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“Very exclusive experience” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Tamarind Restaurant

Tamarind Restaurant
Haile Selassie Ave / National Bank Bldg, Nairobi, Kenya (Upper Hill Estate)
251811
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Ranked #10 of 302 restaurants in Nairobi
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Upper Hill Estate
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2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
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“Very exclusive experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

The restaurant is like a pearl. In the noise center of Downtown Nairobi. Just off Moi Avenue indside National Bank Building. When you are here you will not here a sound and forget completely where you are. The service is excellent - this is when the humbleness og African culture touch the stars. By the edn of dinner you will get a surprise - my mouth is sealed.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

I owe this place a long-overdue apology.

We came here back in 2010 and the food and service were some of the best I've ever enjoyed. (And to give you some background, I'm a serious foodie from New Orleans who lives in LA and have been to some pretty terrific restaurants in both of those places, as well as Paris, New York and London.) The service here was so kind and impeccable: they even wrote our names in chocolate on our dessert plates!

Unfortunately, one of our party of three (who was from a country I won't name, where the tipping situation is apparently different) only left 5% tip on her check. Agh! When we found out afterward, and explained it to her, we all felt terrible. (Although two of us left 20% on our checks.)

Anyway, it was a great experience and probably this sort of thing happens all of the time, traditions being so different between countries, but I'm glad TripAdvisor is here so I can apologize, regardless.

Thanks for a wonderful night we'll never forget!!

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Outdated & Overated”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

We visited the restaurant at the weekend, and were surprised by the lack of custom, most of the tables were empty. We only visited this restaurant, as the Talisman was full (Why is this not on the list?)
The location is poor, it requires a complete refurbishment (appears nothing has changed in 38 years), service is good, if a little over attentive. The food was ok, nothing to shout about.
I would recommend this restaurant for a special occasion (formal setting) or an intimate meeting, although the waiters will be asking you how's food or changing plates every minute.
A particular disappointing aspect was the waiter pushing for a tip on presenting the bill. I was going to give a good tip, until he became pushy.
Seven Seas is by far a better restaurant for fish. The Octopus and seafood platter are clearly better than the Tamarind offering.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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New York City, New York
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“Pricey but food is good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

Loved the octopus starter and prawns piri piri. The service was very good. However, it was a bit pricey for the amount of food provided. Nice for a night out but can find other places that provide more value for money.

Visited April 2013
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Nairobi, Kenya
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“The Sea in the City”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

For your fresh sea food in the city go to Tamarind Restaurant. The food was fresh and so lovely. I had the fruits of the sea platter. This is so good and feels like just harvested from the sea. I recommend the Tamarind over and over again.

  • Visited February 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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labinaNairobi, Director of Sales at Tamarind Restaurant, responded to this review, March 29, 2013
We truly appreciate you taking the time to post a review about Tamarind Nairobi.

We are so delighted you enjoyed meal and were pleased with the food and service.

We have shared your review with our team, who will be really motivated by your remarks.

Once again,many thanks for the feedback and we look forward to seeing you again in the future.
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