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Talisman

P.O. Box 834 Ngong Road, Nairobi 00502, Kenya
+254 705 999997
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Ranked #1 of 318 Restaurants in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
110 reviews 110 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

One of the best outdoor seating areas in Nairobi. The samosas are famous, and the cocktails are stellar. Sunday brunch is perfection! Make reservations if you want a nice spot. Don't miss the farmers market next door on Sundays.

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London
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Was taken there by a Karen resident. we had a great time and the food was tasty and well presented. I was told to try the steak and it was excellent.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I went to this restaurant because someone said that they had the best steak in Nairobi. It is true that they do have the best steak in Nairobi! The steak was fresh, I wanted it medium rare and the chef got it right! I also loved the decor in the restaurant. Putting up pieces of art on the wall including... More

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

Thanks Otiende! Really glad you enjoyed the steaks. We pride ourselves on our fresh, tender beef. Come back soon! More

Nairobi, Kenya
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 via mobile

Nice family lunch in pleasant green environment. Great meat, good burgers. Small playground to keep impatient kids waiting. Nice staff, quick service --------------------------------------------------------------------------

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I came to the Talisman with high expectations, having read good reviews and being No1 on Trip Advisor. I'm pleased to say these expectations were exceeded. We started with samosas and sushi rolls which were great, the samosa's pastry was crisp and the filling was rich while the tomato chutney/salsa that accompanied it was also good. For main i had... More

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

Thank you Oliver- Bates for taking the time to stop and eat with us, really glad that we met and exceeded your expectations. Thanks for the lovely feedback on our specific food which i'll be sure to pass along your compliments to the kitchen crew. Glad you enjoyed our beautiful setting---we think it's an oasis as well. Come again! More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I had best time with my dear wife. Everything was so special. Food was fresh & very tasefully. Service was attentive & friendly. Will surely come back.

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Christine N, General Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

Really glad tarun g that you enjoyed your visit in regard to the food and service. We look forward to having you back anytime. Karibu! More

Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

The Talisman, rather tucked away in Karen, one of Nairobi's nicer areas, is a charming restaurant with a great rear facing terrace in a landscaped garden. All the dining areas are essentially open air, but space heaters and quirky movable charcoal "fireplaces" keep guests cosy on cooler evenings. The menu is eclectic, with set dishes, as well as a good... More

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

Thanks very much for the kind comments! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you back soon. More

Lebanon
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We where on our way to Rwanda from Mozambique where we had for 7 days an extravaganza of sea food. Now i am not a meat eater, but i could die for a piece of meat. And i had a hamburger to die for. Accompanied by the local cocktail made to perfection the DAWA then a curry, and the absolutely... More

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

Dear Langoustine, thank you so much for this lovely review. We are proud of our burgers and our world famous Dawa, glad that you enjoyed them. Chef Marcus absolutely enjoys the rapport with our clients to get to know them and make sure all is well. Thanks for taking the time to post this fantastic review. Cheers! More

nairobi
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Peace because of its location in Nairobi outskirts. It is located in a forest area. It is great! Very nice.

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

So glad you enjoyed your visit to the restaurant. Thanks for taking the time to post a review. More

Nairobi, Kenya
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014 via mobile

We have been there 3 times and always is good. Is place is really well decorated and cosy, warm ambience, especially at night. The menu is short but really good, vegetable and meat well cooked with a fine taste. Good mushrooms, soups, and steak also pork belly is amazing. If you want a good meal in Nairobi should spend a... More

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

Thank you very much for your return visits to the restaurant, delighted that we are your favorite restaurant in Nairobi.Thanks for the feedback on your experience at the Talisman and the recommendation too. Hope to see you back soon. Karibu! More

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