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The Bay Bistro

European, Scandinavian
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Munyonyo | next to the Common Wealth Resort, Munyonyo,, Kampala, Uganda
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Hong Kong, China
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34 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2015 via mobile

First time I've been back since the management change and I'm sorry to say that it has really deteriorated. Slow service, poor food and overall a great disappointment. Will not be returning

Thank Graham W
New York
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 June 2015

I'm late writing this review as I'm seeing many other reviews which perfectly articulate the severe incompetence and decline of this place (see Knight_John_XVIII). I was an early fan of this place and would bring all my out-of-town friends here for a unique experience and GREAT burgers. The last time I went was the last time I'll go. What a... More 

Thank Bo35
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41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2014 via mobile

As usual, it started out great... Great location, great service, great food and great drink... But then, hey... What happened for Pete's sake? All that is left is the great location, and that one is accessible only from Friday to Sunday now. Either the management clearly lost interest or, and I wish the latter, they made enough money and don't... More 

Thank Knight_John_XVIII
Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire
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170 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2014 via mobile

We had a late lunch at The Bay. It is a great location and the owners has really understood to make good use of this. The restaurant has a few tables on the veranda but most on the grass leading to the lake. The food was good - more than just basic and the service was friendly and quick

Thank Ole H
Kampala, Uganda
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28 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 June 2014

The bistro is in a lovely location by the lake but at night there is no view, just lots of lake flies and mosquitos. The prices are high and the portions small. The wine is extremely overpriced at 15,000. The atmosphere is pleasant but I would not recommend a visit. The attitude of the staff to our complaints was not... More 

Thank 94Gill94
Kampala, Uganda
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44 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2014

I've been here several times and as I wrote before, the quality is inconsistent. Right now I can tell you it has become worse! We made a reservation for a big group of people, you would think that they will be prepared for that.. But some dishes were not there, or they had only enough for one or two people.... More 

Thank MelissaGouda
Kampala, Uganda
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2014

While the food was slow and mediocre, the view and location is gorgeous. We don't feel we can bring our child as they serve groundnuts and aren't very careful about it. He's 2 and will eat off the ground, table, etc. But, when and if we ever get a night out, my husband and I will be back for the... More 

Thank SamberFamily
Stockholm, Sweden
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2014

Been here twice. Both Times I had very good foods. All in my company were happy with their foods. The desserts are lovely. It is an oas in the busy dirty Kampala. The only negative is the slow service, one time it was really busy so understandable. But the other time it was only our we, but still very slow.

Thank Pessimisten
Kampala, Uganda
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2014

I wrote a very positive review of the Bay Bistro after my first visit in July of 2013. I loved the lake view, the quaint fire they provide for patrons who sit with their drinks on the lawn, and the delicious fare provided. I found it to be a warm and cozy place to dine with friends. This evening, however,... More 

Thank Patrickcsc
New York
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52 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2014

I tried this place last year and it was mediocre. I tried again and it has gotten much worse. The service was incredibly slow and the portions very small. The setting is beautiful and I thought that could compensate for all you have to endure. Clearly management does not care. They obviously do not employ enough people to run a... More 

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Restaurant Details

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European, Scandinavian
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Munyonyo | next to the Common Wealth Resort, Munyonyo,, Kampala, Uganda
  • Location: Africa  >  Uganda  >  Central Region  >  Kampala

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?