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Tamambo Bar and Grill

Upper Level, Village Market | Gigiri, Nairobi 74493, Kenya (Nairobi Central Business District)
020 7124005
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Ranked #206 of 315 restaurants in Nairobi
Cuisines: International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Doing business, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Nairobi Central Business District
Description: Tamambo Bar and Grill, is located on the upper level of the Village Market, Gigiri. It has a casual trendy atmosphere and is open from 11.00am for coffees, lunch and dinner. With its varied and interesting menu it is perfect for discerning global tastes, offering a delicious selection of light salads, and snacks as well as appetizing gourmet dishes. The outdoor terrace has an alfresco ambience whereas the indoor cocktail lounge has a more intimate feel reminiscent of a cosy jazz bar Tamambo has become a popular meeting place with the background music setting the overall mood. Regular live bands perform every Friday and Saturdays from 9pm featuring a diverse group of talented musicians.
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English first
South Orange, New Jersey
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

I stopped into Tamambo for a lunch break while shopping at the Village Market. I sat outside in the non-smoking section. There were a number of people smoking hookahs in the smoking section, but the smell did not drift over. I had the vegetarian combo consisting of tomato bruschetta, khalloumi bruschetta, a spinach and Camembert samosa, Mediterranean crosstie, hummus, and... More

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labinaNairobi, Director of Sales at Tamambo Bar and Grill, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your most constructive review. We so appreciate the feedback and have shared it with our culinary and service teams.Your remarks will encourage us to improve the execution of our dishes and ensure our quality is impeccable at all times. Once again, thank you for taking the time to offer such valuable comments. We look forward... More

Nairobi, Kenya
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

I won a dinner for two as part of the local supermarket contest at any of the tamarind group restaurants. We decided to opt for this one, due to its proximity. I ordered pepper steak, and got extreme stomach cramps and high fevers. I was diagnosed with severe bacterial infection, and was told to detox the body for one week.... More

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Alexandria, Virginia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

when it started raining i went inside and asked for a reservation tag for my table/space to my suprise i was asked to leave because my friends had not arrived i had even explained to the manager i had been to tamarind mombasa but she did not even care ! i really hope management sees this !

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London UK
3 reviews 3 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

I went to Tamambo yesterday to eat the Tajine but was was served three pieces of chicken in a dark sauce of dubious provenance and a small dish of couscous. Vastly overpriced and nothing at all like a Tajine - the restaurant does not even have a Tajine pot! Way below the standard expected from Tamarind Group and why do... More

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Nairobi, Kenya
18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

We went here for a family dinner just before xmas. Maybe they were just cleaning out the fridge but out food was below par. The prawns were rubbery and after sending them back they came back like a boomerang. Tamambo just put them on the grill and poured new gravy on it. That's not the way to handle this. My... More

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Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

We went on Beatles Saturday night - got a table and I have to agree that the food was not that great but I remember service was quite good though. The main draw was the live band which was really quite good considering that we were in Nairobi Kenya - so we will give it a Very Good rating for... More

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Nairobi, Kenya
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

A number of people told me that there was a 'tapas restaurant' in Village Market. Not a place I usually visit, but I was out that way so I thought I'd give it a shot. I'm afraid that their tapas is nothing like the tapas I've experienced anywhere else in the world. The only thing it had in common with... More

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Quito, Ecuador
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46 reviews 46 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

Even though the food and drinks were not great, the ambiance and live music on Friday truly make the difference with other places. A great option to hang out with frinds on the weekend.

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Dublin, Ireland
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251 reviews 251 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
221 helpful votes 221 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

As others have mentioned, the Tamarind group has a pretty good reputation, but I was unimpressed by this place. First up, its not cheap - but putting that aside, the food was just awful! We had Kachos to start with - which were OK (then again, how wrong can you go with chips and guacamole), but a little stingy on... More

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Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

The usually excellent reputation of the Tamarind group was shattered in our minds by a surprisingly awful lunch. An earnest but inept waiter serviced us rubbery calamaris, reheated spareribs and a Swahili fish with a not-too-bad sauce over a chewy overcooked red snapper. Only the graciousness of the manager saved this review from being one star: after we explained our... More

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