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P.O. Box 834 Ngong Road, Nairobi 00502, Kenya
+254 705 999997
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Ranked #1 of 327 Restaurants in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
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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Nairobi, Kenya
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

Talisman has really gone up in standards recently, Great service professional management , Been there before but its really a different place now

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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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58 reviews 58 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Talisman was greatly recommended by my friend who lives with Nairobi, and it seems it's a must-visit restaurant for many ex-pats and people visiting the giraffe and elephant reserves. It's about 30 min outside of the visit but totally worth the drive. Everything we had was excellent, the appetizer samosas of cheese with coriander were so good we ended up... More

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New York City, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

During our 14 day Safari experience, the Talisman was hands down the greatest cuisine. We ordered sushi for a starter and it was delicious. My husband had a chicken/sausage dish that he raved about for days and I had super fresh fish and chips. Dessert was insanely good - ice cream with amazing add-ins including honeycomb! I'm not a huge... More

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

Thanks so much for the kind words ! We are so glad you enjoyed your meal with us, we hope you've had a wonderful stay in Kenya, and we're so glad you made Talisman a part of it. Come again any time. More

Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

No doubt the leafy Karen area of Nairobi does boast some fine restaurants and beautiful architecture, this does not necessitate the exorbitant prices that some restaurants charge. The food is pretty decent, with good flavour and balanced spices - but you could get some of the items and many restaurants around Nairobi, albeit with a different title, at reasonable prices.... More

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

Thanks for taking the time to leave a review. Talisman's prices reflect the fact that we use only the best, freshest ingredients. Chef Marcus takes pride in every dish and makes sure the portions are generous and provide full value for the money. We'd love to have you back again any time. More

Saint Paul, Minnesota
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52 reviews 52 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We had lunch here 2 times, and both visits were outstanding..We ordered the porcini tartlets which were the tastiest thing I had eaten in a long time, the tuna on the daily special menu, the risotto, also with porcini, the table side Ceaser salad, and several other items...All were fresh, delicious and beautifully presented.. The service was professional, and lovely.... More

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

Wow !, What a fantastic, lovely, detailed review Katy600. Thank you very much for your return visits to the restaurant, super happy that you had an outstanding experience on both visits. Thanks for the specific comments with regard to our food, service and the environment, which I'll be sure to pass along your compliments to the kitchen and service team.... More

Kenya
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

The environment is really unique and the selection of food is also rich. the wine list also offers a good choice and the service is good. I suggest this restaurant to everyone since it has a good quality and reasonable prices.

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

Many thanks Roberto M for the lovely review. Glad that you enjoyed what makes Talisman unique. Thanks for the recommendation too, look forward to having you back again, karibu! More

Nairobi
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36 reviews 36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

It's a while ago since I visited this restaurant. The journey to the restaurant was somewhat traumatic: a vehicle in front of ours was attacked by robbers! However, when we finally arrived we were well looked after by the staff. The menu was comprehensive and the food was excellent. The wine was of good quality and reasonably priced. Most of... More

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

Welcome back DrDuncanBerry. So sorry about the traumatic experience you had on your way to the restaurant. Glad that our staff looked after you well and that you enjoyed your visit with regard to our food and the extensive wine list. Hope to see you back next time your in Karen. More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

The best restaurant we visited on our trip. We celebrated my birthday there and was not disappointed in any way. Excellent food and service.

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

Dear Malele S, Thank you so much for sharing your special occasion with us. So glad that you tried us out during your trip and that you enjoyed your visit to the Talisman with regard to the food and service. Hope to see you back next time your in town. Karibu! More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Food was excellent and the ambiance was very good. Service was good. I really liked the fire place and the restaurant was nice and quiet. The one down side was the seating area and garden could do with a bit more lighting.

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

Thanks so much! We are delighted you enjoyed what makes Talisman special. We appreciate your input regarding more lighting in the seating area and garden. We'll be sure to improve on this as we always strive to create a perfect atmosphere that will provide a sensational dinning experience. More

Nairobi, Kenya
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

The daily specials are the way to go. Right now it is Tuna and it is heavenly. Reservations are best to avoid disappointment. Wait staff are very friendly and will do whatever necessary to insure your happiness. Beverages are made with skill - especially recommended is the East African speciality Dawa, a vodka 'medicine' for adults! We also enjoyed the... More

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

Many thanks for the kind words . We're proud of our friendly staff and glad you enjoyed our special menu selections. We're thrilled that you enjoyed our famous Dawa. We've got some really talented staff putting together special drinks, and that is a favorite to many. Come bank any time! More

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Additional Information about Talisman

Address: P.O. Box 834 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: Continental, Café, Asian fusion

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