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P.O. Box 834 Ngong Road, Nairobi 00502, Kenya
+254 705 999997
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Ranked #1 of 323 Restaurants in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Sun 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Continental, Café, Asian fusion
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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: Recently reopened after extensive renovations, the Talisman is located in Karen just on the outskirts of Nairobi in an old colonial building among lush beautiful gardens. Relax either indoors or outdoors or outdoors on our beautiful patio. Chef Marcus Mitchell, who has trained in France and Spain, brings his own unique touch to each dish and has gained acclaim for his fabulous continental and fusion menu. Talisman's service team is also renowned for its hospitality.
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Hong Kong, China
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59 reviews 59 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

I can't say I've tried every restaurants in the areas but for the half dozens that I have tried based on recommendation from the locals this is my favorite. Great atmosphere, unbeatable service, exceptional food. I did return for a second time and it tasted just as good as the first.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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54 reviews 54 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

We had just returned to Nairobi after 10 days in "the bush" and dined at The Talisman on the way from the airport on the advice of friends. We were not disappointed! Chef Director and host, Marcus Mitchell has created an innovative and very varied menu which his kitchen successfully produces. No matter one's tastes, there is a superbly crafted... More

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Augsburg, Germany
16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Atmospheric Place with perfect service and a well done crossover menu. We sure want to come again. Our breakfast favorite: The poached egg with spinach. The coffee is good too.

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Cairo, Egypt
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66 reviews 66 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

All dishes we had were delicious and mouthwatering. There is a great selection of wine and also a very nice wine tasting selection menu where one orders a combination of wines giving opportunity to taste a larger variety. The setting i very cosy with a fireplace and candles without being overly romantic, this place seems to be very popular with... More

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Sydney, Australia
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45 reviews 45 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We went to Talisman on recent holiday to Kenya after researching it on Trip Advisor. Enjoyed such a wonderful meal (delicious food and excellent service) that we returned 10 days later for dinner to end our holiday on a high note. The same waiter was assigned to our table and actually remembered us and what we had eaten! Amazing. The... More

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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195 reviews 195 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

The menu is inspired by dishes from all over the world. Although not exactly cheap by Kenya standards, the food is superb and cooked to perfection. The service is friendly. The atmosphere is relaxed and the place had a nice ambience. A nice place to eat in Nairobi.

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Nairobi, Kenya
4 reviews 4 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Great food fresh and tasty with a very nice ambiance for a Sunday Lunch . Make sure you book as the place is popular .

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Whenever we are in Nairobi, we enjoy a meal at the Tali with friends. A great day/evening out, excellent food in a good environment. Highly recommended!

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Chicago, Illinois
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110 reviews 110 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

One of the best outdoor seating areas in Nairobi. The samosas are famous, and the cocktails are stellar. Sunday brunch is perfection! Make reservations if you want a nice spot. Don't miss the farmers market next door on Sundays.

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9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Was taken there by a Karen resident. we had a great time and the food was tasty and well presented. I was told to try the steak and it was excellent.

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