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Zen Garden Restaurant

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Lower Kabete Road, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
254 8034466
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Seattle, Washington
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The Food was amazing and the Staff actually went the Extra mile to ensure that i actually enjoyed my meal with my Wife.Chef Donny actually came to my table to say hie and wish me well..Overall the experience was great.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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217 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

An excellent variety of dishes listed in two separate menus, Chinese and regular European dishes. The food was delicious and beautiully presented with an equally friendly, polite and cheerful service. Fresh juices are a must. There is also a bakery/coffee shop for those wishing for snacks and the bakery sells fresh pastries and breads. Seating choices are great, one can... More 

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Nairobi, Kenya
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

We had a pleasant lunch at the Zen Garden on a sunny Saturday afternoon. The place is stunning and there is a nice crowd. We found the food average: I do not recommend the pizza (tough and tasteless) while the dim-sums are good (but expensive). Overall would not go back for the food per-sé but maybe for the nice patio.

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London
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Head here on a Saturday or Sunday and you are bound to bump into half of Nairobi here. The venue has a lovely open feel to it with a big garden. It is a very child-friendly place, with a great sense of space. As far as the cuisine is concerned, it may be considered great for Nairobi standards but there... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

With its beautiful interior decor and well manicured outside seating area, Zen Garden is a very popular place to hang out. However, it is not a cheap affair. Nairobi is awash with trendy high priced places and this is one that is here to stay. The food is very good and the flavours and spices are well balanced. They have... More 

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Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Zen Garden is an oasis of peace in the middle of Nairobi, the location is situated in Spring Valley and offers inside and outside facilities to brunch,lunch and dine. The staff is very attentive and friendly and the people are professionally trained. The kitchen is runned by an asian lady to assure an authentique cuisine.The quality of the food is... More 

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Lagos, Nigeria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

One of the best places to visit with the family if you are in Nairobi. Plenty of parking, space for the kids to play and really good food. Do note however, that the outdoor resturant at the back closes early (7pm) so be sure to get in early if you have kids.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 via mobile

Whether you go to the coffee shop for a lazy lunch or sushi in the formal restaurant, you can't go wrong with Zen. Sunday is the best day to go with kids, there's a jumping castle, face painting and trampoline. The rectangle pizzas are popular with kids. I love everything on the menu. My achilles heel is the Monkey Sour... More 

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Nairobi
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24 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

To make up for the horrible duck from Emerald Garden in Gigiri in Nairobi just recently, we went back to Zen and their duck is just right. And I particular appreciate that the waiter suggested the smaller serving, which was plenty, instead of being short term greedy. Excellent salt and pepper prawns as well as sushi. Takeout, but also a... More 

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Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

We have visited this lovely outdoor restaurant many times over the past 18 months. There are two restaurants, Bamboo - Asian themed and variety of selections and Jade Garden - European fare. We prefer the Asian cooking. Fairly authentic, as much as one can have in Nairobi, Asian choices. Pricing is higher than many, but the food put out is... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Chinese, Sushi, Asian, Thai, Japanese
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Delivery, Takeout, Private Dining, Free Wifi
Good for
Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Lower Kabete Road, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
  • Location: Africa  >  Kenya  >  Nairobi
  • Phone Number: 254 8034466

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?