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Zen Garden Restaurant

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Lower Kabete Road, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
254 8034466
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Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

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  • 93
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  • 97
    Very good
  • 31
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great venue for themed dinners

We had reserved a table for a friend's birthday dinner and the Bamboo Restaurant did not disappoint. Lovely, fresh, spicy food, great variety, service at par as well. Was excited to practice my chopsticks skills too. :-) Overall, had a good evening, though I noted that it gets rather crowded on the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 18, 2015
Jackie M
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Nairobi, Kenya
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Washington, DC
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

Easy parking, open space. Good place to have a coffee or drink and lounge around. Food was edible but nothing special.

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2 Thank Sunseeker_Ma12
Nairobi, Kenya
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015 via mobile

If you want brown murky water for a peppercorn sauce,just order the beef fillet&you will get just that!as a side.cold.this is laughable.ridiculous prices,pretentious portions,tasteless meals is what you will treat yourself to if you make your way here.first&only time to go here mates!hope the chef&owners read this.how do you get a beef fillet tough!!!omg

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2 Thank Sabra I
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015 via mobile

Extremely slow service. Ordered T bone steak that came after one hour and was very tough. This was changed with fillet steak that was supposed to be well done but was given medium rare. Had my meal taken away for the second time and ate after all in our table had eaten. Asian menu not allowed in the part of... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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80 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

Loved this restaurant and the setting it's in. Very good service (and prompt - sadly we were in a hurry!). Food was very good with a good choice.

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1 Thank CameramanG
Nairobi, Kenya
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36 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

We had reserved a table for a friend's birthday dinner and the Bamboo Restaurant did not disappoint. Lovely, fresh, spicy food, great variety, service at par as well. Was excited to practice my chopsticks skills too. :-) Overall, had a good evening, though I noted that it gets rather crowded on the weekends. The sorounding is tranquil and very calming.

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1 Thank Jackie M
Nairobi, Kenya
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30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

I am an habituee of Zen Garden as they offer quite a good menu for all sorts of Asian tastes. The Thai, Chinese and Japanese cuisines are present in the menu. The sushi / sashimi is one of the best I have had in Nairobi and I would also suggest the tuna & avocado salad, the heavenly chicken the drizzly... More 

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1 Thank GiselaHenrique
Nairobi, Kenya
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30 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

I prefer the Asian restaurant (Bamboo) which is only open in the evening. The fusion Eastern and local tastes are definitely a success. The Manchurian and "mushu" are my two favourite dishes. The lunch time restaurant (Jade) definitely has a variety on the menu but it does get quite crowded here. If you are looking for a quiet place to... More 

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2 Thank astonangel3
Nairobi, Kenya
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18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

We loved the garden setting with lush green lawns and trees around. The place is great for family dining as well as business meeting/lunches. The menu was diverse and provides a good chance to experience asian cuisine for newbies. The staff was quite helpful although we had to wait a bit long to be served as they seemed overwhelmed. Overall,... More 

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2 Thank Ndiba
Geneva, Switzerland
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53 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

Zen Gardens will take you on a journey of tastes all the way from Africa to Asia and back. The setting in stylish open spaces in Asian style will help you relax and fully enjoy your dinner.. Serving fusion cuisine this place is a must-visit esp. for business dinners but also when in search for a premium dinner location in... More 

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2 Thank curi0ustraveller_7
Harare, Zimbabwe
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125 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

Was taken to dinner and had a taste of the wide selection of food including vegetarian and meat dishes. We had time to relax and not feel rushed through our meal. The healthy portions of food were fresh and delicious. The fruit juice was certainly freshly squeezed. The ambiance was very romantic with roses everywhere and yet it also caters... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Lower Kabete Road, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
  • Location: Africa  >  Kenya  >  Nairobi
  • Phone Number: 254 8034466

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Chinese, Japanese, Asian, Thai

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?