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“Giant portions”
Review of Colobus Shade

Colobus Shade
Ranked #11 of 41 Restaurants in Diani Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood
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Description: Colobus Shade is a sea food restaurant located south coast diani beach direct to indian ocean, we are 20 meters behind the main restaurant, we offer delicious sea food.
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Giant portions”
Reviewed 14 June 2014

Good fresh seafood! So fresh, they walked next door to the fishermen and got what we ordered from them. The place is basic and the ambience is not comparable to places like ali babours, but the food can defenitely compete! And this at less than half the price, for portions three times as large! Beware of monkeys stealing your food though!!

Visited June 2014
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Ukunda, Kenya
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A hidden rustic gem right by the Indian Ocean!”
Reviewed 2 June 2014

Definitely a must for seafood lovers! In this unique little restaurant, you get to eat the most delicious grilled seafood under the African sky & right in front of the Ocean. The menu is not that vast, but the seafood is super fresh (being the restaurant located next to the local fisher men's spot), portion are quite generous and cheap ( a portion of grilled octopus/calamari/ fish + Rosemary potatoes, tomato sauce, coconut rice, coleslaw and chapati- basically a full meal- is only 700 ksh, slightly less than 6 €!). Sometimes, something is missing from the menu, but it's because everything is fresh :-)
It's very rustic and basic, but I find it extremely cosy and romantic....definitely worthed more than one visit!

  • Visited April 2014
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Coventry, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Wonderful fresh seafood,well cooked”
Reviewed 24 March 2014

I ate supper here last night under the bright stars of the Milky Way. We had prawns and squid, beautifully cooked along with salad, rice and potatoes. The portions were very generous and all of it very tasty. There was probably enough for four people even though we were only two.
The staff were attentive but not overly so and the ambience of the place was great.
Excellent value for money. I would highly recommend it.

  • Visited March 2014
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Level 5 Contributor
43 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Beautiful location, good seafood, a little pricey.”
Reviewed 19 February 2014

Came here many times while staying at Diani Beach. Really nice spot overlooking the beautiful white sandy beach. Often Vervet monkeys and Colobus monkeys playing in nearby trees. Seafood is good, often sides are missing from the menu. Family who own the restaurant are lovely and worth supporting. Last time I went they were finishing off the new restaurant area which is a little back from the beach (with not so good views), hopefully they keep some tables near the sand too!

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Alexandra M
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Berlin, Germany
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Nice place, but too expensive”
Reviewed 11 February 2014

-The setting couldn't be better. A beautiful view to the Beach, an old fisherboat and lots of crabs running around.
-everything is fresh and traditionally cooked on a jiko or over charcoals
-the service and the restaurant is very authentic and not the usual touristic make-up.
-There is only one "Non-sea food" dish.
-If you order a lobster, you get the most tiny things you have ever seen. In every European restaurant this is not called a lobster, rather a bigger crab. ;)
-there is no good lightening, the toilet is a hole in the bottom 500m away - the waitress gives you a mobile phone as a torch
-it is poor in proportion to the price. I cannot understand the good ratings here at TripAdvisor, if you look at how much the dishes cost compared to what it offers. Shaking tables, no lights, bad toilets, small seafood portions ...

I recommend this place for some drinks before dining out at Bidi Badu, African Pot or any other qualitiy, best-value restaurant without this fantastic ocean view.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank Styria666
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