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320 Ngong Road | Karen, Nairobi 00502, Kenya
+254 705 999997
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8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Featuring carved wooden pillars from Pakistan, elegant Afghan rugs...
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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Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 319
    Excellent
  • 145
    Very good
  • 28
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
There were not much option

The atmosphere at the restaurant was excellent but there was not much option in the food menu. They have a nice garden. I wanted to try something local but didn't find in the menu.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
Anadil A
,
Dhaka
via mobile
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Dhaka
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

The atmosphere at the restaurant was excellent but there was not much option in the food menu. They have a nice garden. I wanted to try something local but didn't find in the menu.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Christine N, Guest Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

Thanks so much for trying us out and for taking the time to write us a review. So glad you enjoyed our inviting atmosphere. We continuously have weeks that we serve local foods from different countries,a few weeks ago we had Chinese week. Please visit our website to get updates on our up coming events.Looking forward to host you again... More 

London
Top Contributor
248 reviews 248 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Went to this place (by recommendation) while doing the usual tourist stuff in Karen. We sat outside, and just a really nice peaceful surrounding. You would never know you were in the hustle and bustle of Nairobi. Felt really relaxed there. Started with the Feta and Coriander parcels. They seem to be their speciality, and I can see why they... More 

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swasya, Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

We are glad that you came to Talisman and thank you for taking time to review us, we sure are happy that you enjoyed our starter selections and that the service you received was great. we hope that you will pay us another visit and wish you a great time in kenya for the rest of your vacation More 

Zürich
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Love love love - not one thing I can fault! The ambience, decor, staff, food - the chef Marcus is around making sure everyone is happy and believe me they are!!! Cannot wait to be back there. Must try their Sunday brunches too!

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swasya, Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and we do look forward to hosting you again, its great that you loved our food, service, decor and ambiance. its an even greater pleasure that you left happy, cant wait to host you again More 

Monrovia, Montserrado, Liberia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Frankly the best. So good I almost didn't write a review to encourage more people to show up and take the reservations available! But the setting is superb, the steak is outstanding, and the many smaller dishes are fun to share amongst two or more, highly recommended.

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swasya, Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

Dear Monty, thank you for rating us the best and for taking time to review us and recommending us, karibu tena Regards Steve More 

Coral Gables, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Started with a really good shrimp soup, prawns for entree, then their Jaegermeister ice cream with a shot of Jaegermeister. Everything was great!

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swasya, Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to review us, we are happy that you enjoyed your dinning experience with us and we look forward to welcoming you back again. our pastry chef will be pleased that you enjoyed the Jegermeister ice cream Regards Steve More 

London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
92 reviews 92 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Enjoyed my meal here. There was a lot of choice and very good service. Chef came out and asked how the food was which is always a sign of how confident he was with the food. Very enjoyable night out with our team in Kenya.

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swasya, Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

We want to thank you greatly for taking time to review us, we feel honored to receive this review from you due to the fact that you have traveled extensively to different countries and different restaurants, i will definitely share it with our kitchen and service team and we do look forward to hosting you again Regards Steve More 

ireland
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Had a great fillet steak here. Great service and very good food. A busy spot, but they were able to fit me in with no booking. Very nice place.

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swasya, Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

Thank you for taking your time to review us Helena, we are happy that you enjoyed our Food and service and we look forward to hosting you again soon. regards Steve More 

Los Angeles, CA
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The Talisman is a gem hidden away from the hustle and bustle of Nairobi. Our bed & breakfast recommended that we have lunch and Talisman, as we had no idea where to go. We were blown away when we arrived. The restaurant is gorgeous and has a stunning outdoor dining area. The service was excellent and the food was exceptional.... More 

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swasya, Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review Jezka, we sure are happy that you enjoyed your time with us and that we exceeded your expectations, we do look forward to hosting you again soon Karibu Steve More 

Nairobi, Kenya
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Great atmosphere for dinning in the Garden or on the veranda even in the evening. Your comfort is assured with warming jikos provided to keep you warm on a chilly evening. Great food, well presented but there could be a bigger selection to choice from.

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swasya, Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review Mr. Kariuki and we sure look forward to hosting you again at the Talisman, we continuously work on our menus and am sure next time you come we will have a selection for you Regards Steve More 

Nairobi, Kenya
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I live just near the Talisman and have eaten there often. Every single meal has been great. The staff are very friendly and the ambiance is very relaxing. The coriander and feta samosas are to die for.

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swasya, Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

Dear Lynette, thank you for taking time to review us, we are happy to note that all your visits were enjoyed and we do look forward to hosting you soon, Regards Steve More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 320 Ngong Road | Karen, Nairobi 00502, Kenya
  • Location: Africa  >  Kenya  >  Nairobi
  • Phone Number: +254 705 999997

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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.
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?