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The Talisman

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Seafood, Contemporary, Fusion, Gastropub, African, French, Japanese, American, Mediterranean, Asian
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320 Ngong Road | Karen, Nairobi, Kenya
+254 705 999997
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8:00 am - 12:00 am
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Tue - Sun 8:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, 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
Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Bar scene, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
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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    Very good
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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
Excellent

The food was great and the service exceptional. We had two children but the staff went out of their way to adjust the menu for them

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Catherine N
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Nairobi, Kenya
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Nairobi
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited for Nairobi restaurant week. Very polite & attentive staff. However the food was a bit too greesy, especially the skinny fries / chips served with the beef. the ice cream in the knickerbocker desert was ver sugary and tasted very generic as did the chocolate sauce which was more sugar than chocolate. Anyway it was too much to... More 

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Thank nathannairobi
Nairobi, Kenya
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The food was great and the service exceptional. We had two children but the staff went out of their way to adjust the menu for them

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Thank Catherine N
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear Catherine, Thank you for sharing your fantastic review of The Talisman. We hope to welcome you and your family back soon. With Thanks The Talisman More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I like the atmosphere, but my african palette didn't quite agree with the main dishes..their entree's and desserts are to die for!

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Thank AlexKaruriNdubai
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear Alex, Thank you for sharing your experience with us at The Talisman. We hope to be able to welcome you again soon. With Thanks The Talisman More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The experience was amazing, taste & delicious food, service from smiley waiters...worth a visit. Environment and ambience is cool kinda garden

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Thank Jeffmaingi
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear Jeff, thank you for sharing your experience with us at The Talisman. We are happy that you enjoyed your time with us and we hope to welcome you back very soon. With Thanks The Talisman More 

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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Took my parents, bosses and boyfriend to one of my all time favourite restaurants and had, as predicted, a wonderful time. Great service, great food and a great atmosphere make Talisman a must.

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Thank Vicki F
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear Vicki, Thank you for the great review and for choosing the Talisman for you and your guests. We hope to see you again very soon. With Thanks The Talisman More 

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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I visited this restaurant on a recent business trip to Nairobi. I'd been told it was a nice place to eat but wasn't prepared for how good the food was. In fact it was so good I had to go back. I'm a steak fan and the Madagascan beef was one of, if not the best steak I've ever eaten.... More 

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Thank Kev1877
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear Kev, Thank you for the great review and we are happy to have exceeded your expectations. We hope to welcome you again soon for some of our prime steaks. With Thanks The Talisman More 

New York City, New York
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Incredible food and wine with a lovely waiter Magese. Very much looking forward to coming back on my next visit to Nairobi.

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Thank Lori M
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear Lori, Thank you for the great review and we also are looking forward to your next visit at the Talisman. With Thanks The Talisman More 

Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a nice restaurant to visit while you are in Nairobi. Four of us had lunch one day in the lovely gardens. The menu is varied, the meal well cooked and service excellent.

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Thank Marionhas4
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear Marion, Thank you for your great review. We are so happy that you enjoyed your lunch in our gardens and we hope that we will be able to welcome you again soon. With Thanks The Talisman More 

London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic meal - lovely ambience, good service despite being really busy and great value during NRW. There were lots of choices on the set menu and the lamb shank was delicious! Thank you

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Thank klee311
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear Klee311, Thank you for coming to try out our NRW menu and thank you for the great review! We hope to see you back again very soon. With Thanks The Talisman More 

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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Tried Talisman twice, during 2 editions of Nairobi restaurant week, and each time was a treat. The food is great, the service is okay and the decor is stunning, with Lamu doors and wood carvings. Had a table on the lovely terrasse, but the inside rooms and the bar are very nice too. The food is very tasty, with a... More 

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Thank Dina M
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear Dina M, thank you for the great review and we will certainly take under advisement your comment on our portion sizes. We hope to make it up to you next time you visit. With Thanks The Talisman 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, Contemporary, Fusion, Gastropub, African, French, Japanese, American, Mediterranean, Asian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Bar scene, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups

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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