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“The safe option” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Java House

Java House
Ranked #9 of 475 Restaurants in Nairobi
Cuisines: American, African, Cafe, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Nairobi, Kenya
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50 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“The safe option”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

Africa in general, and Nairobi in particular, can hardly be described as a hotbed of culinary delights. The Java House coffee shop and restaurant chain is reliable and consistent, without being outstanding. The menu is mostly western, with breakfast, salads, burgers, steaks, and even a bit of faux Mexican. Tasty enough, but hardly gourmet fare. As other reviewers have noted, it is consistent -- order a dish in any of the outlets and it will be pretty much the same as elsewhere. Some -- but not all -- offer free wi-fi hot spots, no log-in required. The baristas seem to be well trained, and Java also sells a range of packaged Kenyan coffees and teas. If my review sounds a little lukewarm, don't let it put you off ... it's safe, it's pleasant, and you won't feel hungry when you leave.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
      Food
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  • English first
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Cumbria, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great food and drink”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

Java have numerous outlets across Nairobi and we've tried a few. The Upper Hill Java (near CBA and Springs) is great and offers a good range of food and drink. Out of peak hours service is always swift and friendly. Their healthy wraps are tasty and the shakes and Arnold Palmer are superb.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank 15Annemarie
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Nairobi
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“Service Wise”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

Great food, even better coffee, however sometimes it takes way to long to get served, and draw attention to a waiter.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
      Service
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Food
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Thank Ute120
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Nairobi
2 reviews
“Java House Sarit”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

Ordered a child's and bens burger, waited 30 minutes in half empty restaurant and when arrived after the first bite both burgers were raw and uncooked inside despite our earlier warning to the chef as this happened to us before. sent this back waited another 15 min, and was ok. At least we got a new meal?..

Visited November 2012
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HCMC
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“best coffee”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

hands down...good food as well - get the Ethiopian blend when they have it, if they don't the Kenya AA is awesome. love this place...

Visited November 2012
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