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“Was expecting a lot more....” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Leonardo's Restaurant

Leonardo's Restaurant
Ranked #8 of 34 Restaurants in Diani Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Bar scene, Kids, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: The Best Italian Restaurant & Cafe in Diani Beach with wide selection of Tuscany meals, Wine and Ice cream
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41 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Was expecting a lot more....”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2014

When you walk into this place, you are impressed straight away, it's a stunning looking bar and restaurant but then you ask for a drink.....

The bar man must of been talking the Mickey, he would walk to the shelf and grab one glass, bring it to the bar, then go back and collect another glass, then another, couldn't he manage to grab 3 glasses at the same time? It must of taken 10 minutes to actually drink the beer after we had ordered them....

We thought it was just the barman was slow, but then we sat down to eat, which took over an hour, the place wasn't even busy...

The food was ok, nothing special, was expected a lot more.

Final word, you must visit the toilets when you are there, it has a great wooden sink, wish I had taken a photo of it.....

  • Visited May 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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“Not for Families or non smokers”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2014

Leonardo's have an excellent choice of homemade ice cream.However if you are planning on having a meal with your kids or are a non smoker,this is not the place for you.
There is no designated seating for smokers/non smokers and they tell you kids can go to the playroom.
On enquiry the tired staff tell you the whole restaurant is a smoking area.This is especially in the evenings when most of the people dining are smokers.
So unless you like your italian dinner "smoked",,maybe you should just have the yummy ice cream to go.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Willy K
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kampala
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“An off day for the waiter & chef”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2014

Staying at a nearby hotel we decided to get away from the buffet and in-house restaurants for a change. Having seen the restaurant looking busy on our way in we were confident we would be in for a pleasant lazy sunday lunch but we left rather disappointed.

My wifes' Pomodoro e Mozzarella turned up as a plate of cured meat which the waitress briefly attempted to argue was exactly what it should be. Hearing the chef yelling at all and sundry from the kitchen we could well understand her trepidation at returning the dish.

All in all we can only hope that it must have been an off day for the restaurant especially given they weren't particularly busy. Taking 40 minutes to deliver our starters and even then forgetting the dressing for a simple greek salad it certainly wasn't their finest hour. We had been looking forward to trying their home made ice cream and other treats on the desert menu but ended up beating a hasty retreat to our hotel.

The gnocci al gorgonzola is definitely worth a try and on another visit to Diani i would give the restaurant another chance in the hope of a better experience.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“yummy”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2014

brilliant food amazing atmosphere, could eat there for a month and not eat the same thing twice. dont know what else to say other than its a fantastic restaurant that you should check out i can promise you wont regret it.

Visited April 2014
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Market Harborough, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“great service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2014

always friendly, the owner even recognised us from last visit in November. usually lunch here a couple of times

Visited March 2014
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