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The Talisman

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Seafood, Vegetarian, Pub, Gastropub
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320 Ngong Road | Karen, Nairobi, Kenya
+254 705 999997
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Tue - Sun 8:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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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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
On a saturday night

Lovely food and a fantastic atmosphere. The service was outstanding and I will definitely come here again, but I will also recommend to my nearest.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
Niclasholm
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  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Lovely food and a fantastic atmosphere. The service was outstanding and I will definitely come here again, but I will also recommend to my nearest.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

I went with my parents to celebrate their anniversary and the service was nothing short of wonderful.Thank you for making them happy!Especially steve :)

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This place definitely lives up to the reputation! Our local Karen friend brought us here for a business/friends dinner. Started at the bar with a highland park 12 and some mojitos. Sat down on the patio lit by candles and coal burning, cast iron, frog heaters. Quite the ambiance. We started with samosas which were perfectly crisped and filled with... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

great atmosphere, good food and drinks. the service is a bit slow in larger groups but otherwise a great place for expats to hangout, especially on weekends.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

If you ever go to Nairobi without visiting The TalismanRestaurant, let me tell you that you were probably not in Nairobi. I went for a couple of days to visit East Africa in early august and we've been recommended to eat at The Talisman in Karen neighborhood. It was an awesome experience. People are very friendly and nice. Ask for... More 

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Nairobi, Kenya
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

One of our favorite restaurants. Never disappoints. Lots of wonderful dishes and great service. Very relaxed fun atmosphere

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swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Thanks for the lovely review! We're delighted you enjoyed the atmosphere, service and our food offering. We would be delighted to see you again any time! More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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10 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

The ambiance of this place is awesome. I felt like i was in colonial times. Best lemonades i have tasted. vegetarian food is great. meat dishes are good as well or so my 10 year old tells me. on cold days if you want to sit outside they put a coal heater next to your table. large area for the... More 

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swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the glowing review. We're proud of our beautiful atmosphere and our amazing chefs and are always glad to hear they've made yet another visitor happy with our food offerings and we make our lemonades fresh on order. we do look forward to hosting you again soon Regards Steve More 

nairobi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We were a group of 6, went there on a cold sunday afternoon. We managed to get a table very near the fire-place, which was thoroughly enjoyable, and the service as well as the food was excellent. We sghall definitely return. On warmer days one can sit in the gardens.

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swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Thank you for a great review, its great to note that you received excellent service and you enjoyed our food offering, karibu tena and we do look forward to hosting you again Regards Steve More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Excellent customer care one feels like its home. By the way not a very huge restaurant so a booking would save the disappointment. They host you like royalty. The ambiance is great and the food is Delicious!!!!! Great Chef i must commend. Being a dinner we had the pleasure of having outdoor dinner as one admires the stars above. Actually... More 

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swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Thank you for a great review,"A-ONE service!!!! Repeat visit a must!!!!!", we are really glad you had a great time with your girlfriend and you enjoyed all that Talisman has to offer. We're proud of our atmosphere, food, and service, and we're thrilled you enjoyed your time here with us. Please come by again any time you're in Nairobi! Regards... More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

The selection of Red Wine and the Temperature was just right Well Done The ambience and the Music is fantastic Sitting outside gives an atmosphere of bliss and a feeling of not being in the capital

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swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Thank you for rating and reviewing the Talisman, we sure are glad you decided to splurge and enjoy all that Talisman has to offer. We're proud of our atmosphere, food, wine selection and service, and we're thrilled you enjoyed your time here with us. Please stop back by any time you're in Nairobi! More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 320 Ngong Road | Karen, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Location: Africa  >  Kenya  >  Nairobi
  • Phone Number: +254 705 999997

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood, Vegetarian, Pub, Gastropub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Doing business, Families with children

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
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
8:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?