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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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Nairobi, Kenya
1 review
Reviewed August 20, 2016

Good meal, good ambience, poor service . Restaurant was busy and waiters were overwhelmed and paid little attention to service etiquette . Waited 45 mins for our order to be taken after being seated at the table !

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Thank BettyBee40
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear BettyBee40, Thank you so much for taking the time to share your review. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed most of your experience and we are so sorry that our service let us down. We take all feedback very seriously and your comments will be addressed by the Restaurant Manager and the Front of House team to... More 

Livingstone, Zambia
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3 reviews
Reviewed August 17, 2016

Not often you find in Africa a restaurant that you can tick all the boxes, good food, excellent services, friendly warm waiters, relaxed atmosphere, beautiful venue and and and............Thank you for a memorable evening.

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

Dear Cobus C, Thank you so much for this amazing review. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your evening with us and that we ticked all those boxes! We hope to welcome you back for many more memorable meals here at The Talisman. With Thanks The Talisman More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed August 17, 2016

The Talisman restaurant has always had a reputation for good food, good service, and a really good ambiance. It doesn't disappoint. Busy for lunch and dinner throughout the week. it\s always advisable to book. Saturday lunchtimes are a little less busy than Sunday lunchtime, and DJ Stevie Price is always there on a Saturday, with very cool music that just... More 

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

Dear KiranAhluwalia, We can't thank you enough for the excellent review! We are honored to be thought of as a legend and are delighted to hear that we keep you coming back for more! Our Saturday Soundtrack with the legendary Stevie Price happens every Saturday from 12pm-12am so we hope to see you back for another lip-smacking, acoustic taste sensation... More 

locquirec
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47 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed August 16, 2016

Food is interesting with a mix of asian, european and kenyan origins. cocktails are innovative. service is of a high level. go there without an hesitation it is an excellent choice.

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

Dear Jylr, Thank you for taking the time to write this excellent review. We are so proud to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us! Our Chefs like to explore different produce and cuisines, so our menu is certainly varied and our seasonal menu changes often. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for some of our Culinary Collective... More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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22 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed August 16, 2016 via mobile

Funny thing about this place is that you can hardly see it though it's just on the road side. Very relaxed ambiance, great food and service.they also have a kids play area so it's perfect for families too

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Thank SafariExpert336
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear SafariExpert336, Thank you for taking the time to write this wonderful review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us and took advantage of our relaxed atmosphere. We hope to welcome you back again soon. With Thanks The Talisman More 

Barwon Heads, Australia
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42 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed August 15, 2016

A great final meal on our trip to Tanzania and Kenya. Conveniently located to Karen Hotels. Very good food and staff.

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

Dear 835charlesh, Thank you for taking the time to write this great review and for coming to visit us on your East African adventure! We are so happy to hear that you all enjoyed your final meal with us and we hope you will come and visit us again next time you are in Kenya! With Thanks The Talisman More 

Greater London, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed August 15, 2016 via mobile

We stopped off here for dinner on the way for a late night flight - it's convenient for both local and international airports and a lovely way to start or end a trip to Kenya. When you first walk in the ambiance and decor are amazing - outdoor gardens with cosy tables and soft lighting. Great for couples or larger... More 

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

Dear Hayleyw2, Thank you for sharing your excellent review and for visiting us at The Talisman. We are so happy to hear that you and your group enjoyed your experience with us and we hope this will be the first of many visits! With Thanks The Talisman More 

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94 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed August 12, 2016 via mobile

In my view this is the best restaurant in Kenya. The menu is so cosmopolitan to the pint where you can have an Thai, Indian, or Chinese starter with a Japanese, Mexican, or French entrée. All are tasty and cooked with sophistication and finesse. The ambiance is very unique with an African/Kenyan art and furniture. Each table has a fire... More 

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

Dear KhaledKhorshid, Thank you for taking the time to write this great review. We are so proud to hear that we are your favourite restaurant in Kenya! Our Chefs like to explore different produce and cuisines, so our menu is certainly varied and our seasonal menu changes often. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for some of our Culinary... More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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44 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed August 12, 2016

I eat here at least once a month due to its proximity to my home. It gets very busy but is always a good experience. The service is attentive but not smothering. The lay-out is excellent and the decor great. The starters are fantastic, the Thai prawns are delicious as are the feta and coriander samosas BUT the mains are... More 

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Thank Annie202014
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear Annie20202014, Thank you so much for sharing this great review! We are always so proud to hear our guests had such a positive experience, especially coming from regular patrons. We are sorry that you didn't find our main courses as exciting as our starters. We take all feedback very seriously and your comments will be addressed by the Chef... More 

Accra, Ghana
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20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed August 11, 2016 via mobile

The Highs Decor and Ambience - amazing! I could stay there the whole day Starters : everything we had was amazing!. Refer to the picture I forgot the names😞 Mixed berry cocktail: sweet tooth heaven Prompt customer service even though it was a busy day Wifi The LOWS With the exception of my friend who recommended the place 🙄 no... More 

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

Dear Chefinskinnyjeans, Thank you so much for taking the time to share your review. We are happy to hear that you and your friends enjoyed most of your experience and we are sorry that you didn't find our main courses as exciting as our starters and cocktails. We take all feedback very seriously and your comments will be addressed by... 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
Business meetings, Families with children, Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Kids
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?