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The Talisman

$$ - $$$Seafood, , Fusion
320 Ngong Road | Karen, Nairobi, Kenya
+254 705 999997
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good26%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“samosas” (122 reviews)
“steak” (81 reviews)
“pork belly” (21 reviews)
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Seafood, Contemporary, Fusion, Italian, Sushi, European, Asian, British, Central European, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
320 Ngong Road | Karen, Nairobi, Kenya
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Reviewed yesterday

great restaurant.... went with a group of 11 people, service was good, food was good, they had firepots that looked like frogs placed by the tables to keep you warm.....

Thank Ray P
Reviewed 2 days ago

Beautifully set partly in garden. High quality, well maintained. Interesting and good choice of food. Very good service. Romantic dinner possible. Reservation recommended.

Thank Kathamed
Reviewed 2 days ago

If you are in a Nairobi this restaurant is a must , great food and atmosphere, you have to try the samosas, worlds best , and if you are braves try their special 🌶 sauce.

Thank JayneAR
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

It was wonderful restaurant in Nairobi. We had a lunch at there. The scenery was great and memorable for me. We had 3 kinds of food and it was good.

Thank sangsup p
swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you rating and reviewing the Talisman, it give us pleasure to note that your visit was memorable and you enjoyed the food offerings. welcome back again Regards The Talisman

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Located in the Karen area of Nairobi, this was a “gem” of a find. The atmosphere is comfortable with outdoor seating and a variety of tables set inside and out with a unique and enjoyable meal. Early evening, they light multiple fire places and set...More

Thank PappyManson
swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Welcome back again anytime, thank you for your sentiments and we are truly grateful that you enjoyed all the things that make the Talisman that special, from the food selections to the ambiance, scenery and setting. Regards The Talisman

Reviewed 5 days ago

A lovely restaurant, where as a solo woman I was treated like royalty (this counts when you're traveling on your own). Feta and coriander samosas: you cannot eat enough of these. Braised pork belly: YUM. Mixed tempura: the dough was a little thick and greasy...More

Thank Scribetrotter
swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your feedback. I have discussed your comments with my team, and we are truly sorry on the flat note from your visit, its also great to note that you truly enjoyed the rest of your visit and we do look forward to...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

The Talisman is situated in Karen, a suburb of Nairobi on Ngong Road and is a wonderful restaurant. It has a small menu but good food. There is no kids menu but there are options for younger people on the menu itself. Well laid out...More

Thank ECafrica
swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for taking a moment to rate and review the Talisman, its great to note that service was great and you had ample selection from our varied menu to choose from, your recommendation of the Talisman is most welcome as we look forward to...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

After three weeks in Nairobi coming here' was the perfect ending. The food is eclectic and International. We sat outside where there is the most amazing atmosphere with beautiful plants. There is lovely distance between each table and we didn't feel overlooked by others. The...More

Thank Pauline989
swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We appreciate your kind words about the amazing atmosphere, food presentation and service you received when you visited the Talisman, we do also thank you for the endorsement and look forward to your next visit Regards The Talisman

Reviewed 1 week ago

Hop in a cab and head out to Karen for a romantic dinner, great food and ambience! I travel a lot and I loved this place! A respite from the dust, traffic jams and chaos of the city. Sit outside under a swooping canvas tent-like...More

1  Thank Patrick W
swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you Patrick for such a detailed review, We appreciate your kind words about the ambiance and level of service you received when you visited the Talisman, we are happy that you were able to relax and enjoy all the things that make the Talisman...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Good ambience if you want to avoid the usual crowds. Location is also secluded making it ideal for that special occasion. Friendly waiters and the food was not of measly portions.

Thank Awhkanah
swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Wow, what a great review!, it was our pleasure to host you and your friends. we also do take great pride of our ambiance and cuisine and thank you for highlighting this , karibu tena. regards The Talisman

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May 31, 2017|
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Response from KandVaroundtheworld | Reviewed this property |
I would say maximum should be around $70 for 2 people. That should be enough for starters, mains and drinks.
January 17, 2017|
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Response from Benedetta G | Property representative |
Dear Rebajane2, Thank you for your question. Yes the Talisman has many gluten free options in our menus. You can find our full A La Carte on our website. With Thanks
Yusuf N
October 31, 2016|
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Response from Benedetta G | Property representative |
Dear Yusuf, Thank you for your enquiry. We do not do buffet service but will have a Christmas plated silver service menu available for 7,000/- per person. With Thanks The Talisman
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, 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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Special occasions, Bar scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 8:45 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 320 Ngong Road | Karen, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Location: Africa  >  Kenya  >  Nairobi
  • Phone Number: +254 705 999997
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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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