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“Very small menu but good” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Tin Roof Cafe

Tin Roof Cafe
Dagoretti Road | Opposite The Hub Karen. Approx 200m from Karen Roundabout., Nairobi 00502 Karen, Kenya
+254 706 348215
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Ranked #20 of 463 Restaurants in Nairobi
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Good for: Families with children, Romantic
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Drinks, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Digital Payments, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Description: Quiet, quirky day-time cafe perfect for light, healthy lunches with great salads and fresh, exotic smoothies, juices and excellent coffee hand-roasted in Nairobi.
kigali
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222 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Very small menu but good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

This small cafe with outdoor seating is charming and the food is good - it feels healthy and homemade. Would definitely recommend it for lunch although the options really are very limited.

  • Visited February 2014
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5 Thank anuka9
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Nairobi, Kenya
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Great find”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

There're a tonne of places for lunch in Karen but this is head-and-shoulders the best. Really fresh ingredients, great menu (recommend mushroom quiche) including super salads, surprising juices (avocado and pineapple, anyone?!). There's a lovely feel of being on the terrace of a friend's house, just a friend who happens to be the best chef of anyone you know.

I gather there's super wifi, but I didn't try it. Instead plans for a quick sandwich with a friend turned into two hours of lazy chat and a proper lunch. Highly recommended - in fact, I'd say even if you're not in Karen, make a detour to go for lunch here. Super stuff, thanks to all.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars
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9 Thank MikePflanz
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London
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Incredible gem in the outskirts of Nairobi”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

Oscar Wilde once wrote:
“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations.”
Oscar Wilde would have liked the Tin Roof Café.

It’s not just the amazing array of healthy high quality food available, or the delicious choice of beverages from French press coffee to a chilled Pinot Grigio – no, what set’s this place apart from any other restaurant in Nairobi is the feeling you get when you leave it – happy, healthier and able to forgive your own relatives!

The Tin Roof Café is truly unique – from its book swap library to the constantly changing and innovative menu on offer. It may be a small team of staff, but they are utterly dedicated to whatever you may need. Set in the serene suburbs of Karen Tin Roof is a sanctuary among the Nairobi chaos, a place to relax, recharge, bring the kids and enjoy yourself.
I would highly recommend this place. And I’m sure Oscar would as well.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars
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11 Thank TomWalsh
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“I'd move to Kenya for a cafe this good...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

Beautiful cafe, delicious food, friendly staff. I could have stayed all day playing board games, working on the fast wifi, or just eating everything on the menu. Last time I went I was in rush and the wonderful Carol cooked up a yummy steak sandwich with a selection from the excellent salad bar. Next time I'm in Kenya, Tin Roof Cafe will be my first stop. If you haven't been you have to go.

  • Visited December 2013
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13 Thank Clem_M123
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“A must go if in Nairobi”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

Great Fresh food
Outstanding service
Perfect location in Karen, (the same place has a beauty salon, a book shop, a jewelry and fashion shop, a home decoration shop and the beautiful beaded collars your dog should wear! )

Probably the hypest and coolest place to have breakfast, lunch or tea. No wonder its always full!

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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11 Thank Bea294207
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