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“Pretty good...stop in if you're close by” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The River Cafe

The River Cafe
Limuru Road, 1/2 km after Village Market | Gigiri, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
725-969-891
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Ranked #123 of 318 restaurants in Nairobi
Price range: $5 - $20
Cuisines: American, Coffee Shop, International, Café
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Alexandria
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Pretty good...stop in if you're close by”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

The setting is very beautiful and its full of expats. The food is not bad and there are definitely lots of choices. I don't know if I'd go out of my way to come here but its still a treat. I'm sure a city like Nairobi has plenty of choices of restaurants. This place is ideal for brunch and good for large groups.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Date | Rating
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  • German first
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English first
Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“My Kind of Evening Cafe”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

Quiet...................self accomodating space.................cool air.........................the verandah feel and spacing from one table to the next allows one's mind to go places - this helps the heart and body to relax.....epecially if you smoke :)
I've found myself enjoying what would be described as odd moments - like when the cloud's start pilling up on each other half an hour before the rain pours (It's the tranquile solitude - it can get you to think you are all alone on the balcony of your own house) But when the reality of the rain comes knocking, it brings with it an end to the open space that was feeding you.
The thing I love about their service is that it's very accomodating - it's almost like they also appreciate the ambiance........there are times the staff almost get to pin drop silence........ a warm chukle or laugh breaks the silence........but that's what makes us Kenyan's - real and warm - social beings that appreciate and care. If the working space in any office in Kenya doesn't allow for warmth, kindness and deligated self responsibility, you kill the Kenyan. That said, it's the self responsibility exhibited both by the individual staff and their work relationship's that opens the door to freedom in the working space to the degree that doesn't take away from the restaurant........good staff relations add's to a restaurant's ambiance - The River Cafe has this added quality..........(I'm not a frequent client....maybe I go when the boss is not in, I don't know............But the atmosphere I keep getting there is respectful, accomodating and warm - A plus for the restaurant :) )

The River Cafe is a 'diary restaurant'..............once you visit it, you will almost have it with you everywhere you go :)

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Nairobi
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“The River Cafe”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

I love the location and the sense of tranquility the restaurant gives. Listening to the various birds and looking out onto the lush green surroundings makes it a perfect restaurant that pulls you away from the constant city stresses. The menu is not that elaborate. it is simple and nice. However, the service could do with some improvement.

Visited August 2012
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Nairobi, Kenya
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Relaxed outdoorsy Restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

just after the Village market,This restaurant is set by a pond which makes it have a very good atmosphere. Very ideal for conversations. Full of expats. They have good coffee but be warned that since this restaurant is in a very posh area then it is equally expensive than Coffee shops in town like Java. It can get cold in the Terrace so try to avoid it on cold days. Overall,I would go back at any opportunity.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Brussels, Belgium
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11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Great outdoor restaurant/cafe in Loresho,Nairobi near UN and all embassies”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

Ate here several times during our trip - both lunch and dinner. Always had really good food, coffee and service. Very nice atmosphere.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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