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320 Ngong Road | Karen, Nairobi 00502, Kenya
+254 705 999997
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9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
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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  • 370
    Excellent
  • 165
    Very good
  • 32
    Average
  • 6
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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
Does it all.

Loved the food and pastries. Went there couple of times and got never disappointed. The portable fire pots are adding awesome to the cozy atmosphere. Any time again!

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 12, 2014
Eric S
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
via mobile
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

Loved the food and pastries. Went there couple of times and got never disappointed. The portable fire pots are adding awesome to the cozy atmosphere. Any time again!

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Christine N, Guest Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

Thanks Eric S for taking the time to write us a review. We are super happy you've enjoyed Talisman on more than one occasion and we have not disappointed you! Look forward to having you back any time. Karibu! More 

Sydney
Top Contributor
95 reviews 95 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

I was lucky enough to eat here for my last night in Africa. Wow, definitely the best food I had eaten in months. Their pork belly starter was amazing (and I love my pork belly), and the deluxe sushi platter was fresh, delicious and varied. Service was attentive but unobtrusive. And the décor is comfortable and stylish. This place deserves... More 

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Christine N, Guest Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

Really honored you made the time to stop and eat with us on your last night in Africa. Thanks for the lovely feedback. We're delighted that you enjoyed the pork belly starter, the deluxe sushi platter and the service. I'll be sure to pass along your compliments to the kitchen and service crew. Hope you'll visit us again when you... More 

Nairobi, Kenya
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Very good food. I had the knicker bocker glory for Dessert. It was to die for!! I would definitely go back

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Christine N, Guest Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind words and the recommendation Faith- KG. We look forward to hosting you again. Karibu. More 

Kampala, Uganda
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

The food here is great! The selection is wide with options from several genres. The service is quick and efficient. They also have a great play area for the children in the back.

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Christine N, Guest Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

Thanks ! We're so glad you enjoyed the food,service and the playground and that our staff took good care of you. We look forward to seeing you back again soon. Karibu! More 

Nairobi, Kenya
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This is probably the best restaurant in Nairobi, without a doubt the best in the Karen area. Its famous samosa starters are worth a trip by themselves, the sushi is also quite good and so are the other meat and fish dishes. The staff are particularly helpful for a Nairobi restaurant and the setting is very pleasant, outside and in.

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Christine N, Guest Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

Wow! What a fantastic review Kate K. We're delighted you enjoyed all the things that make Talisman so special. Really glad you found us worth the trip. Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review, and we hope to see you soon. More 

Ramsbury Wiltshire
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Had dinner in a lovely garden dimly lit with candles and low lighting. Good food and excellent service

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Christine N, Guest Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

We're delighted that you enjoyed our warm inviting atmosphere . The garden, fireplaces and candles do make a terrific setting. Thanks again for your visit, we look forward to hosting you again. More 

Nairobi, Kenya
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014 via mobile

We went there for a birthday dinner. The resident cat took a liking to one of my friends :-) The food was FANTASTIC! You'll never go wrong with the steak!

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Christine N, Guest Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

Happy belated birthday ! Really glad you enjoyed the steak and our signature feta samosas. We pride ourselves on our tender beef. We were delighted to host you here at Talisman. Come again soon. Karibu! More 

Nairobi, Kenya
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

The food is fabulous and the variety of the lunch and dinner meals is extraordinary. The wine cellar is exquisite and we never have been disappointed the selection and quality of good wines. You must adapt to the crowd at the bar which can be quite noisy sometimes though. The restaurant owner should think about separating the bar from the... More 

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Christine N, Guest Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

Dear Peter W, thank you for your kind review. We're so glad you enjoyed your visit to the restaurant with regards to the food and wine. We appreciate your input regarding the separation of the bar from the restaurant, it will help us to make Talisman an even better experience for everyone. Karibu! More 

United Kingdom
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

2 return visits for Saturday lunch since my last review at the beginning of May have now confirmed this restaurant's deserved reputation for excellent food and service, and I think it has become our favourite Nairobi restaurant. We're still totally hooked on the Asian dishes on the menu and have again enjoyed the divine Prawn Tempura, plus Deluxe Mixed Platter... More 

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Christine N, Guest Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

Thank you very much Cornelia B for your return visits to the restaurant. We're glad that you were willing to give us a second try after your first TripAdvisor review on Talisman and that we managed to exceed your expectation and have become your firm favorite Nairobi Restaurant. Thanks for the specific comments and recommendations on our food and drinks.... More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

I wasn't expecting to eat at such a lovely place but was treated. The food is mouth wateringly delicious as is the wine and the location/atmosphere is second to none. World class food at well under London prices. If you miss this place you really do miss out.

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Christine N, Guest Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

Thanks Ninam! We're so glad you enjoyed the atmosphere and our amazing wine list. Delighted that you found our food World Class. Thanks again for your visit, we hope you'll visit any time you're in Nairobi. More 

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Additional Information about Talisman

Address: 320 Ngong Road | Karen, Nairobi 00502, Kenya
Phone Number: +254 705 999997
Location: Africa  >  Kenya  >  Nairobi
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 9:00 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 320 Ngong Road | Karen, Nairobi 00502, Kenya
  • Location: Africa  >  Kenya  >  Nairobi
  • Phone Number: +254 705 999997

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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
9:00 am - 9:00 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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