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Tamarind Restaurant

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Karen Road | Karen, Nairobi 00200, Kenya
+254 719 346349
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Romantic, Families with children, Special occasions, Business meetings
Description: Nairobi's iconic seafood restaurant which originally opened in August 1977,...
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
My highlight was the scrumptious meal we had followed by to die for dessert

My experience was amazing, third time here Amazing range and taste of desserts The food is really scrumptious. I like the soft jazz playing in the back ground. very friendly and respectful waiters

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Terry G
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Nairobi Region, Kenya
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Nairobi Region, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My experience was amazing, third time here Amazing range and taste of desserts The food is really scrumptious. I like the soft jazz playing in the back ground. very friendly and respectful waiters

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Thank Terry G
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

If you in kenya and looking for the best "kuku choma" duped ndongo ndogo in tamarind restaurant ,the this is the place to be ,with a warm welcome and seven start service from all staff ,we had a chance to be attended by one very polite humorous and calm "Abel Munywoki " the environment right in the green suburbs of... More 

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1 Thank Isaac P
labinaNairobi, Director of Sales at Tamarind Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your very complimentary review. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the Kuku choma and that the service and environment lived up to expectation. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a wonderful getaway for friends who wish to have a quiet evening, savoring excellent wine and great food.

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

Thank you for your review. We are delighted that you enjoy the Tamarind as a wonderful getaway with friends who wish for a quiet evening of lovely wine and food. Our culinary and service team are buoyed by your belief in our services. Many thanks again for the feedback. More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

In the midst of the hustle and bustle of the CBD noise this is the best private dining restaurant with unmatched quality of seafood elegantly served.

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

Thank you for your review. The Tamarind Nairobi is no longer in CBD but has moved out to Karen and is located on Karen Road in the same complex as Tamambo Karen Blixen. However the delicious unmatched quality of seafood and the elegant calm ambiance are still the same. Please come visit as soon as you can. More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Tamarind restaurant in Karen, Nairobi,holds a special place in my heart as it is where my husband proposed to me last year. It was the perfect location, exquisite ambiance, great service and the food was lovely..just writing this brings a floodgate of memories :) highly recommend this for a romantic/intimate dinner!!

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

We are delighted to read from your review that Tamarind holds a special place in your heart as we have the distinct honor of being the place that your husband proposed to you. Thank you for posting your memories and for recommending the restaurant for a romantic/intimate dinner. We hope to welcome you back again soon. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The lady who received us was beaming with a smile. She walked us right to our table and sat us down. Ensured that we were comfortable before she left. All the waiters that came to serve us were prompt, not infringing and not curt either. They knew their stuff and one word sums it up-amiable. The food came on time... More 

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

Many thanks for your review. We are delighted that you had such a memorable experience and enjoyed the food and service . Your comments about the meticulous food and generous portions, as well as the amiable service have been shared with the culinary and service teams so as to inspire them to continue offering the best of food and service.... More 

Singapore, Singapore
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Impressed with the taste, best crab ever. Relaxing environment for a weekend night out. Don't forget the 3 flavour creme brule for dessert. Just amasing

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

Thank you for taking the time to review the Tamarind Nairobi. We are thrilled that you enjoyed the renowned crab and the creme brule dessert and found the environment relaxing. It is always gratifying to know that the food and atmosphere have lived up to expectation. Many thanks again for the review which we appreciate. More 

York
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was a real treat. The food was sublime and every dish looked gorgeous too. The care taken in the kitchen was extended to the service as well. The atmosphere is unfussy and everything happens at just the right time. No waiters hovering over you all the time! Thank you David! And thank you Abel for going out of your... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to review Tamarind Nairobi. We are delighted that your meal was a real treat and that you found the food sublime and gorgeous. Also that the service lived up to expectation. Your remarks have been shared with the team and they are so appreciated. We look forward to serving you again in the future. More 

Nairobi, Kenya
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The staff are out of this world they make you feel very special The meals are well done and unique, easy on the eye and tummy. the atmosphere is just right everything is perfect no complain.

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

Thank you very much for such a positive review. Your comments about the staff and the meals have been shared with the service and culinary teams who are further inspired to keep up the high standards expected of them. We appreciate that you have taken the time to share your encouraging thoughts about the restaurant. More 

Salem, Virginia
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62 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The address may have changed since I was last there, but the quality remains. always start with oysters and then the amazing whole crab. My friends scoffed all their oysters ordered more and then went straight to the dessert sampler. Wonderful ambience, stayed for an Irish coffee ,

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

Thank you for your most positive review about the quality of Tamarind. We appreciate you visiting the restaurant in its new location and it makes us so happy that you like the ambiance. In addition to which our culinary brigade are thrilled that you and your friends enjoyed the oysters, whole crab and dessert sampler and even stayed for an... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Karen Road | Karen, Nairobi 00200, Kenya
  • Location: Africa  >  Kenya  >  Nairobi
  • Phone Number: +254 719 346349

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Families with children, Special occasions, Business meetings

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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