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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, Dinner, Lunch, 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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  • 29
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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
Busy Sunday Lunch!

Lovely garden setting under trees and open verandahs great food and wine. Excellent service. Make a reservation!

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 11, 2014
Marc F
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London, United Kingdom
via mobile
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
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London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014 via mobile

Lovely garden setting under trees and open verandahs great food and wine. Excellent service. Make a reservation!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Christine N, Guest Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

Thanks very much, and we hope to see you back again soon ! More 

New York City, New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

Been there twice and it was great both times. When it got cold outside, the server was smart enough to bring me a blanket.

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

Thanks very much for the review and for taking the time to visit us more than once. Come again any time. More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

My husband and I went to Talisman and were very impressed. Since moving to Nairobi 7 months ago I have had to adjust my expectations and have typically been disappointed by the food, even by restaurants that have been recommended by friends and co workers. I now have two categories - good food and good food for Nairobi. Talisman that... More 

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

Thanks so much for the ringing endorsement. We are delighted you found us worth the drive and that you enjoyed the food,ambiance and service. We'd love to welcome you back anytime. Karibu. More 

Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

Spacious farmhouse style restaurant with vibey evenings frequented by expats. Huge lush gardens with good food take you back to the 60's in Kenya.

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

Thanks very much for the feedback. We're delighted you enjoyed your visit and look forward to serving you again any time. Karibu! More 

Enterprise, Alabama
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

I lived in Kenya for three years, just five minutes up the road from this amazing place. A one-off visit isn't enough to get to know the staff and sample the marvelous fare...but a lifetime wouldn't be enough to truly appreciate it soul-deep. This is a place that begs you to return, to bring friends, to blend in and become... More 

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

Thanks so much for the hearty recommendation. I'll be sure to pass along your comments to Chef Marcus,kitchen crew and wait staff. We'd look forward to seeing you again next time you're in Nairobi. More 

London, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

The Talisman is a spectacular venue that caters for all your needs, an inviting entrance way leads you into a reception area to be greeted by welcoming staff. A wonderfully decorated bar and lounge area is equally complemented by its relaxed and intimate atmosphere. An amazing selection of drinks and a good array of single malt was a great surprise.... More 

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

Thanks for the lovely comments. We are delighted you enjoyed the nyati wings. I'll be sure to pass along your kind words to Chef Marcus, i know he will be pleased that you enjoyed his recommendations. Come back anytime,it's a pleasure to serve you. More 

Karen, Nairobi, Kenya
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014 via mobile

If you enjoy fine dining then Talisman is the restaurant. The ambience and friendly waiters provide an atmosphere for a good night out with friends and family. Try the feta and coriander samosas for your starter; or the chicken wings - they are great as you relaxed by the fire! For your main course try the ostrich or the braised... More 

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

Thank's very much for taking the time to leave such a detailed review. Really appreciate the hearty recommendation of our food and service. We'd love welcoming you back again anytime. More 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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20 reviews 20 reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

We had a great evening at Talisman...very good service, excellent food and a very cosy bar. Only downside was the torturous traffic getting there from the downtown hotel!

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

Thanks for the lovely feedback. A quick tip for reaching us without all the nasty traffic: Use the Kikuyu road "bypass" through Dagoretti to get here from the other side of town, as there's never much traffic, and you can fly on over here in no time. We've even got a Note on our Facebook page with a map to... More 

Ipswich, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

We had dinner with our friends on our last night in Kenya and it was fantastic. The restuarant is beautiful and the menu varied and interesting. Wine list very comprehensive. The food itself was delicious, I had sushi for one course which was very fresh and beautifully presented. My partner had steak and it was one of the best steaks... More 

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

Thanks very much for the feedback and for taking the time to visit us on your last night in Kenya. Would love to see you again when you're next in town. Karibu ! More 

Yorba Linda, California
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

Came in for an early meal and the place was really special. Great decor and good service with very interesting menu. The chef is catering to a real international crowd so the menu features Indian, Continental, Classic, Thai, and general world cuisine… The night we were there it was Peruvian… random, in Nairobi. I really enjoyed the menu and would... More 

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

Thank you very much for the kind words, and we'd love to welcome you back any time ! More 

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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, Doing business, Special occasions, Romantic, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?