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Il Covo Restaurant

Bamburi Beach, next to Kenya Bay Beach Hotel | Bamburi, Mombasa 80100, Kenya
+254 740 634062
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Overview
  • Excellent41%
  • Very good33%
  • Average14%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible5%
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“pizza” (27 reviews)
“pumpkin soup” (2 reviews)
“seafood” (8 reviews)
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CUISINES
Italian, Pizza, European, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
Bamburi Beach, next to Kenya Bay Beach Hotel | Bamburi, Mombasa 80100, Kenya
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1 - 10 of 120 reviews

Reviewed 17 October 2017 via mobile

What a great restsurant in a beautiful setting over the sea. After esting i couldnt understand how this place was quiet. The food was superb. Great menu! I ordered the baked musrooms for a starter. A very genorouse helping arrived in a beautiful sauce. I...More

Thank Liam O
Caesar W, Owner at Il Covo Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 19 October 2017

We are delighted to note that you had a great experience at our restaurant. On behalf of Il Covo restaurant, I wish to thank you for taking your time to share this experience on this forum. We have recently taken over this restaurant and one...More

Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

Decided to give il covo another try, the last time I was there it was under the old management the service was just horrific, food inedible. So we said why not and gave it a try, look was still the same just a different color...More

Thank AntheaLuciaMeda
Caesar W, Owner at Il Covo Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2017

Thank you for your positive feedback. Indeed il covo is now under new management, Caesar and Esther, both Kenyans and Swiss trained. We retained the best of the old il covo menu and introduced a few more dishes. We are glad that you had a...More

Reviewed 5 October 2017

I promised myself to come again and see if the last experience was a lucky one as is case with most places...it was nice to be back to meet the same friendly staffs and owners-they are very nice couple...the food was even better than last...More

Thank rwaeta2000
Reviewed 4 October 2017

one of my 3 best pizzas ever.a<nd i have been around the block.the tiramisu was perfect.the first cake in jenya with a great taste.also the chili-oil and garlic-oil was superb.and home-made.pity that such a big,nice and clean place has so few customers.great location.More

Thank thormorch
Caesar W, Owner at Il Covo Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2017

Your positive remarks are highly appreciated. Thank you for taking your time to explain the specific attributes you were impressed by. Such encouraging comments gives us extra strength to keep improving and being innovative in order to meet and exceed our customers' expectations. We hope...More

Reviewed 23 September 2017

After last night's disappointment we decided to try out Il Covo, just about 5mins walk along the beach from where we were staying. It is quite a small place, really perched out over the sands and as we found out later when the tide was...More

Thank bwanamdevu
Caesar W, Owner at Il Covo Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

Thank you for your elaborate feedback on your experience at il covo. We have noted that overall you were content with our offerings save for the sauces and the smoothie which fell below your expectation. We have taken the challenge positively and communicated to the...More

Reviewed 20 September 2017

This used to be my favourite place in Mombasa. But now it i closed most nights and when it is open, it doesn't have the food - seriously: we went to order lobsters for 7 people (Sunday 17th September) and there was none. Seriously? You...More

Thank Nyerere
Caesar W, Owner at Il Covo Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

We thank you for taking your time to give us feedback on your experience at Il covo. We try very hard to avoid run-outs on any item on our menu but unfortunately at times we are constrained by circumstances beyond our control. I am aware...More

Reviewed 20 September 2017

Great atmosphere, really chilled out and calm. I just had a drink, however definitely going back to get a taste of the food.

Thank Paaras R
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

Wide range of excellent Italian delicious food.Great ambience and good staff.nice view of beach around bamburi beach

Thank anishavlani
Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

I went to Il Covo in July and as we walked down to the path I could tell that something had changed. The staff are so friendly and professional and they recommended an Ice Cream for us to try out. Caesar and Esther are the...More

Thank Nzisa M
Caesar W, Owner at Il Covo Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 21 July 2017

Thank you for your positive feedback Nzisa. It was nice having you around and look forward to hosting you again. I will share your feedback with the rest of the team members and am sure this will motivate them. Asante sana!

Reviewed 12 July 2017

had a great pizza here with family and while italian, their service had great kenyan taste too ... good raised from the beach sitting

Thank maira r
Caesar W, Owner at Il Covo Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2017

I wish to thank you for your positive feedback on your experience at our restaurant. I will certainly share this with our team members. We hope to see you again soon at the il covo restaurant. Asante! Caesar (Owner)

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Caesar W
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 of the 'overpriced' wine despite the fact that you had complimentary remarks on the pizza you had as per the conversation you had with me as an owner of the restaurant. Whereas it is your prerogative to express your opinion freely, we take exception in the manner you tried to portray Kenyans as people who have no appreciation of wines and therefore deserve the cheap cask wines. We, at the new il covo restaurant under new management tend to differ with your opinion and that is why we have introduced House Wine from carefully selected set of bottled whites and reds. We go a step further in letting our valued customers taste any of the wines on offer in order to ascertain the grape which goes well with their palette. We believe wine should not just be consumed to get one drunk but rather to compliment one's meal experience. We continue receiving very positive remarks about our House Wine from customers who appreciate value in its entirety. We regret that you found our new baby not pleasant to the extent you could use derogatory words such us 'absolutely crab' to describe it. Just for your information, we have had a good build up of clientele and its no longer the empty restaurant you found on our second day of soft opening. We shall always endevor to ensure that our customers get maximum value for their money and will always listen to constructive feedback for purposes of improvement. Esther W. (owner)
22 April 2017|
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Response from Caesar W | Property representative |
Hi Larry, Kindly accept my sincere apology. indeed my response was meant for someone else and am still trying to figure out how it got tagged to you. We take your feedback seriously and am happy to announce that I did... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$8 - US$35
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, 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, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Validated Parking, Television
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, View, Romantic, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
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: +254 740 634062
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Description
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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