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“Ambiance gets you there” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Artcaffe

Artcaffe
Westgate, Mwanzi Road, Parklands, Nairobi, Kenya
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Ranked #40 of 343 Restaurants in Nairobi
Price range: $5 - $20
Cuisines: Coffee Shop, Italian
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Good for: Families with children, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Bristol, Rhode Island
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“Ambiance gets you there”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

Well, the Artcaffe. This was my most pleasant new addition coming back to Kenya this summer. The artcaffe is a fairly new restaurant, with about 3 or four branches- 3 in Nairobi and 1 in Mombasa I think having started in 2009. I stumbled upon this particular one at the Westgate mall in Westlands while looking for the classic coffee shop with wifi to pass the day etc etc. The truffle kiosk (which is also just divine) next to the Artcaffe is quite frankly how I got here.

So well, while the Artcaffe turned out to be more a casual dining place than the classic Starbucks, great internet notwithstanding, I definitely knew I was carving a niche when I was there the third time that week. The food is a delight. The pizza a must have. The home fries- very wet for your normal home fries though- I could have everyday. However, many many food reviews have been written about this little jem, to make this a drop in the ocean if it be one. So I will talk for the ambiance.

The ambiance will make for half the delight I'll tell you that. The dark wood and cream makes for such a romantic atmosphere to suit formal dinners and the sort, the outside shop with the laid back sun lounges perfect for those with agendas like mine- coffee, wifi, and people- watching and the kiosk, well, for the grab and go- for which you should ask for their 6-9am coffee and pastry offer :) Unbelievable!

They have got a live jazz band that comes in every Wednesday. Last time Kavutha sang about 6ft from me. So you know- go! Their music repertoire is also very quite riche. They had me at Piano man- what do I say.

One final one, they aren't known for their almond croissants for gaffes. You will not have been here until you have these. Definitely go. I know I will again and again :)

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Almaty, Kazakhstan
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8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
“Very good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

In all aspects, service and food are very good, dont expect anything from Kenya there only European and US food so if you feel a taste of home go there clientele is young and local yuppies.
The mall deserves a visit.

Visited June 2013
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Relaxing atmosphere.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

Go for your shopping at west gate, start with a snack or branch at artcaffe and this will kick start your shopping spree here. I love this place.

Visited June 2013
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Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Couldn't get worse if they tried.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

You couldn't get worse service in Nairobi if you tried. Uninspired cuisine delivered by the ever sneering waitstaff. Confusingly, their Junction mall branch is the polar opposite. Save your money. Go elsewhere.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Nairobi, Nairobi Area, Kenya
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“A Racist Establishment”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

Art Caffe is a racist establishment. Black people are treated differently and they are lucky if they even get service. White people are shown to a table as soon as they arrive while black people are left to "fend for themselves." Boycott Art Caffe. Racism has no place in the 21st century.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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