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“Java House Downtown - nothing to write home about” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Nairobi Java House Downtown

Nairobi Java House Downtown
mama ngina street, Nairobi, Kenya
+254 (20) 313564
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Ranked #37 of 362 Restaurants in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: International
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast
Nairobi, Kenya
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261 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Java House Downtown - nothing to write home about”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

This might be a great coffee&chat&hanging out with friends place, but my impression was that it was just too small and very crowded (we were there for a meal around 4PM on Thursday) and not really cosy place. Staff was very nice (standard for Java places), but eating there just did not feel right. Toilet is too small and flush in the ladies' room did not work. No wi fi available. Standard Java menu (very good, no complaints about food quality), I guess standard offer when it comes to coffee and pastry (we did not try this). No sitting outside, no windows, no nice view (just the main busy street). There are much better Java places in Nairobi.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Dublin, Ireland
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120 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“The place to be in downtown Nairobi.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

This cafe has been going a long time and is as popular as ever with good reason. Nice ambience, excellent coffee, sinful cakes and a tempting light food menu always fresh. A very mixed crowd frequents the place. Kenyan businessmen, students , expats, the laptop crowd. Reasonably priced, consistent quality assures it will be around for a while yet.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“not a fan”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

usually crowded. service is terrible. noisy. the food ok but i simply don't like the everything else about java generally.

Visited July 2012
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nairobi
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26 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“worst salad ever”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

1st time I had a bad salad n thought maybe it was a one time thing. yesterday my hubby n I bad salad, the tomatoes were rotten or something. they had black spots on them and tasted awful!!! the salad dressing OMG!!!!! pathetic. we returned the salad without a second bite. java gigiri please improve

  • Visited June 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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kenya nai
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31 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“trying”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

well a nice place to have coffee good coffee but there tropical mix shake beats all you should try it it's the best in the entire region though the service lacks professionalism and especially the waiters but that shouldn't discourage for the food is excellent

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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