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Tamarind Restaurant

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Upper Hill Estate
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main | Karen, Nairobi 00200, Kenya
+254 719 346349
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Nairobi's iconic seafood restaurant which originally opened in August...
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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Good for:
Romance
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

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  • 130
    Excellent
  • 82
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
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It was most conducive in terms of privacy, comfort, weather and human contact. The only thing l did not like bout the restaurant was the fact that they allowed for paintings to be displayed and sold. It spoilt the whole atmosphere, at least In my opinion.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 12, 2015
Patricia S
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Jos, Nigeria
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Jos, Nigeria
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

It was most conducive in terms of privacy, comfort, weather and human contact. The only thing l did not like bout the restaurant was the fact that they allowed for paintings to be displayed and sold. It spoilt the whole atmosphere, at least In my opinion.

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Diner at the Tamarind was quite exceptional. The menu is well presented with a great variety of options, mainly seafood dishes, but great options for meatlovers as well. The food was very good and the service excellent, with staff being very attentive. The little touches, like writing little sayings and your name on your desert plate adds to this exceptional... More 

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Loughborough
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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
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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
13 helpful votes 13 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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Nairobi, Kenya
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Best with knowledge of music,Guys keep it up,I really like the music and the food was good like grill ostrich meat

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Watford, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

A step back to colonial days, the Tamarind gives exemplary service in a delightful area of Nairobi. Renowned for seafood, the menu is extensive and service quite outstanding.

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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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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: main | Karen, Nairobi 00200, Kenya
  • Location: Africa  >  Kenya  >  Nairobi>  > Upper Hill Estate
  • Neighborhood: Upper Hill Estate
  • Phone Number: +254 719 346349

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 50 - 100
  • Cuisine: African, Asian, French, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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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