10 Mombasa Restaurants You Should Probably Visit

Over the past years Mombasa has evolved into an eclectic food scene. Offering a variety of tastes and flavors, Mombasa hosts both Kenyan and international cuisine by featuring wonderful restaurants overlooking the Indian Ocean. These amazing restaurants offer delicious dishes to residents and tourists alike.

In no particular order, we present to you the 10 Mombasa restaurants you should probably visit; they will offer a new horizon for your senses. The restaurants have a renowned reputation, thanks to their chefs, delectable food & amazing service. You can book a table in advance to avoid disappointment.

1. Pavilions Restaurant at Sarova Whitesands

Pavilions Restaurant

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Pavilions is a very pleasant restaurant serving outstanding buffet style food. Authentic Kenyan, Asian, Mediterranean and Arabic cuisines are served for breakfast, lunch and dinner in a wonderful outdoor setting with a high quality service. Delicious desserts will complete your meal, leaving you the best of memories of Mombasa! Enjoy!

Website: www.sarovahotels.com/whitesands

Location: Sarova Whitesands, Bamburi, Mombasa

2. La Marina Seafront Restaurant

La Marina2

One of Mombasa’s favorite restaurants, La Marina serves delicious seafood right by the water. Enjoy the spectacular view of the Kenyan coastline, while eating pan-fried prawns in garlic or grilled swordfish with vegetables, two of La Marina’s signature dishes. Romantic setting, fresh environment, you can also dine in a dhow, the traditional Arab sailing vessel, and enjoy the wonderful sunset.

Website: www.lamarinarestaurant-mombasa.com

Location: Mtwapa, Mombasa

SEE ALSO: Best Local Restaurants in Mombasa

3. Tamarind Mombasa

Tamarind Mombasa

Featuring a blend of African, Asian and French cuisines, Tamarind Mombasa is the finest seafood restaurant in Africa. All dishes are prepared with the finest ingredients, while the Chilli Crab and the grilled lobster are two of Tamarind’s signature dishes. Impeccable service in one of Mombasa’s finest spots.

Website: www.tamarind.co.ke/tamarind-mombasa/

Location: Cement Silo Road, Nyali, Mombasa

4. The Moorings


One of Mombasa’s oldest restaurants, The Moorings Restaurant floats over the Mtwapa Creek offering a magnificent waterfront setting and a spectacular view. The menu boasts a great selection of fresh seafood, including lobster and crab, served with cooked vegetables as well as deliciously prepared steaks served with fresh pasta. Enjoy delicious food in a serene, colourful setting.

Website: www.mooringrestaurant.com

Location: Kwa Chief, Next To Motor Garage, Off Malindi Road, Mtwapa

5. Aqua Bar & Restaurant

Aqua bar

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Housed in Nyali International Beach Hotel, the Aqua Bar & Restaurant is a signature restaurant in Mombasa. Serving delicious grilled fish, salads, pizzas, burgers and wraps, the restaurant is a true paradise facing the Indian Ocean. Take off your shoes, sit at a table by the beach and enjoy tasty food while listening to lively music!

Website: www.nyali-international.com

Location: Nyali International Beach Hotel, Moyne Drive, Off Beach Road, Nyali, Mombasa

6. Thalassa Restaurant and Lounge

Thalassa Restaurant & Lounge

Overlooking Tudor Creek, Thalassa Restaurant and Lounge is renowned for its stunning food and panoramic views. Chef Etienne’s creations will sweep off your feet with the Italian fettuccine, buttery lobster, fine meat, and a wide selection of seasonal plates. A mind-blowing dining experience just five minutes’ drive away from Mombasa downtown. Do not miss it!

Website: Thalassa-mombasa.com

Location: Near Nyali Bridge, Along Nyali Highway, Nyali Rd, Mombasa

7. Galaxy Chinese

galaxy Chinese

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For the lovers of authentic, fresh noodles, Galaxy Chinese is the place to be. The restaurant serves traditional Chinese cuisine as well as gourmet dishes in the heart of Mombasa. Chow Mein, black bean beef, garlic chicken and perhaps the crispiest duck you have ever tasted are served in this welcoming restaurant. Perfectly cooked food and awesome ambiance.

Location: Kizingo, Mama Ngina Dr, Mombasa, Kenya

8. Misono Japanese Restaurant

misono chinese mombasa

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For authentic Japanese cuisine in the heart of Mombasa, visit Misono. This wonderful, cozy restaurant serves traditional Japanese flavors in a minimal, Kabuki-style setting that urges you to leave your troubles outside and relax by enjoying expertly cooked sushi and fresh seafood. The gong sound in the entrance is the best!

Location: Opposite Nairobi Java House, Nyali, Links Rd, Mombasa

9. Giardino

Giardino Restaurant Mombasa

Looking for the best Italian food in Mombasa? Giardino serves contemporary Italian cuisine with a focus on seafood and vegetarian dishes. Chef Rodolfo D’Arienzo prepares awesome dishes by combining local Kenyan ingredients with high quality Italian products. Taste the freshest homemade pasta in an Italian setting featuring Kenyan décor!

Website: www.giardino.co.ke

Location: New Malindi Road – Bamburi – Mombasa

10. Fisherman’s Cave

Fisherman's Cave, Bamburi Beach Hotel, Mombasa

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Specializing on delicious seafood, Fisherman’s Cave is a wonderful restaurant housed in the Bamburi Beach Hotel. Featuring a unique setting, the decor boasts mysterious cave walls with corals and the tables are set in alcoves. The menu is a mix of Asian and Continental dishes with a focus on seafood and you can enjoy the delicious flavours while watching the Indian Ocean.

Website: www.bamburibeachkenya.com

Location: Bamburi Beach Hotel, Bamburi, Mombasa

Mombasa is the beautiful Kenyan destination with so many places to see and things to do. Amazing food, nighlife, culture, history and its friendly people keep the city lively always! Did we miss your favourite restaurant? Share with us in the comment below:

Our Readers Comments

  1. I live in Mombasa and I can testify to that. Around here we have exquisite and bewildering environment. Ranging from the astounding sandy beaches to the rich divergent culture, its certain that anyone visit Mombasa will have the greatest time of their life. We thank Gd for the amazing epic scenes we have around here.

    Make an effort of visiting the above mentioned restaurants and you’ll never regret the expenditure of every penny you had


  2. I like Pangoni and Papweza hotels in Mombasa.

  3. Been to six of these,but Jahazi grill at Serena Beach hotel and Spa should be on here,it’s a wonderful place to eat

  4. Giardino’s has been closed for over a year and Thalassa recently closed. Also Whitesands has probably the worst food in the entire coast. Restaurants to visit are Eataly, Cafesserie, Roberto’s, La Veranda and Masai Mombasa (for local food) in Nyali, Shenai (in town), Monsoon in Mtwapa, and Porini in Kikambala.

  5. Thats a great compilation right there but i must say you left out one amazing restaurant Monsoons seafood restaurant

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  7. Add Bollywood Bites to that list.

  8. i loved La Marina best…

  9. Everyone has their own taste, style and pricing it just depends what you want to eat but its all available in Mombasa. From the street mishkaki sellers to the expensive ones at the end of the day its the taste. In my opinion if you really want the local food then one has just to visit Makadara street and it all happens there. From Birianis to BBQ.

  10. I just love to eat..so I am going to check out all the restaurants if I ever got the the chance to visit mombasa.

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