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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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41 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed January 17, 2016

I always enjoy visiting the Talisman. The service is very friendly, the food is always good with a healthy variety. The mojitos are one of the best I have had.

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Thank Ole P
swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Thanks so much Ole for the kind words! We are so glad you enjoyed your meal with us and look forward to having you back any time you are in Karen! Regards Steve More 

Cairo Governorate, Egypt
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35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed January 17, 2016

I had been recommended this restaurant by a local and it didn't disappoint. The food is excellent, good wine list with a nice range of prices, and the ambience and service was great. We really enjoyed this restaurant and would have gone again in our holiday if we had had time. Really cannot fault it. When we visited was quite... More 

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

Thank you Helen for your lovely comments, its great to note that you were not disappointed with our Ambiance, food, wine and service and we do look forward to hosting you again when you are in kenya Regards Steve More 

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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51 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed January 16, 2016

Just two words: Good food! I have been twice to this place with friends, and we have always ordered a variety of dishes to try a bit of everything (their menu is very tempting) and never has disappointed me. Too bad is far from where i'm staying otherwise I would visit more often. In the weekends is very very busy,... More 

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Thank KARLA A
swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Thanks Karla for your review and endorsement, Really glad you decided to splurge and enjoy all that Talisman has to offer. We're proud of our atmosphere, food, and service, and we're thrilled you enjoyed your time here with us. Please stop back by any time Regards Steve! More 

Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed January 15, 2016 via mobile

This is an oasis of loveliness in Nairobi. The atmosphere and service was excellent. The menu was far ranging and had something for everyone including vegetarian options. Reasonably priced enjoyable wine too. I fully recommend a visit!

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Thank rachelI4531TB
swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your lovely comments Rachel and for taking the time to let us know how much you enjoyed your meal with us! We're delighted you enjoyed the food, service and wine and I'll be sure to pass the compliments to the crew. Come back any time Regards Steve More 

UK
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53 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed January 13, 2016

A morning at the Elephant orphanage, lunch at The Talisman, followed by Giraffe Manor. Could it get any better? The furniture, photos and setting of the Talisman is wonderful. For our entire 11 day safari I would say this place would be my number one choice.

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

Wow! What a fantastic review. Thanks so much for making the Talisman your number one choice and 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 

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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed January 11, 2016

My wife and I visited Talisman for dinner over the weekend and the experience was exceptional. They have a way of making you feel very welcome without being intruding. Service was exceptionally fast and the food was just amazing. I want to try out everything on their menu and this will definitely be a regular! It has a very British... More 

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

Thanks so much for the glowing review. We're proud of our beautiful atmosphere and our amazing chef and are always glad to have guests leaving the restaurant happy and looking forward to visiting us again. "Music and Dinner"?. that sounds romantic and we will definitely look into it .Please do come back and enjoy the patio and our menu any... More 

Port Douglas, Australia
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52 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed January 11, 2016 via mobile

My girlfriend and I visited Talisman to celebrate a new job with a fine meal. I heard some great reviews about the place and was excited about visiting. I was wow'ed with the setting. Every outside table has a jiko for warmth and is lit with candle light. You can choose an inside or outside table with the outside ones... More 

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Thank MatsNL
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. Chef Ken's pork ribs are indeed tasty and finger licking and we appreciate your input; it will help us to make Talisman an even better experience for everyone. Regards Steve More 

Dublin, Ireland
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed January 10, 2016 via mobile

Four of us visited the Talisman today for lunch. We asked for a different table to the one they had reserved for us they graciously obliged. The weather turned chilly and they brought heat immediately. Food -steaks and salmon excellent. Service friendly

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

Thanks so much for taking the time to let us know how much you enjoyed your meal with us! We're delighted you enjoyed the food and the service accorded to you. Come back any time. Regards Steve More 

Bideford, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed January 10, 2016 via mobile

We dined here on our first night in Nairobi. We had a superb meal in a great setting. The fillet steak was just about the best I've ever had. The service was really friendly and the evening was one to remember. It's very popular do you'll need to book.

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Thank Michael H
swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Thanks for the lovely review Michael! We're delighted you enjoyed the atmosphere and the food. We are also glad the service was superb and our staff took good care of you. Come back any time! Regards Steve More 

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Reviewed January 6, 2016 via mobile

Delicious food from starters to desert. Good Ambience and friendly waiters. Definitely the best restaurant in Nairobi!

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Thank Farahnaz F
swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Thanks so much for letting us host you on your 25th anniversary. We are happy to hear that we made your night a special one. Please, come again anytime when you are in the area and thanks for your review Regards Steve 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
Romantic, Scenic view, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Bar scene, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?