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“An exotic place for dinner” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Carnivore Restaurant

The Carnivore Restaurant
Ranked #10 of 511 Restaurants in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $40 - $100
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene, Kids
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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,
New Delhi, India
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53 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“An exotic place for dinner”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

Kenya teems with wildlife, and the world goes there to see it up close. Many of the animals you see there are unique to this part of Africa, and it is truly exciting to see them upfront and close to you in their natural habitat. This restaurant adds another flavour to this experience - that of tasting them as well. I must confess, however, that all the more unusual meats on offer(and on display) were too exotic for me!
This is clearly not a place for the 'chicken-hearted', and to be fair to them, the name says it all.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Vienna, Austria
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Highly overstated”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2013

Well - so you made to Kenya - you have seen all the animals and beautiful views and now you would like to get the taste of Africa. Everyone in Nairobii will probably tell you that the Carnivore is the place to go for that. You cannot be more easily deceived. Everyone who has ever tried to grill anything knows that grilling can be just as difficult as any other type of preparing meals. First you need great quality of ingredients, then you need a great marinade and finally you need a flawless processing on fire - which honestly is the biggest challenge. You want your meat nice and tender but you don't necessarily want to eat coal... and you want the meat to have the taste that only grilling can provide. Well at Carnivore they forgot all of that... Its true that they had great reviews, but this is not true anymore if you really know what great food is. The meat they serve is tasteless and not tender anymore... They seem to never heard of marinating meat. It is all overpriced and the only thing that saves this place is still a great atmosphere and good wine list...

  • Visited August 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Elysium1980
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“If you love meat you will love this place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2013

For US$47 you get to binge on different kinds of meat with a selection of sidedishes and a cold Tusker. Great place, great atmosphere and just plain fun when the waitors sing birthday songs.

Visited September 2013
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Thank lgccgl
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Nairobi, Kenya
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39 reviews
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“Visit with big appetite for buffet”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2013

Been here 3 times since arriving both for lunch and dinner since arriving here.

You will be greeted with the huge barbecue pit the moment you're in the main hall. The staff are friendly and very attentive. Nice interior and has an open garden in the middle of the restaurant to keep you cool.

They says they used to serve almost all meat there is in Kenya but, the only exotic thing you could probably taste here now is the bull's testicles and crocodile meat.

However, I think you could go to other great places for meat if you don't think you don't have big appetite for buffet. And you could probably invite 2 more friends in other places for the cost of couple buffet meal here. Though, if you want to experience the place, they do have menu for ala-carte.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank J P
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NAIROBI
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16 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Endless Nyama Choma”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2013

The last meal for all our clients is a must to be served at the restaurant. the Nyama choma, service and music keeps the clients happy before their transfer to the Airport.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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