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Ngala Lodge Restaurant

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64 Atlantic Boulevard, Fajara 4901, Gambia
+220 449 4045
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The Lizard, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Superb restaurant style, al fresco dining with the attention of a first class chef. P for perfect in every respect. Particularly loved the homemade chips and ice cream. Top, top quality and amazing flavours together with friendly and efficient service

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Thank Janet E
Chef_Jonno, Chef de cuisine at Ngala Lodge Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you Janet for your review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and our style of cuisine. We look forward to seeing you back. More 

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20 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed here and I can only say that the food is fantastic. There is a british chef and the food he produced was first class. If you are not staying here go and try it for an evening you wont regret it

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Thank WOODWARDS1
Chef_Jonno, Chef de cuisine at Ngala Lodge Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words. I am fortunate to have a great team behind me. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us. More 

Albuquerque, New Mexico
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We ate lunch at the Ngala Lodge on a patio overlooking the Atlantic. The food was excellent. The best I've had in the Banjul area. I had a lamb curry which was quite flavorful with just the right degree of spicy heat. The lamb was not overcooked, which is rare for Africa. I had it with an excellent Jollof rice.... More 

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Thank MuzunguViejo
Chef_Jonno, Chef de cuisine at Ngala Lodge Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words. Yes, it is perfect setting for a relaxing lunch or dinner. We also serve thoughout the afternoon. We are pleased that you enjoyed the food. More 

London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

I have been here several times and think it is a stunning setting for a hotel/restaurant. the cocktails are fab however the food quality varied on each visit. I would feel more comfortable recommending if the food quality were consistent, I don;t mind paying more for an excellent meal! The staff are pleasant and helpful

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Thank Sarah T
Chef_Jonno, Chef de cuisine at Ngala Lodge Restaurant, responded to this review

Yes Sarah the setting is stunning and the staff are a great asset. With regards to the consistency of the food, would it be possible next time you pass by if we could have a chat and you can help me with your views to help improve the consistency. Thank you. More 

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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

Lovely location overlooking the ocean. Very breezy. Food was good but the service was very slow. Nice gardens.

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Thank 234chikea
Chef_Jonno, Chef de cuisine at Ngala Lodge Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you Chike for taking the time to write. I am sorry that you found the service slow. We hope to see you again and provide a better service. More 

United Kingdom
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44 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

This is over hyped , the restaurant is cramped with as many tables as possible, the food was very poor even for Gambian standards. Chips were cold , rice cold and glutenous, fish over dry . Servers frosty and curt. No apology for bringing back reheated chips after I'd finished eating reminded me of faulty towers. Overpriced and not pleasant... More 

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Chef_Jonno, Chef de cuisine at Ngala Lodge Restaurant, responded to this review

Wow, Sparkey! Sorry you had a bad experience, however I don't see why it was necessary to explode with venom on the lodge site as well considering you didn't stay with us. Had you done so you would have been able to comprehend why we have so many repeat guests due to our staff hospitality and diligence. The owner, management... More 

Alicante, Spain
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

Excellent choice of food and wines in a wonderful location overlooking the ocean - tastefully decorated with very friendly and professional staff - a must when visiting Fajara !

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Thank AnnBP1646TV
Chef_Jonno, Chef de cuisine at Ngala Lodge Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you Ann for taking the time to write. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit. We look forward to seeing you back in our restaurant. More 

Johannesburg
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

Amazing food and wonderful service. Very friendly staff that try their utmost to give a personal touch. Hard to believe such excellence is within reach. Really inspiring!

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Thank Boskruiner
Chef_Jonno, Chef de cuisine at Ngala Lodge Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed coming to Ngala. More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

I enjoyed the most amazing food, either Breakfast Lunch or Dinner everything was fantastic!!! Attention to detail in presentation, wonderful ingredients used, TASTE SENSATION!!!!

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Thank JanandJon2
Chef_Jonno, Chef de cuisine at Ngala Lodge Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you Jan & Jon for your lovely comments. We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay with us. We look forward to seeing Jon in 3 weeks time and hopefully the both of you soon. More 

Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2016

Went there a month ago for food and it was amazing! The starter, main and desert were all beautifully made. Also the staff were very friendly

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Thank charlee1985
Chef_Jonno, Chef de cuisine at Ngala Lodge Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you Charlee for your kind words. We are glad you enjoyed your evening with us. Thanks for the photos of the tuna ceviche and the daily fish of that evening. We look forward to seeing you back. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
European, African, Seafood, International, British, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Groups, Romantic, View
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 64 Atlantic Boulevard, Fajara 4901, Gambia
  • Location: Africa  >  Gambia  >  Banjul Division  >  Fajara
  • Phone Number: +220 449 4045
Description
Established in 1995, Ngala Lodge restaurant has a well earned reputation for fine dining in a beautiful clifftop location. Popular with visitors and local residents, as well as our guests, booking is recommended from November to March. House specialities include the sumptuous fruit de mer and 'Hot from Thailand'. First class low key entertainment is available 7 nights a week. Sunday night is African evening with traditional food and dancers.
Ngala Lodge - where romance isn't just for Valentines Day!

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