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“Excellent fresh seafood.” 4 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 #5 of 314 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.
London, England, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Excellent fresh seafood.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

We ate early and had the place practically to ourselves, so cannot really comment on atmosphere etc. However the food was excellent - fish was fresh, well seasoned and sympathetically cooked. The staff were friendly and attentive without being intrusive. Prices were a little high for Nairobi but the food was a level above anything else we had there, and I would be very pleased indeed to be served fish of that quality at that price anywhere in Europe!
Oh, and the coffee was a treat too.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Boston, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Great place for an enjoyable dinner”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

Great food and presentation. Good selection on the menu. Crab cake and avocado starter was very tasty Excellent service. Grilled jumbo prawns is a must. Service is very friendly. Good experience not to be missed.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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nairobi
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“pricey but expensive”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

I took my wife for dinner at the Tamarind in December. The service was great and staff was happy to serve. The was a great selection of wine, drinks and food off the menu. All the sea food is really fresh and cooked to perfection.

The ambiance is cosy, but also a bit confined. It isnt a large room, so noise and loud talking large groups of people having a meal will definitely impede on any intimate meal you want to have with someone special.

The prices are rather pricey. Eating here is comparable to having a meal at a restaurant in one of the 5 star hotels in the city. So while it may not be great for every other dinner or lunch, its great if you want something special.

All in all we enjoyed our experience there. Hopefully we will return soon

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Nairobi, Kenya
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10 reviews 10 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Not for me”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

I had great expectations.
But the restaurant itself is quite dark, no windows and for me, I d like to have open spaces and nice views.
Food...probably just hardly average.
Pricing: over priced.
I hope to visit the one on Mombasa to give better rating.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
“Excellent Fine Dining option”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

One of the best foods I had during my stay in Nairobi.
- The service is excellent.
- The breads served with the foods are really hot and delicious.
- I had T-bone steak, which was excellent.
- My friends had Bombay Fish and Prawns and they were blown away.
- The desserts platter was lovely
- We had the fish soup which was a little average
- Did I appreciate the service enough!

If I am in Nairobi again for a day, this is the place that will top my list!

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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