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“Lovely addition to the Nairobi scene” 4 of 5 stars
Review of La Mesa Espanola

La Mesa Espanola
Ranked #408 of 476 Restaurants in Nairobi
Cuisines: European, Spanish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: La Mesa Espanola offers Spanish cuisine experience with a Kenyan touch.
Nairobi
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Lovely addition to the Nairobi scene”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Had dinner at La mesa with friends last night. They were super nice about the fact we got stuck in traffic and were nearly an hour late! The food was really lovely - we just shared a variety of different tapas items, and the sangria was great! The service was really good - which is not a thing to be sniffed at in this city! It was also surprisingly good value for money, also increasingly a thing not to be sniffed at when going to proper restaurants in this city....

Overall I would recommend this to anyone, we will definitely be back.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Service
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Food
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
nairobi
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81 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Very nice ambience, service, place has a lot of potential”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

Visited this lovely restaurant with a friend. Though getting there is tricky especially when using the Waiyaki Way by pass still under construction, all that was forgotten once past the gates.
We were received well. We were served by knowledgable wait staff. Was very impressed that they serve Voss water!
The starters, presented beautifully and the wait staff even gave us pointers on what to chose.we settled for the mushroom croquettes and empanadas Gallega with meat and pepper which we enjoyed.
The paella de marisco was also good. The sirloin steak nice. They probably need to work on their seasoning because we had to add to the meal.
The restaurant has a lot of potential, they should just work at improving on everything day by day. We will return and hopefully get some changes

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Service
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Food
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Thank wanderlustciru
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Nairobi, Kenya
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61 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Great idea... but hit and miss...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

How exciting to have a Spanish Restaurant in Nairobi!
The location is real nice and atmosphere good... but still after a few visits a big hit and miss... food is average, service poor... Lots of waiters around but there does not seem to be anyone truly experienced... The first couple of times we went with friends they used to serve a complimentary lovely tiny sip of gazpacho soup... now instead a piece of white bread with some mayo and other on top, not as good and appealing as the soup used to be...

Menu printed with corrections, the luck of some of the wines on wine list that we requested (third time it happens) makes it a bit of a frustrating experience... With a bit of TLC and more professionalism it could be a great new place in Nairobi, but it seems to still be far from that... sadly...

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars
      Service
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Food
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Thank Khanda64
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London, United Kingdom
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154 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“Nairobi's first Spanish restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

We went here during the week with some friends, the service was a little slow and the waiters were learning about the food still but they did try hard and if they were not sure they went and checked with the kitchen. The wine list was good with some nice Spanish selections. We had some tapas dishes to start with, the Spanish omelette was excellent as was the Gazpacho soup. One of us had the lentils with chorizo which was really rustic and flavorsome. For the main course two of us had the Paella which was very good and one of us had the grilled prawns which were a little over cooked and finally the grilled sepia which was good. The owner came and checked everything was ok and gave good recommendations. A great addition to the Nairobi restaurant scene.

  • Visited February 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 FoodieGastroGourmet
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