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“Great ambiance, ordinary food”

The Carnivore Restaurant
Ranked #9 of 564 Restaurants in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $40 - $100
Cuisines: African, Barbecue
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Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Buffet, Delivery, Reservations
Description: On the outskirts of Nairobi on the Langata Road is the world famous Carnivore, known as the Ultimate 'Beast of a Feast', a meat lovers den where a vast selection of succulent meats are charcoal grilled and carved at your table. Adjoining the Carnivore main restaurant is the 'Simba Saloon' - a vibrant informal a la carte restaurant with a childrens playground,
Bowling Green, Kentucky
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“Great ambiance, ordinary food”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

I ate at the Carnivore 25 years ago and remembered it fondly. It still has the ambiance of the African plains with skewers of meat roasting over a fire pit in the center of the restaurant. Waiters come by your table offering to slice off freshly roasted meat for you. You could eat forever, so they have a sign you can put on your table to say "I'm on a break" or "I'm finished." But they no longer serve any wild game meats (it's illegal now) and the meats that were available weren't exceptional. I think the meal is a little overpriced, but it's still fun to eat there.

Visited July 2013
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Nairobi, Kenya
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“Can't imagine people still fall into this Tourist trap”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Food is still very average, Dawa's still watery, but it seems that it remains the tourist place to eat Bush meat, with eth waiters walking around proposing you krocodile, chicken, ox tail, water buch etc. I was trapped into taking some guests who refused to leave Nairobi, without having been there. I had not been in 6 years and it still does not give a decent price/ quality ratio to me either, but guests were happy...

Visited August 2012
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Tralee, Ireland
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“An must for meat lovers”
Reviewed July 26, 2013 via mobile

Been there ounce
Need to take a taxi out from centre
Cheap taxi though
Great atmosphere and lovely to watch the rotating meats on the spits
Very good beef crocodile and other meats
It's set up as an all you can wat Brazilian type restaurant
You need to prompt the waiters a bit though to bring you the expensive meats rather then the sausages or chicken hearts!
Fairly good value
Definitely I will return when in neirobi again

  • Visited August 2012
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Cairo, Egypt
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“Go for the experience”
Reviewed July 22, 2013

I ate better food in Nairobi but some of the meat was delicious. In any case, I love restaurants that offer something different and Carnivore definitely does. The waiters walk around with all kinds of exotic and some normal meats. I got to try ox tail, ox, and crocodile for the first time. More food is always available to you and the staff makes you feel welcome and love to crack jokes.

  • Visited August 2012
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Kirkwood, Missouri
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“Great meat. A little gimmicky”
Reviewed July 22, 2013 via mobile

Went here as part of a tour of Kenya. Meats overall were good, though the lamb chops were so tough I couldn't cut them. Side dishes were just OK. Very nice atmosphere.

  • Visited July 2013
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