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The Talisman

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320 Ngong Road | Karen, Nairobi, Kenya
+254 705 999997
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Nairobi
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2016

Open for years, under several chefs and still, Talisman keeps producing better and better food. It is undoubtedly one of the best restaurants in a city, now known for excellent cuisine. So many good things to recommend and plus a fun bar scene.

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

Dear KS, Thank you! You have obviously been through the many changes of Talisman and we are delighted that you continue to come and support us! We hope to see you back again soon. With Thanks The Talisman More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2016 via mobile

Pleasantly surprised with a wonderful dinner at the talisman last weekend after a not so good lunch experience over Easter. The food served recently was really an international experience of taste and presentation. Well done and keep it up! We do still miss the big energy of Chef Marcus.

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

Dear Chuch P, Thank you for taking the time to write this great review! We are delighted that you enjoyed your experience with us last weekend and we hope that you will come back again soon. With Thanks The Talisman More 

Scottsdale, Arizona
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39 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2016

We always go to Tali for lunch/dinner after a day in Karen. The food is always good - best feta/coriander samosas - and the atmosphere is truly lovely especially as the weather is nearly always wonderful in Nairobi. Lots of options for carnivores and vegetarians. You must make a reservation or plan to wait a very long time. This is... More 

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

Dear IntlTeacher, Thank you so much for taking the time to write this. We are happy that Talisman is your go to restaurant when in Karen. We hope to welcome you back again soon for some Feta & coriander samosas! With Thanks The Talisman More 

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39 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2016

Talisman offers a wonderful mix of international cuisine, great service and a very pleasant atmosphere. Come hungry and be prepared to sample a wide variety of food.

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

Dear MacMagruder, Thank you so much for taking the time to write this great review! We are very happy that you enjoyed your experience with us and we hope that you will come and sample some more of our dishes soon. With Thanks The Talsiman More 

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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2016 via mobile

The best restaurant in Nairobi!!! The place is very familiar and kds-friendly!!' For a romantic dinner is also a excelent option! I love the samoosas made of feta cheese!they are amazing!!!

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Thank P4590DDanac
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear Ana C, Thank you so much for sharing your review. We are so happy that you enjoyed your experience with us...and our samosas!! We hope to welcome you back again soon. With Thanks The Talisman More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2016 via mobile

I visited during the food festival celebrations and it was hard to find a seat! That can only tell you that it's a popular spot. The staff were very polite and accommodative considering the number of people waiting for a free table as it was fully booked. I enjoyed the service and ambiance of the restaurant. The menu had a... More 

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

Dear Sylvia, Thank you so much for taking the time to write this fantastic review. You did indeed come at a very busy time and we are so happy that you enjoyed your experience with us. We hope to welcome you back again soon. With Thanks The Talisman More 

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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful restaurant and grounds, delicious food, excellent service. We have been here many times and always love going back. There is a unique home decor boutique as well as a Rift Valley Leather store on the premises.

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Thank Gdj11
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear Gdj11, thank you so much for taking the time to write this fantastic review. We are extremely happy that you continue to enjoy your visits to The Talisman and we hope to welcome you back again soon. With Thanks The Talisman More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2016

Always first-rate food, the specials are usually special, service is what you expect of fine dining and the atmosphere is relaxing.

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

Dear DFurnad, Thank you for this great review. We are so happy that you enjoyed your experience with us and we hope to welcome you back again soon. With Thanks The Talisman More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2016

I dined at the Talisman during a business trip to Nairobi. The atmosphere, food and service were all outstanding, and the prices are quite reasonable for the quality of this restaurant. Both our fish and poultry dishes were outstanding and prepared exactly as requested. The service was tremendous, and the dining atmosphere was quite nice as well. You can't go... More 

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

Dear Jrt818, thank you so much for taking the time to write this great review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your experience with us and hope you will return next time you visit Nairobi. With Thanks The Talisman More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2016

So, my boyfriend and i went to this restaurant a few weeks back during one of our date nights and we were looking for something different. We had no idea where it was located all we knew was it was in Karen. Long story short, we finally found it and were so excited by the way it looked even before... More 

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

Dear Winnie, Thank you so much for the fabulous review! We are so happy that you and your boyfriend enjoyed your date night with us. We will pass your compliments on to our chefs who will be thrilled to hear this. We hope to welcome you both back again soon. 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, 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, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available
Good for
Families with children, Special occasions, Kids, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Business meetings, Romantic, Large groups
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?