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320 Ngong Road, Nairobi 00502, Kenya
+254 705 999997
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Ranked #1 of 343 Restaurants in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: African, European, Pan-Asian
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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: The Talisman is an elegant Gastrolounge with an eclectic twist. Described as "The best place in town" by New York Times Spirited Traveler and consistently the #1 restaurant in Kenya on TripAdvisor, The Talisman offers a myriad of experiences to our patrons. 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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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014 NEW

My wife and I had lunch on 27/12/14 and it was fantastic. I had the pork belly and my wife had the char grilled fillet steak, to quote her "this is the best steak I have ever had"! Our waiter, Alphonce, was the perfect host.

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kitale
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11 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

Located in the suburbs of nairobi so a little far out for those staying in the city but worth every moment of it. Food is excellent but it's my no means a cheap place to go to. The atmosphere is lovely outdoor setting so do take a cardigan or jacket

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

Thanks, welcome back ! Really glad you enjoyed your visit. Come back soon. More 

Durban, South Africa
Top Contributor
178 reviews 178 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Definitely best in Nairobi.. with both indoor and outdoor seats. There is a lovely garden with several outdoor seats. The service was excellent. John made sure I was well-attended to. The feta and coriander samosas are captivating! The beef ragu pasta was perfect and the lavender ice cream was uniquely delicious! Online booking was very efficient. This will be a... More 

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

Thanks very much for your feedback. We are glad that you enjoyed your meal with us and that you find us to be the best restaurant in Nairobi. Delighted that you enjoyed service from John, I'll be sure to pass your compliments to him. Look forward to hosting you again. Karibu. More 

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35 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

This restaurant was recommended to us from our safari camp manager and fellow foodie. We has quite a bit of time before catching our flight back to London and decided that we did not want to go to the hotel close to JKIA that our driver wanted to take us to. I liked being out in the garden and watching... More 

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

Dear Chris G, really honored that you made the time to stop and try us out before catching your flight. So glad that we were able to end your trip to Kenya in a great way and that you found us worth negotiating the Nairobi traffic. We'd love to welcome you back next time you visit Kenya. Cheers to your... More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

This place just feels right, almost magical! I have had some of the most crunchiest delicious california roll sushi (I still dream about it) and the burger's are grilled to perfection. Everything is always finger licking good, hats off to the chef. The service is friendly and professional and the ambiance dreamy and cozy. Love it. Visit Talisman if you... More 

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

Wow.. Thanks Caroline K. Really glad that you enjoyed your visit. Come back soon. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Talisman.....i am obsessed with Talisman! Every single time i go there the food never disappoints, service is great, the ambiance is so good. A must try is the prawn tempura, the samosas and the dumplings for a starter are to die for! You can never go wrong with any of the mains and the dessert just melts in your mouth.....Talisman... More 

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

Thanks so much for the lovely review Syokwaa and for your return visits to the restaurant, delighted that we are your favorite restaurant. Glad that we have always met your expectations with regard to the food, service and ambiance. It's a pleasure to host you. Thanks for the recommendation too. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

I'll just reiterate what other people say by saying that this is a very nice place to eat in Nairobi. The food is good, the service great, and the ambiance excellent. The prices are also very reasonable (on an American budget). The most expensive entree was about 25 US dollars. My only (minor) quibble is with the food. The portion... More 

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

Thanks so much Joshua C for trying us out and the feedback. Next time, if the portion is small, please inform your server, am sure the kitchen team will be happy to add more as we aim to provide an exceptional dinning experience to all our guests. Karibu ! More 

Hereford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

This was by far the best place we ate during our trip. Well run, great atmosphere, efficient staff and good food. I would recommend their own burger as it was the best burger I have ever eaten ! We ate there twice and loved it both times. If you are in that neck of the woods I would highly recommend... More 

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

Thank you KMC584 for your return visits to the restaurant. Delighted that you enjoyed what Talisman has to offer on both visits. Really glad that you had your best meal during your trip here. We hope to see you back next time you visit beautiful Kenya. Karibu. More 

Bath, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

"Go to the Talisman" - you'll never be turned away even if the place is brimming, nor disappointed or seriously out of pocket. Superb chef who will tweak the menu choice for you if you happen not to like parsley for instance - he'll russle something perfect up for you instead. Atmosphere? Awesome. Friendly? Perfection.

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

What a lovely review Fiona L, indeed Talisman is the place to go for dinner. Thanks for the hearty recommendation. Glad that you had an exceptional dinning experience here with regard to the food and service. We look forward to hosting you again anytime your in town. Cheers ! More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Ambiance magnificent, food superb and unpretentious. This is what dining in Kenya is all about. Chef should be canonized! This coming from a foodie and fellow amateur chef.

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

Wow, thanks ruby362 for the hearty recommendation. Look forward to hosting you again. Karibu. More 

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Additional Information about Talisman

Address: 320 Ngong Road, 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
Cuisine: African, European, Pan-Asian

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