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Aero Club of East Africa Restaurant

Wilson Airport, Nairobi 00502, Kenya
254 20 2338030
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Ranked #19 of 322 Restaurants in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $30
Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 6:00 pm
Cuisines: Diner, Hamburgers
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: The Aero Club of East Africa was founded in 1927 by the aviation pioneers who opened up the frontiers of Africa. It still retains that 1930s romantic charm and historical ambience. The club is the only restaurant at Wilson Airport, four km from Nairobi’s central business district on the Langata Road. It is on the edge of the Athi Plains, with easy access to the Nairobi National Park and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. The restaurant has inside dining, a large eating deck and tables in the garden and by the swimming pool. It overlooks Wilson’s 007 runway and is an ideal spot to spend the hours before you leave on safari or to unwind on your return and watch planes and helicopters land and take off while soaking up the atmosphere in this legendary piece of Kenya’s aviation history. Chef Neil McCarthy and the Creative Kitchen Co. team moved into the restaurant at the Aero Club of East Africa on 1st October 2011. Neil has cooked and consulted all over the world, from London’s Mayfair Hotel and the Moscow Metropole to California’s vineyards and top-range hotels across Africa, including the Mt. Kenya Safari Club and Nairobi’s Tribe hotel. He is famous for his tasty gourmet burgers and dry-rub spicy BBQ ribs. He creates tasty international buffets and a la carte specialties. Sinful puddings include his New York style, melt in your mouth, baked cheese cake and home baked apple pie. He serves mouthwatering and seriously satisfying food.
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English first
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

I can't believe that just a year ago I proclaimed this to be the place that served the best sunday roast in Nairobi. Fast forward a year and the beef was overcooked and dry, the vegetables too crunchy, no yorkshire pudding in sight and a super starchy gravy that made Bisto look like haute cuisine. Sad sad, when I asked... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

We visited the Aero Club to fill the time between arriving on the 'overnight' flight from Zimbabwe (it takes 3 hours) and flying to Lamu from Wilson. They provided an excellent breakfast at 7am and a clean and comfortable day-room to sleep until we rose at 1pm. The club is a little corner of history, having been founded in the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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65 reviews 65 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

If you need an overnight stop at either airport this would be my recommendation. The place is a little different in that it was originally built as a pilot's hang out, and so the rooms are a little basic. However, with their new chef they serve superb breakfast and dinner, and all at a remarkably good rate.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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15 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

This is a great place to have lunch when arriving or departing from Wilson Airport. You can watch the planes and helicopters arriving and taking off while sitting in the outdoor area. The decor was very interesting, and there is lots of information about the history of aviation in Kenya. The staff was friendly and willing to show us around.... More

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Barcelona, Spain
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

Highly recommend it. Great value for money and delicious with a huge variety of options. Great quick and friendly service.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

Good wholesome food, generous helpings and friendly staff. Fantastic atmosphere being right on the edge of the Wilson Airport Runway, busy little place with planes coming and going every few mins. Not cheap but then nowhere is in Nairobi these days

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London, United Kingdom
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26 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

Only stayed in Nairobi as we were en route to the Masai Mara. The AeroClub was our choice as it was very handy for our early morning flights+ they kept our large suitcase whilst we were away. A really lovely place, great to sit on the terrace sipping a beer whilst watching planes take off + land! The food was... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

This little club/restaurant came recommended by the manager of one of the safari camps we stayed at in the Masai Mara in Kenya. It is located at the Wilson Airport, a smaller domestic airport in Nairobi which also handles most of the bush traffic from the various reserves and parks in Kenya. This charming club has wonderful history as it... More

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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

I had a two hour break over lunch during a conference in Nairobi and decided to rush over to the restaurant at the Aero Club of East Africa. It was a pleasant surprise. Filled with history, decorated with aviation memorabilia, the staff were pleasant and efficient, more so when I mentioned that I had a tight time line. My meal... More

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Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Simplee but good meals in an old, I would say, sort of collonial setting, at Wilson Airport, nice place if you like planes! In the past you needed to be member of vome with a member

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