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“Great food, great people , great time!”

Imani Dhow Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 4 Restaurants in Bamburi
Price range: US$6 - US$53
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Dining options: Dinner
Description: Our Imani Dhow is a so-called Zanzibar Jahazi that was built over 45 years ago. In the past it weighed about 90 tons and on its way between Zanzibar, Dar-es-Saalam, Tanja and Mombasa it transported diverse products like cotton or corn and many more. Under the skilled hands of her former Bajuni Crew of 16 sailors it became a just beautiful sailing ship. Imani means "trust" and our dhow paid this trust back during her active years and survived all storms and dangers. Today the Imani Dhow is home to our great kitchen crew who will enthuse you with culinary highlights. Here you will enjoy award-winning à la carte fish dishes, fine seafood in diverse variations and also international cuisine. A warm welcome aboard!
Reviewed 11 July 2017

They put a smile on my face! I love to eat (it shows). The food was fresh, the waiters were friendly, the atmosphere was homely with the succulent aroma of surprises to come all over!! Their seafood should be your first choice- loved, loved the calamari!! A must do!!

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Thank ruwy2017
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Reviewed 24 February 2017

You should dine in this old original dhow. Lovely surroundings and great food. Their seafood is great and I'd recommend you to try the Kenyan red wine - i was surprised how good it was.

Thank Familien V
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Severin_Kenya, Manager at Imani Dhow Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 27 February 2017

Dear Vedstedfamilien,

Thanks for choosing our Imani Dhow for your dinner. We are pleased that you liked the fresh seafood and the Kenyan wine.

Did you know that this wine comes from Naivasha, in the heart of Africa’s Great Rift Valley? Lying along the equator, the grapes enjoy the warmth of the invigorating sun. We are sure you could taste this in the nice flavor.

We are looking forward to welcoming you again on board!

James Owiti
Resident Manager Severin Sea Lodge

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Reviewed 23 January 2017 via mobile

All the time i'm in mombasa i have dinner in Imani Restaurant, and for me is always the best. Excellent food and great atmosphere.. Chef Christine and all the staff are very kind and nice with all the guest. Thanks all and i hope to see all of you soon.

Thank Rosa D
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Severin_Kenya, Restaurant Team at Imani Dhow Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 24 January 2017

Dear Rosa,

Thanks a lot for your kind review about our Imani Dhow restaurant, located in the garden of our Severin Sea Lodge. We are happy that you enjoyed your dinner with us.

We are looking forward to welcoming you again on board!

Your Imani Dhow Team

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Reviewed 5 January 2017

Is this worth 5k? Check the photo I've attached and decide for yourself. This is a seafood platter for 1. 2 fat nice prawns, calamari which was a joke, a piece of fish (nice) and a lobster. Just grilled, no flavour of garlic butter as claimed. The platter for 2 looked better, at 8k, judging by the photos the couple having it were taking. Also, the business of having to wear trousers is a bit dated... there were 2 other tables, doubt anyone would have been insulted.. had to wear a kikoi. Anyway, other seafood dishes might well be good. No crabs available at the time of visit. Veg samosas were ok, had spinach

Thank BlackM007
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Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

Went to this place on our last night in Kenya and this was the best dinner Kenya had offered. Enjoyed everything from the tasty meatballs courtesy of the chefs to every single aspect of the entire meal.

Was a little disappointed that the dhow didn't move but the atmosphere is still very calm and beautiful. You get a discount here is you are staying at the Severin Lodge. This is 150 m walk on the beach from the Kenya Bay beach hotel where we were staying.

I really loved this place and will visit if am ever in Kenya again

1  Thank Sweet_NK
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Severin_Kenya, Manager at Imani Dhow Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 16 November 2016

Jambo dear Sweet_NK,

Thanks a lot for your positive review about our famous Imani Dhow restaurant.

Yes, the dhow does not move but has a fantastic location with view over the Indian Ocean. However it used to sail many years between Mombasa and Muscat.

We would be happy to welcome you again on our dhow. Maybe next time try our dine & dance offer every Thursday night at our Severin Sea Lodge.

Kind regards from sunny Mombasa
James Owiti
Resident Manager

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