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The River Cafe

Limuru Road, 1/2 km after Village Market | Gigiri, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
725-969-891
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Ranked #117 of 315 restaurants in Nairobi
Price range: $5 - $20
Cuisines: American, Coffee Shop, International, Café
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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65% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Nairobi, Kenya
Top Contributor
356 reviews 356 reviews
226 restaurant reviews
164 helpful votes 164 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Sunday late lunch. Place filled but after 5 minutes of waiting a table was arranged. Looooooong menu - difficult to know where to start but decided for a haloumi sallad (perfect!) and the chicken quesadilla (boring and not much taste). A creme brule (perfect). But the espresso was served cold. Caipirinha (more than perfect!!!). Its a relaxing restaurant - service... More

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Portugal
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Lovely place to sit, with real potential. Food on the menu sounds mouthwatering, but has nothing to do with what you get served. The food is seriously disappointing. I have given it several tries now, but never want to finish my plate. For that the food is also really overpriced.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This restaurant has a lovely location and the service is polite. Excellent for a Saturday or Sunday morning late breakfast/brunch.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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15 reviews 15 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

The River Cafe has an excellent setting and very good coffee, but I've had a different experience every time I've been to eat there. Sometimes the food is excellent (my husband loved the cannellini-chicken salad the first time we went, then he ordered it again and it was awful; same thing happened to me!) and the service is Ok, sometimes... More

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Nairobi, Kenya
Top Contributor
108 reviews 108 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

The River Cafe is for sure worth a relaxing visit, immersed as it is in a quiet green setting off Limuru road. The coffee is excellent while the food (we had a late breakfast with scrambled and poached eggs with bacon and sausages) was well prepared but nothing special. The service is polite and attentive. Excellent for families with small... More

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Location is excellent and it's an excellent place to relax. The food is disappointingly over priced given that it's so average. Not bad, but plenty of room for improvement. What was described on the menu and what showed up on my plate was disappointing. Quesadillas are not surprisingly easy to make and I thought it was a safe pick. I... More

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Sydney, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

It is a shame such a great location had appalling service for Sunday brunch (6 April). The food was late and not even warm, my friends smoothie tasted like syrup, the waiter gave us the wrong bill and to top it off, the manager approached us, asked for forgiveness for the bad service and then told us to leave because... More

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Nairobi, Nairobi Area, Kenya
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Great surroundings and revive at a slow pace. But you don't really mind as the place has va very relaxed slow vibe. Foods not bad too but clearly not great.

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Nairobi, Kenya
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Great location, peaceful and lovely. Love going there more for the ambience than the food. Service can tend to be a bit slow but I guess it isn't the kind of place you would go if you were looking for a quick bite. The potato skins are a big favourite with all my friends.

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Nairobi
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Have been to River Café a number of times, but with the young kids, we never managed to get there for breakfast until last week. The setting is great, except for the occasional whiff of raw sewage - septic tank problems somewhere? Food is OK, cappuccinos very good and I took the French Toast which was excellent. However, the full... More

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