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“Lovely atmosphere, good food” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Osteria Gigiri

Osteria Gigiri
Limuru Road | Inside the Village Market, 1st Floor., Nairobi, Kenya
020 7122661
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Ranked #66 of 358 Restaurants in Nairobi
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Beijing
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80 reviews 80 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“Lovely atmosphere, good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

If you are looking for a nice romantic evening in Nairobi then this nice Italian place in the Village Market is a good bet. My wife and I went on a Friday night and the candle-lit atmosphere was lovely. It also wasn't too crowded (most likely because it was raining heavily that night), but in any event it is good to make reservations, especially on the weekends. We ordered a prawn pasta and a red snapper with tomato, onion, and capers. Both were very good -- large portions and cooked just right. We were also given a delicious starter for free, basically a bruscetta type dish but on a pizza base instead of on bread. The owner stopped by to chat during the meal which made it feel more like a family restaurant than "eating out". All in all, highly recommended for a romantic night out.

Visited January 2013
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Nairobi, Kenya
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Watch Out - Tax Not Included in the Menu”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

Like most things in Europe or Africa, the tax or VAT is included in the price. Well, not at Osteria. They shock you with a much higher bill than what you see in the menu. Nasty trick. All other restaurants in Nairobi are not under-handed like this.

Visited September 2012
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Kent
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48 reviews 48 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“ATMOSPHERE AND SERVICE - NOW SO MUCH THE FOOD”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

This was my second visit this year. The restaurant has great atmosphere - outdoor tables, braziers blazing away. The service is very good, the staff attentive but not overwhelming. However the food is a little disappointing. It is good but no more. That would not stop me returning but would stop me recommending for great Italian food.....go for the experience. it is probably more a case of being so popular that the kitchen simply struggles to keep up for a large group. The first visit there were three of us and the food was better. This time, with a table of 12 it lacked individual attention....steaks overcooked and pasta rather 'stodgy'. However, quite tasty and good value. House red is very drinkable.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Nairobi, Kenya
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Osteria Gigiri, Village Market”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

This is a place where you can easily dine alone and feel part of the overal camaraderie. The staff are friendly and the food is good middle of the road Italian with better tah usual pizzas. Live music adds to the general ambience.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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New York, New York, United States
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“A less expensive Carnivore”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

The premise is just the same as Carnivore. The restaurant is fantastic. I highly recommend it, especially if you go on an empty stomach since there is SO MUCH delicious meat to enjoy.

Visited August 2012
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