Ali Barbour's Cave Restaurant Est. 1983

Ali Barbour's Cave Restaurant, Ali Barbours Road, Diani Beach, Kwale, Kenya

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There’s nothing scary or dark about this amazing cave turned restaurant! 
Thought to be anywhere between 120,000 and 180,000 years old, this unique cave turned restaurant features a series of interlinking chambers, original cave holes that bring in the natural skylight, and threaded palm leaves that soar over the cocktail bar and reception area. Specializing in international cuisines, specifically seafood, this historic property is perfect for an intimate and elegant gathering of any sort!
The Lowdown
Restaurant / Private Dining
No View
Anniversary / Engagement Party
Bachelor / Bachelorette Party
Birthday Party
Bridal Shower
Charity Event
Corporate Event
Dinner Party
Elopement / Vow Renewal
Family Reunion
Group Getaway
Rehearsal Dinner / Welcome Reception
Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Reception
Product Launch

Venue Setting

Dine beneath a star-filled night sky with a sense of style, flair, extraordinary levels of service and comfort and genuine hospitality. The restaurant is situated in a unique environment 10m below ground inside an ancient, naturally sculptured coral cave. With Ali Barbour's intimate ambience, it is ideal for a smaller formal wedding celebration up to 60 guests. No detail will be forgotten and tables will be beautifully laid with gleaming cutlery and candelabras. The restaurant serves intiernational cuisine specialising in sefood with other mouthwatering choices available, paired with a quality wine and cocktail list. We invite you to join us for a magical, once in a lifetime dining experience.
(Prices listed here are estimates only & are subject to change)
Price Range

Does this include catering fees?


Additional Charges

Special Sound & Lighting
Pries, registrar
Special flower decoration, bouquets, corsage
Special decor
Photographer, videograph
Bridal Hairdresser, beauty
Special cake
Special entertainement, dancers
Screen, projector


Additional Insurance May Be Required Depending On The Event


Celebrations Hosted Here Since
No Curfew
Venue Spaces
Indoor Venue Space Only
Client Must Use The Catering Provided By The Venue
Provided By Venue For Fee – You Must Use The Venue For All Alcohol Services
Corkage/Bottle Fee – You Can Bring Your Own Alcohol For A Fee
Indoors Only
Designated Smoking Areas Only
The ultimate treat is to take exclusive use of our 10-bedroom hotel adjacent to Ali Barbour's Cave Restaurant: Flamboyant Hotel.
Flamboyant is a family owned and managed hotel, offering A la Carte services. Set in a lush tropical garden, Flamboyant graces the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean it overlooks.

2 Honeymoon Suites with stunning ocean views and 8 air conditioned en-suite bedrooms to accommodate up to 20 guests to allow you to extend the celebration through to the following morning, giving you more time to catch up with your family and friends over a breakfast in the fragrant garden. 
  • Ample Parking Onsite
  • Dining Chairs
  • Dining Tables
Venue Features
The Scene:
Ali Barbour's Cave Restaurant is set in a natural coral cave with a series of interlinked chambers. The main part of the restaurant has an open roof top and on a clear night you can enjoy the beauty of South Coast’s starry night. Talk about dining under the stars and yet experience the luxury of fine dining. The setting is unique, mysterious and romantic, all at the same time.
You will never forget your visit, as you walk down the stairs into a fairyland lit by hundreds of lanterns, decorated with tasteful Arab furnishings, a spiral staircase descends first into a bar area and then into the main part of the restaurant. A giant opening in the cave's roof provides views of a star-filled sky, enhancing an already mystical ambience. All tables are beautifully dressed with flowers and candelabras.

The entire cave is designed in fabulous Swahili style and for a special atmosphere, beautifully illuminated with small lights and lanterns, set in natural holes of the cave. The seating is made of comfortable Lamu style furniture and dinning settings feature snowy white linen, silver and gorgeous glass ware. The exclusive and romantic design add on the value of dining experience.
Standout Venue Features:
We offer complimentary transportation from and to the hotels along the Diani Beach road.
Awards & Notables Ali Barbour's Cave Restaurant features in several article as "Best Restaurant in Africa," "Most Romantic Restaurant," "Best Restaurant with a view," "Unique Restaurant in the World," and "Most unusual Restaurant."

The restaurant was awarded 2nd place "Best Restaurant at the Coast" at the 2015 Taste Awards.

Our sister Beach Bar "Forty Thieves Beach Bar" located on the beach front, 200 meters only from Ali Barbour's Cave, was voted 17th Best.

Classic Bar in the World by "Bartender Magazine Australia" in 2010. Also voted n.1 "Most popular bar at the Coast" at the Taste Awards 2013 and 2015.

Flamboyant Hotel was awarded 3rd place overall at the Magical Kenya Tourism Fair 2014.
Celebration Locations
Flamboyant Hotel:
Exchange your vows overlooking the ocean
- View: Ocean view, pristine beach, clear and cristal waters, fragrant garden
- Max Capacity: 300
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
Forty Thieves Beach Bar:
The perfect spot for a large Beach Wedding ceremony and the after party
- View: Amazing ocean view, white powdery sand and the waves lapping your toes and the Camels in the background
- Max Capacity: 500+
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
Eats & Drinks
Food, Restaurants, Cafes, Bars & Lounges
Bars & Lounges:
Next to the Cave, do not miss Forty Thieves Beach Bar, kick off your shoes on the pristine beach, disco every nights this is the party place.


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