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“Do not stay at the Blue Marlin”

Blue Marlin Beach Restaurant
Ranked #12 of 41 Restaurants in Diani Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $1 - $40
Cuisines: Seafood
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Beach Restaurant and Bar. Blue Marlin Beach Restaurant is known for its freshest seafood offering and breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean
Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
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“Do not stay at the Blue Marlin”
Reviewed January 4, 2013

We booked a week just after Christmas 2012 and over New Year here for myself my wife and two teenagers. Although we booked and paid well in advance, from Nairobi, when we arrived to our shock our room was still being built. Initially the 'manager' said that a few mirrors needed altering, then after further waiting he said that some furniture had arrived late just before Christmas and they were still fitting it in. We then went and looked and realised that the whole thing was still being built, including the ceiling. We had been lied to. After much arguing with the barely responsive manager Chris, they graciously booked us into another place for the night while they 'finished' the room. Next day we returned to find a barely finished but just about habitable shell of a room, where we had been promised the full 'Swahili' experience. I then spent much of the day supervising the workers to complete some basic things, like putting up curtains, removing dangerous overhanging bricks from the gutter area (where there was yet to be a gutter - thank goodness it did not rain), putting up doors, and so on. The Bulgarian managers were nowhere to be seen. Instead a very helpful waiter from the restaurant tried his best to assist, even though it was not his job. We had no choice other than to stay here as everywhere else was booked up, so we persevered. But this early experience created stress rather than alleviating it! Aside from this problem, the restaurant here is a shambles, whatever anyone else might claim in these reviews. Usually they did not have much of what was on the menu, even though there are several supermarkets and fish markets just down the road. the managers did not seem at all bothered by this. If busy, we had to wait forever even to get basic foodstuffs, including almost 2 hours for breakfast on our last morning, with only one person working, and no help at all from their incompetent and unmotivated managers. Again, the managers are completely disengaged, and spend their days sitting around in their special corner of the bar area, avoiding eye contact. I have stayed in many places in East Africa and this was by far the worst. Diani Beach is a great place, especially for kite surfing, but I suggest you avoid the Blue Marlin. Kenyaways next door looked much better, or Nomad's just down the beach even better, albeit for a little more money.

  • Visited December 2012
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Lagos, Nigeria
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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“a bit dissapointing.”
Reviewed December 27, 2012

We had our Christmas lunch here and it was disastrous, half the items on the menu were not available, the few that were, were nt tasty at all, and the very few waiters kept loosing track of the orders taken. The food took forever to be served and came in bits and pieces. Do not go to blue marlin for a meal.

However, the beach itself is very nice and very relaxing too. The beer was hot, as cold beers had finished, but if you have a full stomach,you will enjoy your stay at blue marlin resort.

Visited December 2012
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devon
2 reviews
“A must when you visit Diani Beach.”
Reviewed December 23, 2012

If you are staying on Diani Beach you must visit this beach bar...A relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff, good food at great prices that won't break the bank. Set on the best part on Diani Beach, with miles of soft white sand.

  • Visited December 2012
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Epping, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
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“An evening in paradise”
Reviewed December 23, 2012

Fresh fish well cooked served on the edge of floodlight Indian Ocean. Good service inexpensive.Coral sand, palm trees light breeze.

Visited November 2012
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Mombasa, Coast, Kenya
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Restaurant with excellent Sea views”
Reviewed October 3, 2012

Visited the restaurant with my husband and 3 kids . I must say the staff were great...the restaurant was spacious and had comfy swahili baraza seats which ended up being temporary beds for our kids! We all loved the fresh sea food, vegies and juices. The coconut rice and crab cakes were excellent. i'll definately go back there!

Visited September 2012
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