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Tamarind Restaurant

Haile Selassie Ave / National Bank Bldg, Nairobi, Kenya (Upper Hill Estate)
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Ranked #10 of 301 restaurants in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Upper Hill Estate
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148 reviews from our community

89% Recommend
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Nairobi, Kenya
16 reviews 16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

My husband booked a table at this restaurant for 8.30pm on Monday 31st March. When we finally arrived after having braved several major city centre traffic jams, the place was closed and we were told by a security guard that they had relocated to Karen. Now why on earth is there no mention of this on their website (which lists... More

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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

this is one of my fav in nairobi, great seafood great ambience. we always come here to celebrate special occasions or simple have a great date night leaving the kids at home.

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GCD51, Director of Sales at Tamarind Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for posting such a complimentary review about Tamarind Nairobi. We regret to tell you that we have had to close Tamarind Nairobi in the CBD after 37 years of service. Our last day was 28th March. But all is not lost as we shall be opening for dinner at The Karen Blixen Coffee Garden in the leafy suburb... More

Nairobi, Kenya
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

The restaurant itself is a bit hard to find. But worth it. The food was all quite good but the restaurant was mostly empty. Desert came with our names on the plates accompanied by a saying. A surprising touch. Too much of an effort to go cause of the location.

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Nairobi, Kenya
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Last visited March 2014. Been here more than 20 times over the years. Its expensive by local standards but well worth the treat. Note - If in Mombasa North Coast. The Tamarind Mombasa is even better!!! The oysters although smaller than Pacific/Atlantic Oysters are divine: raw or cooked mambrui if you prefer. The Prawns Piri Piri are not as hot... More

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labinaNairobi, Director of Sales at Tamarind Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you very much for posting such a wonderful review. We really appreciate your comments and are thrilled that you enjoyed t your experience at Tamarind Nairobi. I should mention that Tamarind Nairobi will be moving to Karen Blixen Coffee Garden on 28th March, so do try and visit us one more time before we make the move. Thank you... More

Baltimore, Maryland
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222 reviews 222 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

A colleague of mine insisted we come downtown to Tamarind, based on the memories of a great meal 18 years ago! We were skeptical, but the food and drinks were excellent (try the Zanzibari seafood casserole), as was the service. A dessert sampler came on plates decorated with our names and philosophical sayings etched in chocolate icing. Definitely the place... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

Have been in Kenya for 10 days, from Nairob cityi to Safarì to beach & back to Nairobi for a last night celebratory dinner at The Tamarind in Nairobi. What a let down. We arrived at 7.45 to an empty restaurant, the waiter introduced himself & then asked for the name of each guest in writing. We dutifully obliged while... More

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London, England, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

We ate early and had the place practically to ourselves, so cannot really comment on atmosphere etc. However the food was excellent - fish was fresh, well seasoned and sympathetically cooked. The staff were friendly and attentive without being intrusive. Prices were a little high for Nairobi but the food was a level above anything else we had there, and... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

Great food and presentation. Good selection on the menu. Crab cake and avocado starter was very tasty Excellent service. Grilled jumbo prawns is a must. Service is very friendly. Good experience not to be missed.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

I took my wife for dinner at the Tamarind in December. The service was great and staff was happy to serve. The was a great selection of wine, drinks and food off the menu. All the sea food is really fresh and cooked to perfection. The ambiance is cosy, but also a bit confined. It isnt a large room, so... More

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Nairobi, Kenya
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10 reviews 10 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

I had great expectations. But the restaurant itself is quite dark, no windows and for me, I d like to have open spaces and nice views. Food...probably just hardly average. Pricing: over priced. I hope to visit the one on Mombasa to give better rating.

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