Must-see restaurants in Kenya

  • Ranalo Foods


    There's nothing all that special going on here, but that's partly the point. It's all about good, honest local cooking, with dishes like fried tilapia –…

  • Olympic Restaurant

    Lamu Island

    The family that runs the Olympic makes you feel as if you’ve come home every time you enter, and their food, particularly the curries and biriyani, is…

  • Singh Restaurant


    A great Indian restaurant steeped in Mombasa history: the owner first opened the doors in 1962 to serve arriving and departing railway passengers. The…

  • Green Hills Hotel


    The full buffet here (when numbers permit) is an impressive piece of work, with some tasty mixed-grill options done up in a satisfyingly fancy fashion…

  • Iroko Boulevard Restaurant

    Western Kenya

    It’s got style, it’s got glamour, it’s got big-city aspirations and it’s totally unexpected in Kitale. With cheap dishes and an old Morris car hanging…

  • Harvest Restaurant


    Situated in Village Market's new Trademark Hotel, the modern and spacious restaurant on the second floor serves fusion cuisine with a good selection of…

  • Moorings Restaurant

    South Coast

    This legendary restaurant is on a floating pontoon on the north bank of Mtwapa Creek. It’s a fine place for a beer and serves great seafood and…

  • Java House Nyali

    South Coast

    We know, we know. It's a chain, but it's Kenyan and it's a good one. Java House's coffee always goes down a treat, and we're big fans of its BLT…

  • Seasons Restaurant


    One of a number of Seasons outlets around the city serving Kenyan and Western dishes. This branch has a popular bar and beer garden, where you can bring…

  • Panari Resort

    Laikipia Plateau

    The most upscale restaurant in Nyahururu; you can order off the menu though everything is also offered at the buffet. While there is no mistaking that the…

  • The Fort


    Right opposite the entrance to Fort Jesus, Mombasa's main sight, this excellent restaurant is an obvious place for a meal after your visit. The speciality…

  • Off The Rocks


    Situated in the eclectic new food hall of the Village Market shopping complex, Off The Rocks is the place to sip a cold glass of champagne and sample…

  • Wild Living Cafe


    The picnic tables under the trees and the welcoming interior of this makuti (thatched-roof of palm leaves) cafe entice travellers to break their journey…

  • Pomodoro


    It is always the source of a heated debate, but Pomodoro is the best pizza in town for many locals. This unassuming little pizzeria in the Village Market…

  • Nawoitorong Guest House

    Northern Kenya

    Burgers and toasted sandwiches join local curries and various meaty fried dishes on the menu, all served in an open-air boma on the large grounds. It…

  • Barney's Bar & Restaurant


    If you are a plane enthusiast, then this is the place for you. Located inside the Nanyuki Airport, next to the runway, you can enjoy a pizza from the wood…

  • Old Man & the Sea


    This Old Man’s been serving excellent seafood, using a combination of local ingredients and fresh recipes, for years. However, don't come to eat at this…

  • Beneve Coffee House


    This small self-service cafe has locals queuing outside in the mornings waiting for it to open. Food ranges from African- and Indian-influenced stews to…

  • Yul's

    South Coast

    This beachfront pizzeria makes the best ice cream in town. (We've never heard anyone disagree.) The pizzas are pretty good too, as are the burgers, only…

  • Ali Barbour’s Cave Restaurant

    Diani Beach

    For a theme restaurant set in a coral cave, this is actually quite good and not cheesy at all. The focus is seafood and steak, cooked up poshly and…

  • Stopover Restaurant

    Lamu Island

    There are waterfront restaurants all over the place, but the Stopover’s friendly staff and excellent grub (of the spicy Swahili-seafood sort) make it a…

  • Som Tam Thai


    This hole in the wall restaurant isn’t set in the fanciest of locations, but it serves up authentic, flavourful dishes such as pad Thai and crunchy papaya…

  • Kokkos Cafe Bistro

    Diani Beach

    This roadside crowd-pleaser is your one-stop shop for anything from good coffee and banoffee pie to daily specials such as baked oysters and BBQ pork ribs…

  • Coast Dishes

    Diani Beach

    Want to give the overpriced tourist restaurants a miss? Want to eat where the locals eat? Coast Dishes ticks both of these boxes and, if you’re sensible,…

  • Rex Restaurant

    Masai Mara

    Just 400m from the Sekenani Gate, this casual roadside shack has a few tables out the back where they serve up breakfasts, home-baked bread, vegetables…

  • Club Comfort

    Laikipia Plateau

    To eat with the locals, head here and unleash your inner carnivore as you chow down a 1kg plate of nyama choma. The food isn't the quickest, so bring a…

  • Coffee Shack


    This family-run hip and artsy place across from Barclays offers a large variety of milkshakes and smoothies, along with the essential burgers and Kenyan…

  • New Recoda Restaurant


    The legendary, decades-old Moi Ave eatery has migrated to a new location, but the shish kebabs are as flavourful as ever. The coconut prawns and fruit…

  • Luq Tabassam Cafe

    Lamu Island

    This craft-shop-cum-cafe serves the tastiest samosas in Lamu – spicy, flavourful triangles with vegetable, prawn or meat filling. Wash them down with a…

  • Ascot Residence


    A favourite for romantic dinners, Ascot consistently gets good feedback and is famous for its wood-fired pizzas. It occasionally closes during the low…

  • La Veranda

    South Coast

    This reliable Italian restaurant is behind Nakumatt Nyali shopping centre, with a big pizza oven, al fresco dining on the verandah and reasonable prices.

  • Sea Suq

    Lamu Island

    Casual little cafe that serves good samosas and other snacks, and more substantial mains such as Swahili pizzas and seafood, chicken or mutton biriyani.

  • Ooh! Ice-Cream

    South Coast

    Even if this friendly, air-conditioned place didn’t serve fantastic ice creams, we’d still consider including it just because of the name!

  • Bistro Watamu


    Opening onto a little garden area, this pretty coffee shop has freshly baked cakes, gooey brownies, pastries and quiches, plus decent coffee.

  • Santorini Greek Deli


    This family-run Greek deli is part of a new food hall in the Village Market shopping complex. The shelves are full of traditional Greek treats from…

  • Main Market


    Mombasa’s dilapidated ‘covered’ market is packed with stalls selling fresh fruit and vegetables. Roaming produce carts also congregate in the surrounding…

  • Brown's Cheese Village Market


    This is the spot for all your cheesy needs. Established in 1979, the family-run Brown’s Cheese has opened a small shop in the new wing of Village Market…

  • Panesic Hotel


    The food here is great value and only a few shillings more than the town’s cheap eateries. Steaks come with a soup starter, mounds of veggies and starch …

  • Morani's Restaurant

    Laikipia Plateau

    Next to the Morani Information Centre, this terrific little cafe with outdoor tables serves up excellent dishes that range from the Morani burger made…

  • Will’s Pub & Restaurant


    Looks and feels like an English pub, with similarly heavyweight food – steak and fried breakfasts – but it also produces a few African dishes of the ugali…

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