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All 322 Nairobi Restaurants

The River Cafe

Limuru Road, 1/2 km after Village Market | Gigiri, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
725-969-891
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Ranked #127 of 322 Restaurants in Nairobi
Price range: $5 - $20
Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:30 am - 6:30 pm
Cuisines: American, Coffee Shop, International, Café
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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English first
Alexandria, Virginia
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 NEW

I've now been there a few times, and always had good food, great drinks (coffee, tea, etc.) and a good time. Very relaxing. Can see the "river" near by and watch birds do their thing (watched one bird eat a frog). But most importantly, the service is relaxed and you don't feel like you are being pushed out of your... More

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Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

River Cafe used to be one of our favorite places to eat. The food was pretty good and we were willing to pay the price for one reason and one reason alone: my Pomeranian could join us. We tried to go to breakfast today and were rudely informed that our 7 lb dog who sits in my lap the entire... More

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SWK2, General Manager at The River Cafe, responded to this review

Dear Madam, Thank you for taking the time to voice your concern over our pet policy. As one of the few restaurants offering an opportunity for clients to visit with their dogs, we appreciate that our environment has made it a favourite destination for many. Unfortunately, with effect from June, we had to make a difficult and carefully considered decision... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Nice place. Excellent service, good food and they have a place where Children can play and have fun. Every sunday there is a Women who comes with activities for the Children for a small fee.

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Nairobi, Kenya
Top Contributor
119 reviews 119 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

River Cafe is a nice location for a relaxing Sunday Brunch on a sunny day. The outside dining is immersed in the green and tables a nicely set apart. The menu offered is very similar to that the other Nairobi bistros the like of Art Cafe and Java House: decent but not exceptional, but you come here for the ambiance... More

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Nairobi, Kenya
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

I love the River Cafe. Hidden down a side road after passing Village Market, the cafe is set in a garden centre (or the garden centre is set in a cafe(?)) alongside an artificial lake with birdlife. The cafe is animal friendly so there are a few resident cats wandering around and people often bring dogs in. The ambience is... More

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Nairobi, Kenya
Top Contributor
371 reviews 371 reviews
233 restaurant reviews
177 helpful votes 177 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
6 helpful votes 6 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 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
4 helpful votes 4 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
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119 reviews 119 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 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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