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KOTAO Coffee

Restaurant Cafe Bar Coffee shop

One of the Most Reviewed Caves in Dakar


12500 King Fahd Rd, Méridien, Senegal




+221 77 718 76 52

Price rating

$$ $$

Rating on Google Maps

4.40 (577 reviews)

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Working Hours

  • Saturday: 7:30 am to 10 pm
  • Sunday: 7:30 am to 10 pm
  • Monday: 7:30 am to 10 pm
  • Tuesday: 7:30 am to 10 pm
  • Wednesday: 7:30 am to 10 pm
  • Thursday: 7:30 am to 10 pm
  • Friday: 7:30 am to 10 pm

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  • 5/5 Esayas G. 11 months ago on Google • 169 reviews
    Excellent restaurant in Dakar Almadies. Food is very tasty - especially the burger. Staff were friendly, neat and well organised place. Enjoyed my experience.
    3 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 lauren p. 1 year ago on Google • 85 reviews
    Took a walk to this coffee and brunch spot and it was totally worth it. The service was great, the staff speaks French, English and Spanish. The food was delicious, healthy and good portion. I had the egg bowl and enjoyed it. The avocado spread was very good to add to the bowl. The salmon was nice and the tomatoes were my favorite part. We also had the energy breakfast. The peanut butter banana toast with chocolate chips was my favorite. The yogurt with granola was also very good. And of course the avocado toast with egg was also delicious. Great outdoor seating space with seashells on the floor. Good wifi speed 8mbps on the outdoor terrace so you might be able to work a bit from here as well. We will definitely be back and I will update this review when we try more items on the menu.
    3 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Kalyan E. 4 years ago on Google
    Healthy meals , organic food , zero plastic. Attentive staff . Well mannered. Wonderful wonderful place to have a quick meal a lazy weekend breakfast or just sit down and have a cuppa. They speak English and French. What more should I say. It's a dream come true !
    3 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Daniel D. 6 months ago on Google • 53 reviews
    Very nice restaurant in the very nice part of town. There is a small dining area that is air conditioned, but the attraction is the garden area with lots of plants, decor, and shade. An amazing place during this dry, windy weather. The food was delicious. The service was very helpful and polite. Overall, a great place. My mom really liked the banana bread that was the "cake du jour". Be aware that this is more expensive, but it is a pricey neighborhood.
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Ezekiel S. 2 years ago on Google • 23 reviews
    A beautiful well organized place by the roadside but you can sit inside if you don't like the car's noise passing by. I enjoyed how they welcomed their guests into the cafe. I had a very tasty local fruit drink call ‘Bissap’ you should try it.
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 kadial f. 2 years ago on Google
    Kotao is a very cute place, with tasty and healthy food. The service is on point and you can easily spend good time there working or chilling with your friends. Definitely recommend this place !
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 1/5 Holly S. 1 year ago on Google
    Dishonest to the core. Bunch of liars and cheats, esp guy behind the counter. Order one thing and get another and try to get charged for the higher priced item. Order takeout, don't go in person. Edit: Saw the comment from the restaurant, but sorry, a brand is a brand no matter where you are. If you want to call one 'west africa' over the other, then yes, you are dishonest. I also asked for the manager and was told their is no one higher than the guy behind the bar, so too bad. Come on Kotao, I know you're trying to be better than this.
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Wassim D. 3 years ago on Google
    (Translated by Google) Very warm welcome, a very varied menu (Original) Accueil très chaleureux, une carte très variée
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Paola P. 4 years ago on Google
    For me this is the best coffee place in Dakar! Good coffee and the food is very fresh, it's a bit small but very cozy and the service is excellent besides they speak English! You will only need to take cash because cards are not accepted.
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Pieter J P. 2 years ago on Google
    What a great little place for a fresh healthy breakfast or lunch. I have only been in Dakar for a few weeks, and from all the places I've tried, KōTao outshines them all. Friendly staff, fast service, fresh, healthy and delicious food, and the owners always greets you with a warm welcome. This is for sure my go to place for my daily lunch! Superb!!!
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Ousman T. 1 year ago on Google • 250 reviews
    A very nice and cosy place in Almadies, Dakar. The food was amazing and the staff were friendly too. They speak English and French (for those who can't speak English)

  • 4/5 Allan Stockman R. 3 years ago on Google • 181 reviews
    Nice place to have authentic food with Senegalese touch. The place is organized like many small rooms with different stings and desks. Little crowded but that also indicates that it's a place appreciated by many in town. Pricing is average compared with the other outings in the vicinity.

  • 4/5 Damilola Ajayi (. 1 year ago on Google
    Nice ambiance and lovely meals.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 4/5 Maniang L. 2 years ago on Google
    Chill place to hang out with friends and having fun after work. Their smoothie are 😍😍
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Aissatou G S. 3 years ago on Google
    (Translated by Google) I liked everything the setting the food the staff. For the lunch formula I was entitled to water, a main course and a dessert Bouye juice (baobab fruit) was natural I don't remember ever having drunk such a natural one (as the fruit of water and well-dosed sugar) In the desert I had a chocolate and almond cake, what a delight. After tasting it I promised myself to make one again at home but with a nutty flavor. The Caesar salad was fresh and full of flavor (the well cooked chicken the parmesan excellent the sweet and juicy olive tomatoes the croutons had a good consistency, the Caesar sauce was nothing more than good) My friend took the brunch formula, it's the dish and the drink opposite ... Will I be back? Absolutely! there is too much to explore. And above all I recommend ... (Original) J'ai tout aimé le cadre la nourriture le personnel. Pour la formule lunch j'ai eu droit à de l'eau, un plat et un dessert Le jus bouye (fruit du baobab) était naturel je ne me souviens pas en avoir déjà bu un aussi naturel (que le fruit de l'eau et du sucre bien dosé) Au désert j'ai eu un moelleux au chocolat et a l'amande quel délice. Après l'avoir goûté je me suis promis d'en refaire un à la maison mais a la noisette. La salade caesar était fraîche et pleine de saveurs (le poulet bien cuit le parmesan excellent les tomates olivettes douces et juteuses les croûtons avaient une bonne consistance, la sauce César était bonne sans plus) Mon amie a pris la formule brunch c'est le plat et la boisson d'en face... Est ce que je reviendrai? Absolument! il y a trop de choses à explorer. Et surtout je recommande...
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 4/5 Christelle S. 1 year ago on Google
    Great service and the poke bowl was good too. Wish the servings were a bit bigger. And the chocolate tart was not great, it was too sweet. Overall I enjoyed my time there.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 4/5 Tomoyuki T. 2 years ago on Google
    Volume so much 😋 So relaxing place
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 4/5 Tony A. 3 years ago on Google
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 2/5 Coumba D. 3 years ago on Google
    (Translated by Google) A little narrow. The photos on insta my more amazed than the place ... (Original) Un peu étroit. Les photos sur insta mon plus bluffés que le lieu...
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Carl M. 2 years ago on Google
    Very cool al fresco restaurant serving up healthy and hearty meals from Middle Eastern to Asian. They have a set menu for lunch at 7.5k which includes a meal, drink & desert.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Jeanne W. 3 years ago on Google
    (Translated by Google) One of the best restaurants in Dakar their pokebawl is delicious but also the salads and desserts ... Very friendly place. Very nice waiter and attentive to the customer which is rare in Dakar. In short I recommend! (Original) L'un des meilleurs restaurants de Dakar leur pokebawl est délicieux mais également les salades les desserts... Lieu très convivial. Serveur très gentil et à l'écoute du client ce qui est rare à Dakar. Bref je recommande !
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Baptiste B. 3 years ago on Google
    (Translated by Google) The ideal place for your meetings at the Almadies, the best coffee shop in the neighborhood, very professional staff (Original) Le lieu idéal pour vos rendez vous aux Almadies, meilleur coffee shop du quartier,staff très pro
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Diomaye A. N. 3 years ago on Google
    Lovely and quiet place for a hot chocolate
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Fareed A. 4 years ago on Google
    Tasty food and a great staff! The food arrives fresh, and there is always a smile to greet you here.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 katy n. 3 years ago on Google
    (Translated by Google) Excellent and thank you for the welcome. Katy (Original) Excellent et merci pour l'accueil . Katy
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 AA G. 3 years ago on Google
    (Translated by Google) Like a second home. A warm, welcoming place just like its owners. A value for money that is rarely found around the Almadies. Quiet enough to work in peace. Customer service one of the best if not the best to which I was entitled. I highly recommend it. (Original) Comme un deuxième chez moi. Un lieu convivial chaleureux et accueillant tout comme ses propriétaires. Un rapport qualité prix qu’on trouve rarement aux environs des Almadies. Assez calme pour travailler en toute tranquillité. Le service client un des meilleurs si ce n’est le meilleur auquel j’ai eu droit. Je vous le conseille vivement.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 4/5 Ranjeeta S. 3 months ago on Google • 101 reviews New
    Great hangout for morning people. Nice coffee. Super friendly staff. But price in expensive side. Visit for a cup of latte or breakfast 🥞 lots of variety.

  • 5/5 Secil K. 5 months ago on Google • 46 reviews
    I came on Xmas day for brunch since I heard it was open and never tried it before. Everything was perfect, the portions were large and all ingredients were fresh. I will definitely come back!

  • 5/5 SANTIAGUE D. 10 months ago on Google • 25 reviews
    I love this spot! I discovered it last year and made a point to return this year to have a Frappuccino!!!! last year it was not on the menu and I gave the barista step by step instruction s on how to make it how I like it, this year it was on the menu!!!!! It was made to perfection and I loved it. I ordered the salmon pancake stacks again and loved it all over again. The location is central and easy to find and the courtyard is quaint and shaded. The staff is friendly and accommodating to English speakers and all in all it is a great experience. You can also sit inside but I am an outdoor diner, no matter the heat I will dine outside if I can.

  • 5/5 assia k. 1 year ago on Google
    The team is very sympathetic. A nice spot to chill and work. On a large menu, I tried the Kotao hamburger, very tasty and the bread was so good with delicious french fries. I didn't like the carrot cake. The mood of the restaurant is very relaxing

  • 5/5 Alana D. 2 years ago on Google
    Really great lattes and food !

  • 5/5 Adama C. 2 years ago on Google
    Chic restaurant ideal for those who want to eat fast, well and affordably. Despite its fast food appearance, KOTAO offers a healthy menu.

  • 4/5 SSP 5 mins a day tai c. 2 years ago on Google
    Had the burger, it was great! Thought this was an Asian cafe but there are only 3 Asian dishes on the menu. Nice smoothies. Great place for brunch. Nice staff and relaxing setting. Just one tiny thing, the dish cloth the staff wiped the tables with needs to be washed better as it left a bad odour on the table. Otherwise it's a starred place to go back and try other things on the menu.

  • 5/5 Chris T. 2 years ago on Google
    great coffee and service, thank u to the staff

  • 5/5 Sarah Nina D. 1 year ago on Google
    What I love about this place is the kindness of the staff and how happy they are to work. Of course the food is amazing, the products are so fresh and tasty, I promise you won't regret it

  • 5/5 Amie D. 1 year ago on Google
    The food here is really good, the staff are friendly and welcoming. One of my favorite places.

  • 5/5 Lorenzo C. 1 year ago on Google
    Small bar next to the American food store. Very quiet, good coffe and desserts. Also very good for brunch! English speaking sfaff

  • 4/5 Kaitlin E. 1 year ago on Google
    Great flat white, and the waiters were super friendly. Definitely enjoyed my time there

  • 5/5 Wendy S. 1 year ago on Google
    I love the coffee here, and I think if you are looking for something like fish and chips this is pretty good, their lunch specials are great!

  • 5/5 Eliza D. 3 months ago on Google • 6 reviews New
    Very beautiful restaurant with unique design and oriental vibe. Staff is very nice and friendly. The food came pretty quickly and it was delicious. The plate looked amazing. I strongly recommend visiting this cafe.

  • 5/5 Rim W. 3 years ago on Google
    (Translated by Google) The best place in Dakar to taste real flat white coffee! The staff are very kind and pleasant, and the food is always fresh, healthy and delicious. (Original) Le meilleur endroit de Dakar pour déguster un vrai café flat white ! Le personnel est très gentil et agréable, et la nourriture est toujours fraiche, saine et délicieuse.

  • 3/5 Na t. 3 years ago on Google
    (Translated by Google) Surprising and fresh dishes. One star less for food coming and going from the other door (sometimes with the same gloves or without protecting the product). (Original) Plats surprenant et frais. Une étoile en moins pour les va et vient des aliments depuis l'autre porte (parfois avec les mêmes gants ou sans protéger le produit).

  • 5/5 mélanie r. 3 years ago on Google
    (Translated by Google) Quality products for a fresh and delicious menu. I think I tried the whole menu, special mention for the Avocado Toast, a treat! A cozy place perfect to relax and take full advantage of your break. Thanks to the always friendly and smiling staff. It has become my essential at Almadies (Original) Des produits de qualité pour un menu frais et délicieux. Je pense avoir essayé toute la carte, mention spéciale pour l'Avocado Toast, un régal! Un lieu cosy parfait pour se détendre et profiter pleinement de sa pause. Merci au personnel toujours sympathique et souriant. C'est devenu mon incontournable aux Almadies

  • 5/5 Eliot D. 3 years ago on Google
    Kotao is an absolute amazing find! My wife and I stumbled upon it in our first week in Dakar and have been back religiously every week since. They do great coffees (and v good flat whites!), all of their food is super fresh, and the team are all fantastic. They go above and beyond to help you out (even giving us some super valuable tips to help settle into Dakar). Strongly recommend Kotao to anyone looking for good food, good coffee and good vibes!

  • 3/5 Rapha F. 3 years ago on Google
    (Translated by Google) 06/11/2020 at the end of the afternoon A cozy and friendly place to have a good time. The pastries are good qualities! (Original) 06/11/2020 en fin d’après-midi Un endroit cosy et sympathique pour passé un bon moment. Les pâtisseries sont de bonnes qualités !

  • 5/5 Bob M. 4 years ago on Google
    A bright eating spot. Great food. AND then you discover they have desserts. Professionally trained chef; management with US restaurant training experience. I am going a 2nd time.

  • 5/5 Charlotte C. 3 years ago on Google
    Little piece of heaven!

  • 5/5 Gordon P. 4 years ago on Google
    Great coffee and great staff. We had the Avacado toast with poached egg and bacon. It was brilliant. The Americano was everything it should be. We will definitely go back

  • 4/5 DC 4 years ago on Google
    Clean, small seating area but the food is excellent :)

  • 5/5 Frederik F. 4 years ago on Google
    Best café in Dakar - the most delicious food and coffee, but most importantly: The warmest staff you’ll ever find.

  • 5/5 Ibrahima F. 3 years ago on Google
    The brunch was very good. The service as well. The location is fine for a date or with friends. Highly recommend this

  • 5/5 Ousmane D. 3 years ago on Google
    (Translated by Google) Magnificent (Original) Magnifique

  • 5/5 Ln F. 3 years ago on Google
    (Translated by Google) Super top (Original) Super top

  • 5/5 ANNE MARIE R. 3 years ago on Google
    (Translated by Google) Excellent, beautiful setting Impeccable service Affordable price (Original) Excellent, cadre magnifique Service impeccable Prix abordable

  • 3/5 ousmane g. 3 years ago on Google
    (Translated by Google) It is a beautiful place, a really splendid calm to discover my dear ones (Original) C'est endroit est magnifique calme vraiment splendide a découvrir mes chers

  • 3/5 Minty I. 3 years ago on Google
    (Translated by Google) Super nice setting, helpful and pleasant staff, mouth-watering dishes but unfortunately a little bland especially the scrambled eggs and the chicken sausages for brunch (Original) Cadre super sympa, personnel disponible et agréable, plats alléchants mais malheureusement un peu fades surtout les oeufs brouillés et les saucisses de volaille du brunch

  • 4/5 Adolphe D. 3 years ago on Google
    (Translated by Google) A great place they cook good food the staff are welcoming (Original) Un super endroit on y prépare de la bonne nourriture le personnel est accueillant

  • 5/5 Frédéric H. E. G. 3 years ago on Google
    It was so good..that I forgot to take the picture before starting eating.

  • 5/5 Ramata 3 years ago on Google
    Cute brunch place

  • 4/5 Ccilia B. 3 years ago on Google
    (Translated by Google) A great place for brunch or lunch alone, with family or friends. The meals served are hearty and the value for money reasonable (Original) Un bel endroit pour bruncher ou déjeuner seul, en famille ou entre amis. Les repas servis sont copieux et le rapport qualité/prix raisonnable

  • 5/5 Mohamed A. 3 years ago on Google
    (Translated by Google) Very pleasant restaurant and welcome, with dishes and a surprising presentation, all enhanced with generous flavors and portions. I recommend ! (Original) Restaurant et accueil très agréable, avec des plats et une présentation surprenante, le tout agrémenté de saveurs et de portions généreuse. Je recommande !

  • 4/5 TOURE Abdoul W. 3 years ago on Google
    (Translated by Google) Good and pleasant place. Good food. Quality service (Original) Bon et agréable lieu. Bonne nourriture. Service de qualité

  • 5/5 Cathy K. 3 years ago on Google
    (Translated by Google) Very pleasant (Original) Très agréable

  • 3/5 Mame Rokhaya S. 3 years ago on Google
    (Translated by Google) Great brunch, not below 11,000 but we're full Hyper disappointed with the Caesar salad on the other hand, the chicken is very weird and tasteless but the tomatoes are good 😬 (Original) Super brunch, pas en dessous de 11.000 mais on est rassasié Hyper déçue de la salade César par contre, le poulet est très bizarre et sans goût mais les tomates sont bonnes 😬

  • 4/5 Nia 3 years ago on Google
    Love the coffee

  • 4/5 Mouhamadou A. 3 years ago on Google
    (Translated by Google) They make the food by the minute (Original) Ils font la nourriture à la minute

  • 4/5 Ange Christelle A. 3 years ago on Google
    (Translated by Google) A little tight but cozy. Very attentive staff, very outgoing. Super good brunch, nothing to say. (Original) Un peu serré mais cosy. Personnel aux petits soins, très avenant. Brunch super bon, rien a dire.

  • 5/5 arthur z. 3 years ago on Google
    (Translated by Google) Great restaurant, very good food and top welcome 👌👌 (Original) Super restaurant,très bonne nourriture et accueil au top 👌👌

  • 5/5 Cédric B. 3 years ago on Google
    (Translated by Google) Excellent restaurant, healthy, impeccable staff and attentive, it is one of our canteens with almadies! We eat really well and the place is very nice (Original) Restaurant excellent, healthy, staff impeccable et aux petits soins, c'est une de nos cantines aux almadies! On y mange super bien et le lieu est très sympa

  • 4/5 MbOss S. 3 years ago on Google
    (Translated by Google) I loved!!!!! Very warm welcome! (Original) J'ai adoré!!!!! Accueil très chaleureux!

  • 5/5 Maura P. 3 years ago on Google
    (Translated by Google) cool discreet, clean and 5 star meals (Original) cool discret, propre et répas 5 etoiles

  • 4/5 Adnan T. 3 years ago on Google
    (Translated by Google) The perfect breakfast .. there is something for everyone (Original) The perfect breakfast.. y en a pr tous les goûts

  • 5/5 Ndeye Filly G. 3 years ago on Google
    Lovely spot, love the minimalist decor. One thing that I really enjoy is the warmth and customer service of the overall staff and owners. Exceptional ionel menu and very great space for family time, Socializing and/or work. Kerya and Bakary amazing people and did a great job with their team and overall concept. If you are looking for a great experience KoTao is the spot.

  • 5/5 Halfdan B. 3 years ago on Google
    Wonderful coffee, tasty healthy food - the "Central Perk" of Dakar!

  • 5/5 Margot M. 3 years ago on Google
    (Translated by Google) One of my favorite places in Dakar. A friendly place where we are greeted with a smile by Kerya and her team. The icing on the cake is the avocado toast or the equally good desserts. !!! To sum up: great setting, warm welcome, delicious food, in short if you are going through Dakar, it is a compulsory stop. (Original) L'un de mes endroits préférés à Dakar. Un lieu convivial ou on est accueilli avec le sourire par Kerya et sa team. Cerise sur le gateau l'avocado toast ou encore les desserts tous aussi bons. !!! Pour résumer : cadre au top, accueil chaleureux, nouriture délicieuse, bref si vous passez par Dakar, c'est un stop obligatoire.

Call +221 77 718 76 52 Open on Google Maps


  • Parking
    • ✓️ Free parking lot
    • ✓️ Plenty of parking
  • Payments
    • ✓️ Credit cards
  • Offerings
    • ✓️ Beer
    • ✓️ Wine
    • ✓️ Coffee
    • ✓️ Alcohol
    • ✓️ Spirits
    • ✓️ Cocktails
    • ✓️ Small plates
    • ✓️ Vegan options
    • ✓️ Late-night food
    • ✓️ Happy-hour drinks
    • ✓️ Vegetarian options
  • Dining options
    • ✓️ Lunch
    • ✓️ Brunch
    • ✓️ Dinner
    • ✓️ Dessert
    • ✓️ Seating
    • ✓️ Catering
    • ✓️ Breakfast
  • Service options
    • ✓️ Dine-in
    • ✓️ Delivery
    • ✓️ Takeaway
    • ✓️ Outdoor seating
  • From the business
    • ✓️ Identifies as women-owned


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