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The Talisman

$$ - $$$Seafood, , Fusion
320 Ngong Road | Karen, Nairobi, Kenya
+254 705 999997
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Overview
  • Excellent68%
  • Very good26%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“samosas” (122 reviews)
“steak” (81 reviews)
“pork belly” (21 reviews)
Open Now
8:00 AM - 10:00 PMAll hours
CUISINES
Seafood, Contemporary, Fusion, Italian, Sushi, European, Asian, British, Central European, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
320 Ngong Road | Karen, Nairobi, Kenya
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This elegant restaurant is a haven for dinners with style and taste for good food. Feature an broad assay of cuisines, charming garden and possibility to dine amidst greenery and fresh air!

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

What a wonderful review, you just made our day even better!, thank you for taking time to rate and review the Talisman and we certainly look forward to your next visit. Regards The Talisman

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

lovely restaurant and great food, all of us were happy with what we ordered. great for special occasions. Service was a bit all over the place but nothing that made it bad but could use a bit of improvement.More

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

Thanks for the lovely review Tiffany, especially about our food offering ( you should see the smiles "back of house" from my colleagues in the kitchen) . it was really our pleasure to host you and we look forward to your next visit, and we...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a wonderful restaurant, I would thoroughly recommend. The staff are very friendly and the food was superb. Great atmosphere, lots of parking and would happily return. I had the squid as a starter and the Moroccan dish as a main - both very good...More

Thank 35Russell
swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Russell, thank you for taking time to review and rate The Talisman, it was certainly our pleasure to host you and we do look forward to your repeat visit, what a truly wonderful review. Regards The Talisman

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one place that never disappoints. The setting is awesome and the meals are to die for. We did a reservation and we were not disappointed despite an initial confusion upon arrival. We witnessed the staff participate in the birthday celebration for a guest...More

Thank Samuel P
swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for a great review Samuel, we certainly are proud of our Setting and cuisine and we look forward to welcoming you again Regards Talisman

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If u have a day in Nairobi. Then do the david Sheldrick Wildlife Trust see the - baby elephants there. Head to Giraffe centre and have fun with them. And head straight for lunch to The Talisman. Very stylish, open decor..a garden behind... feels fresh...More

Thank dsingh8004203
swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your review and rating! We are so glad you made us a part of your visit in Nairobi. Chef Ray takes pride in every dish and makes sure the portions are generous and provide full value for the money. It's always a pleasure...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Kenya has a past, which some feel nostalgic about, and others not so much. However, a restaurant like the Talisman provides a setting in Karen, which shows how far Kenya has come in the last 50 years. The restaurant has an openness which lovely, and...More

Thank Gerald D
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Gerald D, We can't thank you enough for this marvellous review! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your Sunday lunch with us. Unfortunately we are currently limited to the small sign outside because of the road works that are underway. They have...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Talisman had been one of our long to favorites and the location and ambiente is certainly one of the best in Nairobi. However, the quality of the food has suffered since the new chef took over. Dishes area boring and don't match the former...More

Thank Barnskybeat
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Barnskybeat, thank you for sharing your review. We are sorry to hear that you feel this way. We will certainly pass your opinion onto our (not so new) Chef. We appreciate that our menus may not be to everyone's liking, especially for fans of...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Needed good food drinks and relaxation after a long trip by bus from the Mara. Definitely found it here. Great menu and every dish we had was great. Will definitely return.More

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Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear TripAdvisor Member, Thank you so much for this 5 star review! We are delighted to hear that you stopped by after your long trip from the Mara and even happier to hear that you enjoyed the food and atmosphere. We look forwards to your...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent food and great service made for a great evening. The feta & coriander samosas are a must - and best burger I had in ages. The chocolate fondant was average - tasting somewhat of cocoa powder - use real high quality chocolate and it...More

Thank Renee P
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Renee, Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful review. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your evening and meal in our little oasis. We hope you will visit us again soon. With Thanks The Talisman

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We hit Talisman on a Friday night, and it was jumpin'! A bit noisy, but lively in a good way too. Kenya hasn't gotten the memo about smoking in restaurants. Just sayin'. Amazing sushi ceviche. And they have a drink called a Samurai - vodka,...More

Thank Marty P
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Marty, Thank you for taking the time to share this great review! We are delighted that you tried some of our new cocktails, they definitely get a Friday night going, especially with that hint of wasabi! We do have a designated non smoking section...More

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gichonjoval12345
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.
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rebajane22
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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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
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
Meals
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
Bar scene, Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions, Kids, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 AM - 8:45 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
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
  • E-mail
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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