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“Another African Experience!!!” 4 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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“Another African Experience!!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

As a restaurant its has a great environment and the service its pretty good. The food comes fast and the quality of the food its not the best you would taste in your life but its pretty decent. The main reason why would you go to this place its mainly because of the types of meats it offers as part of their "rodizio" selection (or drag by one of the many tour operators or taxi drivers tied by commissions)

Crocodile, Ox balls, Ostrich are some of the different types of meat you can enjoy but sometimes its difficult to see the good cuts around. Most of the times you get full with chicken and different types of sausages.

Still its a good experience to do if you are not used to this cuts but for sure I would not choose this restaurant for a gourmet experience. Its a barbecue place and thats what you should expect. A place for eat until exhaustion and with friends.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“This restaurant is an institution for a reason!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

I had lived in Kenya for many years in the mid 90's and already Carnivore was "legendary". Clearly nothing has changed. The atmosphere is electric, the food is sumptuously succulent and the service is impeccable. Sure its a little pricey - but you get what you pay for!

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Nice environment, Average food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

This was the second time we'd been bought here as part of our safari, and whilst the whole atmosphere and experiance does start/end your overall experiance the food choice and range seemed more restrictive than last time.
However the same technique now learnt from other restaurants offering similar experiances (Especially Brasil) is to use the flag time-out's tactically by observing the meat arriving and not going for the early "stomach fillers" but for the quality cuts that arrive later....
And don't go for the Wine by the bottle...very expensive (added 28% tax on top of quoted prices)...
BUt sticking to Beer and using the time-outs with skill can make this a value experiance alongside the ambiance.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Mind boggling”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Wow great place and life time experience on exotic meat, worth trying when you are in Nairobi, will go back again and take friends with me.

Visited July 2013
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“Expensive and uninspring”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Can't say it any simpler than this:

Average food for a high price.

There really isn't much of an exotic meat selection (ostrich and crocodile) being the only ones I can remember in addition to beef, chicken, pork and lamb.

I would skip this gimmick and go to an nice restaurant if you're willing to pay this price.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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