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African, Seafood
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had made a reservation for the 2 of us only to turn up and no one was there to receive us plus when we did get a waitress,she had no idea about our reservation!!! That should have sent alarm bells ringing but we were...in a good mood and decided to stay and enjoy a good meal. We were brought a mountain of menus but on asking about which wine they served by the carafe,the waitress went blank on us,then when I asked for a bottle of still water is when the whole drama unfolded.I asked which bottled water they had and the waitress calmly told me that they bottle their own water at The Tamarind restaurant Mombasa!!!! Having been born and bred in Mombasa or should I say Kenya,I know for a fact that the water taps are and have been dry for decades now and all the water used is either from a sunken borehole or water trucks delivery.So this was both shocking and scary 😳.Anyway,I ordered a Soda water(better safe then sorry) A waiter then approaches us with 4 hand towels and we thought,okay now this is Tamarind,O M G,the towels were neither hot or cold and were dirty as though we were not the first ones to use them 🥱 By then the food waiter(nice guy) had come to take our order and yes you guessed right,most of the items were not available🥴 We ended up choosing what we could get which was the ginger crab(not much crab in the whole mixture presented) and(Four!!!!) 4 Piri Piri prawns(small measly ones although I had ordered for King prawns). We paid as per normal a ridiculous amount and went looking elsewhere for good food.A very disappointing evening for such a restaurant 😡More

Date of visit: May 2022
Geraldine D, Director of Sales at Tamarind Mombasa, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Guest, Thank your for your feedback. We are extremely sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your recent dining experience at Tamarind. We apologize that we dropped the ball with regards to your reservation and appeared confused about the water, as it is...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have been here so many times and I believe it is still the best place in Mombasa. Overlooking the bay and old fort, it is much better if you can take a table on the terrace with a view. Service is a bit chaotic...and sometimes you get the feeling nobody looks at you. The steamed crab is superb and the reason why we keep coming when in Mombasa. The rest of the menu can be good but having tasted the crab I will not go for other thingsMore

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent attentive service, nice location and pleasant surroundings. The food was sadly not outstanding considering this is where the President eats when in town.More

Date of visit: April 2022
Geraldine D, Director of Sales at Tamarind Mombasa, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Sara, Thank you for taking the time to review. We are disappointed to learn that your visit did not meet with your high expectations. While we are glad that you liked the location and found the service attentive, it is unfortunate that the food...More

Reviewed 1 March 2022 via mobile

This place ain’t cheap, but it’s delicious! I ordered the squash soup and the tuna tataki, both were yummy. The panoramic view of Mombasa is also impressive. I went for lunch, must be nice at night tooMore

Date of visit: March 2022
Geraldine D, Director of Sales at Tamarind Mombasa, responded to this reviewResponded 3 March 2022

Dear Guest, Thank you for checking us out and for giving us a great 5 star review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit and found the views of Mombasa impressive and the food delicious particularly the squash soup and tuna tataki. It’s always...More

Reviewed 13 February 2022

You see, many hotels don't take good care of mostly their waiting staff. But this Restaurant, gives me a feel that they don't waste the energy their staff put out towards their work!! I really wanted to surprise my friend on a prevalentine sort of...day, and the process started randomly when I asked a waiter(Kyalo) if they could organise a special dinner. He explained so much to me, served me very very well, thought of sorting very small details like giving me a table that has an extra chair for my handbag, and best part is, he gave details to whoever is in charge of planning my special dinner (not many staffs pass information after a guest query) Well, I had to keep making phone calls, which were not being received until eventually I got a response and transferred to Hilda who was patient with me, made sure she got back to me in the shortest time! Wonderful! Then, I went again to the hotel to confirm the spot I wanted, another lady who also made my boyfriend birthday surprise on the dhow showed up(her name starts with a P) and she took me straight to Hilda's office to have me sorted (Which Kyalo was kind enough and already offered to take me but I appreciated his attention and opted to wait at the waiting area) That, day came, Emma took charge with all details given to her(i love the team communication amongst each other) and she was so so efficient and ready for me to give her signs on what to do next. Richard, another great waiter! He was just too kind and on standby in case we needed anything, he just did his job so well... And I overheard another waiter being kind to different guests who seemed from Korea as they were leaving, this waiter appreciated them and asked if he should reserve the same spot for the next day! This showed that the waiter is also helping make more business! Not to forget the hostess who just gave a great smiling welcoming us and once she knew we are the ones who are taking the reserves table, she passed the information so fast I didn't notice to a gentleman to welcomed us to our table, I wish I got their names but I could say, the whole team!! Wow! I'm an ex hotelier, I know how things work on the inside, and if those things are happening, these staffs are far too good with their hospitality! Keep up to everyone in the team!! Keep up guys❤❤❤❤❤❤❤More

Date of visit: February 2022
Geraldine D, Director of Sales at Tamarind Mombasa, responded to this reviewResponded 15 February 2022

Dear Gisela, thank you for choosing Tamarind to surprise your friend and for giving us such a wonderful 5 star review. We are delighted to hear that the service from the various staff was helpful and that your visit met with your expectation. We are...More

Reviewed 21 January 2022 via mobile

This was our second visit to the restaurant and it was even better than last time. The service is extremely attentive and management is very involved. I was very impressed with the staff knowledge of the different wines. The food was out of this world!...Very impressed. Especially the Swahili lobster and tarte tatin was outstanding.More

Date of visit: January 2022
Geraldine D, Director of Sales at Tamarind Mombasa, responded to this reviewResponded 24 January 2022

Dear Katrijn and Jeroen, It gives us great pleasure to hear that this was the second occasion you have visited the Tamarind Mombasa and you found it even better than the last time. We are delighted that you found the food good and he service...More

Reviewed 8 January 2022 via mobile

Had a meal at Tamarind (1st visit there). The food was AMAZING. So well presented, fresh and so tasty! Will definitely be back.More

Date of visit: December 2021
Geraldine D, Director of Sales at Tamarind Mombasa, responded to this reviewResponded 10 January 2022

Dear Guest, thank you so much for checking us out and giving a a great 5 star review. We are delighted to hear that your visit met with your expectations and you found the food fresh, well presented and tasty. Your feedback has been shared...More

Reviewed 25 December 2021

Tamarind has an excellent choice of sea-food and for the time i tried the muscles and let me tell you, i have become Tamarind Muscle Fan. I had ordered grilled fish with chips and it was an absolute delight. Finished the entire (big) portion, rather...should say i polished the plate. To end the meal we ordered Creme Brulette and they serve a variety three in serving, so you get to taste all the different varieties of it. I believe its a very good idea. All in All an Evening well Eaten African Quest Safaris / Dar GuideMore

Date of visit: November 2021
Geraldine D, Director of Sales at Tamarind Mombasa, responded to this reviewResponded 1 January 2022

Dear Masood, Thank you for taking the time to post such a rave review. Your enthusiastic comments are music to our ears and we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your dining experience and that the food you chose was excellent, particularly the grilled...More

Reviewed 12 December 2021 via mobile

went to Tamarind with my sister for dinner and then lunch the next day. I loved my dinner experience because they really put their best foot forward to ensure world class fine dining experience. The food is perfect, the service professional and the ambience great....Lunch was great too but it gets a bit too hot, the view is more vivid during the day though. When in Mombasa this is definitely a first choice dining spot for me.More

Date of visit: December 2021
Geraldine D, Director of Sales at Tamarind Mombasa, responded to this reviewResponded 14 December 2021

Dear AudiViola, Thank you for choosing to visit us for dinner and then lunch the next day. We are truly delighted to hear that the food you ate was perfect, the service professional and the ambience great. Our team always try to offer the best...More

Reviewed 9 November 2021

Great location and atmosphere - the view was really wonderful! Loved the food, especially the crab. Every dish was fantastic, we will be back!More

Date of visit: November 2021
Geraldine D, Director of Sales at Tamarind Mombasa, responded to this reviewResponded 11 November 2021

Dear Grace, Thanks for checking us out and taking the time to share your wonderful feedback. We are truly delighted that you loved the food especially the crab, and that you thought the view wonderful. It is always so encouraging for us when we receive...More

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14 May 2018|
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Response from Geraldine D | Property representative |
yes we do take visa and master card
24 April 2018|
Response from labinaNairobi | Property representative |
Hello, The Menu is a la carte, but average spend per person is approximately KShs 3500/- to Kshs 4,500/-
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Tamarind Mombasa is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5