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Tamarind Restaurant

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Upper Hill Estate
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Karen Road | Karen, Nairobi 00200, Kenya
+254 719 346349
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, 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
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
A must visit if your in Nairobi !!

Tamarind is the best place for dinner in Nairobi ! The food is fantastic and service is wonderful a great place for a romantic diner or a night with friends. I can't understand how anyone would have a negative review. I've eaten all over the world and Tamarind is definitely in my top three... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
Erin L
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Tamarind is the best place for dinner in Nairobi ! The food is fantastic and service is wonderful a great place for a romantic diner or a night with friends. I can't understand how anyone would have a negative review. I've eaten all over the world and Tamarind is definitely in my top three. Tamambo next door is more relaxed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Tamarind is a seafood restaurant and they certainly know their style and cuisine. Freshly prepared fish, shellfish, calamari, mussels etc, the choices are vast and the dishes each carefully prepared and to perfection. Great and friendly service compliments this restaurant set in the heart of Karen, home to Karen Blixen from 'Out of Africa'. The Swahili cuisine also comes into... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

The ambience is wonderful however the best experience is the seafood. Fresh and succulent. It is a haven for sea food lovers.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We have been to this restaurant in both Nairobi and Mombasa a few times and we have never been disappointed. The food, the service and atmosphere is always excellent. I can recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants to experience an evening of fine dining.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

What a beautiful garden and I love the old house in which the restaurant is situated in. The food is real fine dining and I loved the well prepared and well served food. I will visit this place again.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

This restaurant has a touch of colonial atmosphere but it is run with professional touch by local staff. Service is excellent, ready but not invasive, and the food I experienced was excellent. Go for shrimps if you like them. Only black spot, for a lonely diner, the choice of wine by the glass was poor compared to the general wine... More 

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Maralal, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

This place is just remarkable. The menu is wonderful and the food exquisite (try the crab claws-you won't be disappointed!). Better to go for dinner vs lunch just because the dinner menu has more options, but regardless the meals and service are out of this world and for such good prices too.. I'm floored.

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Mombasa, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Have you ever been to a place that just amazes you. The great ambience, great service, spectacular food. They are all so friendly, it is so relaxed. My only complaint is I cannot get enough. 😊

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

well prepared food, attention to details. The best Nairobi drinks wonderful relaxing space. Just sad I did not see too many diners.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

The experience was good. We had reserved a table and requested for our meals to be ready by 12h30. For sure, we were warmly welcomed with a welcome drink and thereafter shown to our table and the rest is as they say 'history'. The ambiance is breathtaking.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Karen Road | 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: European, French, African, Asian, Thai

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Doing business, Romantic

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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