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Thorn Tree Cafe

New Stanley Hotel, Kimathi St, city centre | Nairobi Central, Sarova Stanley, Nairobi, Kenya
+254 23 33283
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Overview
  • Excellent35%
  • Very good45%
  • Average13%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“soups” (2 reviews)
“pizza” (8 reviews)
“chicken” (3 reviews)
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CUISINES
European, Vegetarian Friendly
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
New Stanley Hotel, Kimathi St, city centre | Nairobi Central, Sarova Stanley, Nairobi, Kenya
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Reviewed June 21, 2014

First, service is excellent. Second, if you are staying at the Sarova Stanley, Naibori, in the center of town, you are pretty much trapped by this in-house restaurant. You'd be better off buying a sandwich or crisps on your way to eat in your room....More

Thank CTJodi
Reviewed April 29, 2014

the original thorn tree is gone but a new one planted. Messages are now pinned onto a notice board. Food nice, generous portions. Service good. Staff extremely friendly. A perfect meeting place.

1  Thank AngelMeilen
Reviewed March 19, 2014

We went to this café after reading about it in a guide book that described the famed "Thorn Tree Notice Board." With the advent of the computer age, the notice board itself is now very sad and the lone acacia standing in the middle of...More

2  Thank Rayland44
Reviewed March 13, 2014

As a regular at the Thorn tree, I am disappointed by the turn of events. Your toilets were smelly last evening, the service from staff poor and complaints to your customer service was met with rudeness. Whenever I post a negative tweet, all i get...More

Thank Kuvochi
Ben K, General Manager at Thorn Tree Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded June 16, 2014

Dear Guest, Thank you for your continued support and for taking time out to give us your valuable feedback. We value constructive feedback as it enables us to continuously monitor and improve our services, and thus exceed our guests’ expectations always. We have noted with...More

Reviewed March 9, 2014

Imagine craving a Salade Nicoise and cafe au lait on a Sunday afternoon in Nairobi. Walk in to the Thorn Tree Cafe and be greeted by a pleasant hostess who has no problem with you refusing her seating offer and choosing your own seat in...More

1  Thank winxalot
David G, General Manager at Thorn Tree Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded March 19, 2014

Dear Mr. Winxalot, Greetings from the Sarova Stanley and the Thorn Tree Café. I would like to thank you for taking the time to post your very insightful and enjoyable review – Your review captures the imagination and sets the scene for what we aim...More

Reviewed February 25, 2014

Spacious, courteous staff, good menu. I am not much of a food person but even then I always find the variety of meals helpful. Good for some quiet meetings too.More

Thank digitaldoctor
David G, General Manager at Thorn Tree Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded March 7, 2014

Dear Digital Doctor, I would like to thank you for choosing to dine at Thorn Tree during your stays and reviewing its services. We believe not only in serving quality meals to our guests but also offering them variety; thank you for highlighting the same....More

Reviewed February 10, 2014

The atmosphere and menu selection. there isa new giraffe part of the thorn tree. this makes it even more exciting.More

Thank LetterFromDiani
David G, General Manager at Thorn Tree Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded February 21, 2014

Dear Letters from Diani, I would like to thank you for choosing to dine with us at Thorn Tree and share your feedback. The giraffe is a new addition, and it provides an excellent companion to our famous Thorn Tree – hence, we are so...More

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...More

Thank Gina F
David G, General Manager at Thorn Tree Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded February 6, 2014

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...More

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....More

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David G, General Manager at Thorn Tree Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded January 15, 2014

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...More

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.More

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David G, General Manager at Thorn Tree Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded November 27, 2013

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...More

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Diana M
Hi, How much does it cost for dinner for 2?
March 17, 2016|
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Response from Totte B | Reviewed this property |
It is absolutely affordable and the menu offers a broad range also in price: soups, sallads, pizzas, chicken and beef. The sallads are nice - though not very big. If you order the tuna sallad - be sure it is done on a very... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Delivery, Serves Alcohol
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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