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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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Tue - Sun 8:00 am - 12:00 am
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Diani, null, Côte d'Ivoire
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2016

Went here for the first time last week. It is larger than I expected but not impersonal. It was a cold evening but we were given a brazier to keep us warm. Staff attentive, food good and house wine (red) quite drinkable.....

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

Dear Jonathan E, Thank you so much for taking the time to write this great review. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your first visit to The Talisman and we hope that we can welcome you back again soon. With Thanks The Talisman More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2016

This review is late but better late than never! The service at Talisman is top notch! I would like to specifically mention Elijah, the waiter who served us during the NRW 2016. He may have been a trainee but he was well informed about the menu and assisted us in choosing our meals. Being a busy night we did not... More 

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

Dear Sylvia M, Thank you so much for taking the time to share your great review! We are delighted that you enjoyed your anniversary with us! You'll be happy to hear that Elijah has indeed passed his training with flying colours and is now a permanent member of our team. We all hope to welcome you and your husband back... More 

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186 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2016

The food at Talisman is the best in NBO, and well worth the drive to Karen. Be sure to make a reservation, and ask for the non-smoking area (ideally by the fire). Whenever cold, small coal burners are placed next to patrons - a very nice touch. The menu is standout, and quality of food highly consistent. The feta/coriander samosa... More 

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

Dear Tom M, Thank you for your kinds words and the time you took to share them with us. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your dinner with us on Thursday night and we look forwards to seeing you on your next trip to The Talisman! With Thanks The Talisman More 

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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2016 via mobile

If you are a food year like me, then your visit to the suburbs of Ngong Hills is not complete without stopping by Talisman Restaurant. They serve fresh food made with passion and love. Whether you're vegetarian or 'carnivore' like me, there is something for everyone! Our favourite family starter are their delectable cheese and coriander samosas served with a... More 

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

Dear Angela J, Thank you truly for the awesome and well written 5-star review! We are delighted to be on your foodie-radar. From all the team here at Talisman we hope to welcome you back for some of our signature samosas very soon. With Thanks The Talisman More 

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37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2016

Time and time again Talisman does not fail to impress. The service, the ambiance but above all the food keep the average up in the Nairobi foodie panorama. Whether you try their daily specials or their classics this is one place you will come back to, guaranteed.

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

Dear Whatktdoes, Thank you for your kinds words and the time you took to share them with us. We are thrilled to hear that you keep enjoying your foodie experience with us and that we are your No.1 restaurant in Nairobi. We look forwards to seeing you on your next trip to The Talisman! With Thanks The Talisman More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2016

A breath of fresh air in a great outdoor setting with even better service by Steve the Manager and Nicholas our Waiter. The food was so good (had the braised pork belly). Absolutely number one meal I have had in a long time. Congratulations Talisman and I will definitely be back.

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

Dear C-Gachie, Thank you for taking the time to write your review of our restaurant. We really appreciate your comments regarding our service, food and ambience. Our team take their roles very seriously and try, every day, to provide a quality experience that our guests expect. We look forward to seeing you on your next trip to The Talisman! With... More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2016

Happened to have gone on a Sunday after and there was the Mojo Band playing some awesome music. Very good food and the garden is awesome. Highly recommended.

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Thank nancy798
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear Nancy, Thank you for taking the time to write this great review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us and as soon as the weather gets better we will be bringing back our Sunday entertainment. We hope to see you again very soon. With Thanks The Talisman More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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89 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2016

My husband and I had our first official date at The Talisman, so I guess it will always hold a special place in my heart! We've been dining here for years, and the food, service and experience have remained consistently good. I love taking friends who are visiting Nairobi here because it has such a cozy and special feel. If... More 

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

Dear Shawn-Whitney, Thank you so much for writing this great review. We are so happy to hear that The Talisman holds a special place in your heart and we hope that you and your family will continue to visit us (even with the horrible weather we've been having!!) Our fireside tables are always here! With Thanks The Talisman More 

Sedona, Arizona
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2016

This restaurant puts it all together to create a first-rate pleasurable experience. The food is excellent, the service unobtrusive yet attentive, the pacing leisurely, and the ambience beautiful. Because you are so well taken care of in all ways, it is possible to really relax and enjoy your meal and the conversation with friends. I was last here 7 years... More 

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

Dear Gatomontesdarizona, Thank you so much for writing this great review! We are incredibly happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us and on behalf of the whole team we look forwards to welcoming you back again soon. With Thanks The Talisman More 

Torquay, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2016

Secure parking, beautiful gardens, play area for the children, lovely atmosphere in the garden. We had Sunday lunch, weather was perfect. Food came out fast, servers were friendly and efficient and food was great.

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

Dear Paul D, Thank you so much for taking the time to review us. We are so happy that you enjoyed your Sunday lunch with us and we even happier that the weather held out for us after all the rain we've had! We hope to welcome you 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, 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, Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene, 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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