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“A lovely local restaurant” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Tamambo Karen Blixen

Tamambo Karen Blixen
Karen Road, Nairobi 00200, Kenya
+254 719 346349
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Ranked #3 of 320 Restaurants in Nairobi
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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.
Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
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“A lovely local restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013 via mobile

I have been eating at Tamambo since they opened, and as a couple we have lovely memories of having our wedding night dinner/drinks there -- 13 years ago! Much has not changed over the years - lovely mature gardens, good food, good decor, and friendly service. I think the interior decor is starting to look beaten with years and it could be brighten up just a little. It is certainly my children's favourite for lunch or dinner. We have taken friends and family there and they all love it -- but the prices have been rising fairly quickly. Keep up the good service.

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labinaNairobi, Director of Sales at Tamambo Karen Blixen, responded to this review, February 15, 2013
Many thanks for taking the time to review Tamambo Karen. We appreciate your kind words and would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support .

We shall share your review with our team, who will be encouraged and motivated to continue working hard and paying attention to every detail.

Just to let you know that the interior dining room is currently being refurbished fopr a brighter ambiance. Once again, thank you for the feedback and we look forward to seeing you again in the future.
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“Almost perfect”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

One of my favourite and regular watering holes. We have Sunday lunch there. This week I had fish and asked for it 'soft cooked' and it was perfect, so was the rice, so was the service, and it was busy. The men had the Sunday roast buffet and curry which they rave about every week. The setting is idyllic and for those who love Karen Blixen's 'Out of Africa' (the book, not the film) it is full of folk lore, romance and history. We also often go with our IT consultants for a slide in the Sports Bar (six little hamburgers) and the calamari are good too and we watch some sport as they are addicted to screans. However, However, today I took an old lady friend from childhood who has had a stroke. We are well known and get the royal treatment. But the service was slow and I felt we were side lined after the initial welcome. I had the same meal but the fish, although perfectly edible was a little overcooked. It wasn't that busy and the waiters never waited and never scanned and spent a lot of time in huddles discussing tables! Odd but still highly to be recommended as it is usually great and a lovely environment (in or out) and some well behaved kids and a couple of house doggies - so a great sense of cosiness in style

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Great food in a wonderful setting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013 via mobile

This is a lovely place to stop and have some great food. The staff are there if you want them but not intrusive which adds to the relaxed atmosphere. We were with our 2 young children so having an open space to run around while our food was made was a big bonus. The food is fantastic I had the ribs to start, and got served 5 huge pork ribs in a spicy sauce. We went for the burgers and they were amazing, if not a bit big - not a complaint btw. Did not intend on having desert but we did anyway, the desert taster was very good.

Will be going back for sure.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Very good and staff excellent”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

The food was very good but would like a different menu from lunch to dinner. Think the restaurant décor could do with a make over, very dark colours inside.

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“Good setting poor service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013 via mobile

The setting is very nice. Tranquil gardens in quiet and peaceful surroundings. Unfortunately the service is very poor! We were served cold soup and the food took ages to arrive. Good for a coffee excursion and not more.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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