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“Village Market gem” 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 #50 of 317 restaurants in Nairobi
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations, Delivery
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Dining options: Reservations, Delivery
Karachi, Pakistan
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“Village Market gem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

If you take the time to drive out to the Village Market, plan the timing of your trip to include dinner at Osteria Gigiri. The decor is nothing to write home about, but you're not there for the view ... it's the food.

The menu has a number of excellent choices and even some surprising ones. I am partial to a good pasta dish that is served with Gorgonzola cheese -- I wasn't disappointed. Friends had lasagna, another had lamb; and a third chicken ... all of the dishes were delicious. Also, the complementary bruschetta is to die for!!

A fairly good wine list that will meet the call for most, but I stuck with the half liter of the house wine and found it quite enjoyable.

Service is very good. I'm not sure where other reviews get the idea that the menu is pricey -- they must have a different view of dinner prices than I do.

Well worth the drive.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Nairobi, Kenya
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59 reviews 59 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“You pay for the ambiance”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

Osteria is an Italian restaurant. The owner is very friendly and makes it a point to greet his customers, which is not very common in many restaurants in Nairobi. The food is very expensive, but also very good. When looking at the menu make note of the notice at the bottom stating that all prices are exclusive of taxes. Therefore, you will end up paying quite a bit. The ambiance, particularly in the evening, is worth the expense. Of course, Osteria is not a place you would casually walk into every week, but rather on special occasions or just once in a while. It's a great place for a date, especially a first date.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Dublin, Ireland
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227 helpful votes 227 helpful votes
“Pricey, average food”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

Seriously, how wrong can you go with pizza, pasta, salad, Italian mainstays? The salads are limp and lifeless, the pizza has a stodgy base and stingy fillings. I have to say that the asparagus risotto is not bad, but as for the rest, well, average at best. And pricewise, like most places around Gigiri and other expat haunts, its not particularly cheap either.

Visited June 2013
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Nairobi, Nairobi Area, Kenya
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35 restaurant reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“I love the steaks!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

Osteria's key strength is in blending great italian style ambiance with highly generous selections of wines and italian cuisines with great choices. I have eaten here more than 10 times and each visit has its story. the lively weekly entertainment has added more reason to frequent! Well done.

Visited February 2013
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Nairobi
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19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Nice Place for Lunch or Dinner”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

the quiet environment and the very good food, would recommend for family outings and also for couples

Visited April 2013
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