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320 Ngong Road | Karen, Nairobi 00502, Kenya
+254 705 999997
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8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dessert, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, 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
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
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
Superb Samosa's

The coriander and Feta samosas are fantastic ! Service is always friendly and it's a treat to come here when visiting Nairobi.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 15, 2014
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Armidale
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Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Families with children
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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Armidale
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014 via mobile

The coriander and Feta samosas are fantastic ! Service is always friendly and it's a treat to come here when visiting Nairobi.

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

Thanks very much! We're delighted you've enjoyed our signature feta samosas and friendly staff and look forward to seeing you again. It is a pleasure to serve you. More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

I went to Talisman years ago for dinner and remember I loved everything about it: the food, the drinks, the atmosphere and the service. I went back for lunch yesterday and very much enjoyed the experience, but I didn't enjoy what I ordered... I ordered a meal salad because I love salads and was in the mood for one, but... More 

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

Dear PaulaNairobi2014, we are so glad you enjoyed your visit to our restaurant. We have passed your comments regarding the meal salads to the kitchen crew to see what we can do to improve this for the future. Thanks for the feedback, and please come again soon! More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

We love the Talisman. The atmosphere is great - lovely indoor and outdoor environment. The menu needs some refreshing, we've eaten everything on it. Great sushi and sashimi! Need more food for kids, or some as kids are regulars, but no kids menu. The staff are friendly. It's fun in the evenings and chilled out during the day. Always consistent.... More 

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

We love it Bluecharlie when regulars bring their families to share what Talisman has to offer. Thanks so much for stopping in. We have taken your comment regarding refreshing the menu to our chefs to see what can be done to expand the menu further. Hope to see you back soon. Karibu! More 

Nairobi
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

I love the fact that its cozy and feels a lot like home. Music is great and the crowd is awesome!!!!

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

Thanks very much Fhipu for the kind comment ! We're so glad you felt like home and enjoyed your visit. Hope to see you back soon. Karibu! More 

Gaithersburg, Maryland
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41 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

An oasis in Nairobi...setting, ambiance, service and food! High marks for all three. The only restaurant I made an encore visit to during my five week stay in Nairobi!

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

We are so glad you made us a regular destination during your stay in Nairobi and that you enjoyed the ambiance, service, and food. Thanks for your kind review and a lovely picture of our patio. Hope when you come back to Nairobi, you'll come visit again. Karibu! More 

Mombasa, Kenya
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Being from the town of Mombasa, we felt a bit provincial heading into the big bad city of Nairobi but looking forward to trying out the great restaurants and food of Nairobi we had heard about. Talisman in Karen was the second restaurant we tried out after Tamambo Karen Blixen restaurant (see my review on it). As Talisman is rated... More 

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

Thank you EeeJackYurLate for the helpful feedback. I'm so sorry your experience wasn't up to expectations. It's our goal to exceed expectations and keep people coming back. We apologize for people smoking at the play area which is technically a non smoking area at The Talisman. We have taken your comments regarding the play area, to see what can be... More 

Datchet, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

One if not the best (for me) restaurant in Nairobi. Menu does not change much, but, there are always specials. We missed the soft shell crabs last week, nevertheless my husband enjoyed our three course lunch. As always, the sushi with crispy bits were excellent, my roast belly of pork with crackling was perfect & my apple/almond sponge pudding although... More 

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

Thank you so much you took the time to leave such a lovely, detailed review. Thanks for the specific comments which I'll be sure to pass along to the kitchen team. Sorry you missed the Soft shell crab. A quick tip....you may call and request for your dish ahead of time, am sure the kitchen crew will be happy to... More 

Nairobi
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Lovely play area for active toddlers, you can sit and watch them play. Good food, great seating keeps you cool from the hot afternoon sun. Large seats, baby can nap on!! Great services from Titus!! .Though the starters took over 30min?? we were soo hungry. Would visit again.

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

Really glad Hilo13 that you enjoyed the play area which is a favorite with children. Delighted that you enjoyed service from Titus, I'll be sure to pass your compliments to him. Hope to see you back again soon! More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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37 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Talisman is a great restaurant in Karen, outside Nairobi. Wonderful atmosphere in and outside. Very open plan, so always dress warm in the evenings. Best to make sure that you have a "jiko" near you. The food is amazing and is top class..... Some great entertainment can be had there as well... Many a great party there. Many birthday, anniversaries... More 

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

Dear Skvarose, thank you for your lovely review. We are so glad that you have shared your special occasions with us and we look forward to having you again.....and again. Karibu! More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Great food, lovely location and atmosphere:) Its a great place for kids and adults both! Best feta and coriander samosas in town!

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

Thanks very much Roxychandaria for the kind comments! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you back soon to enjoy our signature Feta samosas. 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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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: Romantic, Entertaining clients, Families with children, Special occasions, Doing business

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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