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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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seattle
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed August 5, 2016

I am sure most of these reviewing are residents of Nairobi but we were looking for a way to kill 5 hour layover on our way home from safari. Be sure to ck traffic, but we were lucky to there on a saturday and are so happy we had lunch there. First we were worried b/c the menu crossed so... More 

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

Dear Irmooney, Thank you for your wonderful review! We are very pleased that you chose TheTalisman to come and spend your last few hours in Kenya and are delighted that you enjoyed your experience. Our menu does indeed cover many cuisines as our executive chef grew up in Asia, completed culinary school in Copenhagen and specialized in Italian cuisine in... More 

Norwich, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed August 4, 2016

Very nice location and decor. Attentive waiters. Superb food. Beautifully presented. Worth making that tortuous journey across Nairobi. So much on the menu that was tempting.

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Thank 1964RSM
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear 1964RSM, Thank you for taking the time to write this great review! We are so happy to hear that you battled the infamous Nairobi traffic to get to us and that the experience was worth the effort! We hope to tempt you back to The Talisman soon, With Thanks The Talisman More 

Gurugram (Gurgaon), India
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94 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed August 4, 2016 via mobile

Simply put - a very chic restaurant with excellent food and great service. Without doubt it is one of the top restaurants in Nairobi. Loved the decor. They have a cool bar too. The menu is diverse with interesting twists. The food presentation is good. The gardens are beautiful. A must do restaurant in Nairobi.

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

Dear Pranamita, Thank you so much for your excellent review! We are so pleased that you enjoyed everything about your experience with us at The Talisman and we hope to welcome you back again soon. With Thanks The Talisman More 

Manila
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed August 3, 2016 via mobile

We had a great meal here. It's a beautiful place and whilst people outside were provided with blankets on a chilly afternoon we got a spot near the indoor fire. The food is delicious and service is outstanding. I'll definitely be going back again.

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

Dear Cathgearing, Thank you for taking the time to write this great review! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your meal and experience with us despite the chilly weather we are having at the moment and we look forwards to your next visit! With Thanks The Talisman More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed July 31, 2016 via mobile

Considering the excellent food, good wine selection and extremely pleasant setting, with ample outdoor seating, this is easily my favorite restaurant in Nairobi. The feta samosas are especially reccommended, and the cocktails and desserts are all outstanding.

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Thank Ngawa7
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear Ngawa7, Thank you so much for taking the time to write this amazing review! We are so proud to hear that we are your top choice for dining in Nairobi and we hope to welcome you back for some more Feta & Coriander samosas very soon!. With Thanks The Talisman More 

Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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95 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed July 31, 2016 via mobile

Yes it can get chilly in Nairobi in the evenings. This place has great fires and outdoor patio heaters too. Food is good and relatively cheap for Karen area. Secure parking. Clean loos. Good beer. What else do you need!

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

Dear Travellingzebra, Thank you for sharing this great review. Yes, Nairobi does indeed get chilly in the evenings, especially at the moment!! We are very happy to hear that we managed to keep you cozy despite this and that you enjoyed your experience here at The Talisman. We hope to welcome you (and some warmer weather) back again soon! With... More 

Indianapolis, Indiana
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34 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed July 30, 2016 via mobile

From the relaxed, exotic atmosphere to the friendly l, professional staff to the mouth watering international cuisine, Talisman is by far the best restaurant in Nairobi and probably all of Kenya. I have taken my board of directors there and several groups and they continue to request it every time they visit. It is perfect for a cozy meal or... More 

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

Dear KellsAbroad, Thank you so much for the excellent review! We are immensely proud to hear that we are your favourite place in Nairobi (possibly Kenya!) and we hope that you, your board of directors and your friends will all be coming back to visit us soon. Thanks again The Talisman More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed July 28, 2016 via mobile

A cosy and charming restaurant. Food is amazing and the service from the waiters was hospitable. Perfect place for to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon/evening.

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Thank Comfort_S512
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear Comfort_S512, Thanks you for taking the time to share your amazing review with us. We are delighted that you enjoyed your experience at Talisman and we do hope you will be coming to spend some lazy Sundays with us soon again. With Thanks The Talisman More 

Nairobi
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43 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed July 26, 2016 via mobile

A good fun experience. Lots to choose from the menu and also the wines. Don't mind going back ...often.

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

Dear Silas N, Thank you for sharing your review with us. We are so happy that you enjoyed your experience with at Talisman and we too don't mind if you come back...as often as possible! With Thanks The Talisman More 

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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed July 26, 2016

I tried the Talisman at both Lunch and Dinner time. I can say it is one of the best restaurants in Nairobi. The high-quality food, the green garden, the exotic atmosphere make it very recommended.

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Thank Piccetto18
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear Bianca N, Thank you for your recommendation and for taking the time to write this review. We are so proud to hear that we are one of your favourite restaurants in Nairobi and we hope you will come back soon to enjoy some more great food and fresh air! With Thanks The Talisman More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
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, Kids, Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, 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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?