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“Amazing decor” 4 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 #17 of 343 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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“Amazing decor”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

This is a great place to have lunch when arriving or departing from Wilson Airport. You can watch the planes and helicopters arriving and taking off while sitting in the outdoor area. The decor was very interesting, and there is lots of information about the history of aviation in Kenya. The staff was friendly and willing to show us around. The lunch menu is basic, but the burgers were exceptionally good, as was the chicken curry. The starters were also very good.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Barcelona, Spain
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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“excellent menu and food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

Highly recommend it. Great value for money and delicious with a huge variety of options. Great quick and friendly service.

Visited November 2013
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Nairobi, Kenya
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“Nice open city stop”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

Good wholesome food, generous helpings and friendly staff. Fantastic atmosphere being right on the edge of the Wilson Airport Runway, busy little place with planes coming and going every few mins.
Not cheap but then nowhere is in Nairobi these days

Visited August 2013
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“overnight stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

Only stayed in Nairobi as we were en route to the Masai Mara. The AeroClub was our choice as it was very handy for our early morning flights+ they kept our large suitcase whilst we were away. A really lovely place, great to sit on the terrace sipping a beer whilst watching planes take off + land!
The food was very good- do not go by the price of the beer+wine, they give you the members pricelist + add on more for non long term members- The rooms are adequate + would recommend for an overnight stay.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“A gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

This little club/restaurant came recommended by the manager of one of the safari camps we stayed at in the Masai Mara in Kenya. It is located at the Wilson Airport, a smaller domestic airport in Nairobi which also handles most of the bush traffic from the various reserves and parks in Kenya.

This charming club has wonderful history as it was the gathering place for pilots in the region going back to the 1930's. Decorated with lots of memorabilia, like old airplane engines, propellers and pictures of fabric bi-planes etc it's located right on the end of one of the runways. It feels like travelling back in time.

The patio and garden are lovely but I have to say the quality of the food was exceptional and unexpected. It was one of the best meals we had anywhere in Nairobi. Great hamburgers, amazing grilled cheese and a the best club sandwich I’ve ever had in the world – bar none.

Although it is a club, the restaurant and garden are open to the public. If you enjoy aviation memorabilia and history and you want a great meal, go out of your way to visit here. If you’re pilot, don’t miss it.

  • Visited August 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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