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Bush Gardens Restaurant

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Harambee Ave, town centre, Lamu Island, Kenya
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Windhoek, Namibia
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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My first culinary impression of the town was made here and Bush restaurant did not disappoint. After being referred by one of the local shop keepers, I had high expectations which were met in every area. Bush, the owner is a jovial likeable guy who will help you out with anything you need. Ooh, the food. Lol...The food is intense... More 

Thank Ashley D
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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61 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

Fabulous fresh tuna kebabs & great juices. The appearance of Bush Gardens could be misleading but the food has always been excellent. Service from Ali always with a beautiful smile & professional.

Thank J0hn_Shar0n
Durban, South Africa
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

Bush Gardens doesn't have a garden, but the proprietor is called Bush. He's quite a character, full of stories about the Lamu people and small town gossip. His quaint restaurant, with colourful chairs and tables in primary colours is under thatch, like most of Lamu with no side walls for coolness. The view of the harbour is lovely, interrupted only... More 

Thank craigallan-za
Nairobi, Kenya
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89 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2016

Great local food. The fish kebabs were so good! We also enjoyed the freshly squeezed juice. There was quite a bit of a wait, but welcome to coastal life :) Great time people watching and relaxing with a great view of the water.

Thank WhitneyKoonce
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12 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

The hotel is right at the sea front hence great view of the ocean. The service however is terrible. I had spangetti bolognese and prawns it was delicious . However when I went there for breakfast at eight it took forever to get a cup of tea and when I ordered an omelete was informed it would take at least... More 

Thank felista k
Thessaloniki, Greece
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56 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2016 via mobile

Nice atmosphere, it was a great change from the plastic chairs, staff was really friendly and food was great. Calamary needed just a tad more grill time, but other than that it was yummy. Will come back!

Thank Eva T
Nairobi, Kenya
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129 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2016

I've been coming to Lamu for many years and usually make Bush Gardens the centre of my culinary safari on the island. The owner, Bush, is a great guy and he used to hang out and the place had a lively feel to it. Nowadays, since the downturn in tourists due to security advisories, the restaurant seems to have fallen... More 

Thank theinspectorishere
Richardson, Texas
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29 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2015

Bottom line, you aren't going to find fine cuisine in Lamu Town. You're going to find meals tailored around the local supplies and village traditions. Bush Gardens, for Lamu Town, is one of the better places to eat. A wide variety of juices and meals. We liked going for the spaghetti, usually with seafood sauce. Ample pasta and a tomato-based... More 

Thank LaMalaise
Nairobi, Kenya
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76 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2015

We had a busy day touring the old town of Lamu and decided to settle here for lunch. We had read some good reviews and heard from other visitors in the past about the Bush Gardens Restaurant. The restaurant was fairly empty and to our disappointment there was only one waitress taking the orders and serving (we were a group... More 

Thank Shushee
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21 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2014

My first time at Bush Gardens was in 2008 and I went almost each day to eat either lunch or dinner. Unfortunately it went down after some time and around 2009 it looked like abandoned- bad service, no manager around, low food quality, little choice. In fact, the restaurant had very little visitors. In 2013 it was better again, maybe... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
African, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Harambee Ave, town centre, Lamu Island, Kenya
  • Location: Africa  >  Kenya  >  Coast Province  >  Lamu Island
  • Phone Number: 633285

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?