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The Talisman

) #2 of 501 Restaurants in Nairobi $$ - $$$ Seafood, , Fusion
320 Ngong Road | Karen, Nairobi, Kenya
+254 705 999997
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good26%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Seafood, Contemporary, Fusion, Gastropub, Italian, African, Sushi, European, Asian, British, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
320 Ngong Road | Karen, Nairobi, Kenya
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

An absolute treat - delicious food, food service, and a lovely setting. One of my favourite dining spots in Nairobi. Don't forget to book if you want to dine on a Saturday or Sunday.

Thank Belinda H
Reviewed yesterday

We had reserved a table for lunch to celebrate a birthday on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. Unfortunately when we get there, to our shock and dismay, there's no record of our reservation :-0! As we patiently wait to get a table set, we silently hope...More

Thank annekili
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We had the bad idea to believe the info about this plce, but it is not open until midnight on sundays (they close at 8pm). So, we went through all of Nairobi for nothing and now have had barely any options left to choose from...More

Thank Guillaume S
swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Dear Guillaume S, Thank you for taking the time to review the Talisman. Please accept my sincere apologies for the experience that you encountered whilst visiting The Talisman on Sunday. This is certainly not our normal Standard to close at 8.00pm and if you would...More

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Went here on a weekday afternoon. The place is set in a garden like atmosphere which is very pleasant. Their famous feta and coriander salsa was quite good. Good number of vegetarian options.

Thank Anita C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely atmosphere / surroundings and delicious food. we followed up lunch with a fun visit to the Escape Rooms, Kenya, next door. Brilliant day altogether!

Thank jdap61
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Exceptional! Beef filet was melting on your tongue like piece of butter! Lamb chunk in filo pastry was how lamb should be....very professional service, nice atmosphere....it was worth waiting for a table as we didn't book. Will definitely go again when in Nairobi!

Thank swisscut
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Talisman has an extended menu and choices of very delicious foods to pick from . The sushi is quite amazing! Furthermore, the ambiance gives off an air of romance and brilliance . Additionally , the wine selection is great and goes well with the food...More

Thank QueenOfHeartsJA
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have had so many recommendations for this place and finally I 'tried it for myself' Wonderful Service from multiple waiters from start to finish. A very Proffesional atmoshere. The food was excellent with nothing negative. I can praise this place highly enough. It's a...More

Thank Linda R
swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks Linda for taking the time to post these lovely comments about our food and service. We're so glad you enjoyed your previous visit. It was our privilege to host you, so please come back again!. We do hope you enjoyed your Special family meal...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The meal and service at the Talisman was excellent! I had dinner there with family, we had a cosy table near the fireplace. None of us found any fault with the 3-course dishes, no mean feat for 5 food lovers! We had a range of...More

Thank vifarel
swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

What a great review, we are truly delighted you all enjoyed all the things that make Talisman so special, making a foodie happy is always great. Making five foodies happy is awesome, It was our privilege to host you, so please come back again! With...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Another restaurant out in Karen, a fair drive away from the city centre, the talisman is quite good, even if it isn't at the same level as the Tamarind. The talisman closes early - last reservation is at 8:30 pm. The advantage is they serve...More

Thank bebsaurus_13
swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for taking the time to post these lovely comments about our food and service. We're so glad you enjoyed your visit. Just a point to note, The Talisman takes last orders to the kitchen at 8.30pm only on Sundays and 10.00pm on all other...More

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Maximum cost of dinner for 2
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.
Hi! My husband and I are visiting Nairobi this week. Do you have gluten free options? Thanks!
18 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
Yusuf N
Hi, am thinking about mringing my family for a buffet dinner over christmas. How much is a full Buffet Dinner per person>
1 November 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
  • Value
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
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, View, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 320 Ngong Road | Karen, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Location: Africa  >  Kenya  >  Nairobi
  • Phone Number: +254 705 999997
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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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