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“Rightly a tourist must in Nairobi” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Thorn Tree Cafe

Thorn Tree Cafe
New Stanley Hotel, Kimathi St, city centre | Nairobi Central, Sarova Stanley, Nairobi, Kenya
+254 23 33283
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Ranked #31 of 320 Restaurants in Nairobi
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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“Rightly a tourist must in Nairobi”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

For those with any sense of history, travel or romance, the Thorn Tree is a terrific institution. Attached to another Nairobi perennial, The Stanley Hotel, the Thorn Tree is a great place to duck into to rest from the Nairobi hubbub and eat, drink or catch-up with friends. The third generation thorn tree still has a message board and the menu is fine - good for lunch with an express menu these days.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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David G, General Manager at Thorn Tree Cafe, responded to this review, October 9, 2013
Dear Tim R,

Reading your review was a true pleasure – and summed up The Thorn Tree very well, we thank you for taking the time to visit our iconic hotel and dining at the Thorn Tree restaurant.
we are certainly looking forward to welcoming you back soon.

Warm Regards,
David Gachuru.
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London, United Kingdom
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111 reviews 111 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
“Back after 22 years!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

Such a joy to see the Thorn Tree cafe again after 22 years. It felt like seeing an old friend again. OK, so the old thorn tree died and a new one was re-planted, and yes, they appear to have built all around it now, whereas in the past the hotel was more open at one side. But the place is still the same. The message board is still there around the trunk but it is less for people trying to organise safaris and more for the "Hi mom, I made it" notes of today. We had a lovely aromatic veggie meal and a superb tasty export Guinness. (Sorry Tusker, you may be cold but I need to taste something.) it's such an iconic place, go for a drink if nothing else!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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David G, General Manager at Thorn Tree Cafe, responded to this review, October 9, 2013
Dear Indie-Brindie,

We truly appreciate you taking the time to come back after a 22 year absence, and sharing your experiance on Trip Advisor.
The café has evolved over the years, but we still wish to preserve our heritage and history as we recognize the importance of this.
We are glad you got to enjoy a cold Guinness and a lovely meal,
We certainly look forward to welcoming you back soon, sooner then in 22 years.

Warm Regards,
David Gachuru.
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Canada
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139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
“Nice hotel restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Ate breakfast here daily as it was included in our rate - pretty extensive selection, although if you are a vegetarian you would certainly find it a bit more limited. There was an egg station and plenty of food - the Indian influence is evident here, with a few items with a distinctive curry flavor, even at breakfast.

The street pollution can sneak in since it protrudes a bit off the front of the restaurant on street level, but if you're used to that kind of thing, it probably wouldn't bother you.

The service was very good - a server immediately brought me a coat stand for my suit jacket every morning and it felt secure leaving my briefcase on the table while I went to fetch my food at the buffet.

If not included, the breakfast can be a bit pricey - but I ate there daily for over a week and didn't get sick once - which makes it worth a few extra dollars for well-prepared food and a clean environment.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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David G, General Manager at Thorn Tree Cafe, responded to this review, October 5, 2013
Dear Bvonm

Thank you for taking the time to review the Thorn Tree Café’ we value your feedback.

We appreciate you mentioning that the restaurant has an array of items available for breakfast, the restaurant aims at catering to eclectic tastes and dietary requirements.

The Thorn Tree Café has an open-air; bistro style pavement café however also offers an option for indoor dinning.

Thank you for rating high the service offered at the restaurant. This gives pride to our well trained staff.

We appreciate your patronage and hope that you will make us your restaurant of choice while in Nairobi.

Warm regards
David Gachuru
General Manager
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Good Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

Overall dining experience, was great. People who are not staying at the hotel, even come there for their breakfasts and lunch meetings

Visited June 2013
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David G, General Manager at Thorn Tree Cafe, responded to this review, October 5, 2013
Dear Ashika,

Greetings from the Thorn Tree Café’
Thank you for rating the restaurant awarding it 5 stars.
We appreciate your review and hope to host you again.

Warm regards
David Gachuru
General Manager
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Canberra, Australia
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“Not as special as you might think”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

Food OK, prices reasonable (around $12 for a main course, $4 for a Tusker beer) and there is a spindly acacia tree in the courtyard surrounded by ugly bulletin boards. Best to order Indian food, I think, it was quite good.

Visited July 2013
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David G, General Manager at Thorn Tree Cafe, responded to this review, July 25, 2013
Dear Moominoid,

We wish to thank you for choosing to visit and dine at the Thorn Tree Cafe. We also wish to express our appreciation to you, for taking the time to review our historical cafe.
We are delighted that you enjoyed the food and found the restaurant to be value for money.
Regarding the ambiance, your comments are well noted, and there are plans in place for a refurbishment on the outside terrace.

Once again, thank you for your review and look forward to welcoming you back

Warm Regards,
Ravi Gabriah.
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