but it is the position that makes it.

Thank steve w
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