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The River Cafe

) #52 of 507 Restaurants in Nairobi €€ - €€€ Cafe, European, International
Limuru Road, 1/2 km after Village Market | Inside Karura Forest, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
+254 725 969891
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  • Average15%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible5%
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Cafe, European, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
Limuru Road, 1/2 km after Village Market | Inside Karura Forest, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
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Reviewed 2 June 2017 via mobile

River Café is situated in de Karura Forest Reserve, a huge forest right in the centre of Nairobi. You have to pay an entry fee to enter the park (non-residents KSh 600, residents KSh 200). The Café is near the KFEET and reachable via the...More

Thank Mischka63
Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

This is a very nice place. Food is good of premium quality. The ambience is nice overlooking the karura forest. Only draw back is they are always full, and you need advance booking to be able to Cheri's its beauty. Otherwise you always on the...More

Thank daruro81
Reviewed 20 April 2017

The location of the River Cafe is lovely overlooking Karura Forest. However, I thought the food was average and overpriced. We had burgers which were just OK - the fries that came with them were overcooked and no veges or salad served with them. One...More

Thank 254annielib
Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

If you want a nice and relaxing view, go no farther. The food however is average with nothing special. You can get better food at ArtCafe!

Thank The_Egyptian_Couple
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...More

Thank Joe64
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

Thank BMerav
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...More

Thank Carla C
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...More

Thank Crackers H
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...More

Thank Daniel J
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.

Thank Jennifer M
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Nearby Attractions
Karura Forest
707 reviews
.70 km away
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102 reviews
1.05 km away
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175 reviews
2.25 km away
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2.55 km away
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Questions & Answers
12 December 2015|
Response from SWK2 | Property representative |
The River Cafe relocated to Karura Forest, with the entrance to the park located off Limuru Road across from the Belgian Embassy. You are encouraged to make bookings on the weekend but for further assistance, please call... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$20
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, 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
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:30 - 18:30
07:30 - 18:30
07:30 - 18:30
07:30 - 18:30
07:30 - 18:30
07:30 - 18:30
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
International cuisine, French, American and Belgian influence!
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