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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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8:00 am - 12:00 am
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89 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A must go! I love this place. The staff - all of them - are very friendly, professional and passionate about their work. This tells me a lot about how good management is. Food is outstanding! I've had there on few visits: the beats salad with blue cheese, hummus, fried calamari, risotto, steak, grilled salmon, Moroccan beef, and creme brûlée... More 

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

Dear Khaled Khorshid, We can't thank you enough for this wonderful review! You have made our entire team's day! We look forwards to welcoming you back again soon. With Thanks The Talisman More 

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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Open air restaurant and can therefore get cold, when you're having some drinks or food. But, after 4 times asking they provided a coal heater and blankets after 45 minutes. Food is great, though the menu seems inconsistent, dishes are from Africa, Asia, Europe and elsewhere. Seems they have now expanded a bit with a drinks area with projector and... More 

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

Dear Herb M, Thank you for sharing this great review. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your meal with us. We do try to offer something for everyone and our Danish born Chef has had the opportunity of living in Asia for 20 years before opening up his own Italian restaurant in Copenhagen so as you can... More 

London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful decor and surroundings without being pretentious - instead it's lovely and chilled out. Incredible food - had the pork belly and haven't stopped thinking about it since Definitely recommend but need to book in advance!

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Thank Jcw2791
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear Jcw2791, Thank you for sharing this wonderful review. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed our atmosphere and our pork belly! We do indeed recommend booking in advance, especially over the weekends when we tend to fill up quite quickly. We hope you will visit us again soon. With Thanks The Talisman More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Having read so many positive reviews of the Talisman, I decided to try it out during the Nairobi Restaurant Week. My friend and I were excited to visit this particular restaurant which was well known for its scrumptious feta samosas! We had made a reservation for dinner which was well received. Once we arrived at the restaurant we were amazed... More 

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

Dear Faithwawe, Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We would like to apologize if you felt in any way mistreated by your waiter during your Nairobi Restaurant Week experience. We can reassure you that we absolutely do not discriminate here at The Talisman but alas, some days, we do get overwhelmed and our waiters have a... More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Situated next to the Hub mall in karen.. Talisman offers great service and good food. Though the road is being expanded entry is very visible. It gives a relaxing environment full of nature and simple contemporary theme... I plan to copy their washroom theme pretty neat.... Costs are pocket friendly and have a bar. Great environment gor children parties andd... More 

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

Dear CikuGacuru, Thank you for taking the time to write this great review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your experience with us and even happier that we could provide some interior inspiration! We hope to welcome you back again soon. With Thanks The Talisman More 

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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Yummy sushi, great portions of stir fry and tagine. The service is so friendly and efficient as well. I love it!

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

Dear Nicola H, Thank you for sharing this awesome review! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your experience and we hope you will visit us again soon. With Thanks The Talisman More 

Michigan
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place while in Nairobi for unique and delicious food. The prices are excellent for the high quality of food. There was a lunch special for about 10 USD that included outstanding samosas filled with cheese (or other choices that were equally delicious) plus a large portion for the entrees. Desserts were also fantastic. Well worth a stop to this... More 

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

Dear JamaicanfanMichigan, Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful review. We are delighted that you enjoyed our Nairobi Restaurant Week menu. This is a great event that happens every year and encourages new customers to try us out! Our Feta & Coriander Samosas are certainly favourites among our customers and we hope that you will come and pay us... More 

Galway, Ireland
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94 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ate here with a bunch of friends, and a wonderful time was had by all, despite a few, small, mishaps. The atmosphere was wonderful and the building style added to the vibe. Lovely lighting, artefacts all added to the evening. We had some drinks in the small bar area to begin, good service and well presented drinks. Dinner was delicious.... More 

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Thank Gonzo185
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear Gonzo185, Thank you so much for taking the time to share this great review. We are delighted to hear that you and your friends enjoyed your experience with us. We apologize for any confusion with regards to your orders at the beginning of your night but we are happy to hear your waiter corrected this quickly. We sincerely hope... More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Every time I go here I'm happy with the service and food. I tend to like the starters more than the mains

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Thank sgloss487
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear Sgloss487, Thank you for sharing this wonderful review. We are delighted to hear such positive feedback, especially from regular patrons like yourself. We look forwards to welcoming you back on your next visit. With Thanks The Talisman More 

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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent food, fantastic ambience. Slow service but I guess this was as a result of the crowd. Prices slightly on the higher side, as you'd expect. P.S.: The washrooms were surprisingly pristine ! Thumbs up to the guy in charge.

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

Dear Philip N, Thank you for taking the time to share this great review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed our food and atmosphere and apologize if our service let your experience down. We take all feedback seriously and will raise your comments in the next morning brief. We look forwards to welcoming you back. With Thanks The... 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
Romantic, Large groups, Bar scene, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Kids, 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?