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“Best Place in Town” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Talisman

Talisman
P.O. Box 834 Ngong Road, Nairobi 00502, Kenya
+254 705 999997
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Ranked #1 of 323 Restaurants in Nairobi
Cuisines: Continental, Café, Asian fusion
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Recently reopened after extensive renovations, the Talisman is located in Karen just on the outskirts of Nairobi in an old colonial building among lush beautiful gardens. Relax either indoors or outdoors or outdoors on our beautiful patio. Chef Marcus Mitchell, who has trained in France and Spain, brings his own unique touch to each dish and has gained acclaim for his fabulous continental and fusion menu. Talisman's service team is also renowned for its hospitality.
Cali
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33 reviews 33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Best Place in Town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

This restaurant is outstanding! If you think the food id great, don't miss out on the wines and the single malts! dear me, I was surprised with the selection, they had all my favorites and I am a hard to please customer. The staff is very efficient and pleasant -knowing as well-. Just perfect for a family gathering with teen agers, grandmothers and parents in a strange country and on safari.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 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 Talisman, responded to this review, March 20, 2014
Thanks very much for the ringing endorsement! We're delighted you enjoyed our bar selections and hope to host you again. We're proud of our service team and are glad they met your expectations. Karibu!
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2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Lovely atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

I love this restaurant wether I am going for lunch or dinner. There is a great choice of food and always a "chefs choice".
The setting is fabulous and the staff are very attentive. It is very popular so make sure you make a reservation first.

  • 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 Talisman, responded to this review, March 20, 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to post your review. We're enjoying chef Marcus's adventures in food, and we can promise there will be alot of new tastes presented as specials. Thanks for the compliments on our staff, I'll be sure to pass along your kind words. Come back again soon.
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Nairobi
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“A must for Good time out”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Lovely place to have a day out, great food and amazing service. Away from the busy business center. I just love the place. With a little entertainment for the kids can be a place for family day out too.

  • Visited February 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 Talisman, responded to this review, March 20, 2014
Thank you for the feedback. We're delighted you tried us and enjoyed what Talisman has to offer. Hope to see you again. Karibu.
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Nairobi, Kenya
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9 reviews 9 reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
4 helpful votes 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 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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3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 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 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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