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“It's an experience, not a meal” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Carnivore Restaurant

The Carnivore Restaurant
Langata Rd, Nairobi, Kenya
+254 733 611608
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Ranked #27 of 324 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,
Boston, Massachusetts
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“It's an experience, not a meal”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

If you want a great meal, go elsewhere. If you want to have some fun and taste something different without having to commit to a single entree, then loosen up and enjoy. I am not adventurous, so did not miss the absence of zebra or wart hog. Ostrich meatballs and crocodile whatever were good enough for me. Yes, the meatballs had a gristly texture and the more conventional meats were not the most tender; but no problem. We had a good time and plenty to eat. The service was friendly and the sound of laughter surrounded us. Since I was a tourist, I was not put off by the trappings of a tourist destination. Obviously, this is not a venue for vegetarians or gourmets, just a harmless place for a long lunch.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“A mixed experience”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

It's a scene, even if they're no longer allowed to serve the giraffe, zebra, and antelope meat that they once served (pre-2004). There's still a stunning array of meat to consume, most of it very taste, and the decor is wild enough. One caveat -- dinner here can easily wind up very quite expensive. And it's no place to linger; they staff really hustles you through.

Visited June 2013
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“Always a good meal”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

This was our fourth time returning to the Carnivore - we never tire of it. We love the atmosphere (it's fun!), and we love to try all of the meat they bring around with all of the salsas on the table. We also really enjoy the salads they have, each year they seem different.
Most of the time we have to raise that white flag before we have tried all of the meats, but we HAVE to save room for dessert and that delicious Kenyan coffee!

Visited May 2013
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“Disappointing”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

on an extensive African holiday, I deliberately stopped in Nairobi so I could take my partner to Carnivores in Nairobi. I had been there many years before and had been enthralled by the range of game meat and the exciting venue at that time.
Well... it's changed.... but the cost hasn't!
We received the cuts of meat at our table from time to time but it was very ordinary and often tough.. There was no wild game ie zebra, kudu, antelope, warthog etc..... all the exciting tastes I had tried before.. We were told by the waiter that "the government does not allow us to serve those meats anymore" Fine. But we and the people on the next table had still been expecting it. The restaurant's reputation is built on it.
It still cost a lot of US dollars for a very ordinary meal of chicken, beef, ostrich and crocodile.
We were very disappointed by the experience. It's not worth the visit.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Average and overpriced”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

This felt like a definite tourist trap - seemed very over priced - we sat somewhere that was cold and draughty and had little atmosphere. However, other parts of the restaurant looked better. Probably still worth a visit.

Visited November 2012
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