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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 #3 of 321 Restaurants in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $50 - $100
Cuisines: African, Asian, French, Seafood
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Upper Hill Estate
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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London, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We have visited this place on our way back from safari and the seafood was amazing. Fresh, tasty and delicious. Staff was extremely friendly and more than happy to go out if their way to make sure you enjoy your dinner

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Sydney, Australia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The food and service were absolutely sensational. I had peri peri prawns, my husband lobster and my girlfriend crab. The serves were large and we were treated to complimentary appetisers and dessert! My 9 year old was also well catered for with fish and chips so he was happy. We actually arrived before opening time as we had been out... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

All the Seafood you can have - way up in Nairobi - freshly and expertly prepared and served in a delightful and appetizing way! Just Perfect!

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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Not the cheapest place but great ambiance and EXCELLENT food! It is not a cheap place but still, value for money.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Visited for dinner with a friend... We got very good assistance from the reservations office with directions since they had moved to Karen area in March / April? When we arrived we were received very well by a lady called Juliana who led us to the restaurant. The interior is fabulous with a touch of arabic bronze lamp shades. Our... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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72 reviews 72 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Tamarind was our after safari treat. Both the food and the service lived up to the standard we expected. For appetizer we shared the shrimp tempura and smoked salmon with a horseradish cream sauce. Both are excellent. For the main course my son had the snapper and I had garlic shrimp. Both were cooked to perfection. The highlight of the... More

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Nairobi, Kenya
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

My family and some friends we had dinner at the Tamarind restaurant. It was the best dinner we had in a restaurant in Nairobi since we arrived 2 years ago. We enjoyed the food and the staff was welcoming us really well. The restaurant is very cosy, the ambiance is relax and you have your intimity. We really enjoied the... More

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London, United Kingdom
18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

The food here is just amazing! Do not be taken aback by the apparent exoticism of the food and try something different. The sushi was excellent and so was the burger. The garden's beautiful. For those with food allergies, better ask and confirm with the chef as it is not immediately obvious which foods have what in it (the burger... More

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Nairobi, Kenya
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Had dinner here and was not disappointed. Though on the pricier side, the experience is worth the amount. The arabic style room by the side of the restaurant is pretty cool to relax as you take your meal but since it is only covered by cloth it can get chilly at night. The heaters they provide might not be very... More

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Nairobi, Kenya
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Tamambo Karen Blixen has been a regular haunt so was delighted when Tamarind moved to Karen from their CBD location. A friend was celebrating a business milestone and that was the only reason needed for a special celebration. We called directly for table reservations, however its also possible to use their website or eatout.co.ke The restaurant is very cosy and... More

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