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The Talisman

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Seafood, Contemporary, Fusion, Gastropub, Italian, Japanese, African, Sushi, European, Asian, British, Central European, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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320 Ngong Road | Karen, Nairobi, Kenya
+254 705 999997
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Nairobi Region, Kenya
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98 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

Atmosphere, food quality, consistency are stellar. As a regular I would say this is the place to go for excellent food. When it is crowded, as food restaurants often are, the service is a little bit stretched and on weekends this could easily be remedied. With a range of interesting dishes for vegetarians and meat eaters alike, the portions and... More 

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Thank salimkeshavjee
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear Salimkeshavjee, Thank you so much for writing this fantastic review! We are always so proud to hear such positive feedback, especially coming from a regular patron. On behalf of the whole team here we truly hope to welcome you and your family back again soon. With Thanks The Talisman More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

The Thai fish curry was superb! The Talisman burger was fantastic too. Fast service. Very good service. But they should not allow smoking in the inside areas.

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Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share this fantastic review. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience at The Talisman. We are very sorry that the inside smoking disrupted your meal. We do have a non-smoking area which is just as cosy and with 2 fireplaces. Next time you make a reservation with us please... More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

A relaxing friendly watering hole for casual drinks or a special meal. A great layout with both inside and outside areas. Attentive and helpful staff.

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Thank Russ_Combe
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear Russ_Combe, Thank you so much for taking the time to write this great review and we are delighted that you enjoyed your experience with us. We try hard to offer something for everyone here at The Talisman, wether you are having a simple drink with friends or a meal to celebrate that special occasion. We hope to welcome you... More 

San Antonio, TX
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102 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

A great al fresco venue with very delicious gourmet food. Dining in the beautiful garden with friends and being served beautifully prepared food is a delight. Can't miss on the salt & pepper calamari, beet salad or the seafood. Service is superb. A must for dining in Nairobi.

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Thank Prof Bob
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear Prof Bob, Thank you so much for this excellent review! We are so happy to hear that you and your friends enjoyed your al fresco lunch with us. We are indeed very lucky to be surrounded by such a beautiful garden in the midst of Nairobi. We hope to welcome you all back again soon for some more gourmet... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

Great ambiance and the food was excellent. Loved the attention to detail. Staff always attentive and not in your face. Will definitely be back....

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Thank Sue H
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear Sue H, Thank you for taking the time to share your review. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience here at The Talisman! We can't wait to welcome you back... With Thanks The Talisman More 

seattle
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

I am sure most of these reviewing are residents of Nairobi but we were looking for a way to kill 5 hour layover on our way home from safari. Be sure to ck traffic, but we were lucky to there on a saturday and are so happy we had lunch there. First we were worried b/c the menu crossed so... More 

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Thank lrmooney
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear Irmooney, Thank you for your wonderful review! We are very pleased that you chose TheTalisman to come and spend your last few hours in Kenya and are delighted that you enjoyed your experience. Our menu does indeed cover many cuisines as our executive chef grew up in Asia, completed culinary school in Copenhagen and specialized in Italian cuisine in... More 

Norwich, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

Very nice location and decor. Attentive waiters. Superb food. Beautifully presented. Worth making that tortuous journey across Nairobi. So much on the menu that was tempting.

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Thank 1964RSM
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear 1964RSM, Thank you for taking the time to write this great review! We are so happy to hear that you battled the infamous Nairobi traffic to get to us and that the experience was worth the effort! We hope to tempt you back to The Talisman soon, With Thanks The Talisman More 

Gurugram (Gurgaon), India
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94 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

Simply put - a very chic restaurant with excellent food and great service. Without doubt it is one of the top restaurants in Nairobi. Loved the decor. They have a cool bar too. The menu is diverse with interesting twists. The food presentation is good. The gardens are beautiful. A must do restaurant in Nairobi.

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Thank Pranamita
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear Pranamita, Thank you so much for your excellent review! We are so pleased that you enjoyed everything about your experience with us at The Talisman and we hope to welcome you back again soon. With Thanks The Talisman More 

Manila
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

We had a great meal here. It's a beautiful place and whilst people outside were provided with blankets on a chilly afternoon we got a spot near the indoor fire. The food is delicious and service is outstanding. I'll definitely be going back again.

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Thank cathgearing
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear Cathgearing, Thank you for taking the time to write this great review! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your meal and experience with us despite the chilly weather we are having at the moment and we look forwards to your next visit! With Thanks The Talisman More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

Considering the excellent food, good wine selection and extremely pleasant setting, with ample outdoor seating, this is easily my favorite restaurant in Nairobi. The feta samosas are especially reccommended, and the cocktails and desserts are all outstanding.

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Thank Ngawa7
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear Ngawa7, Thank you so much for taking the time to write this amazing review! We are so proud to hear that we are your top choice for dining in Nairobi and we hope to welcome you back for some more Feta & Coriander samosas very soon!. With Thanks The Talisman More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Seafood, Contemporary, Fusion, Gastropub, Italian, Japanese, African, Sushi, European, Asian, British, Central European, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 00:00
Tuesday
08:00 - 00:00
Wednesday
08:00 - 00:00
Thursday
08:00 - 00:00
Friday
08:00 - 00:00
Saturday
08:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 320 Ngong Road | Karen, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Location: Africa  >  Kenya  >  Nairobi
  • Phone Number: +254 705 999997
Description
Featuring carved wooden pillars from Pakistan, elegant Afghan rugs, charming fireplaces, sprawling terraces and idyllic gardens, The Talisman blends fine dining with unbridled eclecticism. We have made every effort to create the ideal ambience for those seeking a candle-lit romantic dinner, a casual evening drink with friends, an outdoor lunch with family and everything in between ~ And all this is complemented by distinguished service from our cordial staff.

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