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“Expensive but good”

Tamarind Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 553 Restaurants in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $50 - $100
Cuisines: European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, 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.
Brussels, Belgium
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Expensive but good”
Reviewed September 6, 2013

A well-known place of Nairobi centre.

The food is quite good, although expensive. For the price, we may expect more sophistication and renewal.
The wine list mostly contains expensive wines or at least no good value for money (compared to Europe).

The service is harassing and totally un-natural. If you like the American way of service, you'll feel like at home, otherwise you'll quickly feel upset by so much fake attention and smile.

The place is quite kitsch and noisy, it gets warmer when the pianist start playing (not everyday).

If you like Scotchs, don't ask for a Whisky (you'll receive a JB or Jack Danneels) but for a single malt; they have a better list (Lagavullin, Gragamore, Talisker,...) upstairs and will be keen to show you.

As a conclusion : it doesn't compare to any stared restaurant in Europe, but it is still one of the best choices for Nairobi.
And you'll get the opportunity to eat great crab dishes for an honest price (35$).

  • Visited September 2013
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  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
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English first
Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
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27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Nice Food”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

Tamarind prides itself as the best in sea food culinary experience,and its true.
The menus are varied and all very delicious.

  • Visited July 2013
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Nairobi, Kenya
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35 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
“Crabs n oysters”
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
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Nairobi, Kenya
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great food”
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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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Tamarind”
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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