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320 Ngong Road, Nairobi 00502, Kenya
+254 705 999997
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Ranked #1 of 343 Restaurants in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: African, European, Pan-Asian
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: The Talisman is an elegant Gastrolounge with an eclectic twist. Described as "The best place in town" by New York Times Spirited Traveler and consistently the #1 restaurant in Kenya on TripAdvisor, The Talisman offers a myriad of experiences to our patrons. 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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Sussex
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

As a restaurant Talisman is first class. The service is great the atmoshpere is relaxed and the food is fantastic. Amongst our group particular highlights were the the sushi starters and the ostrich and massive t-bone steak as mains. It's not cheap but then you are paying for quality. The only negative I'd have about the place is that the... More 

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J C, Public Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to post these lovely comments about our food and service. We're so glad you enjoyed your visit. Our bar is increasingly popular, because it is small and intimate. This can be both a positive and a negative. On the positive side, it's a great place to have a drink and conversation with friends (particularly closing... More 

Dallas
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53 reviews 53 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

Our first full day in Nairobi, staying in the Karen area, we went to Talisman for lunch. The restaurant itself is truly beautiful, combining elements of a garden cafe and an Asian temple. Make sure to sit outside, if you can, and enjoy all the little details of the garden, patio and buildings. The food itself is very, very good:... More 

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J C, Public Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

Thanks for the lovely review! We're delighted you enjoyed the atmosphere and the food. We are glad our staff took good care of you, too. Come back any time! More 

London
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31 reviews 31 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

Went there as a group. Great food...I loved all the seafood dishes I was served, they tasted fantastic, exactly right. The place was a little cold as we were outside and we were given charcoal braziers to keep warm...fabulous! 2 members of the group took the t bone, but complained that it was a little tough. Chef came to say... More 

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J C, Public Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

Thanks so much! We do pride ourselves on fantastic seafood, and we're glad you enjoyed the setting as well. Please come back any time. More 

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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

The Talisman is one of our favorite restaurants in Nairobi. It’s a lovely night out, for those people who like a funky place and who like to get a feel what Nairobi is like for people who live in Nairobi. We always suggest it to clients who spend one or two nights in Nairobi: nice ambiance, excellent special food, great... More 

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J C, Public Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

Thanks for recommending us as a place to get a real local feel. So glad you've enjoyed our food and ambience! Cheers! More 

Haifa, Israel
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

This is a very nice place to have lunch and spend a nice afternoon with friend. Great garden and great food.

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J C, Public Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

So glad you enjoyed our garden atmosphere. We love it, too, and the weather sure is turning gorgeous these days--just right for lunching amongst the greenery! More 

London, United Kingdom
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207 reviews 207 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

On our way to the Kazuri bead factory we decided to stop in at Talisman for lunch. The grounds are beautiful and it was lovely to be able to sit outside. We were promptly served with drinks by a friendly waiter, and we sat back to enjoy the view. The food arriving saw things go down hill. We shared a... More 

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J C, Public Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

It sounds like you must have hit us on a truly "off" day, and I'm so sorry your experience wasn't up to expectations. It's our goal to exceed expectations and keep people coming back. You still have free puddings on us, so please drop us a line through our Facebook page next time you want to come in, and we'll... More 

Arlington, Virginia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

We hit Talisman after a busy day of sightseeing, and immediately relaxed in the garden atmosphere. The food was fantastic - I highly recommend the feta and coriander samosas - with some old favorites on the menu as well as some twists on staple dishes. The service was impeccable; we found the whole experience incredibly relaxing, and a wonderful way... More 

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J C, Public Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind words about our beautiful hideaway here in Karen! We hope you'll be back to enjoy the garden again. More 

Oxford, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

This is just a really nice restaurant in Karen. Good food, nice atmosphere. It is a little on the expensive side, but for the occasional treat definitely worth it.

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J C, Public Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind words! We're so glad you enjoyed Talisman and hope to have you back again. More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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46 reviews 46 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

We have been to the Talisman on a number of occasions and have always found the food to be excellent. The ostrich steak is delicious as well as the potted crab when that is on the menu. The setting is also beautiful and restful and if you have time for a drink after dinner, the bar is always lively with... More 

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J C, Public Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

Thanks for the lovely words! We're so glad you've enjoyed our relaxing setting and delicious food. Come again any time so we can spoil you further. More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

The setting for this restaurant is hard to beat. The food really good, service great and generally just a fantastic place to relax, eat, drink, enjoy !

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J C, Public Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

So glad you enjoyed our beautiful setting -- we think it's an oasis as well. What could be lovelier than the garden as spring comes to Nairobi? Come again! More 

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Additional Information about Talisman

Address: 320 Ngong Road, 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
Cuisine: African, European, Pan-Asian

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