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“The best spot in Wilson” 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 #45 of 383 Restaurants in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Diner
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Good for: Bar scene, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
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.
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“The best spot in Wilson”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

We visited the Aero Club to fill the time between arriving on the 'overnight' flight from Zimbabwe (it takes 3 hours) and flying to Lamu from Wilson.

They provided an excellent breakfast at 7am and a clean and comfortable day-room to sleep until we rose at 1pm.

The club is a little corner of history, having been founded in the 1920s by the first aviators in East Africa. There are memorabilia everywhere and a slight old-fashioned style, while not being stuffy. The other guests were all pilots and very friendly.

Visited January 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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93 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“A little bit different”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

If you need an overnight stop at either airport this would be my recommendation. The place is a little different in that it was originally built as a pilot's hang out, and so the rooms are a little basic. However, with their new chef they serve superb breakfast and dinner, and all at a remarkably good rate.

Visited July 2013
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Vienna, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“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
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Barcelona, Spain
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“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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