Where to Eat in Bakau: The Best Restaurants and Bars

Bakau is a town on the Atlantic coast of Gambia, west of Gambia's capital city of Banjul. It is known for its botanical gardens, its crocodile pool Bakau Kachikally and for the beaches at Cape Point. Bakau is the first major suburb outside Banjul and the most developed town in the Gambia. Close to Bakau and Banjul is Gambia's largest city, Serekunda.

1. Butcher's Shop

Kairaba Avenue, Fajara Gambia +220 449 5069 Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Table Service International, European, Fusion
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4 based on 419 reviews

Butcher's Shop

Quality international restaurant open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and catering services, with a classic contemporary menu drawing flavors from all around the world. Come and enjoy our renowned food, accompanied by a relaxed, charming and sensual ambianc

Reviewed By ChristopherS2027 - Rothwell, United Kingdom

Wonderful food

Go on Wednesday lunch time between 12 and 2 to get an excellent buffet lunch for a very reasonable price. Also on Sunday lunch time. Great environment and great food experienceThank you Christopher for you wonderfull comment. We look forward to your continued support and we will continue our best to keep satisfying you.

2. Ngala Lodge Restaurant

64 Atlantic Boulevard, Fajara 4901 Gambia +220 247 1107 http://www.ngalalodge.com/ Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Table Service African, Seafood, European, International
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4 based on 288 reviews

Ngala Lodge Restaurant

Established in 1995, Ngala Lodge restaurant has a well earned reputation for fine dining in a beautiful clifftop location. Popular with visitors and local residents, as well as our guests, booking is recommended from November to March. House specialities

Reviewed By Kevin H - London, England, United Kingdom

Criminal overcharging for distinctly average food

This was our most underwhelming experience in The Gambia. I am not sure how exactly the restaurant had the audacity to serve one minuscule brochette of chicken as the satay starter which we ordered. The ladyfish main course was so dry that the half of it we ate we had to wash down with water. The unmixed cocktail served up by ‘the best bartender in The Gambia’ was equally atrocious - see photo attached. I’ve given this review two stars, however, because the THREE prawns I received as my main (at £8 a pop!) tasted nice. After reading all the rave reviews about this place, we were shocked by the quality and quantity of the food. The ‘explanation’ provided: “This is Ngala Lodge”. Not even the courtesy of discounting the meal. Please, save yourself some disappointment and avoid.I am sorry Kevin that you did not appreciate our style and taste of cuisine. Our restaurant manager told me he would have discounted your food had you conducted yourself in a more civilised manner.

3. Calypso Bar and Restaurant

Cape Point Beach Next to Occean Bay Hotel, Bakau Gambia +220 992 0201 Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service African, Bar, Seafood, European, British
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4 based on 578 reviews

Calypso Bar and Restaurant

Reviewed By Lifeguard22 - OLDHAM

Crocs and food

Went to Calypso to watch the crocs being fed and then have dinner.We weren't disappointed. Watching the crocs was great, then the food to follow was quality!The menu is varied and not too expensive considering the surroundings.We particularly enjoyed the Captain fish and the Fish in foil.

4. The Clay Oven

Fajara Booster off Atlantic Road, Fajara Gambia +220 449 6600 http://theclayoven.gm Dinner, Lunch, Late Night Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Free Wifi Indian, Asian
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4 based on 217 reviews

The Clay Oven

The Clay Oven has been open for 24 years, established in 1991 by Vimal Shah. The restaurant has two menu's, a well established Indian menu and a recently well tried Chinese menu. The Clay Oven takes pride in quality and excellence. There is a large dining

Reviewed By CatherineS136 - Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom

The best meal we had in The Gambia & on a par with a good British Indian restaurant

We were prepared to pay a bit more for a good meal and The Clay Oven didn't disappoint. Although we were there on their "buffet night" at over 1,000 dalasi per person it seemed a bit pricey and not enough variety. In the end we chose a couple of main courses, a couple of side dishes with some rice and it was the right amount and absolutely delicious. We like spicey food and this was well-spiced, with varying amounts of heat and masses of flavour. Loved it.

5. Tandoor

Kotu Craft Market, Kotu Gambia Dinner, Late Night Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Highchairs Available Indian, Asian, Balti
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4 based on 231 reviews

Tandoor

Reviewed By Bob F - Brighouse, United Kingdom

If you like Indian food you must try Tandoor whilst in Kotu.

We first visited this restaurant way back in February, 2012 when it was then known as VJ's. Prior to our second visit in 2013 the restaurant was refurbished and extended and re-named Tandoor. We have been patrons ever since.Reviewing restaurants in Gambia is not straight-forward by any means. You can dine out one night and the food and service deservedly warrants an excellent review. You can return to the same restaurant the very next day, order exactly the same meal, only to find it disappointing and the service so slow it spoils the dining experience.The Tandoor is the one exception. My wife and I have been to Kotu seven times now in the past eight years. The food and service at Tandoor has ALWAYS been excellent.The Julbrew is cheap at 65 dalassi and you are served with a complimentary poppadom and pickles.The food is relatively inexpensive and more importantly the dishes are consistent, not the norm in The Gambia I can assure you!I see that once again Tandoor is ranked as the number 1 restaurant in Kotu on TripAdvisor. Personally I wouldn't argue with that. Highly recommended!

6. Ningki Nangka Restaurant

Kotu Beach, Kotu Gambia +220 369 9930 http://www.facebook.com/ningkinangkarestaurant/ Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Table Service African, Seafood, European, British, International
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4 based on 399 reviews

Ningki Nangka Restaurant

We are closed for refurbishment but will be fully open during October ready to welcome everyone. Lafi and the team

Reviewed By Feathers2013 - Rye, United Kingdom

So cool....

My wife and I used the facilities at this super place to spend our relaxing time on the loungers on the beach. The staff at Ningki Nangka Restaurant were nothing less than superb, attentive, very efficient and all done with a smile. While laying on the very comfortable loungers we were plied with refreshments and food whenever we wanted it. The three guys on the beach take great pride in giving excellent service looking after any needs you may have, parasols, tables, extra chairs ect while always keeping the whole area clean and tidy and insuring the beach sellers were kept at a distance. If you are after a bit of peace and quiet added to a very relaxing few hours then this is the place to be..Ah thanks for the great review - when things are busy we don't always get everything right but your experience is what we aim for. We will make sure the team know about the review.Lafi and the team

7. Cassy's Cafe & Restaurant

Bertil Harding Highway The Village, Kololi, Serekunda Gambia +220 222 2622 http://www.facebook.com/CassyCafe/ Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Table Service, Parking Available Cafe, International, European
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4 based on 130 reviews

Cassy's Cafe & Restaurant

Cassy’s Cafe located at The Village in the vibrant Senegambia area is a modern but intimate combo of deli and patisserie that offers some of the most delicious sweets, treats and breads you are likely to find in The Gambia. A full range of the usual pastr

Reviewed By echase50 - Wells, Maine

Excellent food and service

My first trip to The Gambia, and first lunch on arrival. My local friend enjoyed as much as I did. We shared the spicy chili pepper beef over rice and the tomato cheese panini which was recommended by our waiter. Both were delicious. The outside seating perfect. We returned for dinner the following week and totally enjoyed the tiger prawns, baked Brie, spring rolls and shrimp in the spicy chili pepper oil, service impeccable. I highly recommend! Elizabeth Chase

8. Gida's Garden Restaurant

Atlantic Boulevard, Fajara (A little off the road), Fajara Gambia +220 399 9756 http://www.facebook.com/gidasgarden Lunch, Dinner, Drinks Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Table Service European, International
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4 based on 166 reviews

Gida's Garden Restaurant

Located in a beautiful garden, Gida's Garden is described by most of our customers as one of the most charming and relaxing place to eat in the country. It also offers a cosy lounge area, for those wanting a drink before or after their meal and is one of

Reviewed By JJCONearDerby - Near Derby

Enjoyed our visit

Visited whilst staying at Ngala Lodge . The cocktails are nice and the setting is very quiet and well maintained to european standards .Food is very good and reasonably priced . Glad you enjoyed your visit and thanks for leaving us a review!

9. Captain's Table

2 Kotu Stream Road, Kotu 0000 Gambia +220 446 5555 http://www.bakotuhotel.com Dinner, Lunch, Late Night Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service Seafood, European, International, Healthy
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4 based on 366 reviews

Captain's Table

Reviewed By Jacky T - Bedford, United Kingdom

Shame about the music

The food in this restaurant is very good with plenty of choice. However we found the music very irritating. It was electronic twanging and went on and on......Staff are always friendly and helpful.

10. Taj India

Cape Point, Bakau Gambia Dinner, Lunch, Late Night Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Full Bar, Table Service Indian
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4 based on 175 reviews

Taj India

Reviewed By Just_the_Wanderer - Barcelona, Spain

Good food, different styles

Here you will find African, Chinese and Indian food, however we were in Gambia so we took Gambian traditional dishes. Both our Domoda and Yassa dishes were good, (from here, Domoda became my favorite Gambian dish) the waiters were very kind and patient (we came here very late, sorry guys!) and they helped us to choose these dishes.The restaurant has a nice atmosphere and was located very close to our hotel, and it is not too expensive.

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