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“Perfect setting” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Tamambo Karen Blixen

Tamambo Karen Blixen
Karen Road, Nairobi 00200, Kenya
+254 719 346349
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Ranked #4 of 381 Restaurants in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Description: Tamambo Karen Blixen Coffee Garden Restaurant is located in a beautiful peaceful garden setting on Karen Road, on the site of the original Blixen farmhouse property. The Restaurant is open for breakfast from 06.00Am through to 10.00Pm. Diners have a fine choice of different areas for lunch or dinner. There is the indoor restaurant with adjacent outdoor terrace and garden, for a la carte dining. There are also a variety of functions areas such as the Grand Marquee Sultan style tent, available for 'royal style' wedding functions, dinners and conferences. The Grogan House is a lovely space for private dinners and exclusive functions For many Karen residents, the bar which opens out to a shisha lounge is a popular place to meet and mingle with delicious cocktails and bar snacks and satellite TV.
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54 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Perfect setting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

I had a meeting and this was a perfect spot, the service was excellent, food very good. I recommend the crab cakes.

Visited November 2012
1 Thank travelswithsara
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Lovely setting which is consistently let down by poor service and below average food”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

(this is the review which Tripadvisor has incorrectly posted against Tamambo Tapas Bar despite 4 requests from me to change it - so I have re-posted it in the right place)

Have eaten here several times over the last year or two.

During the day the garden is lovely, lots of space to move around and service is pretty good.

In the evening however, the trainee waiting staff and kitchen staff are let out to practise. We have had cold food, wrong orders, bread served after the main course, cheesecake which has clearly gone off, flat beer (reused from a previous drinker), all of which takes far too long to arrive. Need I go on?

In addition to the poor food, service is even worse. That's not to say there are not enough staff, rather there are too many who congregate around the door asking each other what to do, and most of whom do not know what they are supposed to do. The restaurant would be well advised to poach some of the great waiters from Talisman who set the standard in Kenya.

What a shame for one of the most pleasant surroundings to eat in Nairobi

  • Visited September 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
1 Thank Krautcons
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Nairobi, Kenya
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Ideal setting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

The hamburgers are second only to the Aero Club, and the setting in the garden, with the Ngong Hills behind, is unbeatable. Well worth a lunch or dinner.

Visited November 2012
1 Thank Mark R
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
“Magical place.........”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

Having read the book and watched the film at least 20 times, it was a dream come true to come to karen's home. The grounds were beautiful, the tour was superb and our guide was passionate and informative.
It was wonderful to see the costumes worn by Meryll and Robert in the film and you could understand how Karen Blixen fell in love with the place. To see the Ngong Hills in the distance brought you back to the beginning of the book/film.......... a must for any fan of the film/book.

It was not over crowded and you could wander the home and gardens at your own pace.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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26 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

This is a lovely place but the food was not very good. I got the fish soup which was inedible with a few small tough pieces of fish in an overly spicy liquid. The chicken salad was very boring with just some slices of chicken and avocado over lettuce. The bathrooms were nice. The wait staff was pleasant. The ambiance is very nice,

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
1 Thank Rambler4
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