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Kawe, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
+255 763 391 456
12:30 - 23:00
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food is amazing, very tasty and the price is very reasonable. The restaurant is located by the beach side so you can enjoy the breeze while having your dinner. The customer service is very poor but the rest of it is amazing. I would recommend for a lunch/dinner visit.

Thank Gerald K
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Level Contributor
53 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2017

This restaurant is on the beach - though on windy nights they retreat to their patio. It's connected to a private house and this provides a quirky first impression. The reggae vibe around and the fact that the waiter(s) is(are) not always around adds to the bizarre impressions. So no fancy impression here. It's all about the Caribbean chilled attitude.... More 

Thank ewenlb
Kingston, Jamaica
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Wow! Wow! Wow! what a beauty in Dar Es Salaam by the Indian Ocean the only Jamaica resturant in Dar and if you are a Jamaican or love Jamaican food this is a must do home away from home Rice and Peas, Oxtail, Curry Goat and not to mention Jerk Chicken (not Jamaican pan chicken which is sometimes mistaken for... More 

Thank shanbrown123
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Level Contributor
7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 17 January 2017

I went to Velisa's to try out Jamaican cuisine for a late lunch as I have never eaten Jamaican food before. It's located along Kawe Beach and was quite empty at the time we went for lunch(16:00) on a Saturday. This is a plus as I prefer non-crowded places. The staff was friendly and took our lunch order which came... More 

Thank Ndinda2016
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Level Contributor
19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2017

We visited Velisa to celebrate the new year. We made a booking prior going there. Upon arrival, we went to the open air dining area. The drinks were ordered and we were set. The tables were dressed and it seemed that it would be a nice evening. The waitress came and ask us if we want to sit on the... More 

Thank _pietersronnie
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Level Contributor
6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

I went there a few times. Lovely beach. If you're a quiet kind of person this is definitely one of the better options. Their food isn't disappointing as well. Velisa has left me with some memories to compare.😋😋

Thank mwozoe
1 review
Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

A great fusion of Caribbean and African fare. Local ingredients blended to make an authentic Jamaican evening. Smooth jazz, sizzling regarding and the rhythm of the Indian Ocean tranquilize you as wafts of seafood, assorted curries and exotic beverages tantalize your sensibilities. The gardens are perfectly manicured. Worth fighting the traffic to get there! A must see experience!

Thank Midwifetraveller
Level Contributor
155 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 May 2016

Very nice location, although the beaches south of Dar aren't clean at all. Food is superb, service isn't great unfortunately and they don't have proper coffee which is a big miss out, as people go often in the morning like we did.

Thank Elisa U
Toronto, Canada
Level Contributor
9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 April 2016

Delicious meal at Velisa's. Betty, the owner, used to run a wonderful Velisa's in Kingston Jamaica. She has transferred her excellent food quality, menu selection to Dar. BUT, this location on the beach is 1,000 times better than her Kingston location. Lovely lovely ambiance and equally delicious meal (snapper) served by genteel Tanzanians.

Thank Marguerite O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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67 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2016

Velisa's isn't only situated in a beautiful setting, right by the sea, but also serves excellent food. I went there with three friends, and we had dinner at one of the 4 tables directly on the beach. Added bonus: You don't have to ask for vegan dishes, they are clearly labeled as such on the menu. We had Tempeh with... More 

Thank cybergabi

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Caribbean, Seafood, Jamaican
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:30 - 23:00
12:30 - 23:00
12:30 - 23:00
12:30 - 23:00
12:30 - 23:00
12:30 - 23:00
12:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Kawe, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Location: Africa  >  Tanzania  >  Dar Es Salaam Region  >  Dar es Salaam
  • Phone Number: +255 763 391 456

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