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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: 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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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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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. 😊

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
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Mombasa, Kenya
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  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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Mombasa, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

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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New York City, New York
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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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Nairobi, Kenya
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

It was a wesome first class food. Located at a quiet enviroment nice welcome and a place to advice friends to visit.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Fish dishes excellent and great selection. All very well cooked and presented. Staff in abundance and very attentive and professional A bit dated in the surroundings.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

We had 6 hours to kill before a late flight to London, so rather than sit at the Nairobi airport, we had our driver take us here at the recommendation of our travel agent. We missed the bad traffic and had an amazing dinner. It is elegant and friendly at the same time. The shrimp and octopus appetizers and salads... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Located in the heart of lush Karen, Tamarind is a must visit restaurant. The food is good, meat very succulent and fish cooked just right. The portion sizes are medium, not small but not big therefore ideal for the average person. The dishes might be a bit too sophisticated for young children however I'm sure they would bring out something... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Classy seafood rest with false piano music. Oldfashioned but nice food. Interesting to take Kenyan friends there since they dont find easily that kind of food.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

It was by chance that we ended up in this restaurant We missed out flight connection so we spent the night in Nairobi We chose the restaurant thx to tripadvisor and it was simply excellent Situated in a very nice and green and luxurious area The restaurant is cosy, with a very classy staff Ambiance loungy The food is obviously... More 

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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

We all had different meals.. I loved my prawns and my mum had a platter full of the Chapa Kazi meats. When cake was out and they sang for my dad..the look on his face was priceless??

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Address: Karen Road | Karen, Nairobi 00200, Kenya
Phone Number: +254 719 346349
Location: Africa  >  Kenya  >  Nairobi>  > Upper Hill Estate
Average Prices: USD 50 - 100
Cuisine: European, French, African, Asian, Thai

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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: Doing business, Romantic, Special occasions

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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