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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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Tue - Sun 8:00 am - 12:00 am
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW 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
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10 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 

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

The Talisman is the one of the most unique restaurants I've been to. The setting is mostly outdoor, with stained glass windows, decorative plants and wooden chairs with plushy cushions. For those who are sensitive to cold like me but still want to sit outside, there is a fireplace outdoors as well. I was so comfortable I actually got a... More 

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Thank Sooz25
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear Sooz25, Thank you so much for writing this fabulous review! We are so happy to hear so much positive feedback and even happier to hear that you will be returning soon! Our Feta & Coriander Samosas tend to have that effect on people! We look forwards to welcoming you back With Thanks The Talisman More 

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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Went back again after 2 weeks for Sunday lunch and had excellent food,a great table and the best service one could ask for.Certainly a 5 star plus restaurant.We will certainly be frequenting this restaurant every chance we get.With so many varieties on the menu,I can't wait to try something else next time.Keep it up

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

Dear Naz M, Thank you for sharing yet another great review with us. We are very proud to hear about your excellent experience with us on Sunday and even prouder to hear that you have become one of our regular patrons. We can't wait to welcome you back again soon. With Thanks The Talisman More 

Boerne, Texas
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Enjoyed this restaurant a great deal. The food was delicious. My friend and I both ordered different entrees. Both were excellent. Selection of wine was good. Liked the ambiance, as well.

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

Dear Daphne g, Thank you so much for taking the time to write this excellent review. We are so happy to hear that you and your friend enjoyed your experience here at The Talisman and we hope to welcome you both back again soon for some more delicious food and unique atmosphere. With Thanks The Talisman More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My friends and I booked a Friday night dinner at Talisman, whilst it was a busy night it was still not full, we had an outside table and requested for the famous" Jikos" as it was a chilly night . After 10 minutes of no service we finally got the attention of a waiter, who told us the restaurant has... More 

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Thank 4Abade
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear 4Abade, 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. We take all feedback very seriously and your comments will be addressed by the front of house team to ensure that this does not happen again. We hope you and your... More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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295 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The welcome was friendly, my table had its own fire place and plants create a bit of privacy. I sat in the open air area and really enjoyed the ambience. The menu is varied and offers Italian, Japanese, Thai, Korean and African dishes. I had a Thai beef curry. The beef cubes were quite big, but nicely cooked. The ginger... More 

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

Dear Leon V, Thank you so much for sharing your review with us. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed most of your experience with us on Tuesday evening and we are truly sorry about the issues with our wine list. We take all feedback very seriously and your comments will be addressed by our service team to ensure... More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic food & ambiance! Cosy interior with regular local art exhibitions. Great out door seating area set on pretty courtyard with rambling gardens. Lovely for relaxed lunches & evenings. Child friendly during the day with a garden for children to play in while parents are enjoying the great food. Lively bar area for those wanting to mingle & enjoy some... More 

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

Dear Rebecca Becks G, Thank you for taking the time to write this lovely review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us and that you took advantage of our beautiful gardens. The Talisman is definitely an ideal spot for long lazy meals while basking in the sun or cozying up by one of our fireplaces!... More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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255 reviews
186 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a lovely place! The setting is amazing in a real colonial style house with lots of outdoor seating and attention to detail in the decor. They had little coal stoves as heaters at every table on a chilly day. The starters were lovely; I had the Zanzibari seafood soup which was out of this world. For mains we had... More 

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Thank T-Africa2000
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear T-Africa2000, Thank you so much for all the praise! We are so happy to hear that you had a wonderful experience with us and that you appreciated all the little details that make The Talisman so special. On behalf of the whole team we hope to welcome you back again soon. With Thanks The Talisman More 

Nairobi
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36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great and private meeting room. Meals we're served promptly. Nice place to chill too as they have various sitting areas.

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

Dear Rukany, Thank you for taking the time to share your great review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your business dinner under one of our private gazebos. They do make a perfect Al Fresco conference room! We hope to welcome you all back again soon, even on your off day, 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
Bar scene, Romantic, Large groups, 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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?