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“Pleasant setting, nice food but not-so-great service” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Zen Garden Restaurant

Zen Garden Restaurant
Lower Kabete Road, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
254 8034466
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Ranked #29 of 347 Restaurants in Nairobi
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Nairobi, Kenya
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Pleasant setting, nice food but not-so-great service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Zen Garden’s setting is gorgeous and peaceful- once you are in you immediately forget that the restaurant is on a major road.
With two restaurants- one continental and one oriental- there is food for every taste, and they allow guest to order from both restaurants at the same table. The food is good but expensive, some dishes being better than others. My main complain about Zen Garden is the service. While the waiters are nice, service is slow and food comes at random time and is not coordinated, even when everything is ordered from the same restaurant (sushi and pizza tend to take longer than anything else). Last time I went, my boyfriend was serve his starter and main course at the same time, while I was only given my starter and had to wait for quite some time before getting my main course. This affects the dining experience and is something they could easily fix.
If you are looking for peace and quiet, don’t go during the weekend as it is extremely busy, with kids running everywhere. Also, the continental restaurant is closed for dinner.

  • Visited January 2015
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Nairobi, Kenya
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76 reviews 76 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Slow service, but very good food!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Zen Garden is set in a secluded part of town and as a result is very green and quiet. The decor and general quality of the restaurant is great - very chic, modern and high standard. Unfortunately, given the size of the gardens, the restaurant had very few outdoor tables, and all under canopies so it was impossible to sit in the sun! The food was great, very tasty, if a little expensive. Service was good, but slow, and it's the slow service and lack of outdoor seating that makes me give it 4 instead of 5 stars.

  • Visited January 2015
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Nairobi, Kenya
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20 restaurant reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Nice Ambieance”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Nice food, good service and beautiful Abiance. Good for a romantic dinner and if you love shushi. I would highly recommend this place

  • Visited August 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Proper Eastern Food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

A very nice peanut sauce for your skewered chicken followed by a delicious green curry. Don't come here if you're on a budget though...

  • Visited November 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Nairobi, Kenya
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“a friends wedding”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Lovely place to visit with very hospitable staff. The parking area is quite unique with lively green plants. Try it out and don't forget to taste their assortments of Zen Wines!

  • Visited December 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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