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Talisman

P.O. Box 834 Ngong Road, Nairobi 00502, Kenya
+254 705 999997
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Ranked #1 of 315 restaurants in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Continental, Café, Asian fusion
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Recently reopened after extensive renovations, the Talisman is located in Karen just on the outskirts of Nairobi in an old colonial building among lush beautiful gardens. Relax either indoors or outdoors or outdoors on our beautiful patio. Chef Marcus Mitchell, who has trained in France and Spain, brings his own unique touch to each dish and has gained acclaim for his fabulous continental and fusion menu. Talisman's service team is also renowned for its hospitality.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Top Contributor
100 reviews 100 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

We had dinner here recently, and it's a brilliant place - everything from the variety on the menu (food and drink) to the quality of the food to the service to the ambience to the lovely outdoor atmosphere. A bit pricier than most places in Nairobi, if you're looking for a little bit of a "splurge" with excellent value for... More

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J C, Public Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

Really glad you decided to splurge and enjoy 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 stop back by any time you're in Nairobi! More

Nairobi
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

Far and away the best dining experience in Nairobi; if not Kenya. Frequented by a mix of resident KCs, tourists and UN types Talisman exceeds in style and content. Extremely helpful staff led by an inventive and immensely capable head chef. Recommended to anyone visiting Nairobi!

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J C, Public Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review. We're very proud of our "inventive and immensely capable" Chef Marcus and our service team. Hope to see you back soon! More

Macclesfield
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3 reviews 3 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

We have been resident in Karen Nairobi for two months and just came back from our first evening out with our seven year old son - the food was outstanding, the service outstanding - the waiter gave us the specials and left us to persuse for the right amouont of time - good amount of time betweene each course......we told... More

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J C, Public Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

Welcome to Karen! We're so glad to have you in the community and welcome you back any time. So glad you enjoyed both our menu and our service. Come again soon! More

Nairobi
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

We loved our experience at the Talisman Restaurant. The food, atmosphere, decor, ambiance..everything was perfect!! Meals were very well portioned and very fairly priced!! Christine was most gracious and a true professional!! A must have experience when you come to Kenya.

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J C, Public Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

It was a joy to have you here, Mahmood! So glad you enjoyed your meal with us, and I'll be sure to pass along your compliments to Christine. She's a gem! More

Nairobi, Kenya
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

There is art for sale - sometimes excellent - a bar which is comfortable and cosy - lots of outside for sunny lunches and cosy evenings with a fire and lots of places to hide a party. They also make the best cheeze samoozas and the best crunchy sushi. And you are likely to bump into friends there.

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J C, Public Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

Thanks a lot for the recommendation! We're proud of our ambiance and are always happy to see friends bumping into each other and enjoying what Talisman has to offer. Come back again soon! More

NL
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

Last week we visited the Talisman Restaurant twice whilst staying in the Karen district in Nairobi. What to say, excellent food in a nice atmosphere. Absolutely worth a detour. We are looking forward visiting again.

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J C, Public Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the kind words. We're delighted you recommend a detour to get to Talisman, and we hope you'll be back again soon! More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012 via mobile

I sat outside with a couple of friends and we had lunch. The waiter, I think his name was Stephen, did a great job and was very attentive as he made sure we were comfortable. I had the Poached Norwegian Salmon, which was really nice and the Passion Mojitos there are divine! Please try one and see for yourself. The... More

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J C, Public Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the lovely review. We're delighted that you enjoyed the garden and the food and look forward to seeing you back again soon! More

Los Angeles, California
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

Parents take note - children ARE NOT WELCOME at this establishment. Front desk will not tell you this of course and will be happy to sell you a full priced (overpriced) meal. But the owner/chef will make your children feel very unwelcome in HIS restaurant. Stay well clear - there are many other nice places to eat with kids in... More

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J C, Public Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

Talisman has always welcomed families and is an ideal setting for children during daytime meals. However, it is important to note that it is illegal in Kenya for children to be in our bar area. When our staff find children running around, they do have to politely request that parents take their children out to the main dining area. When... More

Johannesburg, South Africa
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

I always love to eat here, the food is outstanding and always something new and different. A great place to enjoy going with special people. A wonderful place to be

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J C, Public Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

Thanks, Iris! We're glad to know Talisman is tops on your list, and we hope to see you again soon when you're in Nairobi! More

Copenhagen, Denmark
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

If you go to Nairobi, you must visit Talisman. The plates are of high quality and strike a tasty balance between classical and innovative. The lush vegetation in the courtyard provide shade and along with the meal most of your senses should be tingled. Lastly, do not miss their puddings which by full live up to their starters and mains.... More

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J C, Public Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

Thank you so much, Ida, for taking the time to tell us what made your Talisman experience such a special one! We're delighted you enjoyed the garden ambiance and especially our menu. Come back soon! More

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