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The Talisman

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Seafood, Contemporary, Fusion, Gastropub, Italian, Japanese, African, Sushi, European, Asian, British, Central European, Gluten Free
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320 Ngong Road | Karen, Nairobi, Kenya
+254 705 999997
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Nairobi
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44 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A good fun experience. Lots to choose from the menu and also the wines. Don't mind going back ...often.

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

Dear Silas N, Thank you for sharing your review with us. We are so happy that you enjoyed your experience with at Talisman and we too don't mind if you come back...as often as possible! With Thanks The Talisman More 

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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I tried the Talisman at both Lunch and Dinner time. I can say it is one of the best restaurants in Nairobi. The high-quality food, the green garden, the exotic atmosphere make it very recommended.

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

Dear Bianca N, Thank you for your recommendation and for taking the time to write this review. We are so proud to hear that we are one of your favourite restaurants in Nairobi and we hope you will come back soon to enjoy some more great food and fresh air! With Thanks The Talisman More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Good ambiance, service is friendly and efficient. Food is always good and there is variety on the menu. Advisable to book you table in advance.

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1 Thank 235Sue55
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear 235Sue55, Thank you for taking the time to write this great review! We are happy to hear that we are your favourite spot in Karen and even happier to hear that your experiences with us keep you coming back for more. We do indeed get quite full, especially over the weekends so reservations are definitely advisable. Thank you again... More 

Nairobi, Kenya
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great Food! Attentive service, and lovely ambiance. I've had a few celebratory dinners there and it always make the occasions extra special. One of my personal favorites in Nairobi.

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

Dear Barbarawambui, Your great review is highly appreciated! We are so happy to hear that we are on your foodie radar as one of Nairobi's best restaurants and we hope that you will visit us again soon, whether for a special occasion or just a casual meal with friends or family. With Thanks The Talisman More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The food is Great with an amazing ambience. The outdoor setting is amazing giving you an awesome fresh air experience.

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

Dear Michael, Thank you for taking the time to write this 5 star review. We are so proud to hear that you enjoyed your experience at The Talisman and we hope you will come back soon to enjoy some more great food and fresh air! With Thanks The Talisman More 

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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place all round.Good variety and quality of food,excellent service,great ambience,worth every cent they charge.My partner treated me out for lunch and he surely has gained lots of points for it 😊

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

Dear Naz M, Thank you so much for sharing your excellent review! We are so happy that you and your partner enjoyed your visit and lunch at The Talisman and we hope that he will be treating you to many more in the future! With Thanks The Talisman More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Quint restaurant with nice decor. The food is out of this world with mouth watering flavors. I recommend you try out the prawns & calamari stir fry. For starters, make sure you get the buffalo wings and feta samosas

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

Dear Robert K, Thank you for taking the time to share your great review. We are always so proud to hear that our guests enjoyed their experience here at The Talisman and we hope to welcome you and your family back again soon. With Thanks The Talisman More 

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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited for a meal & drinks with friends and received outstanding service & food. The bar gives massive spirit measures and is full of characters who were quick to get chatting. Great night altogether 👍🏼👍🏼

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Thank Catríona N
swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Thanks for the lovely review Catriona! We're delighted you enjoyed the atmosphere and the food. Our bar is increasingly popular, because it is small and intimate. It's a great place to have a drink and conversation with friends (particularly closing out the week). We are glad our staff took good care of you, too. Come back any time! Regards Talisman More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Recommended by a friend. Turned out to exceed expectations. Dinner was delicious and the atmosphere is great. The lamb in Phyllo dough was especially good as was the corn and mushroom soup... My wife liked the table side heaters as well. Will definitely return!

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Thank A TripAdvisor Member
swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Thanks so much for taking the time to let us know how much you enjoyed your meal with us! We're delighted we exceeded your expectations and I'll be sure to pass the compliments to the chefs. We are looking forward to hosting you again Regards Talisman. More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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48 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were repeatedly told about The Talisman (and my husband is a Chef de Cuisine) so people are careful to recommend a restaurant to us, but The Talisman did not disappoint and, as a matter of fact, it was a sweet surprise. We had the slow-cooked Moroccan dish, the burger and started with wonderful giant prawns, fried....loved it all...but the... More 

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Thank Patricia B
swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Thanks Patricia for a fantastic review and for coming all the way out to see us, we're simply delighted you and your husband enjoyed all the things that make Talisman so special, making a foodie happy is always great, making a Chef Happy has really made our day. it was our pleasure to host you so please come back again!... 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, Central European, Gluten Free
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
Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions, Bar scene, 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?