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“all very good, but overpriced” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Tamarind Restaurant

Tamarind Restaurant
Karen Road | Karen, Nairobi 00200, Kenya (Upper Hill Estate)
+254 719 346349
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Ranked #2 of 338 Restaurants in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $50 - $100
Cuisines: European, French, African, Asian, Thai
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Doing business, Romantic, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
Accra, Ghana
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“all very good, but overpriced”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

Visited the Tamarind in Nairobi for a business dinner as a group of ten. We had a private room upstairs. Excellent greeting and drinks service, followed by a good meal with wine and attentive waiters throughout.

On the downside, the place seems tired and could do with freshening up. And it is overpriced.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
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Accra
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“A gem in the heart of the city”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

This restaurant is a place to visit for seafood. The team there is so on point, we had a reservation and was shown immediately to our seats. I had the sea food platter and it's was awesome. My biggest surprise was when they brought us plates with our names and a short admonition I absolutely loved it. Would recommend to any see food lover

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
“Excellent fish restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

A lovely restaurant with an extensive fish menu. I went as part of a large group and the service was really efficient. Food was delicious, I had a mixed fish dish and crab cakes, both presented really well.

Visited May 2013
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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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