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Limuru Road, 1/2 km after Village Market | Inside Karura Forest, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
+254 725 969891
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07:30 - 18:30
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Sun - Sat 07:30 - 18:30
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London
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38 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

Visited this lovely eatery at Karura Forest twice in one week - once for breakfast and then again for lunch. On both occasions, enjoyed the food - good selection for vegetarians, and the service was also good. If you are in Nairobi for a few days, should definitely visit this place and also enjoy the walks in the forest.

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Thank Joe64
Frankfurt, Germany
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83 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

It's a nice "western style" cafe in a forest. That's the place to meet the local ex-pats and have a nice brunch. Reservations for Weekends are recommended. They also have an activity corner for the kids

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Thank Nerav B
Rome, Italy
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101 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

This restaurant is located in one of Nairobi's stunning forests and yet it is a few seconds away from one of the business areas of the city - just one would never tell in that spectacular nature! Outdoor dining area is spacious and with a stunning view on the forest, food is good and staff are friendly and professional. I... More 

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Thank Carla C
Nairobi, Kenya
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106 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

We were invited by friends to join them for the River Cafe Full Moon Christmas Dinner on the 15th Dec. River Cafe, is situated on land that was cleared inside the protected Forest area of Karura Forest. Every so often, they open at night for a special Full Moon Dinner. Despite the fact that the restaurant should not be there... More 

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Thank Crackers H
Nairobi, Kenya
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64 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

Visited this café with family on a Sunday afternoon, 11th December 2016, and the ambience overlooking the Karura forest was really fantastic. The service was really good as well with all our 4 steak orders arriving quickly and hot. Great place for an afternoon chill after jogging through the forest or just relaxing with friends and family. The menu is... More 

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Thank Daniel J
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26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

Stopped here after a morning of shopping. It is set in a forest, basically and is gorgeous, lush. Good food, variety of options, welcoming staff.

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Thank Jennifer M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

The setting is wonderful and the food is fine. A little expensive for a cafe, but the view makes up for it

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Thank Shawn W
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28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

The food and ambience etc after a run in Karura forest is great. However - I made a reservation on Friday for 10am Sunday, got told it would be to 12pm by Ebby, I didn't have a problem with that. Got pretty miffed though with Ebby coming to the table on Sunday,while my friend was trying to order her meal... More 

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Thank kananu m
Nairobi
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27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

There is no doubt the restaurant is set in an idyllic setting. I'd say its very peaceful, but its not because the restaurant was buzzing when we visited, that's a compliment. I would recommend making a reservation before turning up as we had to wait, we didn't mind and the staff were perfectly welcoming and clear about where to wait... More 

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28 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

This is the most scenic restaurant in Nairobi. It offers breathtaking views of Karura Forest, you really get the feel of being part of nature's beauty. The food here is simply amazing, you can not go wrong with any choice on the menu. I naturally had a steak - which was cooked medium rare. The steak was a decent portion... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$20
Cuisine
Cafe, European, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
07:30 - 18:30
Monday
07:30 - 18:30
Tuesday
07:30 - 18:30
Wednesday
07:30 - 18:30
Thursday
07:30 - 18:30
Friday
07:30 - 18:30
Saturday
07:30 - 18:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Limuru Road, 1/2 km after Village Market | Inside Karura Forest, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
  • Location: Africa  >  Kenya  >  Nairobi
  • Phone Number: +254 725 969891
Description
International cuisine, French, American and Belgian influence!

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?