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“Seafood what?” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Tamarind Restaurant

Tamarind Restaurant
Karen Blixen Coffee Garden | Karen, Nairobi 00200, Kenya (Upper Hill Estate)
+254 719 346349
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Ranked #4 of 318 restaurants in Nairobi
Price range: $50 - $100
Cuisines: African, Asian, French, Seafood
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Upper Hill Estate
Description: Nairobi's iconic seafood restaurant which originally opened in August 1977, has recently moved from the Central Business District to the leafy suburbs of Karen at the Karen Blixen coffee Garden. The menu is a blend of the best of French, Asian and African cuisines with specialties such as the famous Prawns Piri Piri, and Chilli Crab which have earned the Tamarind worldwide fame.
Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
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15 restaurant reviews
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“Seafood what?”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013 via mobile

A very dissapointing experience. There is a complete disconnect between price of, lets say, the seafood platter and the quantity, quality and variety of seafood served. Historically, the restaurant drives a strong brand reputation and could regain its lost glory by changing its menu with changing times. At those prices one expects 'seafood delight'...nothing less will do.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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labinaNairobi, Director of Sales at Tamarind Restaurant, responded to this review, February 1, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write a review regarding your recent disappointing meal at Tamarind Nairobi. We appreciate the feedback as it does help us improve, but we would like to apologise for the unacceptable quality of your experience.

Many thanks again. Sales and Marketing Manager
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Riga, Latvia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Best food in Nairobi!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

If you are looking for really high end restaurant, this is your only choice in Nairobi. It's located in central bank building, so it's completly safe. The food is amazing. Don't miss a chance to taste lobster - that's amazing. The wine selection is nice. Staff is friendly and will tell you a lot about history of restaurant.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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labinaNairobi, Director of Sales at Tamarind Restaurant, responded to this review, February 1, 2013
Thank you for your great review on Tamarind Nairobi. We are happy you enjoyed your meal and look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Sales and Marketing Manager
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Brewer, Maine
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46 reviews 46 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Excellent service, Excellent food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

Went to this wonderful restaurant as recommended by Nairobi Excursions before our departing flight late in the evening. Everything we had was exceptional. The fish was all prepared perfectly, the flavors were delicious and the personalized and customized dessert was to die for! I fully recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting fresh delicious seafood!

  • Visited February 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Nairobi, Kenya
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38 reviews 38 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Worth it for the Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

The best Seafood in Nairobi, hand down. Go for the crab claws, oysters mambrui, lobster thermidor, ginger crab, peri-peri prawns or Swahili fish - actually...it's all good! Good spot for a quiet, romantic dinner but take your own crowd for more fun!

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Oakland, California
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6 restaurant reviews
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“Best meal in Nairobi!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

Went to Tamarind for dinner last night with a group of six. I had been wanting to go again ever since my first visit in 2007. I started off with the famous fish soup and it lived up to the hype - especially with the full "shell" of sauce mixed in! Service was impeccable and I also liked the bite I tried of my friend's calamari.

The restaurant was able to accommodate my request for chapatti instead of rice with the seared tuna I ordered... yum yum yum! The yellow sauce the tuna comes with is amazing and the tuna itself was beautifully seared and arranged.

I also love the whole wheat buns! Yummy and slightly sweet.

My favorite touch of all is the beautiful plates that come with dessert - even to those who didn't order any! - with delicious sweet bites and hand-written special quotes. I remember these plates from my first visit five years ago and think they are the most romantic and wonderful thing a restaurant can do... a true testament to what a wonderful restaurant Tamarind is!

  • Visited January 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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