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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 347 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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Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

We went here on our first night in Kenya and were not disappointed. It took awhile to get there though due to the traffic so do travel early if you want to arrive on time from the centre of Nairobi! All the staff were pleasant and friendly and the atmosphere was perfect - maybe just a bit chilly to start... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

I enjoyed my time at Tamarind with my family. The service was top notch and the food a delicacy! Great fresh seafood options that are well prepared. The menu options are broad so even if you are not a seafood lover, your taste buds will be catered for as well. I would definitely eat here many more times! A great... More 

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North Brunswick, New Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Beautiful restaurant, amazing food, great atmosphere, and pricing is very reasonable for the calibar of restaurant.

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Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
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40 reviews 40 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

I eventually went for dinner to Tamarind since its relocation from city centre to my neighborhood in Karen (now located within the Karen Blixen complex). I had a lovely evening with family - very friendly waiters, great ambience and good menu options. I could not pass my favorite starter of crab claws and sea food soup, off course! Wine selection... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015 via mobile

I had a wonderful time with friends and family and will definitely be back... :) Everything was just great..

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Nairobi, Kenya
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9 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

What a pleasant Christmas day surprise to learn Tamarind moved to the Karen area.We enjoyed the amaranth and prawn soup as well as the famous mushroom one.The sea fish was wonderful and though the generous T-bone portion was tough but the professional crew sorted us out quickly. Ambiance was lovely,small enough to be intimate yet not crowded.Service was wonderful and... More 

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Menlo Park
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

The Tamarind has recently moved to its new location in Karen but has lost none of what makes it the best restaurant in Nairobi. The menu is still packed the the best and freshest seafood, the service is impeccable and the new ambience is peaceful and charming. Truly a Kenyan classic!

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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

After another meal during a special friend's birthday, I'm still raving about the meal. Oysters, asparagus and mushroom soup, quail and prawns masala - all dishes were perfectly prepared. The setting was romantic and beffiting for the occasion.

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 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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113 restaurant reviews
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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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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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