Kilifi Food Guide: 8 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Kilifi

July 15, 2017 Lean Nau

Kilifi is a town on the coast of Kenya, 56 kilometres (35 mi) northeast by road of Mombasa. The town lies on the Kilifi Creek and sits on the estuary of the Goshi River. Kilifi is capital of the Kilifi County and has a population of 122,899 (2009 census ).
Things to do in Kilifi

1. Nautilus

Seahorse Road, Kilifi 80108, Kenya Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Excellent
80%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 191 reviews

Nautilus

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Reviewed By TravelandKids2010 - Brussels, Belgium

This restaurant is an excellent seafood and steak place but also has things on the menu younger kids might like such as pasta. The quality and imagination of the food prepared is wonderful and reasonably priced and the portions are generous but not too much. My husband’s steak was superb - the best steak we have ever had in Kenya (we had been told in advance by others this was so) and it did not disappoint at all. The oysters were also very good and the fish and prawns. The service was also excelllent and the courses brought at just the right times. It is not a large restaurant so on holidays it is worth booking in advance. The decor and atmosphere are lovely and it is designed well to catch breezes. We will definitely be back!

2. Kilifi Boatyard

Masha Road | Mnarani West, Kilifi 80108, Kenya Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner HK$55 - HK$126 +254 722 442334
Excellent
49%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
6%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 88 reviews

Kilifi Boatyard

Situated on the South side of Kilifi Creek, this bar and restaurant is used by residents and visitors alike. Serves a variety of dishes such as fish and chips, crab salad and prawns piri-piri. Delicious burgers are also available as well as vegetarian pasta. The samosas are famous as a snack while drinking in the friendly bar.

Reviewed By mcstannard - Woonona, Australia

Got to the boatyard about 4.30 saturday arvo expecting oysters for "oyster night". Unfortunately they were sold out. Their boat was also broken down which meant we had to get boda bodas both ways which took a while from Kilifi Creek. The fish was ok, the calamari was slightly better. The waterfront view was the highlight.

3. La Follia

Mombasa Malindi Rd | Inside the Mtwapa Mall, Mtwapa 80109, Kenya Reservations, Waitstaff Italian, Pizza +254 711 666179
Excellent
34%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
33%
Poor
11%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 9 reviews

La Follia

Reviewed By westwoodboy - Shanzu, Kenya

This a relatively new Restaurant/Bar/Cafe at the northern end of Mtwapa situated in the Mtwapa (Tusky's) Shopping Mall.
Unfortunately not many people frequent this Mall (or Tusky's) and so La Follia is totally under used and therefore lacks any atmosphere. I have eaten in here at least a dozen times.
The food is usually good and reasonably fast. I have had two or three of the Pasta dishes and several of the Entrees and have not been disappointed with any of them.
The service is normally very good but the prices are on the high side. The prices are Nyali type prices which are far too high for Mtwapa.
Whilst the food is good the prices need to be lowered to attract customers which might then. give the place some atmosphere. At the moment it is completely soulless and has no atmosphere what so ever. ~This is not help by the clinical nature of the decor and furnishings.

4. The Beach Bar

Plot 22 Kuruwitu, Kilifi 80119, Kenya Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Delivery, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible Seafood, Pub, Healthy, Gastropub, Italian, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +254 710 323230
Excellent
61%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
5%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 17 reviews

The Beach Bar

The Beach Bar is now open 6 days a week, Closed on Mondays. Great Seafood menu, Kids Menu, groovy bar with delicious cocktails and an amazing beach location.

Reviewed By Nigel W - Mombasa, Kenya

Went for lunch. It's an amazing place, on the beach, with the reef in front of you. Lots of sand for children and dogs. You can easily stay the day here, sitting in the shade, eating and drinking to your heart's content.
Order the steak and chips - EXCELLENT. Perfectly cooked, well presented and quick - no waiting for ages for your food to arrive from dis-interested waiters.
All the staff took great care to ensure you were served and your glass refilled if required.
Wish I had had the starters, I saw them coming past - long wooden plates FILLED with a range of starters - either for the VERY hungry or for a table. The menu is on a blackboard brought to your table!
Perfect place to while away a few hours, leaving the kids to run around on the beach.
Dogs are welcome and do not get in the way - too much for them to do.
Met the owners, and they are great - ensuring that everything runs smoothly.
Unlike most beach bars that I have used in Kenya or over the years, this place looks after you as though it were a "proper" restaurant.
Go there, eat a good meal and have a drink. You will not regret it.
Would have taken some photos of the food...but I ate it as soon as it arrived, it was so good.

5. Daisy's Bar & Restaurant

Off Bofa Road, Kilifi, Kenya Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
50%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Daisy's Bar & Restaurant

Reviewed By Sam G - Manchester, United Kingdom

Amazing place. The steak, fresh lobster, calamari were delicious. The Spanish omelette for breakfast was light, oil free and I miss it. Prices were a bargain. Ate there every day and everything I had was fantastic.

6. Wild Living Cafe

Situated 1Km South of Kilifi Bridge, Kilifi 80108, Kenya Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible African Breakfast, Lunch +254 791 183312
Excellent
0%
Good
55%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
15%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

3 based on 13 reviews

Wild Living Cafe

Reviewed By 4by4 - Nairobi

Perfect stop over for lunch, coffees and ice cream. Anthony and the crew are pleasant, the decor is inviting and the shop has remarkably awesome eco-stuff!

7. The Sands Mandharini

Mnarani Majajani Road | Past the boatyard along Kilifi Creek, Kilifi 80108, Kenya Reservations, Waitstaff, Seating Seafood, British, Italian, French, Mexican, Indian, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Brunch, Dinner HK$16 - HK$188 +254 717 444128
Excellent
74%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 15 reviews

The Sands Mandharini

The sands Mandharini Beach Bar & restaurant is set on a white sandy beach with amazing views of the calm Kilifi creek. Our cuisine is drawn from a rich collection of sea food,African, Asian, Vegeterian, and conventional meals options. Our cocktail bar will serve you the best of the best mixes. We are open Tuesday - Sunday.

Reviewed By eiryr - Nairobi, Kenya

Stunning location, first class service, great food. I wish I had come here sooner. A refreshing change. The venue is world class, the view over the upper creek spectacular. I chose the calamari which was delicious. The staff were super well trained and friendly. I wish the owners the best as this place truly deserves to succeed.

8. Twende Pizza

Mombasa-Malindi Road | Near Tuskys Supermarket, Kilifi 80108, Kenya Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Digital Payments Pizza, Fast Food Brunch, Lunch, Dinner HK$63 +254 740 129147
Excellent
0%
Good
100%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 1 reviews

Twende Pizza

We are crazy about Pizza....are you? Come indulge in our delicious collection of fast foods: Pizzas, burgers, chicken nuggets, juices...and so much more

Reviewed By geoffpowelloxford - Oxford, United Kingdom

Ordered as we passed for collection an hour later. Pizzas were ready and waiting when we arrived and were still hot when we arrived home 10 minutes later. Tasty pizzas with thin crust and god toppings. We'll be back.Many thanks @geoffpowelloxford, for the feedback, and our very first review!!! I am glad you enjoyed the Pizza, and will be glad to serve you again. James

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