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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: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Dessert, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
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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  • 30
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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
My favourite restaurant in the world!

Ok, I haven't been to every restaurant in the world but I've been to a few!! I've been to the talisman a few times and its never been anything but amazing. The setting is lovely with a brilliant atmosphere, the service equally amazing. The food is cooked to perfection. The talisman gets full marks... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
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English Riviera, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
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English first
English Riviera, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Ok, I haven't been to every restaurant in the world but I've been to a few!! I've been to the talisman a few times and its never been anything but amazing. The setting is lovely with a brilliant atmosphere, the service equally amazing. The food is cooked to perfection. The talisman gets full marks, I wish I could be there... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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39 reviews 39 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

I can only support all the good reviews. The garden is fantastic, staff friendly, and the food really outstanding. We had curry chicken and moussaka. Both dishes were very good. It is a bit out of town but definitely worth the drive. A beautiful place with fantastic food. We will surely come back.

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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Definitely one of the best spots in Nairobi - excellent food and lovely setting. Especially on the weekend, need to make a reservation well in advance. The food is excellent and the service good - though sometimes slow, if too busy. A most go in Nairobi.

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swasya, Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to review us and rating us, we are happy that you enjoyed our food and service and we do look forward to hosting you again soon Regards Talisman More 

Nairobi, Kenya
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

We decided to have lunch at this restaurant to see what it was look since we were moving to Karen. The attention one receives from the time they walk over the threshold until they leave is second to none. The waiters are around all the time without being intrusive. The ambience is relaxing. There are various seating areas to choose... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Tried this restaurant out with some friends for dinner. Decent parking, good service. The starteres were really good - I recommend the samosas. I ordered a burger which was a bit too dry for my liking. All in all, it's alright, though a bit pricey.

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swasya, Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to give us a review, we have noted your comment on the dryness of the burger and our kitchen team is addressing this, we are also happy that you enjoyed the starters and service and we look forward to hosting you again soon Regards Talisman More 

2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Here for lunch after shopping. Many people have recommended and now I know why. Will definitely be back when I'm in the area.

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swasya, Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

Thank you for a great review and recommendation, we do look forward to hosting you again, Regards, Talisman More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Went here for dinner on a Friday night. The bar was jumping, the restaurant was buzzing. Food was excellent. A lovely blend of Asian and European influences.

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swasya, Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to review us, we do appreciate that you enjoyed our food and ambiance and look forward to hosting you again More 

Kaltenkirchen, Germany
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

We love the idea, to bring your own fish from the coast....and talk to the chef.....the frog in the evening to have it warm and cozy...thanks for the great idea...now we've got one at home....with friends or only as a couple a place to go...special food fresh and very delicious....

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ahmedabad
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88 reviews 88 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Was a wonderful experience. The staff is very friendly. Knowledgeable about the food. The ambience is okay though i wash the bar was a bit far from the dining area as it gets very noisy. The chefs specials are always excellent and they update you when they have guest stars in their kitchen and what they will be serving. The... More 

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swasya, Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to give us a review, We are glad you enjoyed the experience, we apologize about the noise from the bar disrupting your meal we endevour to keep the volume in the bar down however as you experienced the bar crowd can get a little exuberant, we look forward to hosting you again soon More 

2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Arrived to a very busy evening at the restaurant and were quickly seated. It was a cool evening and were provided with a blanket and a coal fire which went over and beyond what was expected. Atmosphere with live band was great. Food menu was limited and quality of food was standard for the price. Jug of mojito was nothing... More 

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swasya, Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, we have noted that we exceeded your expectations during your visit and we look forward to hosting you again, we have also added some dishes to our menu as a result of your comments y 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: Entertaining clients, Special occasions, Romantic, Families with children, Doing business

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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