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“Bar Great, Restaurant Okay” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Tamambo Karen Blixen

Tamambo Karen Blixen
Ranked #4 of 490 Restaurants in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Scenic view, Bar scene, Kids, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Late Night, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Tamambo Karen Blixen Coffee Garden Restaurant is located in a beautiful peaceful garden setting on Karen Road, on the site of the original Blixen farmhouse property. The Restaurant is open for breakfast from 06.00Am through to 10.00Pm. Diners have a fine choice of different areas for lunch or dinner. There is the indoor restaurant with adjacent outdoor terrace and garden, for a la carte dining. There are also a variety of functions areas such as the Grand Marquee Sultan style tent, available for 'royal style' wedding functions, dinners and conferences. The Grogan House is a lovely space for private dinners and exclusive functions For many Karen residents, the bar which opens out to a shisha lounge is a popular place to meet and mingle with delicious cocktails and bar snacks and satellite TV.
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Bar Great, Restaurant Okay”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2013

Love the Mini-Burgers... happy hour bitings are a bit sad.... but happy hour drink prices are very nice! Restaurant is okay...

Visited June 2013
1 Thank MVaughters
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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104 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Quiet Peaceful Place for Coffee”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2013

Went here with a friend who had moved to Nairobi. Though I have worked in Kenya (western part) for over 10 years, I had never found this place. It is just lovely and sitting under the trees having coffee and talking with my friend was a delightful way to spend an afternoon. She drove us there, but I suspect you could get your driver to bring you. And if you need a driver contact me, mine is fantastic.

Thank Susan G
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Kingston, Ontario, Canada
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75 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2013 via mobile

An oasis in the madness that can be Nairobi. Excellent service, excellent menu, and excellent room. The setting is its greatest asset - quiet, beautiful gardens that feel miles away from the city. Must reveal my partiality - stayed here on the first day of my first experience in East Africa, so it will always hold a special place for me, particularly because the staff members were so welcoming

Thank Sean R
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Cape Town
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40 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“A bit underwhelming, despite the great location”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2013

This place has a LOT of charm. One feels so welcome, the staff are great and everyone has friendly smiles. The little gift shop is beautiful (of course much more expensive than other places, but this is at the Karen Blixen Coffee Garden after all)...

The rolling lawns and great service is appreciated. We popped in for lunch (with no reservation) and were promptly seated under one of the trees. Great start. I ordered a juice, my wife ordered a water and a cold drink. The juice arrived... with the cold drink a few minutes later. The water seemed to have been forgotten. Whatever, it was fine, we were relaxed and in a good mood.

A bread basket arrived with more than enough little breads (at least six) - served with butter (olive oil and balsamic were on the table ... a plus!). Things are getting better!

We ordered mains (having politely declined the buffet offer). As we were not too hungry, we ordered a cob salad and a cheeseburger (which is served with chips), which we always share halfway through. Unfortunately, this is where it all fell completely flat. The cheeseburger was just a bun and a patty (which was quite peppery) and a slab of cheese on it... no other toppings on the burger? For Ksh850, I have had burgers that were ten times better in Nairobi (URBAN in Westgate - amazing!). The chips which were served with the burger were a bit cold and looked tired.

The salad, which came in at a cool Ksh1050 (approximately) was served in a deep-fried tortilla-like bowl. The salad itself was fine, but why oh why serve a salad (supposedly healthy option) in such an oil-drenched bowl?! (It was not crunchy at all, just oily, terrible.)

The cappuchino was fine.

Overall, a bit underwhelming. Such a pity, because it really is beautiful and the service is great (despite the water mishap). Perhaps it was just an off day, because the place is clearly popular.

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Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Reasonable prices, lovely gardens”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2013

I held a couple of meetings there - mostly just getting drinks. However some friends ate there, and really enjoyed the food and the prices.

1 Thank Leoma G
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