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James Brooke Bistro

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Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman | Kota Samarahan, Kuching, Malaysia
+60 14-520 4007
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Hobart, Australia
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34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great setting on the river with alfresco and indoors with beautiful decor, service is pretty minimal but Sarawak Laksa was served quickly and the beer was cold. Would come again -

Thank kdbkathmandu
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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1,638 reviews
960 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 647 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

this bistro is located next to the chinese museum and facing the river front. a really good locality and they have an extensive menu. it has outdoor sitting and it is nice to have a drink or a meal and watch the river front. a bit pricy but you pay for the view.

Thank jeff1955malaysia
Hong Kong, China
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357 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 221 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I enjoyed dining in this restaurant very much with my partner. The choice of local food is quite good and reasonably priced. We were both very happy with the taste of the food we ordered. However, they were a bit under-staffed with just 2 waiters. Other than that, it's a really fine choice at an excellent location to explore the... More 

Thank la_speranza
Reading, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited this restaurant twice, which should tell you all you need to know. Good food and good service in a nice location close to the river.

Thank Steve B
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123 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful setting near the Sarawak river and staff lovely normally visit for evening drinks but decided in lunch after a morning of shopping fish and chips not really local but as I don't eat meat a little difficult to find great local food the fish was in a crispy heavy batter and the chips coated too so very heavy and... More 

Thank AnjunaLeeds
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

... with Western service, style and price tag. High chair available for babies. Nice spot on waterfront.

Thank orangputih2017
Kajang, Malaysia
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43 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

No visit to Kuching is complete without visiting the James Brooke Bistro. Its name epitomizes the history of the region and its ambiance is lovely as is the waterfront view. With a varied and tasty menu it's well worth a visit.

Thank KarenMcClymont
Geneva, Switzerland
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494 reviews
288 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had lunch here. Really great setting sat outside. Really extensive menu and some nice specials. I had the chicken curry, which was delicious and then chose the chocolate cake. They had about5 really massive cakes to choose from. My chocolate cake was massive and I just loved the taste. Fantastic! Great service and good location. One star down since... More 

Thank HullPhil
Delray Beach, Florida
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302 reviews
186 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The cafe is located right in the river and is a great place to hang out for drinks, or a meal. The decor is very nice and makes you feel very much part of the local scene. I went with some local people and they said that the food was very authentic. The beer was little expensive and there was... More 

Thank colbox
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This bistro is a fantastic place to relax and dine. With great views of the river, tribal artefacts, potted plants and full of history about James Brooke. The service was spot on and the food was excellent.

Thank Ross H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, Asian, Malaysian, Vegetarian Friendly
Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, View, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman | Kota Samarahan, Kuching, Malaysia
  • Location: Asia  >  Malaysia  >  Sarawak  >  Kuching
  • Phone Number: +60 14-520 4007

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