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Tamarind Restaurant

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Karen Road | Karen, Nairobi 00200, Kenya
+254 719 346349
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Delmar, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Nice surroundings away from the city. Efficient friendly staff. The food is what you come fir that that is truly excellent. The mushroom, asparagus soup was great. The six of us had lamb, tuna, salmon and prawns and everyone raved about the presentation, flavor and overall quality of the food which in each case was cooked to perfection. One of... More 

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Nairobi, Kenya
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The restaurant is beautiful. The staff were gracious.The food however was disappointing. My appetizer of salmon was nothing to write home about. For my main course I had the duck which was surprisingly tough and had a strange, sickening taste. I couldn't eat it and just ate the fries instead. On the positive side, it was my partner's birthday and... More 

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labinaNairobi, Director of Sales at Tamarind Restaurant, responded to this review

We appreciate you taking the time to provide us with such candid feedback of your visit. We are very sorry to hear that your overall dining experience did not meet expectations and the food was disappointing. We are also very concerned that you were over charged on the bill and that it was headache to sort it out. We would... More 

New Jersey
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The best restaurant in town.. excellent service, excellent food, great ambience.. Thank you abel, alex and team for the experience of a life time

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The best restaurant ever! Our family celebrates literally all our birthdays at the Tamarind for many years. The food is consistently excellent and the staff are brilliant. Their Dawa cocktail is the best in the world but they also have the best selection of wines and spirits. Will keep coming back many times. Wanjiku

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Thank Wanjiku K
labinaNairobi, Director of Sales at Tamarind Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for the wonderful compliment. We are absolutely delighted that you choose the Tamarind to celebrate all your birthdays and always find the food excellent and the staff brilliant. We truly appreciate you taking the time to post a review and we hope to have you back in the near future and take part in more of your life's... More 

Hartley Wintney, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

ALL Tamarind restaurants are excellent, this is no exception. The staff are brilliant, very efficient but also very friendly.

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labinaNairobi, Director of Sales at Tamarind Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your amazing review and giving us a perfect rating. We so appreciate your feedback about all Tamarind restaurants as well as Tamarind Nairobi. We are happy to hear you think the staff are brilliant and will be sure to let them know how much of an impact they made on your experience. Looking forward to welcoming you... More 

Dublin, Ireland
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30 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hands down the Tamarind Restaurant in Nairobi serves the best peri peri prawns in the world...they are an explosion of taste and divinely decadent. This restaurant is special in every way..the food is extraordinary, the service is superb and best of all it's consistent as even though years have passed between visits the food remains the same...that is the sign... More 

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Thank percron
labinaNairobi, Director of Sales at Tamarind Restaurant, responded to this review

It brings us a lot of pride to hear that you're an avid fan of the Tamarind particularly the piri piri prawns. We truly appreciate your business and loyalty and are happy to hear that you have found the food and service to be consistent through the years. Many thanks for the perfect rating and the glowing review and we... More 

Northampton, UK
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108 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A little delayed in writing my review but such a delightful place to visit that I wanted to none the less offer a review. This restaurant is extremely busy at the weekend, and justifiably so. Somewhat unprepossessing from the outside but a delightful bar area and garden offering the opportunity to dine outside. Everything we had was very good indeed,... More 

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labinaNairobi, Director of Sales at Tamarind Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to post a review and for giving us perfect rating. We are delighted to hear that your dining experience was a memorable one and that the food particularly the pastry coated lamb shank and desserts were good, and there was a good selection of wine. Your positive comments have been shared with the team... More 

Nairobi, Kenya
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Awesome food. Fantastic ambience with very polite and efficient waiters. The whole experience made the dinner all worth it.

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Thank cmutena
labinaNairobi, Director of Sales at Tamarind Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review the Tamarind and for giving us perfect rating. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your dining experience and thought the ambiance was fantastic and the waiters polite and efficient. Your wonderful comments have been shared with the team who take pride in being of service. We welcome you back again soon. More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

An excellent restaurant in Nairobi known for it's unique variety of sea food. Good ambience and in a good quite location.

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labinaNairobi, Director of Sales at Tamarind Restaurant, responded to this review

Many thanks for taking time to post a review and for giving us a perfect rating. We are glad that you view the restaurant as excellent with a good ambience and look forward to your visit sometime soon. More 

Nairobi Region, Kenya
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91 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Probably in the top 5 restaurants in East Africa. Although it's is good for any occasion, I would make it a special one because that's exactly what it is. Special. The menu is delightful and every dish is extraordinary. I have been going to Tamarind since I was a boy and let me tell you, it is consistent and hard... 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 of 5 stars
Average prices
$50 - $100
Cuisine
European, African
Meals
Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Private Dining, Full Bar, Reservations, Validated Parking
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups, Romantic, Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Karen Road | Karen, Nairobi 00200, Kenya
  • Location: Africa  >  Kenya  >  Nairobi
  • Phone Number: +254 719 346349
Description
Nairobi's iconic seafood restaurant which originally opened in August 1977, has recently moved from the Central Business District to the leafy suburbs of Karen at the Karen Blixen coffee Garden.
The menu is a blend of the best of French, Asian and African cuisines with specialties such as the famous Prawns Piri Piri, and Chilli Crab which have earned the Tamarind worldwide fame.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?