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Thorn Tree Cafe

New Stanley Hotel, Kimathi St, city centre | Nairobi Central, Sarova Stanley, Nairobi, Kenya
+254 23 33283
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Ranked #31 of 314 restaurants in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Most recent review
- Dec 18, 2013
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Lincoln, England, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

In the 70s I had a coronation chicken served in half a pineapple, it was fabulous, it was a meeting place for travellers

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David G, General Manager at Thorn Tree Cafe, responded to this review

Dear Evaristontour, Thank you for taking the time to post your review on Trip Advisor. Indeed as you have pointed our; the Thorn Tree Café is an establish icon in Nairobi, drenched in rich history from the days it was a tree, with a few tables around , where guests came to have a coffee and railway workers pin their... More

Brussels, Belgium
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

Very good service and food. Lively atmosphere. Its a local town meeting spot, great for people watching. Great, breakfast with huge selection and cooked to order eggs. Nice to have a coffee there too.

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David G, General Manager at Thorn Tree Cafe, responded to this review

Dear Belgian Traveller772, Many thanks for dining and sharing your experience, through Trip Advisor, on your recent experience at The Thorn Tree Café. We are truly proud to receive your very complimentary review, and appreciate your comments on our meals and service. Looking forward to hosting you soon. Warm Regards, David Gachuru. More

san francisco
Top Contributor
210 reviews 210 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

My wife stayed at the sarova stanley a few nights before our safari and ate here many times and enjoyed it. They have good food for dinner, really good pizza and the breakfast buffet is very good too. The staff here is so nice and helpful and it is a nice, casual place to hang out and eat, drink and... More

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David G, General Manager at Thorn Tree Cafe, responded to this review

Dear Brentsf, It was our pleasure hosting you at the Sarova Stanley, and we thank you for dining and reviewing The Thorn Tree Café. We continue to focus on providing our guests with a memorable dining experiance and am very glad that you appreciated the same. Many thanks for recognising friendliness of the staff; your kind words will be shared... More

Canada
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

Enjoyed several meals here including the talapia fresh from Lake Victoria and the Prawn Salad...so delicious and served perfectly. What I really liked, though was the history of the Cafe, and the Stanley Hotel's efforts to keep an acacia tree growing on the same spot as the original, and the notice board that still carries messages from other travelers!

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David G, General Manager at Thorn Tree Cafe, responded to this review

Dear CanadaFran4Kenya, Thank you for choosing to stay with us at The Sarova Stanley and indeed dining and reviewing our Legendary Thorn Tree café. The Tilapia continues to be one of our most popular dishes time and time again, and am truly pleased that you enjoyed many meals here. We are very proud of our histroy ; and make increased... More

Calgary, Canada
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161 reviews 161 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

It was a pleasure to enjoy lunch at the Thorn Tree with a friend. The service was very friendly but a little slow. (This is Kenya, right?) Good selection of meals and desserts. The desserts are visible in a glass case. If you order a piece of cake, you might want to request they cut it from the inside. One... More

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David G, General Manager at Thorn Tree Cafe, responded to this review

Dear King238, It was indeed a pleasure hosting you at the Thorn Tree Café, thank you for taking the time to review our services. I would like to thank you for your candid feedback on the service and the cake; indeed your comments are very valuable to us to enable us to continuously improve on our services. Your comments on... More

Bristol, United Kingdom
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71 reviews 71 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

Food choice is excellent, try the roast for breakfast unusual, but supremely tender. There's a great outdoor section for some fresh air after a night in air conditioning. You get some street noise, but nothing too loud. Great coffee

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David G, General Manager at Thorn Tree Cafe, responded to this review

Dear mjc992, I would like to thank you for staying at the Sarova Stanly and dining in a variety of our outlet and reviewing their services. Indeed, we believe that breakfast is one of the most important offerings of our hotel, and we provide a large selection to suit our very cosmopolitan clientele; to meet and suit all different tastes.... More

cape town
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

Whether you are having breakfast or lunch this 24hour restuarant gives you plenty of variety and the food is very tasty. I also enjoyed the live entertainment that was provided in the evening.

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David G, General Manager at Thorn Tree Cafe, responded to this review

Dear Whatilikedaboutu, Many thanks for visiting our Thorn Tree restaurant and reviewing its services. As you rightly point out Thorn Tree is one of the very few 24 – hour dining establishments within Nairobi - no matter the time of the day or night our doors remain open. It is great to note that you were pleased with the menu... More

Ottawa, Canada
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

This cafe has a great breakfast buffet including Kenyan cuisine with many choices to choose from. Lunch and dinner offer a great menu as well. The staff is extremely friendly.

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David G, General Manager at Thorn Tree Cafe, responded to this review

Dear Kimstreep, Thank you for choosing to dine with us at the Thorn Tree Café and taking the time to post your review. Your highlighting the variety and quality of all our meals from the breakfast buffet, through to the lunch and dinner offerings is highly appreciated as is mentioning the extremely friendly staff. All your comments have been shared... More

Western North Carolina
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84 reviews 84 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

The entire Stanley Hotel is like stepping back in time. The lobby is elegant and refined as it must have been over 100 years ago. We had our safari farewell dinner here in the cafe and it was quite relaxing. The bar area is comfortable and surprisingly quiet although it fronts on a bustling Nairobi thoroughfare. Our food was very... More

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David G, General Manager at Thorn Tree Cafe, responded to this review

Dear Maggie’s Girl, Thank you for staying with us at The Sarova Stanley, choosing to dine in Thorn Tree Café and sharing your experience on Trip Advisor. The Sarova Stanley is indeed one of the oldest hotels worldwide – a true icon, and whilst we continuously refurbish and update our property, we still maintain its heritage and historical feel and... More

Sheffield, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
91 reviews 91 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

For those with any sense of history, travel or romance, the Thorn Tree is a terrific institution. Attached to another Nairobi perennial, The Stanley Hotel, the Thorn Tree is a great place to duck into to rest from the Nairobi hubbub and eat, drink or catch-up with friends. The third generation thorn tree still has a message board and the... More

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David G, General Manager at Thorn Tree Cafe, responded to this review

Dear Tim R, Reading your review was a true pleasure – and summed up The Thorn Tree very well, we thank you for taking the time to visit our iconic hotel and dining at the Thorn Tree restaurant. we are certainly looking forward to welcoming you back soon. Warm Regards, David Gachuru. More

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