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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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Seafood, Contemporary, Fusion, Italian, Sushi, European, Asian, British, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
320 Ngong Road | Karen, Nairobi, Kenya
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The greeting was warm and we were shown to our table straight away. The whole time we were there, the service was friendly, efficient and courteous. When the food came it was beautifully presented, my photos probably don’t do it justice, and superbly cooked. I...More

Thank chefiain
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is my all time favorite restaurant. The food is amazingly good. You shall not be disappointed with whatever you order. Very professional friendly staff and the prices are very reasonable.

Thank Esther n
Reviewed 5 days ago

Our guide took us to the Talisman for dinner before our flight back to the UK at the end our holiday in Kenya. What an excellent choice. Extensive menu, good cooking, friendly helpful service and we loved the charcoal burners placed by each table to...More

Thank Berdewelle
swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thanks for your review, rating andthe kind words about our atmosphere, service and menu . We're proud of both and hope to see you back again soon to enjoy them Kind regards The Talisman

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped by on a Sunday afternoon as we have not been lucky with reservations on Friday and Saturdays. The food was ok. We had steak, quite delicious. The menu is limited at certain hours thus plan accordingly. The price is comparatively on the higher...More

Thank Stanngure
swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks for the review and feedback Stan, We try hard to ensure that every one of our guests leaves delighted, satisfied and happy and we are always willing to hear fair criticism. its great to note you enjoyed the food and we look forward to...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

It took almost 1 hour to reach the restaurant due to traffic in the evening. We felt our efforts was worth the food we got. The food is awesome and the service is great. Must visit this restaurant.

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

Wow! What a fantastic review. Thanks so much for coming all the way out to see us, and we're delighted you enjoyed all the things that make Talisman so special, the food, service and ambiance so please come back again Regards Steve

Reviewed 1 week ago

The food at Talisman is always great and fresh with a good variety. Can be quite cold outside on cold evenings, but the atmosphere is always great and seems very popular (never empty)More

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

Thanks so much for the glowing review. We're proud of our beautiful atmosphere and our amazing chef and are always glad to hear we have hit a home run for a customer. Please do come back and enjoy the patio and our menu any time....More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great food. Minimum lighthing in the evening. Pricy but not worse than most top 10 restaurants in Nairobi. The romantic table lacked a bit of lights in order to see the beautiful food and cosy outdoor terrace. If it was located more central we would...More

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

Thank you for a great review and we are really glad you decided to splurge and enjoy all that Talisman has to offer, we have also noted your concern on table lighting and we are looking into this. Please come by again anytime . Regards...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was there for a lunch on a weekend, hence I guess the big crowd, so it' s advisable to reserve prior. Set in a lush garden with nice decorations, food offered is overall good with several types of cuisines and service was efficient. Definitely going...More

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

Thank you for your review and rating, we ensure that every one of our guests leaves delighted, satisfied and happy.We definitely look forward to welcoming you back again at the Talisman. Regards Steve

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Dining with artists and paintings, good food lecker drinks and lovely atmosphere. Must go there again and againMore

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

Thanks for taking the time to post these lovely comments about our decor, food and service. We do showcase local and upcoming artists every month and you will always find something different every visit, we're so glad you enjoyed your visit and we look forward...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Talisman is our local and has been ever since it first opened its doors. Then it was smaller with a broad menu of great simple food. Now it is a much reduced menu that is definitely gravitating towards Asian cuisine - if you're not keen...More

Thank Kipsanoi
kuwinda, Owner at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your comments . If you read the whole menu you will find we have lots of dishes that are not Asian orientated such as fillet of salmon, classic brazed pork , fish and chips , steaks , hamburgers , calf liver , chicken...More

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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
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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
Families with children, Business meetings, Kids, Special occasions, Bar scene, Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Scenic view
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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