George & Jackie Barbour decided some 30 years ago to convert the cave into this unique restaurant. All is exactly as discovered except the chamber housing the kitchen and lavatories. In the restaurant only the stone floor has been added together with furniture and fittings, lighting and sound effects. The natural holes in the roof crust are open to the sky, protected in bad weather with sliding covers. A triangular makuti umbrella (threaded palm leaves) soars over the cocktail bar and reception area supported by a single blue gum pole over 50 feet high (nearly 20 meters) which came from the family farm in Kitale.
Ali Barbour’s Cave is thought to be between 120,000 and 180,000 years old. Situated about 30km south of Mombasa and 200m back from the high water mark, it comprises a series of interlinking chambers at depths of up to 10m below ground level. The natural holes in the cave ceiling are open to the sky and seating is under the stars creating an intimate and elegant atmosphere. The cuisine is typically international, specializing in seafood. Ali Barbour’s Cave Restaurant is truly a unique dining experience.
Our food is always made from the finest, freshest seasonal ingredients, cooked to perfection, well presented, and tasting just out of this world. Take a quick culinary tour of our menu: Ali Drunken prawns, Beef Carpaccio, Fresh Oysters from Kilifi among the starters. The mains are either seafood or meat from the highlands or vegetarian; The seafood platter comes with fresh Calamari, Crab of the mangrove, Lobster, King prawns, Red Snapper and Oysters. For dessert, the fruits are flambéed at your table and the Coupe Barbour is one of the favourite. An extensive wine selection together with a refreshing cocktail list to complete your dinner. It’s what we love. It’s what we do best!
If you’d like to book a table,:
Phone: +254 714 456131 / +254 735 331002
The Restaurant opens every day from 7pm. Reservation Required.
Courtesy transfer from Hotels in Diani.
Dress Code: Smart casual. No shorts, no hats.
The restaurant does not allow children 6 and under.