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Tamarind Restaurant

Karen Blixen Coffee Garden | Karen, Nairobi 00200, Kenya (Upper Hill Estate)
+254 719 346349
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Ranked #2 of 341 Restaurants in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $50 - $100
Cuisines: African, Asian, French, Seafood
Neighborhood: Upper Hill Estate
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Nairobi's iconic seafood restaurant which originally opened in August 1977, has recently moved from the Central Business District to the leafy suburbs of Karen at the Karen Blixen coffee Garden. The menu is a blend of the best of French, Asian and African cuisines with specialties such as the famous Prawns Piri Piri, and Chilli Crab which have earned the Tamarind worldwide fame.
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

Visited the restaurant in Karen.Just as I remembered it.Great service and excellent food.You got to try the Chile Crab.For sure one of my favorite restaurants.

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168 reviews 168 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Didn't make it down to the coast this trip sadly because I love the Tamarind in Mombasa. So what to do, hadn't been to the Nairobi Tamarind for years and since this new one had opened I thought I should give it a go. There was nothing to complain about at all. Went for dinner after a long day out... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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157 reviews 157 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

We ate here on our last evening in Kenya before leaving for the airport. The restaurant is not cheap but the food is excellent and we were able to eat outside on the terrace overlooking the surrounding gardens. We focused on seafood, including the tiny but very tasty wild oysters, and all the dishes were both delicious and well presented.... More 

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Hants, Uk
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87 reviews 87 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Visited recently for the first time, fantastic service, food and ambience. The Crab Claws are a must to try when on the menu. All food was extremely fresh, well presented and portions were generous. I'd recommend booking a table in advance and leaving plenty of time to fight your way through the Nairobi traffic to this fine establishment.

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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233 reviews 233 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

We went here with friends , the service food and ambience were all great as was the choice of wine etc . By Kenyan standards it was not cheap but still offered value for money . The choice of seafood and fish was most impressive and all the food was well presented . Its out of the town centre in... More 

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Nakuru, Kenya
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3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Nice ambiance, decent cuisine and good service. At times they seem under staffed on weekends when it is busy of course. We've always enjoyed ourselves. It's a shame about this rainy time of the year though.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

I went to the Tamarind a few weeks back with a few of my friends who are all in the hotel business. we were all blown away with the flavor and presentation, the staff definitely focus on absolute customer satisfaction. By far the best restaurant in Nairobi. I would recommend the Siamese prawns and the Seafood Risotto.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

If you wanna impress your girl ..this is it! Every dish we have had has been beautifully flavored and presentation is beautifully done. Only restaurant in the city that serves steamed crab the right way. •Make sure they know in advance you are going for an occasion..they will make dessert extra special•

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Centurion, South Africa
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64 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

In the day - back 35+ years - the Tamarind Restaurants in Nairobi and Mobasa were _the_ seafood places to dine in Kenya. So I was excited to try their new Nairobi location in Karen, at the Karen Blixen Coffee Garden complex. It is a stunning venue, a beautifully decorated old colonial house where you can sit outside on the... More 

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No. California
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43 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

We celebrated two birthdays here. Excellent food and service. Especially liked the presentation of the birthday desert.

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Additional Information about Tamarind Restaurant

Address: Karen Blixen Coffee Garden | Karen, Nairobi 00200, Kenya
Phone Number: +254 719 346349
Location: Africa  >  Kenya  >  Nairobi>  > Upper Hill Estate
Average Prices: USD 50 - 100
Cuisine: African, Asian, French, Seafood

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