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“Best Italian restaurant in the CBD” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Trattoria

Trattoria
Ranked #110 of 474 Restaurants in Nairobi
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Cash Only, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Neighborhood: Nairobi Central Business District
Description: Welcome to Trattoria, the oldest family-run restaurant in Nairobi. Established in 1981, Trattoria is the product of a family dream- to share it's culinary traditions with Kenyans. Over the Years Mamma Ruffi has created Trattoria's recipes inspired from her hometown. Be it Breakfast, lunch, dinner or simply just a glass of wine, this corner of Italy in the heart of Nairobi is the place to be!
Nairobi
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37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Best Italian restaurant in the CBD”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

This restaurant is very conveniently located in the Nairobi CBD. The menu is extensive, the quality of the food is good and the service is generally attentive. The restaurant has a nice ambiance, whether you wish to sit upstairs and enjoy the activity in the street below or the more secluded downstairs are. The restaurant provides a good selection of wines. But note, however, that the restaurant does not accept credit or debit cards. If you are looking for Italian food in the CBD, this is the place to go.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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546 reviews
197 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 295 helpful votes
“Excellent Italian food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

I had an excellent dinner here. The ambience is nice, especially with the outdoor balcony seating. The menu is extensive and there are a number of vegetarian options. Food was excellent, especially the pasta dishes and cakes. Service is also very good. Please note, this is a cash only restaurant.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Kat0425
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kigali
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225 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Don't go out of your way to visit”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

I've eaten here twice in the last 6 months and both times I wouldn't rate this at much better than good cafeteria food. It somehow just taste like it's been cooked en masse and lacks any care. Will not be returning a third time.

Visited February 2014
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Thank anuka9
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Boston, Massachusetts
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113 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Basic Italian meal, but good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

Visited the restaurant a couple of times during our visit to Nairobi. Meals were good and basic Italian. Good wine but a little overpriced. Excellent service. Sitting on the balcony is nice.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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2 Thank benbatouta
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Major drawback”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

It's the staff I feel sorry for at this restaurant. Having offered my credit card to pay the bill I was informed that the restaurant does not take cards; something that I had not been told earlier. When it was pointed out that this could lead to an embarrassing situation given that this place is not cheap, the staff admitted that this often was the case. They told stories of having to go with customers to cash machines. Apparently the owner a) does not mind causing severe inconvenience to customers and b) putting his staff in a difficult position as they get it in the neck when it's not at all their fault. It was pointed out that on the fly leaf of the menu there is a statement in small print at the bottom about their non-acceptance of cards, but who reads the fly leaf of a menu - you turn to the food. I suggest that until the owner puts customer convenience first this place should be avoided.

Visited December 2013
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