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Forty Thieves Beach Bar & Bistro

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Beach Road, Diani Beach, Ukunda 80401, Kenya
+254 712 294873
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37 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It's very nice place for lunch ! Very safe . Friendly staff good food ! I had fish and chip just like UK !! You need to asked for password for WiFi ... Did some shopping good prices ! Walk around is very safe but not beach boy !

Thank Hewolivia
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146 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The food is just better than average but the location (view of Diani beach) and the other (!) customers are what makes it special. Try and come on a Sunday for lunch and do book if you can or come early as it fills up. Meals other than snacks don't seem to start until 1:30 pm but a few samosas... More 

1 Thank George B
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33 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing location just at the beach front. Perfect during sunset. Really good food. Friendly When full you can wait long before being served. The grilled chicken its boring. Really nice atmosphere.

Thank Alessandro D
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62 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We stopped in for lunch one day. We were hassled by the lady at the gate who wouldn't allow us to bring water in. We understand it's a bar, but it's also crazy hot, so that seemed unreasonable. The place is actually on the beach, meaning when you go in you are walking on sand. It has a nice view... More 

Thank BilaShaka70
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The hub of Diani Beach - hangout, have a beer, watch the sea & shoot the breeze. The place was full when we arrived for a late lunch but we persuaded the waiter to put a spare table directly on the beach and ordered ice cold Tusker Malts and a plate of fish. It was heaven - toes in sand,... More 

Thank Laura B
George B, Owner at Forty Thieves Beach Bar & Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to comment on our Beach Bar, I am happy to hear you enjoyed your visit, we have recently employed a new chef who I hope will raise the standard of food to your satisfaction. I look forward to meeting you on your next visit. George Barbour Owner More 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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49 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fun beach bar that has a prime location on Diani Beach. You will find reasonable priced, tasty food and drinks, This is where the local expats go for a drink on the beach. For entertainment there are 2 snooker tables and several dart boards and if your timing is good you can watch the kite surfing and/or the skydivers landing.

Thank Duke757
United Kingdom
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85 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good location right on the beach and nice seated areas. My friends and I visited one night to watch the football, play pool and have a few drinks. The drinks menu was big and fairly priced however the cocktails were very average. We tried a few then ended up just ordering drinks with mixers as the cocktails were not great.... More 

Thank oliviaw843
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I just had lunch here with my family at the recommendation of other family and friends who said that this was the best place in Diani, unfortunately this place was such a disappointment. When we arrived at the restaurant there was no one to walk us in I.e a hostess, it seemed no ne was interested as all the servers... More 

1 Thank naomiitinga
Kigali, Rwanda
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143 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Forty Thieves is not a restaurant. It never was. In fact, the food they serve is rather poor. What it is, since the 80ies, is a beach bar in perfect location, drinks and bites almost around the clock to the sound of the waves and a DJ from 10 pm, families and retirees during the day and a younger crowd... More 

Thank Pascal C
Nairobi, Kenya
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The view is nice, ambience as well especially with live music. They need to have more kind staff. Food and drinks ok.

Thank Maryanne N

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$20
Bar, Seafood, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, View, Bar Scene, Groups, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Beach Road, Diani Beach, Ukunda 80401, Kenya
  • Location: Africa  >  Kenya  >  Coast Province  >  Ukunda  >  Diani Beach
  • Phone Number: +254 712 294873
Forty Thieves Beach Bar & Bistro: relax and savour the sensation of waves lapping your toes while having a refreshing cocktail, listen to live music, play bar games, watch water sports and have a delicious lunch with your friends and family.Disco into the early hours of the morning every night.All these can be done at this unique bar, the only one situated actually on the beach on the east African coastline. It is a vibrant atmosphere not to be missed.

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