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Il Covo Restaurant

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Bamburi Beach, next to Kenya Bay Beach Hotel | Bamburi, Mombasa 80100, Kenya
+254 722 709800
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The restaurant serves great food but a bit pricey compared to other beach restaurants nearby. I, personally appreciate the security measures you have implemented but you hired the wrong guys. They got no manners. The men you have hired at the entrance from the beach have never heard about customer service. They talk negatively behind customers back thinking that no... More 

Thank Anna M
Caesar W, Owner at Il Covo Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your candid feedback. I am happy to announce that we have taken corrective measures to address your concerns in regards to security at the beach entrance. We look forward to welcoming you once again. Once again, thank you for your constructive feedback. More 

Mombasa, Kenya
2 reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

First time in mombasa and am amazed at how good the restaurant are at Italian meals. small typical italian restaurant on the beach of africa with very good food- i thought i was in italy, great service and environment. i will recommend all my friends to come here...the house wine was very good. the waiter convinced us to buy that... More 

Thank rwaeta2000
Caesar W, Owner at Il Covo Restaurant, responded to this review

The new management at il covo wishes to thank you most sincerely for taking your time to rate our service delivery. We are delighted to note that we were able to meet your expectations across the board. We look forward to your return. More 

Ontario, Canada
1 review
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The new il covo Mombasa has taken the dining experience a notch higher. I had aged angus rib eye while my wife had seafood risotto and I must say we were impressed. The service was simply impeccable and complemented by an excellent ambiance with soothing sounds of the ocean. We were offered an opportunity to taste their collection of house... More 

1 Thank davidstuart781
Caesar W, Owner at Il Covo Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your positive feedback. We are delighted that we met your expectations across the board. We look forward to your next visit. More 

Hungerford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The new management has doubled the price of the wine! Half craff from 900khs to 1950khs . Service terrible, empty with no atmosphere total waist of time and money.

1 Thank muzungo2016
Caesar W, Owner at Il Covo Restaurant, responded to this review

This negative feedback is very surprising and disheartening. We have served several customers since we reopened the restaurant under new management on 12th April 2017 and since then we have only been receiving very complimentary comments save for a few feed-backs on areas where we can improve. It is most unfortunate that you found your experience so totally unpleasant because... More 

London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 22 March 2017

fantastic staff good management amazing view, good music and excellent food. will definitely go back with family and friend, when i come again to kenya mombasa.

Thank malaika2017
Vastervik, Sweden
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

Many dishes to choose from but I miss the Italian taste, the taste is too vague. They have a fantastic view and position but the surrounding area is a little bit rough.

Thank Per B
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2017

Now service is seldom expected to be quick here in Kenya, but ten minutes to get served when there are only 8 people to serve? Then another 10 to get the bill at the table. After paying from the table I had to hunt down the waiter to get my change.

Thank Larry4Africa
London, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

In general we have always enjoyed good food and service at Il Covo. It is local to where we have been living for the past year and a half and got to know many of the staff. So when we visited on New Years Eve, it was disappointing to hear that we were expected to pay 500KES per head just... More 

Thank martin p
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 3 January 2017

With the view of the beach its simply breathtaking.great service.food is nice.their bar upstairs is also great with some wonderful shisha.its a nice place

1 Thank colo m
Nairobi, Kenya
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

Went over with the kids for icecream on Sunday 18th. Sadly they only had chocolate ice cream. We asked for the icecream to be put in take away cups for the kids...they had none. The staff were friendly and apologetic but was just surprised...its not the il covo I remember from the last visit.

Thank ngina84

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$35
Italian, Pizza, European, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Validated Parking, Television
Good for
Romantic, View, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Bamburi Beach, next to Kenya Bay Beach Hotel | Bamburi, Mombasa 80100, Kenya
  • Location: Africa  >  Kenya  >  Coast Province  >  Mombasa
  • Phone Number: +254 722 709800
Formerly a holiday house on two floors overlooking the white, sandy Bamburi beach 12 km north of Mombasa island. Il Covo opened its door in May 2003 and since then it has been the top dining and entertainment venue in Mombasa.

The lower veranda overlooks the beach, a romantic gazebo just out onto the sea and is fondly called fort Jesus. Its' an ideal spot for romantic dinners.

The upper deck has two balconies with a sea view. One of them is a sushi bar whereby our chef will create the freshest and most delicious sushi, sashimi and teppanyaki right in front of you. The second balcony, dubbed "A room with a view' is an ideal setup for a private family lunch or dinner with a perfect view of the sea and a breeze that never ceases.

Our Italian cuisine is renowned for it's originality, our menu consists of a wide range of original pasta dishes, fresh starters, salads including a variety of fish Carpaccio, tuna and red snapper.

Fresh lobsters, prawns, calamari and octopus all depending on the day's catch, are also part of Il Covo's luscious and extensive menu along with fabulously tender Aged Angus meats.

Il Covo also accommodates a large wood burning oven which gives the best authentic Italian pizzas.

Our flat serene beach filled with white fine sand lends itself as a perfect venue for beach fun parties and exclusive dinners. All you require is just to ask for a beach setup and we shall do the rest at no extra cost.

The il Covo experience is not complete without visiting our very popular disco club located on the upper floor. Our DJ will ensure that you shed of some of the calories you gained after dinner.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?