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The Talisman

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Seafood, Vegetarian, Pub, Gastropub
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320 Ngong Road | Karen, Nairobi, Kenya
+254 705 999997
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8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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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  • 32
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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
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This was an excellent dining experience with friends and family with a wide age range. The food was very good and plenty of it, with a good choice of fare. The staff were very pleasant and attentive with a lovely atmosphere sitting outside, with the nice charcoal stoves to keep us warm in the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2014
Adrian W
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Forget, Canada
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  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
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132 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

This was an excellent dining experience with friends and family with a wide age range. The food was very good and plenty of it, with a good choice of fare. The staff were very pleasant and attentive with a lovely atmosphere sitting outside, with the nice charcoal stoves to keep us warm in the cool April evening. The food and... More 

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

Thank you for your great review Adrian W, We are so glad that you had a great time and we look forward to having you again... and again. More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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481 reviews
297 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 222 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

I thought this would be a touristtrap "we have a nice garden and will fill you with Tusker" - but I was wrong. From parking the car we met very serviceminded staff. Quickly a new table eas arranged when the sun started burning the back. Lots of patience on explaining the menu. Had the beetroot -bluecheese starter. Superb! Chicken breast... More 

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

Dear Hans L We are so glad you enjoyed your visit to our restaurant, we have passed your comments regarding the Chicken Limoni to the kitchen to see what we can do to improve this for the future. We look forward to seeing you again in the near future. More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

Went there for an afternoon meal. The food was awesome, I loved the ambiance and the tranquility. The service from the waiters was great. I always recommend Talisman for my guests and friends

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

Thank you for your kind review and for recommending us to your friends. We are glad you enjoyed our afternoon snack menu and hope that you will be able to visit us for one of our main services to experience the full menu! More 

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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

We had the most amazing food recently and the staff were awesome. Marcus, the head chef was such a blast, with real passion for food. Can't wait to come back again!!!

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

Thank you Blessing G for your kind review, and the lovely picture of our Cape Mulva, We are glad that you enjoyed your visit and we look forward to seeing you again soon. More 

New York
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

There isn't too much to say that hasn't already been said. In my 3 weeks in Nairobi, I've been here three times. The head chef is gracious and welcoming. Their specials are fantastic, but so is their normal menu. I've met new friends there each time I've gone, and will keep going back!

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

Thank you for your review HookahMike We are so glad you made us a regular destination during your stay. We are having some guest chef's from around the world in to expand our specials even further we hope to see you again when you come back to Kenya. More 

Madrid
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Food is to die for! I still dream of those samosas with fresh cheese and koriander and the coconut sea food soup. Home-made lemonades are the best I have tried. Service impeccable. Tastefully designed place with a gorgeous garden. We came there for lunch, but I am sure it is even more beautiful in the evenings. A place not to... More 

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

Thank you for your great review SP, we look forward to seeing you again soon and have no fear the feta samosa's and sea food soup won't be going any where. We hope that one day you can join us for our evening service. More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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128 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

A restaurant that offers a variety of international dishes with a good choice for different palettes. Mouth watering starters to wholesome or delicate mains and truly wicked deserts are beautifully presented on a well set table complete with fresh flowers. Non smoking areas are designated which is great except one is limited when it comes to outdoor seating. The ambience... More 

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

Thank you very much for your kind review. We apologize about being unable to seat you in our garden. In the future when you make a booking please ask the hostess to reserve an outside table for you and we will try our very best to accommodate you. More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

The Talisman is an upmarket restaurant frequented by a crowd that belongs to a certain strata of society. The food and the service is good and one would always desire to come back because this place has a character unique to Nairobi. There are a couple of other restaurants in the city that I can say are of similar category.

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

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

Tampa, Florida
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

It's the bathrooms that got my attention. They were clean, cosy and comfortable. The food was average but the service was great. The menu is a little bit confusing and has limited choice.

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

Thanks for the kind words about our refurbished bathrooms, delighted you enjoyed the service too. Just request our helpful service team to take you through our menu am sure they will be happy to.Hope to see you back again soon and enjoy them both. Karibu! More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Beautiful restaurant and ambiance. I highly suggest coming here for dinner, as the atmosphere is very pretty and relaxed. I enjoyed the coriander/feta samosas, the avocado/tuna soyae, and the gnocchi. The desserts are simply incredible--try the knicker bocker sundae for a really delicious, unique sweet treat. I also had the salad appetizer which was just okay. Their steak is excellent... More 

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

Yale, we're honored you took the time to leave a review, absolutely delighted you enjoyed the ambiance, atmosphere and service. Thanks for the specific comments which I'll pass along to the kitchen team. More 

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Additional Information about The Talisman

Address: 320 Ngong Road | Karen, Nairobi, Kenya
Phone Number: +254 705 999997
Location: Africa  >  Kenya  >  Nairobi
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 10:00 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
Cuisine: Seafood, Vegetarian, Pub, Gastropub

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Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood, Vegetarian, Pub, Gastropub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children, 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
8:00 am - 10:00 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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