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The Talisman

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Seafood, Contemporary, Fusion, Gastropub, Italian, Japanese, African, Sushi, European, Asian, British
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320 Ngong Road | Karen, Nairobi, Kenya
+254 705 999997
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8:00 am - 12:00 am
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Paris
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34 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It is a real nice restaurant offering intimate outside and inside seating. Out of Africa fells... You suddenly fell special. Service is good and fast ( which is abnormal in kenya). Wine list is exhaustive and pricy.Food menu is a mix Japanese and revisited continental. I really had 3 exceptionally good starters but should not have ordered the liver as...I... More 

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Thank Magali V
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear Magali V, Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We are incredibly sorry to hear that you claim to have had a bad experience with our liver. Please get in touch with our Restaurant Manager Steve on 0705 999 997 or email us at reservations@thetalismanrestaurant.com so that we can discuss this with you directly. We take... More 

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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I don't know why I've never rated Talisman. It's my favourite spot in Nairobi when I want to have a lazy brunch, lunch or dinner within a cosy environment. What's not to like about Talisman?! Zilch! The food is scrumptious and always well presented! The wait staff are also very warm and friendly. The decor is very well put together... More 

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Thank Terry M
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear Terry M, Thank you for taking the time to write this excellent review. We are delighted to hear that we are one of your favourite Nairobi spots. The Talisman is definitely an ideal place for long lazy meals while basking in the sun or cozying up by one of our fireplaces! On behalf of all the team we hope... More 

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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The menu is very versatile and the food is of high quality. Try the steak and the cocktails. The ambiance is great too

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Thank Mansi R
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear Mansi R, Thank you for taking the time to write this great review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us. We hope to welcome you back again soon for more of our delicious steaks and cocktails! With Thanks The Talisman More 

Klagenfurt, Austria
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The best thing about the Talisman is the very relaxed atmosphere that nonetheless is aesthetically pleasing. The service is wonderful as well. The food is okay. I would say not mouth-watering exactly but okay. I would go back, just to see if something else on the menu tickles my fancy a little more than what I had.

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Thank Rose S
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear Rose O, Thank you so much for taking the time to write your review. We are so sorry that your expectation were not met with regards to our dishes. We take all feedback very seriously and your comments will be addressed by our Chef and his team. We hope that you will indeed give us another chance to tickle... More 

South Africa
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We were in Kenya on a business trip with a fairly large group. We had the most outstanding evening at this restaurant. The fare was superb. with excellent cocktails and wines. The ambience was wonderful and conducive to a memorable experience. If ever in Nairobi and in search of an outstanding place to dine, do not overlook this fine place.

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Thank Jenny M
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear Jenny M, Thank you so much for writing this outstanding review! We are delighted to hear that you and your group enjoyed your experience with us while on your business trip to Kenya and we hope that you will visit us again when you return. Please do not hesitate to contact our events manager (events@thetalismanrestaurant.com) for any corporate functions... More 

New Delhi, India
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Set in a house, this restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating options. Warm and friendly staff. Food is good and there is plenty to choose from. Great for a leisurly family outing.

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Thank SalilSandra
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear SalilSandra, Thank you so much for sharing this great review! We are always so proud to hear such positive feedback about our service, food and atmosphere. We hope to welcome you and your family back again soon. With Thanks The Talisman More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I just realize I visit this this place mostly on Sundays afternoon with the whole family for lunch. They offer very sumptuous meals. It is a very beautiful place to spend time whether working or just having a snappy meal. Love their salads. The gardens are on point. The setup is superb. Love the art, many a times am here... More 

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Thank 2hotpop
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear 2hotpop, Thank you so much for sharing this brilliant review! We are always so proud to hear our guests had such a positive experience, especially coming from regular Sunday patrons! We have a very funky new art exhibition up so we hope you will come and visit us again soon. With Thanks The Talisman More 

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3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a friday afternoon so I will cut the service some slack, but it was a bit slow on the drink orders. They sat us pretty much in this plant with a couple on the other side of it no further than 3 feet away from us. Atmosphere was good despite the intrusive shrubbery. I was waiting for 20-30... More 

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Thank Chris S
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear Chris S, Thank you so much for taking the time to write your review. We are so sorry that your expectation were not met with regards to our service and steak. We take all feedback very seriously and your comments will be addressed by our Chef and front of house team to ensure that this does not happen again.... More 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have visited this place twice and both time had amazing experience. The setting is beautiful, especially the garden. Interior is tasteful and thought trough with the individual heaters at each table in the evenings. Fantastic food of a very high quality. Seasonal menu is frequently changed so there is always something new to try. Cocktails are great and well... More 

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Thank MissisLewis
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear MissisLewis, Thank you so much for taking the time to write this wonderful review. We are delighted that you enjoyed both of your visits here at The Talisman and that we have become your favourite Nairobi spot! We hope these will be the first of many dinners with us. With Thanks The Talisman More 

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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I went here on the recommendation of a local friend. It was great - food was excellent and the ambience was cool. It seems to attract a lot of ex-pats and wealthy characters so it made for fun people watching as well. There's a bar area that I imagine is a nice place to hangout as well. Definitely worth a... More 

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Thank Z K
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear Z K, Thank you so much for taking the time to write this great review! We are so happy to hear that we made your last night in Nairobi a special one and we hope that you will come and visit us again when you return! With Thanks The Talisman More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Seafood, Contemporary, Fusion, Gastropub, Italian, Japanese, African, Sushi, European, Asian, British
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available
Good for
Large groups, Romantic, Bar scene, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 320 Ngong Road | Karen, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Location: Africa  >  Kenya  >  Nairobi
  • Phone Number: +254 705 999997
Description
Featuring carved wooden pillars from Pakistan, elegant Afghan rugs, charming fireplaces, sprawling terraces and idyllic gardens, The Talisman blends fine dining with unbridled eclecticism. We have made every effort to create the ideal ambience for those seeking a candle-lit romantic dinner, a casual evening drink with friends, an outdoor lunch with family and everything in between ~ And all this is complemented by distinguished service from our cordial staff.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?