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Karen Road | Karen, Nairobi 00200, Kenya
+254 719 346349
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Taking the stop-over opportunity in Nairobi to visit Tamambo (lunch) and Tamarind (supper) on the same day to catch up with some old friends. Both restaurant sit in a large extended bungalow type house on the timeless lush garden and are inter-connected. Tamarind is the flagship of the group , with Surf & Turf concept . Excellent meals at both,... More 

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Thank Kyeong C
Geraldine D, Director of Sales at Tamarind Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you very much indeed for your fabulous review about Tamambo and Tamarind and for giving us a perfect rating. We are delighted that you were able to sample both restaurants in one day and enjoyed both dining experiences. It is most flattering that you compared the Tamarind to one of those boutique restaurants in Sandton Johannesburg, which we know... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Mix of children, very fussy folks, some sort of vegan, hungry blokes, and a very thirsty one. All were sorted in a very reasonable time - sushi, prawns, fish and chips, two great curries (red thai and a local one), cold White Cap, and reasonable white wine. I see from others reviews that it's pricey - we were guests (thank... More 

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Thank CrypticBiro
Geraldine D, Director of Sales at Tamarind Restaurant, responded to this review

We are delighted to hear that you had an enjoyable lunch experience at Tamambo and even the fussy folks, the vegans and hungry and thirsty blokes were sorted and enjoyed the meal, particularly the sushi, prawns, fish and chips, and curries. We appreciate your favourable comments - they are a great acknowledgement of our dedicated team. thank you for taking... More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

good food especially sea food and generally very good ambiance with excellent decor and comfortable seating

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Thank ceverard
Geraldine D, Director of Sales at Tamarind Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to post such a lovely review. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the food, ambiance and decor. Looking forward to welcoming you back again soon. More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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391 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 247 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dinner in a group of 7 and we all got our food at the same time. Everyone - absolutely everyone - were happy. I had the fish and prawns harissa. Really good - especially the sauce. Fish was perfectly cooked. Dessert - with very nicely decorated plates - passionfruit bavaroise. So good! Nice place. Good service. Brilliant food. A bit... More 

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Thank Hans L
Geraldine D, Director of Sales at Tamarind Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to post such a great review and for the perfect rating. We are delighted to hear that you and your group were happy with your dining experience and enjoyed the food particularly the fish and prawn harissa, the perfectly cooked fish and the dessert. Your favourable comments about the food and service... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited yesterday. Great reception from the Lady at the entrance. We got a cozy table next to the fire service quite good. The prawns calypso and chill crab were excellent. Will be back

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Thank Valenciakathomi
Geraldine D, Director of Sales at Tamarind Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank yu so much for taking the time to post a review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your dining experience with us and that the food was to your liking especially the prawns calypso and chilli crab. Your favourable comments are truly appreciated - they are a great acknowledgement of our dedicated team. We look forward to welcoming you... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent service, fresh fish and sea food. We felt pampered, and dinner was delicious. Close to the Nairobi reserve park and clustered in nice garden.

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Thank JuliaDin
Geraldine D, Director of Sales at Tamarind Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to review. We appreciate you choosing to visit the Tamarind even though you are not a fish lover and that the food and service did not disappoint. We are delighted that you felt pampered and the dinner was delicious. Your kind comments have been passed to the team who are happy to... More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went here for a relaxing lunch. The setting is lovely under the trees. Some of the food we ordered was very nice but mine unfortunately was not very interesting. The goats cheese salad had only a few bits of goats cheese in it and my garlic prawns were undercooked and flavourless. No garlic to be seen. The desert was... More 

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Geraldine D, Director of Sales at Tamarind Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to post a review about Tamambo Karen Blixen (Tamarind Nairobi is adjacent and open for dinner). It is unfortunate that you found the food uninteresting and the staff distracted and disorganized. We are however happy that not all was lost and that you enjoyed the setting under the trees and the dessert. Your comments... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There are several locations for the Tamarind in Nairobi, and this one is located in the Karen Blixen Gardens, where you can also stay in one of the lovely bungalows. a word of caution, there is another restaurant directly adjacent, Tamambo, which you must avoid at all costs: the worst service I have had in more than 20 years in... More 

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Thank queencharlotta
Geraldine D, Director of Sales at Tamarind Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your great review and for the perfect rating. We are truly delighted that you felt completely welcomed and liked the setting and the menu. We are happy to hear that the prawns and grilled fish were to your liking and that you found the wine list comprehensive. We appreciate your favourable comments - they are... More 

Nairobi, Kenya
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

Great place to relax in their spacious gardens. Food is good and service is excellent. Try the kikapu kuku or the grilled tilapia

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Thank daudi2017
labinaNairobi, Director of Sales at Tamarind Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review your meal at Tamambo Karen Blixen. We are happy to hear you enjoyed relaxing in the spacious gardens and found the service excellent and the food good, particularly the kikapu kuku. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

It's a restaurant right, so I got all the treatment I expected. Good seafood, great band for entertainment and so on.

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Thank Ivory N
labinaNairobi, Director of Sales at Tamarind Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review and for the perfect rating. We are happy to hear that your dining experience met with your expectations and the seafood was good and you liked the band. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. 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 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$50 - US$100
Cuisine
European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Validated Parking, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, View, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Karen Road | Karen, Nairobi 00200, Kenya
  • Location: Africa  >  Kenya  >  Nairobi
  • Phone Number: +254 719 346349
Description
Nairobi's iconic seafood restaurant which originally opened in August 1977, has recently moved from the Central Business District to the leafy suburbs of Karen at the Karen Blixen coffee Garden.
The menu is a blend of the best of French, Asian and African cuisines with specialties such as the famous Prawns Piri Piri, and Chilli Crab which have earned the Tamarind worldwide fame.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?