Top 15 Best Restaurants in Mombasa, Kenya

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Mombasa is a hotspot for food lovers as a result of its variety of excellent restaurants with unique taste delights.  The city prides itself on its dining culture, and it boasts a wide range of restaurants that cover a variety of cuisines such as Indian, Italian, Chinese and the traditional Swahili cuisine. 

Mombasa also serves as the springboard for several professional chefs and culinary staff. With its proximity to the Indian Ocean, it provides the culinary experts with quality and fresh ingredients, which they use in preparing delicious meals.  Here are 15 of the best restaurants in Mombasa to check out during your holiday.

Mombasa's Most Recommended Restaurants

1. Tamarind Mombasa

If you are looking for a fine dining experience in Mombasa, this restaurant would definitely come up in top place. They are best known for their seafood offerings and satisfying portions. You would also get a lovely view of the natural scenery around you.

Tamarind Dhow

Tamarind Mombasa

2. Misono

This restaurant offers great Japanese cuisine and is popular for their delicious tepanyaki. Their seafood is also freshly prepared and tasty. You would not have to worry about parking space as the restaurant provides free parking. The ambience and food at the restaurant depict the authentic Japanese tradition.

3. Shehnai Restaurant

The interior of the restaurant is quite basic with tables and chairs arranged in clusters. This does not detract from the quality of food served. They offer authentic Indian cuisines that are spicy and tasty. They also offer excellent vegetarian-friendly options and well-prepared barbecues.

Shehnai Restaurant

Shehnai Restaurant: By Shehnai Restaurant

4. Imani Dhow Restaurant

The restaurant is a dhow that never sails. They offer African, Seafood, and International cuisines but are best known for their seafood offerings. They also offer a nice selection of wines. The host and waiters are warm and polite and ensure to meet all personal needs.

Imani Dhow Restaurant

Imani Dhow Restaurant:By Severin Sea Lodge

5. Tamarind Dhow

You can enjoy the beautiful view of the sea around you and the views inside and outside the dhow at night is quite breath-taking and romantic. They offer a wide variety of Seafood cuisines, vegetarian and African options. There is a live band on board that provides charming music to keep you entertained throughout.

Tamarind Dhow

Tamarind Dhow

6. Pavilions Restaurant

Located at the SarovaWhitesands Beach Resort, this restaurant comes with a perfect exterior coupled with a sophisticated interior ambience. They pay special attention to their food selection and offer varied themed buffets. Their buffet meals also come with a lot of options to choose from. You can also enjoy acrobatic shows at the beach bar.

Pavilions Restaurant

Pavilions Restaurant

7. Cafesserie Mombasa

Located at the City Mall, Nyali, this café is mostly known for its breakfast and brunch options. They have a fine selection of pastries including bread that is freshly baked daily. You can have an interior sitting area or sit on the cute white chairs out on the covered patio overlooking the park. They also have a good selection of teas and coffees.

Cafesserie Mombasa

Cafesserie Mombasa

8. Sea Haven

True to its name, you can get a wonderful view of the sea out on the uncovered patio overlooking the sea. The restaurant is also perfect for group dinners as they can provide bigger table sittings out on the uncovered or covered terrace with a view of the beautiful sea. You would be treated to excellent seafood cuisines such as their prawns peri-peri and crab.

9. Singh Restaurant

The rustic décor and cuisines at this restaurant set it apart from others. They offer authentic Indian, Asian and vegetarian-friendly options. Their dishes have the distinct taste of home-cooked meals. They are best known for their tasty curry and a generous supply of wine during meals.

10. Forodhani

Situated in the heart of the town, Forodhani has a wonderful view of the sea and you can enjoy your lunch on a hot afternoon being cooled down by the breeze from the sea. They have a nice selection of seafood and other local delicacies. Their Chicken Biriani and coconut rice have received high ratings from customers.


Forodhani:By  Forodhani Restaurant

11. Eataly

In the spirit of the wordplay on ‘Italy', this restaurant serves amazing Italian cuisine. The interior ambience achieves a nice balance between casual and elegant. Therefore, it could work for a corporate lunch or a romantic dinner with your significant other. They are particularly popular for their delicious seafood menu.

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12. Roberto’s

This restaurant specializes in Italian, Seafood and Pizza cuisines. The interior décor is pretty basic but neat with each table arranged to take up to four persons. The patio seating gives you the option to relax during and after your meal as you take in the beautiful view of the green plants around you. They also have a nice selection of dry wines.



13. La Veranda Restaurant

Typical to its name, you can sit on the veranda as you enjoy your lunch or dinner. They have a wide variety of Italian cuisines on their menu from fish to steaks dishes to vegetables and sauces. There is only a short waiting time before your meal is ready and served.

La Veranda Restaurant

La Veranda Restaurant

14. Mashua Restaurant

Situated at the Voyager Beach Hotel, this restaurant has an excellent natural scenery view. Most of their meals are served in the buffet style service. Their specialities include Indian, Chinese and African cuisines. They are most popular for their delicious burger, fries, and pizza. There is also a cocktail bar to get your desired drink.

Mashua Restaurant

Mashua Restaurant

15. Galaxy Chinese Restaurant

Standing regally opposite the Diana Reef Hotel, this restaurant with its dynamic exterior architecture is bound to catch your eye. They have a wide variety of seafood options and you would get an amazing view of the nearby sea. You could even get to watch the cargo ships sail in.

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