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The Talisman

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Seafood, Contemporary, Fusion, Gastropub, Italian, Japanese, African, Sushi, European, Asian, British, Central European, Gluten Free Options
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320 Ngong Road | Karen, Nairobi, Kenya
+254 705 999997
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Nairobi, Kenya
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78 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

After visiting the Jiraffe centre, Kazuri factory and Karen Blixen museum we enjoyed a nice lunch at Talisman restaurant. Sea food, Africa dishes, European dishes - here they have all type of food. So I liked very much the stake and our friend was taking sea food. All dishes were delicious. What else do you need after such nice trip... More 

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Thank Babadogo
Perth, Australia
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Our first trip to Nairobi and we chose Talisman as it had very good reviews. It was a Friday night about 8pm and it was very busy, with most tables occupied. We sat outside with a lovely charcoal fire to keep us warm. For starters I ordered the soup, which could have been good, but was served cold. The mains... More 

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

Dear Keith B, Thank you for letting us know about this issue. We wish your a speedy recovery and have launched an investigation into this case and we will definitely take steps to ensure this does not happen again. Kindly accept our sincere apology on the bad service you received on Friday at the Talisman. We know you have already... More 

Miami Beach, Florida
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46 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

During our one week stay in Nairobi, we had two wonderful and very different experiences at the Talisman. On both occasions, the food was delicious--the Singapore Fish and the samosas are out of this world. Every single one of the 6 plates that our party ordered on each visit was full of flavor. During the week the place was more... More 

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Thank Gina M
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Everything is in the title, beautiful place, excellent service and above all, most amazing food in town!

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Thank CatherineZo
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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138 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Best meal I've had in the week I spent in Nairobi for work. I ate there on Tuesday night and by 8 p.m. the place was bustling and vibrant with a well-heeled and stylish crown gathering for drinks and dinner. Because 65 degrees Fahrenheit seems chilly to many diners, small charcoal heaters were placed next to the outdoors tables. I... More 

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Thank Mark H
Nairobi, Kenya
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196 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This is our Boxing Day regular place. I love the atmosphere but I have to say I've had better food then we did this past Boxing Day. Get your standards back to 100 percent

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

Dear Amrita, Thank you for sharing your review. We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your boxing day lunch with us. We take all feedback seriously, especially from a regular Boxing Day guest! Your comments will be passed on to the kitchen team and we hope you will join us again this year. With Thanks The Talisman More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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40 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It was good to be back at Talisman. They have renovated since my last visit. Alphonse, the headwaiter, greeted me like a long lost friend, he is good. The burger and green fish curry and baked apple sponge dessert were all good. It was not too crowded, and we enjoyed sitting out in the open air. I recommend this place... More 

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Thank Smilin555
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear Smilin555, Thank you for sharing this great review. We are so happy to hear that your return to the Talisman was a positive one and that you enjoyed your experience with us. We look forwards to your return visit. With Thanks The Talisman More 

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

Overall food is very good at Talisman. Even when we don't have time to sit, we usually stop by for take away samosas. However last week my husband had a very disappointing experience. He was racially profiled by one of the customers at Talisman. There was no intervention from the Talisman management or staff. My husband was told to calm... More 

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

Dear Maral B, Thank you for taking the time to share your review. We would like to apologize for the unacceptable behavior of one of our guests on your most recent visit. While we most certainly do not condone any form of racist behavior, unfortunately personal discussions and disagreements between our clients is not something we can control. We do... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent as ever, ate lunch and dinner there today and the only thing that marred our visit was the dreadful DJ who seems to have been in residence all afternoon and all evening playing awful canned tunes that no one wanted to listen to. The experience could only have been enhanced by his absence.

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Thank Tozer1965
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear Tozer1965, Thank you for sharing this five star review! We are delighted that you enjoyed two meals with us in one day but are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy our Saturday Soundtrack. We take all feedback extremely seriously and we will certainly take this under advisement and discuss it with our DJ. We look forwards to... More 

New York City, New York
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667 reviews
257 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 253 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The place is friendly and has a large open air terrace adjacent to a garden. Food unpretentious but generally good. Efficient service. Good value altogether

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

Dear MILOUW, Thank you for sharing this great review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us and we hope to welcome 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, 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
Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, 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?