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“Great lunch” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Aero Club of East Africa Restaurant

Aero Club of East Africa Restaurant
Wilson Airport, Nairobi 00502, Kenya
254 20 2338030
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Ranked #20 of 314 restaurants in Nairobi
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Diner, Hamburgers
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: The Aero Club of East Africa was founded in 1927 by the aviation pioneers who opened up the frontiers of Africa. It still retains that 1930s romantic charm and historical ambience. The club is the only restaurant at Wilson Airport, four km from Nairobi’s central business district on the Langata Road. It is on the edge of the Athi Plains, with easy access to the Nairobi National Park and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. The restaurant has inside dining, a large eating deck and tables in the garden and by the swimming pool. It overlooks Wilson’s 007 runway and is an ideal spot to spend the hours before you leave on safari or to unwind on your return and watch planes and helicopters land and take off while soaking up the atmosphere in this legendary piece of Kenya’s aviation history. Chef Neil McCarthy and the Creative Kitchen Co. team moved into the restaurant at the Aero Club of East Africa on 1st October 2011. Neil has cooked and consulted all over the world, from London’s Mayfair Hotel and the Moscow Metropole to California’s vineyards and top-range hotels across Africa, including the Mt. Kenya Safari Club and Nairobi’s Tribe hotel. He is famous for his tasty gourmet burgers and dry-rub spicy BBQ ribs. He creates tasty international buffets and a la carte specialties. Sinful puddings include his New York style, melt in your mouth, baked cheese cake and home baked apple pie. He serves mouthwatering and seriously satisfying food.
Nairobi, Kenya
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“Great lunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013 via mobile

Business lunch was had in the garden and was impressed by the variety of the menu, and quality of the food. Love the condiments rack! Great setting. We had an assortment of salads, burgers, and fish, and all was good. Thanks.

Visited April 2013
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Nairobi, Kenya
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143 reviews 143 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
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123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
“Great Breakfast”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

Had a great breakfast here while waiting for a flight. Service was excellent, the setting great for plane spotting.

The mugs of coffee are massive. Loads of condiments served with breakfast. I had a full English with black pudding, toast, tomatoes, hash brown, sausage, bacon and perfectly poached eggs. The food was well cooked, fresh and seasoned. I really enjoyed it. There are loads of breakfast choices including granola, fresh fruit, pancakes, etc. Good coffee. Would definitely go back again.

Would not mind trying their lunch menu.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
“This place is better now the members rule has gone”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

Not that stopped us. (lucky we know a couple) The food here seems to have improved over the past couple of years.
We had a couple of lunches here and a tusker or two (not the driver)
This place is a drive so at least one of you must not drink (or pay a bribe if stopped)

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Food, history and atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

quite simply, a great place to stay if you get into Nairobi late or you are leaving early the next day. The staff are helpful, the food is great and the bar is a great place to spend a few hours listening to pilots talk about their day. Really worth a visit!

Visited June 2012
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“Was not really special”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

As it was highly recommended on tripadvisor I thought I give it a chance. When going there my taxi was held up by the police at the entrance of the airport. As always in Kenya they demanded some bribe to let us go, hence I refuse to participate in such a trade it took us quite some time and a lot of discussion until they let us pass. On arrival at the Aero Club we were told that there will be no brunch - despite we phoned a few days earlier - but only a BBQ. Funny enough, I send an email to the restaurant inquiring about price, Brunch etc, but never received an answer (which is not a professional way to conduct business). The place per se is nice and spacious and I enjoyed it. The staff provided the service expected. The price was KES 1.200 (which I find ok) but the choice of food was rather limited (meat: grilled beef and sausages only, some stir-fry vegetables, potatoes and salads). The quality of the food was ok and if the choice would have been better, and if the person behind the BBQ would not have informed us that you can not go as many times as you wish to the buffet (one of us enjoys small portions but many but was denied after the fourth time) I would have given one point more.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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