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The Talisman

) #2 of 505 Restaurants in Nairobi $$ - $$$ Seafood, , Fusion
320 Ngong Road | Karen, Nairobi, Kenya
+254 705 999997
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Overview
  • Excellent68%
  • Very good26%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“samosas” (145 reviews)
“steak” (79 reviews)
“pork belly” (20 reviews)
Open Now
08:00 - 22:00All hours
CUISINES
Seafood, Contemporary, Fusion, Italian, African, Sushi, European, Asian, British, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
Service
Food
Value
Atmosphere
LOCATION
320 Ngong Road | Karen, Nairobi, Kenya
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Reviewed 10 October 2016

Had a nice dinner although my steak was overdone. The meals are overpriced but I guess the ambiance makes up for the price. Very nice staff and super clean surroundings and restroom. It was so cold and the cute little warmer shaped like a toad...More

Thank bevolynd
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2016

Dear Bevolynd, Thank you so much for taking the time to write your review. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed most of your experience with us and we are sorry that your steak was not done to your specifications. We take all feedback...More

Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

First the good - lovely outdoor setting with tables set up in various places, extensive menu (inc sushi if you are feeling brave) and cocktail list. I had rump steak which was cooked rare to my request and came with thick chips and veg. All...More

Thank AHZambia
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2016

Dear AHZambia, thank you for sharing your review. Firstly let me start by saying that we are very happy to hear that you enjoyed the food and atmosphere here at the Talisman. We are sorry you felt disappointed by your experience with the bill but...More

Reviewed 8 October 2016

My sister took us to the Talisman which is her favourite restaurant, and now mine after a wonderful morning spent at the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage which rescues baby elephants from wells, or where the mother has died a a result of poaching or starvation....More

Thank DEBORAH O
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2016

Dear Deborah O, Thank you so much for this wonderful review. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us here at Talisman (and at Sheldrick's, they truly are an inspiring organisation!!) We hope to welcome you and your sister back...More

Reviewed 5 October 2016

lovely lunch spot when out exploring Nairobi, recommended from a friend we met travelling. Although a little on the pricier side for us, we did enjoy!More

Thank Rebecca P
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2016

Dear Rebecca P, Thank you so much for sharing this great review! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your lunch with us during your Nairobi visit and we hope to welcome you back again next time you are in Kenya. With Thanks...More

Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

Just go there! The food was beyond the charts and the atmosphere is amazing. If there is one thing would change is the music that was manly hard Rock (?!). But don't get me wrong, it's a "must be" for food lovers and romantic couples....More

Thank Gilad F
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2016

Dear Gilad F, Thank you so much for sharing this fantastic review. We are delighted to hear such positive feedback about our restaurants and thank you for encouraging people to visit us! The Talisman is indeed suited for romance and families alike. We hope to...More

Reviewed 2 October 2016

Great food and ambience. Both indoor and out door. NIce bar, Accommadates large and small groups. Also OK for KIds. Nice wine list.More

Thank DrBlueJacksonHole
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2016

Dear DrBlueJacksonHole, Thank you so much for taking the time to write this excellent review! We are so happy to hear that you had a wonderful experience with us and that you appreciated all the little details that make The Talisman so special. On behalf...More

Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

It is a real nice restaurant offering intimate outside and inside seating. Out of Africa fells... You suddenly fell special. Service is good and fast ( which is abnormal in kenya). Wine list is exhaustive and pricy.Food menu is a mix Japanese and revisited continental....More

Thank Magali V
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded 28 September 2016

Dear Magali V, Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We are incredibly sorry to hear that you claim to have had a bad experience with our liver. Please get in touch with our Restaurant Manager Steve on 0705 999 997 or...More

Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

I don't know why I've never rated Talisman. It's my favourite spot in Nairobi when I want to have a lazy brunch, lunch or dinner within a cosy environment. What's not to like about Talisman?! Zilch! The food is scrumptious and always well presented! The...More

Thank Terry M
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2016

Dear Terry M, Thank you for taking the time to write this excellent review. We are delighted to hear that we are one of your favourite Nairobi spots. The Talisman is definitely an ideal place for long lazy meals while basking in the sun or...More

Reviewed 27 September 2016

The menu is very versatile and the food is of high quality. Try the steak and the cocktails. The ambiance is great tooMore

Thank Mansi R
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2016

Dear Mansi R, Thank you for taking the time to write this great review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us. We hope to welcome you back again soon for more of our delicious steaks and cocktails! With Thanks The...More

Reviewed 25 September 2016

The best thing about the Talisman is the very relaxed atmosphere that nonetheless is aesthetically pleasing. The service is wonderful as well. The food is okay. I would say not mouth-watering exactly but okay. I would go back, just to see if something else on...More

Thank Rose S
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2016

Dear Rose O, Thank you so much for taking the time to write your review. We are so sorry that your expectation were not met with regards to our dishes. We take all feedback very seriously and your comments will be addressed by our Chef...More

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gichonjoval12345
31 May 2017|
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Response from KandVaroundtheworld | Reviewed this property |
I would say maximum should be around $70 for 2 people. That should be enough for starters, mains and drinks.
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rebajane22
17 January 2017|
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Response from Benedetta G | Property representative |
Dear Rebajane2, Thank you for your question. Yes the Talisman has many gluten free options in our menus. You can find our full A La Carte on our website. With Thanks
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Yusuf N
31 October 2016|
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Response from Benedetta G | Property representative |
Dear Yusuf, Thank you for your enquiry. We do not do buffet service but will have a Christmas plated silver service menu available for 7,000/- per person. With Thanks The Talisman
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
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
Bar Scene, Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 20:45
Tuesday
08:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
08:00 - 22:00
Thursday
08:00 - 22:00
Friday
08:00 - 22:00
Saturday
08:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 320 Ngong Road | Karen, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Location: Africa  >  Kenya  >  Nairobi
  • Phone Number: +254 705 999997
  • E-mail
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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