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Thorn Tree Cafe

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New Stanley Hotel, Kimathi St, city centre | Nairobi Central, Sarova Stanley, Nairobi, Kenya
+254 23 33283
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Nairobi, Kenya
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2014

On the spur of the moment we decided to have lunch at the New Stanley on Christmas Eve 2013 - my husband having visited the Old Stanley a few times. Unfortunately we were too late to have lunch in the Thai restaurant - it closes at 2pm - which is what we originally planned. However, we stayed and had lunch... More 

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Thank Gina F
David G, General Manager at Thorn Tree Cafe, responded to this review

Dear Gina F, Thank you for taking the time to visit us and share your experience with us on Trip Advisor. Firstly apologies that you were not able to make it into the Thai Chi; however, we are glad that you got to experience lunch in our legendary Thorn Tree restaurant. It is extremely gratifying to note you truly enjoyed... More 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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125 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2014

Recently spent the day in Nairobi whilst in transit, so decided to try the legendary Thorn Tree Cafe for lunch. It was a very pleasant experience overall, and the staff were happy for me to spend three leisurely hours reading, eating, drinking and people watching. The Acacia is not the original, but stands on the same spot, and there is... More 

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Thank Wandering_Saffa
David G, General Manager at Thorn Tree Cafe, responded to this review

Dear Wandering_Saffa, Thank you for choosing to spend your transit period visiting us at the Thorn Tree Café. We are very humbled and glad that you enjoyed your experience as a whole. Hearing that the Burger was the best you have tasted – speaks volumes to us and is a compliment that has been extremely well received by the executive... More 

Brussels, Belgium
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41 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2013

Very good service and food. Lively atmosphere. Its a local town meeting spot, great for people watching. Great, breakfast with huge selection and cooked to order eggs. Nice to have a coffee there too.

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Thank Belgiantraveller772
David G, General Manager at Thorn Tree Cafe, responded to this review

Dear Belgian Traveller772, Many thanks for dining and sharing your experience, through Trip Advisor, on your recent experience at The Thorn Tree Café. We are truly proud to receive your very complimentary review, and appreciate your comments on our meals and service. Looking forward to hosting you soon. Warm Regards, David Gachuru. More 

San Mateo, California
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306 reviews
179 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2013

My wife stayed at the sarova stanley a few nights before our safari and ate here many times and enjoyed it. They have good food for dinner, really good pizza and the breakfast buffet is very good too. The staff here is so nice and helpful and it is a nice, casual place to hang out and eat, drink and... More 

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Thank brentsf
David G, General Manager at Thorn Tree Cafe, responded to this review

Dear Brentsf, It was our pleasure hosting you at the Sarova Stanley, and we thank you for dining and reviewing The Thorn Tree Café. We continue to focus on providing our guests with a memorable dining experiance and am very glad that you appreciated the same. Many thanks for recognising friendliness of the staff; your kind words will be shared... More 

Canada
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28 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2013

Enjoyed several meals here including the talapia fresh from Lake Victoria and the Prawn Salad...so delicious and served perfectly. What I really liked, though was the history of the Cafe, and the Stanley Hotel's efforts to keep an acacia tree growing on the same spot as the original, and the notice board that still carries messages from other travelers!

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Thank CanadaFran4kenya
David G, General Manager at Thorn Tree Cafe, responded to this review

Dear CanadaFran4Kenya, Thank you for choosing to stay with us at The Sarova Stanley and indeed dining and reviewing our Legendary Thorn Tree café. The Tilapia continues to be one of our most popular dishes time and time again, and am truly pleased that you enjoyed many meals here. We are very proud of our histroy ; and make increased... More 

Calgary, Canada
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184 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2013

It was a pleasure to enjoy lunch at the Thorn Tree with a friend. The service was very friendly but a little slow. (This is Kenya, right?) Good selection of meals and desserts. The desserts are visible in a glass case. If you order a piece of cake, you might want to request they cut it from the inside. One... More 

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Thank king238
David G, General Manager at Thorn Tree Cafe, responded to this review

Dear King238, It was indeed a pleasure hosting you at the Thorn Tree Café, thank you for taking the time to review our services. I would like to thank you for your candid feedback on the service and the cake; indeed your comments are very valuable to us to enable us to continuously improve on our services. Your comments on... More 

Bristol, United Kingdom
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220 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2013

Food choice is excellent, try the roast for breakfast unusual, but supremely tender. There's a great outdoor section for some fresh air after a night in air conditioning. You get some street noise, but nothing too loud. Great coffee

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Thank mjc992
David G, General Manager at Thorn Tree Cafe, responded to this review

Dear mjc992, I would like to thank you for staying at the Sarova Stanly and dining in a variety of our outlet and reviewing their services. Indeed, we believe that breakfast is one of the most important offerings of our hotel, and we provide a large selection to suit our very cosmopolitan clientele; to meet and suit all different tastes.... More 

cape town
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32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2013

Whether you are having breakfast or lunch this 24hour restuarant gives you plenty of variety and the food is very tasty. I also enjoyed the live entertainment that was provided in the evening.

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Thank whatilikedabout u
David G, General Manager at Thorn Tree Cafe, responded to this review

Dear Whatilikedaboutu, Many thanks for visiting our Thorn Tree restaurant and reviewing its services. As you rightly point out Thorn Tree is one of the very few 24 – hour dining establishments within Nairobi - no matter the time of the day or night our doors remain open. It is great to note that you were pleased with the menu... More 

Ottawa, Canada
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2013

This cafe has a great breakfast buffet including Kenyan cuisine with many choices to choose from. Lunch and dinner offer a great menu as well. The staff is extremely friendly.

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Thank kimstreep
David G, General Manager at Thorn Tree Cafe, responded to this review

Dear Kimstreep, Thank you for choosing to dine with us at the Thorn Tree Café and taking the time to post your review. Your highlighting the variety and quality of all our meals from the breakfast buffet, through to the lunch and dinner offerings is highly appreciated as is mentioning the extremely friendly staff. All your comments have been shared... More 

Western North Carolina
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144 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2013

The entire Stanley Hotel is like stepping back in time. The lobby is elegant and refined as it must have been over 100 years ago. We had our safari farewell dinner here in the cafe and it was quite relaxing. The bar area is comfortable and surprisingly quiet although it fronts on a bustling Nairobi thoroughfare. Our food was very... More 

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Thank Joyce M
David G, General Manager at Thorn Tree Cafe, responded to this review

Dear Maggie’s Girl, Thank you for staying with us at The Sarova Stanley, choosing to dine in Thorn Tree Café and sharing your experience on Trip Advisor. The Sarova Stanley is indeed one of the oldest hotels worldwide – a true icon, and whilst we continuously refurbish and update our property, we still maintain its heritage and historical feel and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
European
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Wifi, Delivery, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: New Stanley Hotel, Kimathi St, city centre | Nairobi Central, Sarova Stanley, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Location: Africa  >  Kenya  >  Nairobi
  • Phone Number: +254 23 33283

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