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320 Ngong Road | Karen, Nairobi 00502, Kenya
+254 705 999997
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Ranked #1 of 346 Restaurants in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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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Bucks
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6 reviews 6 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Had a wonderful evening with friends in the Talisman. The setting is stunning and the dinner was delicious. Would recommend for both group bookings and intimate dining.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Excellent choice on the menu.....clever but not overly clever food! very tasty....have the pork starter and the yellow fin tuna if available....comfortable, homely setting

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Nairobi, Kenya
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW via mobile

I have enjoyed their feta samosas on many occasions. Pro service and fantastic presentation of desserts. Keep it up tali

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

a great atmosphere with friendly staff. Food was good but not fantastic. THe menu was a little limited but the burger was delicious.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

I have been to most quality restaurants in the city of Nairobi for more than 4 decades. Though doing remarkably well to to remain top eating places in the face of rapid urbanisation, few can offer what one finds at the Talisman. Top of which are serenity with good food. I live 20 minutes away from Talisman and works in... More 

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Christine N, Guest Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

Wow... thanks so much Prof Gatara T for the lovely review and for bringing your family and visitors out to experience what the Talisman has to offer. We are super happy that you've enjoyed Talisman on more than one occasion and we have never disappointed. Hope to see you back soon. Karibu! More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We had dinner at Talisman over December 2014. Was our first time at Talisman and having young kids we were a bit nervous. What a wonderful experience! The kids were welcomed with open arms. Although they did not have a kiddies menu, they offered a few options for the kids. The food and service was fantastic. The food was not... More 

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Christine N, Guest Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

Thanks so much for trying us out. Really honored you made the time to stop and eat with us. Glad that you had a wonderful experience here and that you found us worth the visit. It is a pleasure to serve you, look forward to hosting you again anytime you are in Karen. More 

Malmo, Sweden
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Great food, great vibe, great staff - spot on. What else to say? Get some food and a cold Tusker. 50 signs is a lot by the way

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Christine N, Guest Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

Thanks very much Andreas L for taking the time to write a review. Delighted that you enjoyed your time here, look forward to hosting you again anytime to enjoy more good food and a cold Tusker. Cheers. More 

Nairobi
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

We joined another couple for Sunday afternoon lunch at the Talisman recently. The menu is very eclectic and intriguing. My wife was hungry for a "good steak" and experienced the best steak she has had in a very long time. Great outdoor "garden" dining in the lovely suburb of Nairobi called Karen. Excellent wait staff and attentive owner / manager.

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Christine N, Guest Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

Thanks so much for trying us out and for the feedback. Glad your wife enjoyed her steak. We pride ourselves on our fresh, tender beef. Come back soon. More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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14 reviews 14 reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Thankfully not all of Nairobi has been sacrificed for concrete. If you are looking for a place to enjoy a lazy long lunch with green surroundings, eclectic furniture and fabulous food then Talisman definitely is it. Family friendly too with a kids playground.

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Christine N, Guest Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind words and recommendation, really glad you enjoyed your visit. We look forward to hosting you again. More 

Amstelveen, The Netherlands
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Actually I was in december a guest together with my Son and his girlfriend. I could not imagine when I stepped out of the taxi that the place was so spacious and well decorated Especially when I looked around on our way to the Talisman. To be honest, the restaurants that we pass along the way did not have the... More 

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Christine N, Guest Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

Wow...what a lovely review. Thanks for the hearty recommendation. Glad that you had an exceptional dinning experience here with regards to the food, service and our inviting atmosphere. We look forward to hosting you again anytime you are in town. More 

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Additional Information about Talisman

Address: 320 Ngong Road | Karen, Nairobi 00502, Kenya
Phone Number: +254 705 999997
Location: Africa  >  Kenya  >  Nairobi
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 10:00 pm

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