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Tarboush Cafe

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$$ - $$$
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Makadara Road, Mombasa 80100, Kenya
+254 721 312046
Sun 15:30 - 21:00
Tue - Thu 10:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 22:30
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Over the years, Tarboush was my go to restaurant at the Coast for Pwani flavour, however the last visit left a disappointing taste in my mouth. The service was slow, and it took five minutes to get a waiter to our table and even longer for them to clean/ clear the table, and bring our food. The food was also... More 

Thank Rachel M
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you want to have fast tasty food it's the place to go to. The atmosphere is not so good neither is it so clean but you are assured of fresh food because if you go around 14.00 hrs almost everything on the menu is finished and you have to make do with what's left. Same applies to the evening... More 

Thank aishalieberg
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

Nothing better than dining in the open air in Mombasa city. This is a good restaurant and lots of locals are dining here. The food is good, the servings BIG. But.... ask for a doggy bag (In Kenya called: paper bag) and let them give your left over to the poor people in the park nearby.

Thank Rik G
Nairobi, Kenya
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35 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017

This place is always incredibly busy and is very popular with a wide range of locals, in part because the meals are inexpensive and hearty. It's an interesting place for people watching but vegetarians, beware. There aren't many options. I had a vegetarian curry and it tasted like a can of Campbell's vegetable soup. In other words, bland and blah.... More 

Thank Fantajan
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97 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2017

No atmosphere to speak of. Not a very clean place and loads of flies in the restaurant. But having said that, for a good and tasty meal that gets to you quickly at a cheap price, Tarboush is the restaurant to go to.

Thank Garrett - A
Mombasa, Kenya
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45 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2017

delicious meals and at very affordable prices. enjoyed the Chicken Biriani and shawarma and a soda. the staff are friendly except for one who wasn't as friendly in giving info about what they had that evening. all in all we had a lovely meal and we'll definitely be coming back.

Thank ric08852
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36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2017

Not a fancy or even an especially clean place, but it does the job for a quick, tasty and inexpensive meal. Staff are friendly and service was fairly quick. Would recommend it if you're looking for a simple, Tanzanian meal. If you want something a bit nicer though, visit the sister restaurant Forodhani, near Fort Jesus.

2 reviews
Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

Big portions, delicious food and affordable price. There is also vegetarian food and you can find different types of meat.

Thank soleluna9190
Nairobi, Kenya
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5 reviews
Reviewed 4 January 2017

Tarboush's food and especially the shawarma...they speak for themselves...flagging down a waiter,rest rooms and the space generally has been overtaken by time....a few years ago it was the talk of the town,not so of late...sadly we didnt enjoy the experience.

Thank githua1
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48 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2016

food very tasty. new introduction of Yemeni tasty dishes is worth trying. nice and simple atmosphere. in the center of the city. fast service. very reasonable in price.

Thank taszul

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
African, Halal
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
15:30 - 21:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:30
10:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Makadara Road, Mombasa 80100, Kenya
  • Location: Africa  >  Kenya  >  Coast Province  >  Mombasa
  • Phone Number: +254 721 312046
They are best in Biryani, Pilau and Kebabs in mombasa town. Most visited by locals.

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