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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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Lisbon, Portugal
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very nice ambiance. Loved the "hot frogs" Samosas really really tasty. Burguer was amazing, french fries very good.

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

Dear Inesespiritosanto, Thank you so much for sharing this great review. We are delighted that you and your friends enjoyed your dinner with us and we hope to welcome you all back again soon. With Thanks The Talisman More 

Montreal, Canada
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120 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Talisman proved to be up to its fine reputation as one of Nairobi’s best restaurants, when we visited 3 weeks ago. The atmosphere, under large canvas tent flys and surrounded by lush foliage, is warm and attractive, and the charcoal braziers brought to take off a chill, were just the thing to add a unique touch. Our food was... More 

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

Dear Sunnyside316, Thank you so much for the accolades! We are delighted to hear that you and your friends enjoyed your experience with us. We are sorry that you were reduced to something less after finding us closed but the restaurant is generally closed on Mondays, unless there is a special event or public holiday. We hope that you will... More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good locally sourced Western/Indian/Kenyan food. The feta samosas are a must have, particularly with the interesting wine selections. Steaks are excellent, as are salads and a variety of vegetarian options. Heads-up, the wait for a table can be really long if you don't have a reservation, particularly on weekends. lovely ambiance, try and get an outdoor table if you can.

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

Dear Queencharlotta, Thank you so much for sharing this excellent review. We are delighted to hear that our menus and ambiance keep you coming back for more. We definitely recommend a reservation on weekends to avoid disappointment but our weekdays are a little more relaxed and you can generally find a table in our garden. We hope to welcome you... More 

Dallas, TX
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227 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a wonderful restaurant just outside of Nairobi. Lots of locals here. The food is wonderful and there are lots of choices. The atmosphere is amazing. Dining outside on the patio is a must! It is worth the trip to Karen to eat here. They have a good wine list and a good Bloody Mary.

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

Dear JKCDMom, Thank you so much for taking the time to write this wonderful review. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us and hope to welcome you back again soon. With Thanks The Talisman More 

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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have been fortunate to eat at this lovely restaurant twice. We were introduced to it by a friend and it is everything he said it would be and more. Lovely outdoor seating in the garden. The bar looks well stocked and like it would be a great watering hole. Highly recommend.

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

Dear Liz S, Thank you so much for taking the time to write this lovely review. We are delighted that you have discovered us and even happier to hear that you have returned since. Our bar does indeed make for a great watering hole and gets quite lively on Friday and Saturday night but weekdays are also great for cozying... More 

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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2017 via mobile

Talisman in karen Nairobi, Kenya has great food and ambience. The service is great and the staff very friendly. Good for family and friends

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

Dear Pascal M, Thank you for sharing this great review. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your experience with us and we hope to welcome you back again soon. With Thanks The Talisman More 

Doncaster, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2017

On our way to Nairobi airport to return home after 12 amazing days in Kenya, we realised we had enough time to grab a bite to eat. A brief search on trip advisor indicated that this establishment looked worth investigating. The hostess graciously found us a table despite being fully booked for later and we took our places in the... More 

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

Dear Ernie2011, Thank you so much for taking the time to write this lovely review. We are so happy that you chose The Talisman for your last night in Kenya and that you enjoyed your evening with us. We hope you had a safe journey home and we sincerely hope you will visit us again one day. With Thanks The... More 

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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2017 via mobile

The Talisman Restaurant and Bar is in Karen, on the outskirts of Nairobi. The tranquil setting, makes you feel welcome as soon as you enter the compound. The restaurant has options for eating inside or out, with a separate bar inside. Excellent service and food, this is most definitely a place to visit.

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Thank Philo4690
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear Philo4690, Thank you for sharing this five star review! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us and we hope to welcome you back to our tranquil setting again soon. With Thanks The Talisman More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2017 via mobile

Heard a lot about the venue and had the chance for an impromptu visit. Very busy. Getting a drink at the bar was impossible. Stood for almost 10 mins to get attention. Bartender seemed to go for the regulars first despite standing in front of their eyes! Eventually gave up since we got a table and ordered there. Lost sale... More 

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Thank MP0072013
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear MP0072013 Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your Nairobi Restaurant Week dinner with us. We would like to sincerely apologize if our service let us down. We take all feedback extremely seriously and your comments will be addressed at our next morning brief with all our service... More 

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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2017

Went there after a visit to the Elephant Refuge in the lovely Karen neighborhood. It was the best hamburger I ever ate, food was better than the 5 star Safari food. Not to be missed when visiting Nairobi. Varied menu including gluten free and lots of vegetarian choices.

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

Dear Azdesertgal, Thank you so much for taking the time to write this great review! We are always so happy to receive such positive feedback and we sincerely hope to welcome you back next time you visit Nairobi. With Thanks The Talisman 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
Large groups, Romantic, Kids, 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?