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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, Lunch, Dinner, 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
Legendary Samosas!

Excellent cuisine, friendly staff, comfy seats and a roaring fire - great refuge on a chilly wet Sunday. The Feta & Coriander samosas are legendary and the belly pork absolutely delicious. A great place to relax and unwind with friends.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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Kampala, Uganda
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
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Kampala, Uganda
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Excellent cuisine, friendly staff, comfy seats and a roaring fire - great refuge on a chilly wet Sunday. The Feta & Coriander samosas are legendary and the belly pork absolutely delicious. A great place to relax and unwind with friends.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

When we moved to Nairobi, the one restaurant we kept hearing about was Talisman. This favorite among Nairobi expats certainly deserves the praise. The food is good (I love their small burgers), the setting is magnificent and green. On the downside, the food is not cheap, and the restaurant is located on eternally congested Ngong Road in Karen which is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Excellent food & service. Nice location, special thanks to non-alcoholic drinks. Coriander-feta samosas were really good

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Nashville, Tennessee
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Gorgeous restaurant with lovely rooms and huge patio for outdoor dining day and night. Happening bar with great drinks. Try the Taliban hot sauce. It will blow your mind! Have visited twice - lunch with a group of 5- everyone loved their dishes. Drinks and dinner recently and again loved our meals. Friendly service. And an impressive display of birthday... More 

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swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

So glad you were compelled to give us a second visit! and we delivered yet again on service and food, The Taliban hot sauce is a house specialty that is cold smoked selected chillies with local leleshwa wood and marinated in olive oil. again, thanks for coming back, and stop in again whenever you're in the area! Regards Steve More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Utterly delightful setting in 'Old Kenya' house & garden, in the now rather busy suburb where Karen Blixen had her coffee farm epitomised in the film Out of Africa. Loved by both residents and visitors. Beautiful food & excellent service.

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swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Every so often a review leaves you feeling great and uplifted. Thanks so much for coming all the way out to see us, and we're delighted you enjoyed all the things that make Talisman so special. from the staff at Tali, It was our privilege to host you, so please come back again! regards Steve More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

This restaurant has been around for years and keeps getting better with age. Food, wonderful. Ambience great. Their cocktails hmm, go check them out yourself. It's roughly 40 minutes drive from the city centre.

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swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Thanks for a great review! We're delighted you enjoyed the ambiance and the food. We are glad our cocktails made a mark. Come back any time! and thanks for the recommendation Regards Steve More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Loved the food at this restaurant - every dish off the menu is delicious. The service is average and thus the only negative point. The atmosphere is also great as there is a great outdoor sitting area.

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swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind words about our atmosphere and food offering. We're proud of both and hope to see you back again soon to enjoy them. We've hired a few new staff team members and are in the midst of training for all, so we apologize for the average service. We're working to improve that and appreciate the feedback. Regards... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

The samosas, burgers and Taliban Chicken Wings are not to be missed. Also the best Dawa I have ever had . (Vodka, honey, lime). Joe the manager always does a good job of making you feel at home and letting you know about changes in the menu, which are frequent and delicious. Great atmosphere packed with Ex-Pats and other interesting... More 

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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 food, " samosas, burgers and Taliban Chicken Wings are not to be missed" and service. We're so glad you enjoyed your visit. Our bar is increasingly popular, because it is small and intimate, and we are proud of our Dawa signature cocktail. we look forward to hosting you... More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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32 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Been to The Talisman several times for lunch, the food and service is top notch, it definitely is a pleasure eating here and the service is wonderful. They also have a lovely garden area which is good for the kids to run around and play in.

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swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and rating, its great to know that we provide " top notch " service and food offering and we do look forward to hosting you again Regards Steve More 

Marietta, Georgia
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23 reviews
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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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swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Wow! What a fantastic review. Thanks so much for coming all the way out to see us, and we're delighted you enjoyed all the things that make Talisman so special, making a foodie happy is always great.The passion Fruit Mojito is our house special made with fresh lamu limes and fresh passion fruit It was our privilege to host you,... 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, Pub, 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, Pub, 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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