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The River Cafe

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Limuru Road, 1/2 km after Village Market | Inside Karura Forest, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
+254 725 969891
07:30 - 18:30
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Sun - Sat 07:30 - 18:30
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26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped here after a morning of shopping. It is set in a forest, basically and is gorgeous, lush. Good food, variety of options, welcoming staff.

Thank Jennifer M
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

The setting is wonderful and the food is fine. A little expensive for a cafe, but the view makes up for it

Thank Shawn W
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27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

The food and ambience etc after a run in Karura forest is great. However - I made a reservation on Friday for 10am Sunday, got told it would be to 12pm by Ebby, I didn't have a problem with that. Got pretty miffed though with Ebby coming to the table on Sunday,while my friend was trying to order her meal... More 

Thank kananu m
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

There is no doubt the restaurant is set in an idyllic setting. I'd say its very peaceful, but its not because the restaurant was buzzing when we visited, that's a compliment. I would recommend making a reservation before turning up as we had to wait, we didn't mind and the staff were perfectly welcoming and clear about where to wait... More 

Thank Ben B
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35 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

This is the most scenic restaurant in Nairobi. It offers breathtaking views of Karura Forest, you really get the feel of being part of nature's beauty. The food here is simply amazing, you can not go wrong with any choice on the menu. I naturally had a steak - which was cooked medium rare. The steak was a decent portion... More 

Thank Ole P
Nairobi, Kenya
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89 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

Do get thee to the forest, and no better way to launch the experience than by stopping off at the River Cafe. The food is fine and the service so very friendly. Then off you go to walk off the calories. I was there as the teambuilding element in an organisation retreat, and what a good idea it was.

Thank Michael E
San Francisco, California
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60 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

This place I love. Came without expectation. Loved all my dishes. From the appetizer, to the main dish and the dessert was simply wonderful. This is the kind of meal I would have in a great restaurant in San Francisco. Plus it is in the middle of the forrest. Who can beat that. When in kenya. You got to check... More 

Thank Gigi L
Nairobi, Kenya
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

We always visit Karura forest to unwind and this time around we popped in for a bite. Variety of options for the Paleo inclined and non-vegetarians. Service and quality of food are very good. Ambience is a bonus too. Would recommend a visit if you frequent Karura forest. There is a park entry fee approx $1 for passengers and motor... More 

Thank Munguti N
Appleton, Wisconsin
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

The ambience and beauty of the location in Karura Forest in Nairobi is unsurpassed. My cappuccino had lovely foam and a wonderful, nutty Kenyan espresso. We enjoyed some caramelised onion bread bites and I had the smoked salmon nori roll. I look forward to enjoying more meals at such a lovely location. (Note: You have to pay an entrance fee... More 

Thank DeniseARunge16
Nairobi, Kenya
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140 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

Wonderful location (Karura Forest of Limuru Road) - the restaurant is just a roof with kitchens etc on one side, so views across the forest are unimpeded! Food is mostly good (burgers a bit disappointing) and when they started reservations (which are essential at least at the weekend) a bit chaotic. Now settled down in a great go-to place. Note... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$20
Cafe, European, Bar, International, Pub
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, View, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids
Open Hours
07:30 - 18:30
07:30 - 18:30
07:30 - 18:30
07:30 - 18:30
07:30 - 18:30
07:30 - 18:30
07:30 - 18:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Limuru Road, 1/2 km after Village Market | Inside Karura Forest, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
  • Location: Africa  >  Kenya  >  Nairobi
  • Phone Number: +254 725 969891
International cuisine, French, American and Belgian influence!

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