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“Meh” 2 of 5 stars
Review of The Carnivore Restaurant

The Carnivore Restaurant
Langata Road, Nairobi, Kenya
+254 722 204647
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Ranked #28 of 315 restaurants in Nairobi
Price range: $35 - $100
Cuisines: African, Barbecue
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Buffet, Late Night, Dessert
Description: On the outskirts of Nairobi on the Langata Road is the world famous Carnivore, known as the Ultimate 'Beast of a Feast', a meat lovers den where a vast selection of succulent meats are charcoal grilled and carved at your table. Adjoining the Carnivore main restaurant is the 'Simba Saloon' - a vibrant informal a la carte restaurant with a childrens playground,
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“Meh”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

There's no doubting this a tourist trap. With that said, the overall "experience" is fun - it has a very cool atmosphere, but the food doesn't cut it. The meat was not very tasty and overcooked, so the whole all you can eat thing doesn't go very far. The worst part for me was trying to eat my bland steak while the guys walk by with the novelty crocodile skewers and ox testicles.. so that was filling my nostrils. It's not like I'm always in Nairobi.. but I wouldn't eat there again. Expensive too. Meh.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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GCD51, Director of Sales at The Carnivore Restaurant, responded to this review, April 24, 2013
Thank you for posting a review on Carnivore. We are sorry you think the restaurant is 'a tourist trap' and of course most visitors to Kenya like to experience the Carnivore, but 65% of the people who eat at the Carnivore are Kenya residents! We are sorry that it did not live up to your expectations and that you were disappointed by the experience and found the meat not tasty, overcooked and expensive. We try our best to offer our customers a unique meal and we continually evaluate our performance, but obviously did not satisfy your high expectations for which we really apologise and assure you corrective measures have been taken to improve our performance.
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“Way to Much”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

I am sure this restaurant is a big tourist trap! Anything you have seen on the Savanna is there to eat. We tried mostly everything and they just kept coming with the food. That was a week ago and I haven't had meat since! Guess I would rather take pictures of it when it is alive!!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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GCD51, Director of Sales at The Carnivore Restaurant, responded to this review, April 24, 2013
Thank you for posting a review on Carnivore. We are really puzzled as to when you visited the restaurant and ate what you saw on the savanna', because if you had eaten at the Carnivore in the last eight years you would have realised that the Government of Kenya banned the culling and serving of game meat including all the savanna wild game. We are therefore forbidden to serve wild game except for ostrich and crocodile. In addition you may think the restaurant is 'a big tourist trap' and of course most visitors to Kenya like to experience the Carnivore, but 65% of the people who eat at the Carnivore are Kenya residents!
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“Gimmicky Tourist Trap!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

Before going to Kenya I read everywhere that I had to go to Carnivore while in Nairobi. That being said, I was excited to experience the place.

Their schtick is to serve you all kinds of exotic meats on skewers in unlimited amounts. It doesn't stop coming until you put the sign down on your table.

First thing, don't fall for the "Magic Stick" drink. As soon as they seat you a hostess will come over with a mixologist and offer you the drink. You are led to believe that it is included in the price. It isn't. It's a ripoff.

Secondly, yes you can have as much as you want, but since the meat is overcooked, bad cuts, you don't want much.

There are many great restaurants in Nairobi -- skip this one!

Visited April 2013
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labinaNairobi, Director of Sales at The Carnivore Restaurant, responded to this review, April 19, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to post a review on the Carnivore. We apologise that it did not live up to your expectations and that your were disappointed by the experience. We try our best to offer our customers a unique meal and we continually evaluate our performance, but obviously did not satisfy your high expectations and that you felt you had to give us such an awful review. We apologise again.
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“Very disappointed”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

I went in April with work colleagues and was very disappointed. While the lamb and pork were good, I could eat that at home. Ostrich and crocodile were the most "exotic" items on the menu. A tourist trap.

Visited April 2013
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“Meat to eat!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

My friends had been here in the past and hearing tails of exotic meats I was quite excited.
After arriving I found out that exotic is camel and crocodile, both of which I have had before.
Still, it was tasty, there was a lot to eat and although we had to wait a while to be seated (the place was packed) the evening had a good atmosphere.
Sure, it is a bit of a tourist trap nightclub, but when you have visited the other nightclubs in the area you see why this one is popular!

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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labinaNairobi, Director of Sales at The Carnivore Restaurant, responded to this review, April 19, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review The Carnivore

We are delighted you enjoyed your experience and we thank you for posting your kind remarks.

We have shared your review with our team, who will be really motivated to continue with their good work.

Once again, many thanks for the feedback and we look forward to seeing you again in the future.
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