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The Bay Leaf

Seafood, International, Contemporary
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102 Vijana Road,, Arusha 0000, Tanzania
+255 27 254 3055
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Nairobi, Kenya
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90 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stayed here for one night and just fell in love with this boutique hotel i would rate this place as FIVE ***** Stars. The rooms were awesome i just fell in love with the ambiance and modern amenities all tastefully done. The lawn and restaurant including the hotel staff all fabulous service was excellent. Breakfast was amazing finger licking... More 

Thank Mayur N
Nairobi, Kenya
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35 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

The food was fresh, the venue was laid back and relaxed but....they definitely need to expand their menu. Anyone who has a problem with seafood or dairy may have a problem finding something to eat. The waiter also had no idea what wines were available (or drinks) and we had to take a walk to the bar to figure out... More 

Thank Wambuimwangi
Boston, Massachusetts
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31 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

Stayed at this boutique hotel now called the eight for 8 days and I have nothing but great things to say about Rashida and her amazing staff that made my stay in Arusha so memorable and comfortable. The hotel is beautiful, the food simply amazing that it is hard to believe you are tucked away somewhere in Arusha and not... More 

Thank kitty1234567
Sacramento, California
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

My friend and I went here for a business lunch. We were the only ones on the patio and were able to work without much interruption. It was a very nice experience.

Thank Michele G
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

The new management really has done this place justice! The food was outstanding and the new management really took an interest in coming to greet us and give their house specials. It's a shame that it was a bit empty however i'm sure with more exposure people will start coming back to the once glorious Bay Leaf now known as... More 

Thank sarahn407
British Columbia, Canada
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2016

This restaurant is very recently under new management. We sat outside on the deck for dinner ( table of 9) Beautiful peaceful and tastefully decorated surrounding. A great varied menu. Every dish came beautifully presented and everyone commented on their very tasty meal! The deserts are also high recommended!

Thank Bridgette H
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47 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

Visited once. Place was deserted, despite being in the middle of the tourist season. Diligent staff but slow service. It took over an hour before being served the first dish. The food was not bad, but definitely not what I would call "fine dining".

Thank Johan S
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101 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2016 via mobile

The place has a new management and it's really really good. Environment and atmosphere are great. The staff were well trained and food was excellent and well presented. Good selection of wines and the deserts were very tasty too. Would visit again. Recommended

Thank Frangos M
Salina, Kansas
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339 reviews
213 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2016 via mobile

Just returned from dinner at the Bay Leaf. Everything from the atmosphere (it was a cooler evening and we ate outside) to the service to the meal and including the prices were exceptionally good! Would definitely recommend. We had steak, chicken, and stir fry. Yummy!

1 Thank Kevin P
Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2016

Food was excellent and original, service is too slow and the waiter did not know anything about win serving.. a bit of training would help..otherwise a good table

Thank Rhino L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$40
Seafood, International, Contemporary
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 102 Vijana Road,, Arusha 0000, Tanzania
  • Location: Africa  >  Tanzania  >  Arusha Region  >  Arusha
  • Phone Number: +255 27 254 3055

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