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320 Ngong Road | Karen, Nairobi 00502, Kenya
+254 705 999997
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Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dessert, Breakfast, Dinner, 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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  • 344
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  • 155
    Very good
  • 29
    Average
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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
Nairobi? It could have been Paris, New York or San Francisco

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 20, 2014
losjacksons
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Yorba Linda, California
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Families with children
  • Entertaining clients
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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 

New York City, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

If you are in Nairobi, do not miss Talisman. This is not in the city and is in the middle of no where but definitely worth the trip and most probably one of its best secret. Service was great and food was good! The environment is great for both a romantic dinner or dinner with friends. Its highly recommended.

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

Thanks for the lovely feedback and really appreciate the hearty recommendation of our service and food. We'd enjoy welcoming you back anytime. Karibu. ! More 

Nairobi, Kenya
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

After a refurbishment / revamp (posh new toilets) and with a new menu, this is one of the nicest restaurants in Nairobi. Service was excellent, setting lovely, food was excellent.

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

Thanks for the kind words about our refurbishment and menu. We're proud of both and hope to see you back again soon to enjoy them. More 

Washington, Dc
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

I visited during Peruvian week and I know and love my Peruvian food so when a Peruvian friend sent me the ad, I knew I had to visit. I did not know what to expect because there isn't much of any Peruvian food here in Nairobi. Boy, was I blown away!!! We ordered a bunch of things from Pisco Sours... More 

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

Thanks very much for taking the time to leave such a detailed review of our Peruvian week and really glad the food "wowed" you. I'll be sure to share that with chef Grego and the kitchen team. Delighted too that you found our service quick and efficient. Karibu. ! More 

Nairobi, Nairobi Area, Kenya
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

Great for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. We actually stayed there all day for three of these!! Wonderful !

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

Thanks Simon for the review, and we're glad you made the time to stop and eat with us for late breakfast through to dinner and felt the mood that is truly 'Talismanic" ! Welcome back anytime. More 

Chengdu
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

I changed my flight to have a chance to return here after trying the innovative and delicious food the first time... and I wasn't disappointed. Seared tuna with wasabi sorbet - yes! Key lime pie - to die for. Melt in the mouth steak with wasabi hollandaise - unforgettable. The service and atmosphere are ten out of ten too.

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

Thanks very much for your detailed review, and the fact that you changed your flight to have a chance to enjoy our food,service and ambiance once again. Anytime someone uses "to-die-for" when talking of our food, it puts huge smiles on our faces. I'll pass along your compliments to the kitchen crew and service staff. Karibu ! More 

Nairobi, Kenya
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

There is good variety on the menu and the quality and service is high level. The setting is ideal for various occasions.

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

Thanks for the lovely feedback Dennis. We'd enjoy welcoming you back anytime. More 

kitale
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014 via mobile

Although limited menu, whatever you order is of the highest quality. Set in karen on outskirts of nairobi, talismans quality remains consistant

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

Thanks very much for this lovely endorsement. We're delighted you enjoyed your visit and look forward to serving you again anytime. Karibu. More 

Nairobi, Kenya
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

(25th may,2013) we 5 friends went to talisman ... it was like a long drive to Karen and after reaching there we all found that its really worth it .. i just love the place .... Food was good but I will not say excellent ... and price is high for example , one Tom Yum Goone Soup cost 950... More 

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

We are really sorry for your experience, please ask for Marcus our general manager or Steve the restaurant manager next time you come in. We promise to make your experience fantastic just like the rest of our reviews. Karibu. More 

Nairobi, Kenya
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014 via mobile

We had a fab family lunch on Boxing Day. Super service Nd good food. Great table and the kids enjoyed the playground. Very family friendly.

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

Thank you Amrita for bringing your family to experience what Talisman has to offer. We are delighted that you enjoyed the atmosphere,service and food. Come again 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: Doing business, Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children, 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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?