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Thorn Tree Cafe

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New Stanley Hotel, Kimathi St, city centre | Nairobi Central, Sarova Stanley, Nairobi, Kenya
+254 23 33283
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 47
    Excellent
  • 57
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Homely

I always visit thorn tree and I find it impressive all the time. Today was more Impressed by staff attitude and specifically Lucy and welcome truly homely. Was welcomed and checked on by the hostess Lucy.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 23, 2013
Paul G
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Nairobi, Kenya
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Nairobi, Kenya
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

I always visit thorn tree and I find it impressive all the time. Today was more Impressed by staff attitude and specifically Lucy and welcome truly homely. Was welcomed and checked on by the hostess Lucy.

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Thank Paul G
Nairobi, Kenya
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

The service, especially from Lucy was just more than require. It is more comfortable than home. Give it a try and look for Lucy!!!, you will not regret

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Thank Ernest M
Johannesburg
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

The waitrons really fuss about you trying to ensure you have a great experience. They have obviously been trained well! The food is really good and the prices are not over the top.

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

Dear Mr. Robert, Greetings, thank you for choosing to stay at the Stanley and review both our Heritage Hotel and Historical Thorn Tree Café. At The Stanley we believe in investing in our staff and equipping them with the right skills, hence, It brings us great pleasure to note your comments on our trained staff. We are glad you enjoyed... More 

Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

I had the privilege of being treated to some nice evening coffee by my girlfriend. I really enjoyed the ambiance at the Thorn Tree Cafe. The staff are quite friendly and they genuinely care about the customer and are willing to assist. The experience would have been much better if we had a live piano playing on the background or... More 

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

Dear Mr. Mike, We would like to thank you for choosing to dine at The Thorn Tree Café, and glad that you got to spend father’s day with us. We appreciate you taking the time to review our services, and are pleased that you enjoyed our service and ambiance. We look forward to welcoming you back, and note of Friday... More 

Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

I decided to go for dinner at the sarova stanley. The food was really good, the chef had it just right. I'm a local and I really enjoyed the meal with my family and this is definitely a must repeat! The service by a lady Matilda was exceptional. Don't think twice about the Stanley....

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

Dear Wanjogu, Greetings. First, we would like to thank you for taking the time to visit The Thorn Tree and posting your positive review. We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed the meal with your family, and hope we created cheerful memories that will bring you and the family back once again. We have shared your message with Matilda and... More 

Islamabad
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30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

The restaurant is a good one specially the breakfast menu has a broad range of delicacies and really enjoyed it.

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

Dear Sadiq S, Thank you for taking the time to review the Thorn Tree Café, and giving us a top rating. Our breakfast menu is designed to encompass various dietary needs of all our guests, and has a broad range to it, hence, we are thrilled that you enjoyed it the most. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.... More 

South B, Nairobi, Kenya
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

I had gone with a friend of mine to just relax. From the moment I entered, I loved the ambience. We sat outside where it was quiet, food was excellent (very pocket friendly, very satisfying). But the best thing about it was the service. It was AMAZING!!! I was served by a lovely lady named Matilda. She was extremely polite... More 

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

Dear Kevin K, Thank you for choosing to dine with us at The Thorn Tree and taking the time to post your very complimentary review. We are pleased that you found the restaurant to be value for money, as we offer dishes to suit everyone’s needs for Pizzas to Lobster. We believe our café feel and ambiance, together with the... More 

Nairobi
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

The food is good and the ambience is also very comforting. Mostly the staff are very friendly. I would particularly like to express my great satisfaction for Mr. Restaurant Manager. I also felt warmly welcomed by the Pleasant and Hearty SMILE of Ms. Scolasticah (SCOLA) and it is her smile and the friendly and service oriented attitude of Mr. Ravi... More 

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

Dear Mr. Kataria, I would like to thank you for taking the time to post your very pleasant review, it filled the team with great pride to read through it. It was a pleasure to note that the staff were the main highlight of your dining experience, and your message has been shared with Scolasticah and Ravi, at the Stanley... More 

Xi'an, China
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28 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

This was our first stop in Nairobi as it was next to our hotel. They had a choir in there and that was nice. But the food was not all that and I think overpriced for what it was Would not recommend this place. Try eating outside the hotel. Taxes are a joke!

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

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to visit us at The Thorn Tree and posting your review. Your comments and feedback have been taken into account regarding the pricing and taxes. In regard to the billing, please allow me to clarify as follows; the standard hospitality tax in Kenya is 28% broken down as follows: 16% VAT ,2%... More 

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

Loved the pavement cafe feel, even though you are secure and covered. Loved the Thorn tree and its history, and for two out of three nights found the food exceptional. Best Lamb Shank I ever tasted - recommended, but the T bone (which was probably the most expensive item on the menu) was a let down. Quite tough, quite small... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: New Stanley Hotel, Kimathi St, city centre | Nairobi Central, Sarova Stanley, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Location: Africa  >  Kenya  >  Nairobi
  • Phone Number: +254 23 33283

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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