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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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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful setting, good food, some nice wines. Special mention of the samosas which are excellent. The liver is great, the Zanzibari seafood soup might need to be rethought although it is Ok - not as nice as the competitions one. I'll be back though.

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Thank Granuille61
swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the endorsement and suggestion . It's always great to receive comments on how to continuously improve and we will certainly work on your suggestions. You're welcome back any time, and let us know what we can do to make it a five-star experience for you! Regards Steve More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

With good food and ambiance being hard things to find all in one place, I think Talisman have what it takes. They are located at a quiet place in Karen along the Karen-Ngong Road. All you need to do is visit the restaurant! Their food, which has various cuisines,is great on taste and quantity too. The chefs have mustered the... More 

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Thank Nelson G
swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Wow, What an amazing review Nelson, We're delighted you enjoyed the atmosphere and the food. We are also glad our staff took good care of you, too. Come back any time and thanks for the recommendation! Regards Steve More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015 via mobile

Eat here literally more than twice a week! Food is amazing and the seasonal menu always has new things that are all very very delicious! Cocktails are superb too ;) The staff are very polite and are always willing to go that extra mile to give you what you want :) Ambience is also 5 star! Would definitely recommend it... More 

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Thank savannahamber
swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Thanks, Savannah! We are so glad you've made us a regular part of visiting karen and its great to note that you enjoyed the Ambiance, Service and our food offering. It's a pleasure to see folks come in again, and we'll look forward to seeing you next time you're in Karen! Thank you for your recommendation Regards Steve More 

Toronto, Canada
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31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

simply the best resto in nbo, it's a drive to karen but well worth it, the location is charming, the food is wonderful, fresh and carefully made and the service is terrific. there isn't a better place for dinner in nbo!

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Thank Kateinkigali
swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Wow! What a great review. Thank you so much for driving all the way to Karen to see us, and we're delighted you enjoyed all the things that make Talisman so special. We really appreciate your comments Regards Steve More 

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112 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015 via mobile

I had a Solo dinner at The Talisman just this evening and it was pretty good. Took me long to drive from the CBD at Hotel Intercontinental where am staying, largely due to the heavy traffic in Nairobi..., but it as all worth it. Was warmly welcomed by the hostess and offered a really nice place to sit, on the... More 

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Thank Chilli-Bite
swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the endorsement. It's always great to receive comments from a seasoned reviewer. You're welcome any time, and let us know what we can do to make it a five-star experience for you ! making a foodie happy is always great.The feta and coriander samosas are one our house specialties. It was our privilege and pleasure to... More 

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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

Talisman is great restaurant to go if you have time to enjoy the finer things in life. The food is excellent and is also child friendly.

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Thank Regina G
swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Wow! What a fantastic review Regina. We're delighted you enjoyed all the things that make Talisman so special. It was our privilege to host you, so please come back again! Regards Steve More 

Pretoria, South Africa
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77 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

It's essentially a colonial house in Karen which was full of expat community members when we went there. I'm sure that may also be part of its charm but the tables around us were largely white Brits and Americans. Service was moderate, small open braziers keep tables warm but the food was fairly average. We were there on a cooler... More 

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Thank PookeyPretoria
swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

It sounds like we did not meet your expectations and I'm so sorry your experience wasn't up to our standards. we have noted your comments on our risotto and coffee and are addressing this issue, It's our goal to exceed expectations and keep people coming back. our restaurant is open to all nationalities and anyone who loves good food and... More 

mallorca
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40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

I loved sitting on the terrace watching the full moon through the trees whilst being warmed by a charcoal frog! The service was very friendly and efficient despite it being a busy evening. The food excellent. I chose to share a starter and then have the pork starter as a main, which just left room for a wonderful dessert. the... More 

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Thank wifeinmidlifecrisis
swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

thank you for a great review, we have noted that that you were accorded a friendly and efficient service during your visit and the food was excellent, we look forward to hosting you again on your next visit Regards Steve More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

the atmosphere is lovely and feels homely as the decor is akin to that such that one has the feeling of being amongst friends

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Thank Aunali B
swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely comments about our decor , ambiance and rating, its always a pleasure to host you and we look forward too welcoming you again at the Talisman Regards Steve More 

Kenya
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

The food is yummy though need to add more on Vegetarian meals. It's an awesome place to be, spacious, the parking is available, the security is superb & the staff are very friendly. The ambience/décor is beautiful indeed!.

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Thank JoEnglish07
swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to post these lovely comments about our food and service. We're so glad you enjoyed your visit and our staff including security were on hand for you. We appreciate your your input about the need for more vegetarian options as it will help us to make Talisman an even better experience for everyone. Regards Steve More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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
Romantic, Large groups, Families with children, Special occasions, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings
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?