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“More than just a great restaurant”

Aero Club of East Africa Restaurant
Ranked #46 of 721 Restaurants in Nairobi
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Diner
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: The Aero Club of East Africa was founded in 1927 by the aviation pioneers who opened up the frontiers of Africa. It still retains that 1930s romantic charm and historical ambience. The club is the only restaurant at Wilson Airport, four km from Nairobi’s central business district on the Langata Road. It is on the edge of the Athi Plains, with easy access to the Nairobi National Park and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. The restaurant has inside dining, a large eating deck and tables in the garden and by the swimming pool. It overlooks Wilson’s 007 runway and is an ideal spot to spend the hours before you leave on safari or to unwind on your return and watch planes and helicopters land and take off while soaking up the atmosphere in this legendary piece of Kenya’s aviation history. Chef Neil McCarthy and the Creative Kitchen Co. team moved into the restaurant at the Aero Club of East Africa on 1st October 2011. Neil has cooked and consulted all over the world, from London’s Mayfair Hotel and the Moscow Metropole to California’s vineyards and top-range hotels across Africa, including the Mt. Kenya Safari Club and Nairobi’s Tribe hotel. He is famous for his tasty gourmet burgers and dry-rub spicy BBQ ribs. He creates tasty international buffets and a la carte specialties. Sinful puddings include his New York style, melt in your mouth, baked cheese cake and home baked apple pie. He serves mouthwatering and seriously satisfying food.
Reviewed November 11, 2012

This restaurant is located inside the security fence at Wilson Airport. Most people, including Kenyans don't know that Wilson Airport is named for a pioneering female aviator who actually flew out of this airport and the Aero Club. Beryl Markham, another famous female aviator also flew out of here. And, how about Dennis Finch Hatton, the playboy lover, played by Robert Redford, in the movie "Out of Africa", based on the book by Karen Blxen, hung out here as well.

The restaurant has a great outdoor seating area. The food was delicious. I had a terrific chicken curry, the best I've had in Africa. My companions had HUGE burgers.

And, yes, you can watch planes take off and land in an endless procession. I couldn't resist getting a souvenir shirt, even though I had to ask them to sell me one.

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Thank Todd2PS
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Reviewed November 9, 2012

The food, the welcome, the excellent service in a wonderful setting - all first class. Sitting watching the little planes take off from the decking, a beautiful garden below with tables and shade, ideal and safe for the children - the Aero Club of East Africa Restaurant is the place to get re-fuelled before setting off on your next adventure. However, if I was lucky enough to live in Nairobi it would become a firm favourite. After a delicious meal I slept all the way back to Heathrow! Many thanks for being so welcoming.

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Thank Amanda M
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Reviewed November 3, 2012

This is an excellent place to stop for a meal and has an excellent all round selection. The burgers are particularly unarguably the best! The salad selection alive cooking is also great! The garden is also well maintained and also has some activities for kids.

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Thank Raju254
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Reviewed October 29, 2012

Not may people know it but The Aero Club of East Africa Restaurant also offers top end catering services under the brand name Creative Kitchen. We have used them twice professionally this month, once for a very complicated event where the team provided a first class lunch up in Turkana, having flown all the staff and food in that morning and then again for a simpler packed lunch service for a day trip.

The food was excellent on both occasions. How any of the aviation companies at Wilson can even consider any other provider for 5 Star packed lunches would be beyond me. Well done Creative Kitchen.

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Thank Rob P
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Reviewed October 16, 2012

This is the place if you are looking for excellent food in a genuinely hospitable and relaxing atmosphere with personalised service, and convenient to the game park, the Carnivore, etc, on south side of Nairobi. I didn't stay in the accommodation but was looking for a quick but relaxing lunch with friends and away from the traffic jams. I had a very good pizza, apple pie and ice cream, all beautifully presented, along with a beer, and served by the muzungu hosts themselves. Even if you are not flying into/out of Wilson Airport, it's well worth the very small detour to go into this small airport compound, discover the Aero Club and eat under a very large spreading acacia tree. If, however, you are expecting an expensive international-style restaurant that could be anywhere in the World, then you are in the wrong place (and why be in East Africa anyway?)

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Thank Roger K
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