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“Home away from home” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Talisman

The Talisman
320 Ngong Road | Karen, Nairobi, Kenya
+254 705 999997
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Ranked #1 of 361 Restaurants in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood, Vegetarian, Pub, Gastropub
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Good for: Doing business, Families with children, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Featuring carved wooden pillars from Pakistan, elegant Afghan rugs, charming fireplaces, sprawling terraces and idyllic gardens, The Talisman blends fine dining with unbridled eclecticism. We have made every effort to create the ideal ambience for those seeking a candle-lit romantic dinner, a casual evening drink with friends, an outdoor lunch with family and everything in between ~ And all this is complemented by distinguished service from our cordial staff.
Nairobi, Kenya
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Home away from home”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Chef Marcus and team have transformed this sleepy, delicious place over the last 18 months into a must go place in Nairobi. Whether it is a steak, tuna, trout or chicken limone you ate guaranteed a good meal in an idyllic setting. Feta samosas or nyati chicken wings are a great way to start!

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Christine N, Guest Relations Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review, March 20, 2014
Thanks so much for the glowing review. We're proud of chef Marcus,kitchen crew and the service team and are always glad to hear which dishes made a hit. We look forward to welcoming you back.
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Nairobi, Kenya
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Wonderful food in a relaxing setting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

I recently had lunch with my girlfriend at this restaurant. The restaurant is located in the Karen area of Nairobi; not the most convenient place to visit given the traffic but once you arrive, its totally worth it. The ambiance at Talisman is excellent with an option of rustic and cosy interior and scenic outdoor seating. We opted for outdoor.

Service at Talisman is fast, the waiters are efficient if a little cold. The food arrived within the indicated time and was fresh and very delicious. A word of caution, the place can get pretty packed and a reservation or early arrival will stand one in good stead.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Christine N, Guest Relations Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review, March 20, 2014
Thanks very much for the kind comments about our atmosphere, service and food. We're glad you found us worth the drive. And just think....when the bypass road is finally finished, Karen will be a quick hop from any part of town. Come back any time. Karibu!
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Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great restaurant in lovely setting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

The Talisman is definitely one of my favourite restaurants in Nairobi but I find it better for lunch than dinner because on several occassions some of the menu options have run out at dinner, even on an earlish sitting. The outdoor seating is just as good as inside and the large tables are fantastic for dining with a group of friends. My personal favourites are the feta and coriander samosas and the seared tuna.

Visited January 2014
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Christine N, Guest Relations Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review, March 20, 2014
Thank very much Tiffany for taking the time to post your review. We're delighted you enjoyed the feta samosas and seared tuna. Come back and enjoy the patio and our menu any time. Karibu.
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Nairobi, Kenya
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“Talisman is my talisman”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

I think I have developed a semi-addiction to Talisman at this point....delicious samosas, inspired specials, such as the soft shell crab sandwich -- I only wish I could have eaten more! and, of course, excellent service. Looking forward to my next meal!

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Christine N, Guest Relations Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review, March 20, 2014
Thanks so much for the endorsement. It is always great to receive comments from our repeat customers. We look forward to welcome you again.
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Nairobi
2 reviews
“Wonderful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Great service and ambiance. The steak and the wine was splendid. It was pricey but it was worth it. Will be back soon.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Christine N, Guest Relations Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review, March 20, 2014
Thanks for posting this review. We're glad you enjoyed your steak and our extensive wine list. Come back any time as we often have new specials. Next time, why not try one of our "flights of wine" which allows you to sample three different vintages? Cheers!
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