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The Talisman

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Seafood, Contemporary, Fusion, Gastropub, Italian, Japanese, African, Sushi, European, Asian, British, Central European, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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320 Ngong Road | Karen, Nairobi, Kenya
+254 705 999997
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Frankfurt, Germany
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75 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

One of the most beautiful restaurants I've ever been to. A wide variety of food, on the pricey side, but well worth the money for the beautiful atmosphere.

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Thank Darrah H
Brunei Darussalam
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37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Consistently delivering quality of service and great food. Always my fall back plan, and i always seem to return.

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Thank snuffjugend
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

During our stay in Kenya, we ate at Talisman several times. We found the vibe to be the best on Sundays at lunch time, when families (often 3 generations or more) would come together to share a meal. The play area in the garden is a win for kiddies. Food here is exceptional, and my personal favourite is the (Thai... More 

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Thank Anton B
Lublin, Poland
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4 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We visited in a party of 4. We started with feta and coriander samosas with chili-ginger dip. Very well-balanced snack. We followed with home made gnocchi, spicy prawns and calamaris, beef burger and salad, also quite tasty. We experimented with Kenyan white wine which turned out surprisingly well suited and completed the overall fine experience. We definitely recommend this restaurant.

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

Dear Pawel M, Thank you for taking the time to write this great review. We are delighted to hear that you and your group enjoyed your lunch with us and we hope to welcome you back on your next visit. With Thanks The Talisman More 

New York
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34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

When I think of Karen, Kenya, we think of Talisman. Just an all around great place - awesome sushi, fresh salmon, lovely wine, and fabulous setting. One of our favorites anywhere.

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

Dear PenalopeNewYork, Thank you so much for sharing this fabulous review with us. We are so happy to hear that you think of us even tho you are far away and we hope you will visit us again on your next visit to Kenya. With Thanks The Talisman More 

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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is my favourite restaurant in Nairobi, excellent food, the environment is great. Its always open, and you can just go for drinks to the bar or brunch. They often have live music and special menus.

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

Dear Victorieta, Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful review! We are delighted to hear that we are your favourite spot in Nairobi. We are always so proud to hear such positive feedback, especially from regular patrons and we hope to welcome you back again soon. With Thanks The Talisman More 

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31 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Food was good, service was fine, decor was interesting. Their chilli sauce is quite tasty but not very chilli. Food portions were very big. The ginger and tumeric drink was very nice.

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Thank No R
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear No R, Thank you for taking the time to share this great review. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us and hope to welcome you back again soon. With Thanks The Talisman More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Brilliant food and drinks are very very well priced. A warm and welcoming atmosphere.Greta on weekemds as they sometimes have bands, DJ's or major sports events on.

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

Dear Tim J, Thank you so much for sharing this great review. We are delighted that you consider The Talisman as a great Nairobi night out spot! We look forwards to welcoming you back again soon. With Thanks The Talisman More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's beautiful. The place and the food. During the weekends you should book in advance. It''s very busy.

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Thank Cristina1709
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear Cristina 1709, Thank you for taking the time to write this 5 star review! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed our food and atmosphere and we hope to welcome you back again soon. With Thanks The Talisman More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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74 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When in Karen try the Talisman. For drinks or meals you wont regret. The cosine is very fantastic as is the ambiance. You'll like it for sure. Try their sea foods selection

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

Dear Kim K, Thank you for sharing this wonderful review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your experience at the Talisman and we hope to welcome you back again soon. With Thanks The Talisman More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Seafood, Contemporary, Fusion, Gastropub, Italian, Japanese, African, Sushi, European, Asian, British, Central European, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Scenic view, Romantic, Bar scene, Large groups
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?