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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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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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Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 329
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    Very good
  • 28
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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
Most recent review
Culinary voyage

This just has to be a restaurant every foodie has to visit.From the feta and coriander cheese samosas(I didn't have any but could tell from the look in my friends faces) to the ridiculously delicious cocktails and the variety of food available.I had the Thai Kaeng Red Chicken Curry while my friends... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
Nyambura N
,
Nairobi, Kenya
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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516 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Nairobi, Kenya
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

This just has to be a restaurant every foodie has to visit.From the feta and coriander cheese samosas(I didn't have any but could tell from the look in my friends faces) to the ridiculously delicious cocktails and the variety of food available.I had the Thai Kaeng Red Chicken Curry while my friends tried out Char-grilled Fillet Steak with wasabi mustard... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

A top notch restaurant anywhere in the world this would be. You just cannot fault the food, service, and ambience of this place. May god preserve.

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

Wow...thanks Nicholas D for the lovely words.We look forward to welcoming you back again. Cheers! More 

San Francisco, California
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Living in Nairobi for a year, I really began to appreciate the few places that nailed good service and delivered consistently good food. Talisman is an oldie but a goodie and I went many, many times because it was lovely, the people were cheerful and attentive, and the food was great (sometime they even had guest chefs, which was great... More 

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

Thanks so much for the lovely detailed review. So glad you've enjoyed Talisman on more than one occasion ! We sure are happy that you enjoyed our signature feta samosas and that the service you received was great. Thank you for the hearty recommendation, hope to see you back anytime so we can spoil you further. More 

Broughton-in-Furness, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The Talisman is a total surprise tucked away in a little house in Karen, suburbs of Nairobi, with fantastic Moroccan/African decor. Great eating areas, bar, food and atmosphere. Do go.!

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

Thanks alot for stopping in. We look forward to serving you again. More 

Nairobi, Kenya
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

What can you not say about the Talisman, from brunch to 4am, there is always something on offer at this gem of a property. Quiet gardens lend themselves to meetings and work while the extensive menus and specials covering lunch and evening always have something to tempt you. The feta and coriander samosas are very much worth ordering as snacks... More 

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

Really glad you enjoyed our patio brunch...we take pride in creating a relaxed atmosphere perfect to enjoy a meal. Hope to see you back soon to enjoy the high-speed WIFI ! Talisman is a great place to work as well as play. Karibu ! More 

Nairobi, Kenya
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Ambience and service was great,but food options were rather disapointing. They should prepare an extensive menu...

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

Thanks Janet M for stopping to eat with us. Glad that you enjoyed your visit to the restaurant with regards to ambiance and service. We continuously work on our menus and am sure next time you come we will have a selection for you. Karibu ! More 

Kiwengwa
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Worth the gruesome effort of driving through Nairobi traffic. Great food, enhanced by the unpretentiously casual ambiance and attentive staff. Thumbs up!

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

Thanks alot for stopping in. We look forward to serving you again. Honored that you found us worth the drive through Nairobi traffic. Cheers ! More 

Nairobi
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

A very nice cozy Restaurant, good service and a delicious steak that I had. My friend's had Pasta n salad n they all enjoyed. There's an open place outside must be lovely on a sunny afternoon. It was abit vhilly on the nite but they had jikos to keep people warm.

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

Thanks ! Really glad you enjoyed the steaks. We pride ourselves on our tender beef. Come back soon. Glad that you and your friends enjoyed what makes Talisman special. Karibu ! More 

Nairobi, Kenya
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Having lived in Nairobi for 3 years we have often eaten at the Talisman, it is close by, staff are very attentive, the food is always good, and the experience is always a positive one, with consistency, which is a plus against other restaurants.

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

Wow, thanks for the lovely words. We love welcoming back regulars. So glad you've enjoyed Talisman on more than one occasion. We look forward to hosting you again soon. More 

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

Great chef, great ambience, fresh produce. I real must if you are in Nairobi. reservations essential.

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

Wow...thanks AustraliaKenya for this hearty recommendation. Supper happy you enjoyed your visit, hope to see you back soon. Cheers ! 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: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?