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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 - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, 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
Great place to hang out

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
BobbyBR
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Atlanta, Georgia
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Families with children
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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Atlanta, Georgia
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41 reviews
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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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36 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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28 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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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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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The ambience is lovely and the service is excellent. Alfonce and team were always at hand to attend to us. The birthday choir was hilarious and made our experience memorable. We absolutely enjoyed the steak with bhajia and the tomato/coconut soup. I highly recommend Talisman!

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swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Thanks for a great review! We're delighted you enjoyed the atmosphere, service and the food, " We absolutely enjoyed the steak with bhajia and the tomato/coconut soup". We are glad our staff took good care of you on your birthday, too. Come back any time! More 

New York City, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

After a couple of horrifying experiences wih terrible food and terrible attitude from management we decided to switch restaurant and try this us,having heard so much about it my husband and i were very excited,the food is amazing,its exactly how you ordered it,we thought maybe its our first time theyre just impressing us,we went a second time and a third... More 

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swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Wow, thanks so much for the glowing review. We're proud of our beautiful atmosphere and our amazing food selection and our chefs are always glad to hear they've hit a home run for a customer, four times in a row getting the consistency right is impressive and amazing as you say, so thanks for coming back again and for your... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

The food is alright. Disappointing cocktail we had, too watery. Food was satisfactory though. A bit pricey compared to the service we had.

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swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

It sounds like you must have hit us on an "off" day, and I'm so sorry your experience wasn't up to expectations. It's our goal to exceed expectations and keep people coming back. thank you for your feedback and You still have free puddings on us, so please drop us a line through our Facebook page next time you want... 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, Families with children, Special occasions, Doing business

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 - 10:00 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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