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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, Dessert, Dinner, Breakfast, 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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    Excellent
  • 165
    Very good
  • 32
    Average
  • 6
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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
Lovely garden, excellent food

My sister and I spent about 4 days in Nairobi and ended up eating at Talisman for lunch one day and dinner another day. We had dinner in the garden and it was by far the best food we had in Kenya. The service was good and they had a good wine selection. This is a must if you are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
Virginia D
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Jersey City, New Jersey
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
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Jersey City, New Jersey
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

My sister and I spent about 4 days in Nairobi and ended up eating at Talisman for lunch one day and dinner another day. We had dinner in the garden and it was by far the best food we had in Kenya. The service was good and they had a good wine selection. This is a must if you are... More 

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Mysen, Norway
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11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

As part of our trip to the Karen District we ate lunch at the secluded Talisman restaurant. The service provided remained excellent throughout, but the food and atmosphere left some stains on our experience. All in all our meal was a success, albeit not without conditions. *Atmosphere* The architecture of Talisman feels genuinely Kenyan in nature with open spaces and... More 

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swasya, Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to write an extensive review of you lunch at the Talisman and for sharing your photos , we appreciate the fact that your overall lunch experience was a success and we have also noted the issues you raised as regards ambiance and burger buns and our team is working on that its great to note... More 

Nairobi Region, Kenya
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Great ambiance and service. The food is excellent with an assortment of different cuisines to choose from. Lovely atmosphere for an evening out.

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swasya, Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

We wish to thank you for taking time to rate and review the Talisman, its great to know that you were accorded great service by our team and we surely look forward to your next visit Regards Steve More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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29 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I enjoy eating here once in a while, they have amazing food and the ambiance is equally good and they have room for the kids to run around.

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swasya, Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

"they have amazing food and the ambiance is equally good ". thank you for a great description of the Talisman, we appreciate your rating and review. have a great day and we look forward to your next visit with us, Regards Steve More 

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I had a wonderful experience, A wonderful restaurant along gong road in Karen. Superb location, ideal for family outing, love birds, couples or even singles

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swasya, Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to review and rate us, we are happy that you had a wonderful experience during your visit and we look forward to hosting you again soon Regards Steve More 

Nairobi, Kenya
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Talisman... Now this is a restaurant. The decor is elegant, with a chilled out ambience all round and service is exceptional ... Now to the food... Ohh my, my taste buds were not prepared.. It's beyond ones expectation .. My whole family enjoyed so much through dinner,we lost track of time... Thank you guys.. Talisman till next time..

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swasya, Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

Thanks for a great review and rating, we truly are glad that we exceeded your expectations in terms of service, food, ambiance and decor and we look forward to your next visit with us. Regards Steve More 

Nairobi, Kenya
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

A very comfortable place to relax with delicious meals and friendly staff.The environment is serene and without any noise.

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swasya, Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

We wish to thank you for taking time to review and rate the Talisman and look forward to your next visit with us Regards Steve More 

Bungoma
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Talisman has some of the best ambiance and one of the more reliable menus in the city. Also very good service. I recommend taking friends to sit out on the porch, light one of the mini fireplaces, drink wine, and order steak! My friends and I also always eat their fancy samosas as a shared appetizer--a good deal and tasty.

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swasya, Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

Thank you for a great review on service, ambiance and menu selection, we look forward to your next visit with us Regards Steve More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Went there number of times between May 2014 and March 2015. Atmosphere on the place is nice, there is enough grass areas and such for kids to play and Rift Valley Leather shop keeps ladies occupied. My only complains are that sometimes different main meals were brought at different times and on one such occasion, they ever carried our desserts... More 

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swasya, Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, we have noted that your review is based on a 10 month period of which you dined with us on several occasions, we do apologize for not meeting your expectations as regards food delivery to your table and your being served hot wings instead of mild, your dessert been served to the wrong table. kindly... More 

Nairobi, Kenya
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Lovely meals and the service was impeccable. The meat was well done and i must say the presentation was out of this world. Loved the african setting including using the platter that Kenyans mostly use for our grilled beef.

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swasya, Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

Thank you for a great review and rating, we are happy that service and food was to your expectations and we look forward to hosting you again Regards Steve 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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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: Special occasions, Doing business, Families with children, Entertaining clients, Romantic

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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