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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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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good32%
  • Average14%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“pizza” (27 reviews)
“seafood” (9 reviews)
“chili” (2 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Italian, Pizza, Seafood, European, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
Bamburi Beach, next to Kenya Bay Beach Hotel | Bamburi, Mombasa 80100, Kenya
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went here for Valentines with some girl friends. They took excellent care of us. When we had a discrepancy with the bill they just removed the items that we thought should have been a little less expensive and gave them to us for free.More

Thank iluvafrica333
Caesar W, Owner at Il Covo Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for the favorable rating and remarks. We are glad to note that we met your expectations. Indeed one of our core values is to ensure that our guests get the best value for their money. We look forward to having you back soon....More

Reviewed 24 January 2018 via mobile

The meals are delicious and the breeze is wonderful. Their cocktails are refreshing, but at times the barman adds sugar instead of honey into non alcoholic dawa. In general the place is cool.

1  Thank Sonie17
Caesar W, Owner at Il Covo Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 30 January 2018

Thank you for your favorable rating and candid feedback. I will personally ensure that the sugar issue is addressed immediately. We look forward to your repeat patronage in the near future. Caesar Waganagwa (Owner)

Reviewed 9 January 2018

fantastic set up, lots of fun during the dinner. the decor and the hats!!! fantastic. was truly good cheer for the seasonMore

1  Thank 4by4
Caesar W, Owner at Il Covo Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 30 January 2018

Thank you very much for your favorable rating and feedback on your experience. We are glad that you could join us and that you hand a wonderful time. It is comments such as yours which give us the encouragement to keep improving. We hope to...More

Reviewed 27 December 2017 via mobile

Beachfront place. Family 👪, friends and outing at this place recommended for everyone. Whatever kind of activities you want, i recommend

1  Thank Tony T
Caesar W, Owner at Il Covo Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 28 December 2017

Thank you for your recommendation and favorable rating Tony. Much appreciated as we look forward to your continued patronage. Regards, Caesar

Reviewed 17 December 2017 via mobile

Lots of live music and a thriving club on those nights. On the floor downstairs from the club is a restaurant and Gelato parkour. A few of the tables offer great views of the beach and Ocean. Food not too pricey for being on the...More

Thank Phil H
Caesar W, Owner at Il Covo Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 24 December 2017

Thank you for your positive feedback on your experience at Il Covo. Indeed we look forward to your return. On behalf of Il Covo family, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a joyous festivity period and a rewarding 2018. Caesar (Owner)

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 20 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 5 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

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Luciana A
27 January 2018|
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Response from Caesar W | Property representative |
We are located in Bamburi Mombasa, next to Kenya Bay Hotel by the beach.
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
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$35
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, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly, Romantic
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
  • E-mail
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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