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The Talisman

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Seafood, Vegetarian, Gastropub
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320 Ngong Road | Karen, Nairobi, Kenya
+254 705 999997
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8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, 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
Divine Cuisine - Best in Nairobi!

I would return to Nairobi for another bite of the Feta and coriander samosas! Without a doubt, one of the best things I've ever tasted (resulted in another order). I had to pause and really take in how amazing they were. Ok, now that I've covered that, the restaurant is nestled in a slightly... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
Zenna W
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Marietta, Georgia
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
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Marietta, Georgia
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

I would return to Nairobi for another bite of the Feta and coriander samosas! Without a doubt, one of the best things I've ever tasted (resulted in another order). I had to pause and really take in how amazing they were. Ok, now that I've covered that, the restaurant is nestled in a slightly wooded area and the back patio... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Was here twice for dinner and surely with all conviction, this is the best restaurant by far in Nairobi, friendly and professional staff, excellent food and and a very humble chef. We loved every bit of our meals.

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San Jose
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015 NEW

The lush landscapes and patio seating along with a varied and very tasty menu made The Talisman the best meal that I had while in Nairobi. The lemonades were also a nice touch to quench thirst and kick off a nice relaxing time listening to the sounds of nature all around us. Our table had everything from carrot and ginger... More 

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swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to grant us a great review and recommendation, its great to note that the meal you had at the Talisman was the best you had during your stay in Nairobi and we wish you the best for the rest of your visit Regards Steve More 

Eldoret, Kenya
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We always are pleasantly surprised with our meals at Talisman. We recommend this to any friends that are visiting Nairobi and looking for a foodie experience with some Kenyan flair. The atmosphere is great and the menu is always diverse. Definitely worth the traffic on N'Gong Road...

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swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to post these lovely comments about our ambiance, food and service. We're so glad you enjoyed your visit,we appreciate your input; it will help us to make Talisman an even better experience for everyone." Definitely worth the traffic on N'Gong Road..." Regards Steve More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

I have visited the Talisman several times and I can say that the service, ambiance and food is among the best I had from my 6 months in Nairobi. Definitely recommended

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swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

We wish to thank you for a great review and rating, its great to note that service and food offering at the Talisman is consistent whenever you have paid us a visit. Thank you for your recommendation and we look forward to hosting you again soon Regards Steve More 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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34 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Far from the city centre, relaxed country lodge atmosphere with a lot of attention to detail. Excellent food of great variety, paired with dedication and personal attention by staff and management. Expensive for NBO standards, but fair for international standards.

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swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Thank you for your honest review and rating, its great to note your words and i quote " relaxed country lodge atmosphere with a lot of attention to detail. Excellent food of great variety, paired with dedication and personal attention by staff and management." as we look forward to your next visit, we wish you a great day and thank... More 

Naivasha
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

The Talisman is beautifully designed with a bohemian feel, very cosy the staff are unbelievably attentive without being annoying and the food is absolutely the best I have tasted in nairobi. I highly recommend the Talisman

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swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to review the Talisman and for an amazing recommendation, its great to note that you were well taken care by our staff during your visit with us and we look forward to hosting you again soon Regards Steve More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Went here for a light lunch and although it's a drive out, it's definitely worth the visit. The food is of excellent quality as is the service but what sets this place apart is the gorgeous garden setting

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swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

We wish to thank you for taking time to review and rate the Talisman, we are also glad to know that the service accorded to you was excellent as was the food and we look forward to hosting you again soon. we have noted you liked our garden setting, did you visit our organic vegetable garden where we get most... More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

A great place for both dinner and lunch. A lovel fire to have drink by whilst waiting for your table. Eat outside at lunch time. Excellent choice of dishes. Good family place for lunch

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swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to review and rate the Talisman, we are happy that you enjoyed the service accorded to you during your lunch with us and we look forward to your next visit Regards Steve More 

Jersey City, New Jersey
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

My sister and I spent about 4 days in Nairobi and ended up eating at Talisman for lunch one day and dinner another day. We had dinner in the garden and it was by far the best food we had in Kenya. The service was good and they had a good wine selection. This is a must if you are... More 

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swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear Virginia, Thank you for a great review and rating, its great to note that you visited the Talisman 2 times in four days and both visits you were accorded good service and great food, we hope the rest of your itinerary in Kenya was good and we look forward to hosting you again soon regards Steve More 

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Additional Information about The Talisman

Address: 320 Ngong Road | Karen, Nairobi, Kenya
Phone Number: +254 705 999997
Location: Africa  >  Kenya  >  Nairobi
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
Cuisine: Seafood, Vegetarian, Gastropub

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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, Gastropub

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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