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“Crabs n oysters” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Tamarind Restaurant

Tamarind Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 476 Restaurants in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $50 - $100
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Business meetings
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
Nairobi, Kenya
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34 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
“Crabs n oysters”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Ate last night and thoroughly enjoyed it. Caught in an epic traffic jam to abandoned the car and went to dinner! Location is unfortunately very grungy - I do hope they open an outpost in Gigiri or Westlands soon, with outdoor spaces etc. The decor is also outdated.

Service excellent, and just really good seafood, perfectly prepared.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Service
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Food
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
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English first
Nairobi, Kenya
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Set in a cosy garden and excellent service this is great for lunch and dinner. Especially the a la carte meny is worthwhile, and good wines also for European tastes.

Visited August 2013
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Worcester
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Tamarind”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

The coast restaurant is wonderful. Super views and seafood. Book a table near the water. Nairobi city centre excellent too but you will need to take a taxi

Visited October 2012
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Thank Miriam W
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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103 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Good choice in downtown”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

If you don't have a reservation, go early. The place doesn't get busy until 9 p.m. Seafood is the specialty here: my lobster was darn tasty (these are Rock Lobsters).

Visited July 2013
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Thank Ellen P
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great service, great food, bit overpriced”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

I had dinner here with a colleague recently, the restaurant is a little outdated in terms of decor, the service is excellent. I was slightly disappointed, the menu we were given had specials and I was delighted to see my favorite, pork belly, however after placing the order the waiter returned to say sorry, they specials from the previous day (both mine and my colleagues menu was incorrect and the waiter obviously had not been briefed on the specials as he should have known) anyway we both changed our order and were happy with the food that was delivered to our table. I believe the food is overpriced here.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Service
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Food
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Thank Joanne W
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