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The Talisman

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Seafood, Contemporary, Fusion, Gastropub, Italian, Japanese, African, Sushi, European, Asian, British, Central European, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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320 Ngong Road | Karen, Nairobi, Kenya
+254 705 999997
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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

On our way to Nairobi airport to return home after 12 amazing days in Kenya, we realised we had enough time to grab a bite to eat. A brief search on trip advisor indicated that this establishment looked worth investigating. The hostess graciously found us a table despite being fully booked for later and we took our places in the... More 

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Nairobi, Kenya
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Heard a lot about the venue and had the chance for an impromptu visit. Very busy. Getting a drink at the bar was impossible. Stood for almost 10 mins to get attention. Bartender seemed to go for the regulars first despite standing in front of their eyes! Eventually gave up since we got a table and ordered there. Lost sale... More 

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Thank MP0072013
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear MP0072013 Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your Nairobi Restaurant Week dinner with us. We would like to sincerely apologize if our service let us down. We take all feedback extremely seriously and your comments will be addressed at our next morning brief with all our service... More 

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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Went there after a visit to the Elephant Refuge in the lovely Karen neighborhood. It was the best hamburger I ever ate, food was better than the 5 star Safari food. Not to be missed when visiting Nairobi. Varied menu including gluten free and lots of vegetarian choices.

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Thank azdesertgal
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear Azdesertgal, Thank you so much for taking the time to write this great review! We are always so happy to receive such positive feedback and we sincerely hope to welcome you back next time you visit Nairobi. With Thanks The Talisman More 

Bendigo, Australia
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

They are so happy to be vegan friendly with some meals and go out of their way to make a guest happy. The food is lovely and so is the vibe of the area

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Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear Metika C, Thank you for taking the time to write this wonderful review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed our food and atmosphere during your visit. We try hard to cater to everyone and we are always happy to assist with special requests whenever possible. We hope you will visit us again soon. With Thanks The Talisman More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Staff are very polite, food is amazing filling and done to perfection. The ambiance is very relaxing.

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Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear Vera Ogundo, Thank you for sharing this excellent review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us and hope to welcome you back again soon. With Thanks The Talisman More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I had dinner on a Saturday Night. Atmosphere was great, a live band was a great addidion. The meals came just on time. Though it can ge a bit crowded at times. Overall experience - good.

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Thank Edwin N
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear Edwin N, Thank you for sharing this great review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us. We definitely tend to fill up on weekends but if you prefer a more relaxed atmosphere then our weekdays are generally a lot more intimate. We hope you will visit us again soon. With Thanks The Talisman More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We arrived at around 10pm as we had to pick our family from denmark at the airport. On arrival, the head waiter told us the kitchen was closed as we turned back to leave, the Chef - bless him - appeared from nowhere and said "We can't turn you back, you've got kids" This is the service Talisman is! We... More 

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Thank necessitiesbare
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear Necessitiesbare, Thank you for taking the time to share this great review. We are delighted to hear that we have become your go to restaurant for your steak fix and even happier to hear that you and your family have become regular patrons of ours. We look forwards to welcoming you back again soon. With Thanks The Talisman More 

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4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good food always,try their meat and fries.comes out very juicy .Great ambience coupled with lovely staff.

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Thank Maureen O
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear Maureen O, Thank you for taking the time to share this great review! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us and we look forwards to welcoming you back again soon. With Thanks The Talisman More 

Kenya
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I like the environment it is a good place to dine with family lunch or dinner perfect food good staff

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Thank Yodit17
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear Yodit17, Thank you so much for sharing this great review. We are delighted to receive such positive feedback, especially from regular patrons! We look forwards to welcoming you on your next visit. With Thanks The Talisman More 

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89 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A must go! I love this place. The staff - all of them - are very friendly, professional and passionate about their work. This tells me a lot about how good management is. Food is outstanding! I've had there on few visits: the beats salad with blue cheese, hummus, fried calamari, risotto, steak, grilled salmon, Moroccan beef, and creme brûlée... More 

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Thank KhaledKhorshid
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear Khaled Khorshid, We can't thank you enough for this wonderful review! You have made our entire team's day! We look forwards to welcoming you back again soon. With Thanks The Talisman More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Seafood, Contemporary, Fusion, Gastropub, Italian, Japanese, African, Sushi, European, Asian, British, Central European, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 00:00
Tuesday
08:00 - 00:00
Wednesday
08:00 - 00:00
Thursday
08:00 - 00:00
Friday
08:00 - 00:00
Saturday
08:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 320 Ngong Road | Karen, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Location: Africa  >  Kenya  >  Nairobi
  • Phone Number: +254 705 999997
Description
Featuring carved wooden pillars from Pakistan, elegant Afghan rugs, charming fireplaces, sprawling terraces and idyllic gardens, The Talisman blends fine dining with unbridled eclecticism. We have made every effort to create the ideal ambience for those seeking a candle-lit romantic dinner, a casual evening drink with friends, an outdoor lunch with family and everything in between ~ And all this is complemented by distinguished service from our cordial staff.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?