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The Talisman Restaurant

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Seafood, Contemporary, Fusion, Italian, Sushi, European
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Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent service , courtesy staff, great food and ambience. The menu is great. 5th visit to the place and it never disappoints

Date of visit: September 2022
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kuwinda, Owner at The Talisman Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Well that is great news indeed . Happy the food and staff met your expectations , we look forward to seeing you again Isaac Asante sana

Reviewed 1 week ago

Our group of 16 had a reservation and they sat us in a beautiful part of the restaurant. The food was very good and the service was great.

Date of visit: September 2022
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kuwinda, Owner at The Talisman Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

good news thanks so much for your lovely words on the our restaurant .

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Service: This is where the 2 stars were lost. We had no reservation but decided to try our luck as it was a Thursday. The lady at the gate welcomed us in very well and said we would be able to be served as it...was not a busy day. However, the guy ushering us to a seating place was unpleasant. As we walked through to the garden area of the restaurant, we observed many tables that were not reserved and asked to be seated there. He refused saying either the table is for 7, the table is for 4, the table is reserved (even when it was not marked reserved)....I mean we can't sit at a table for 4 when we are 3?! How does that make sense. It was early afternoon and there was only one other occupied table when we arrived. So he said we can only sit on one of the two areas under a canopy at the furthest end of the garden. So we sat unwillingly but we noticed that the table was dusty/dirty and in less than a minute I was stung by a bee on my arm. The bee was hidden in the cushions behind our backs. Luckily it did not sting my son. So ofcourse I let out a shriek and he came and now agreed to move us to one of the EMPTY seatings that was for 4 people. Someone swiftly went to clean the table where the bee was and a waiter came to serve us. He was very pleasant and he saved the situation. I think his name is Boston. I asked for vinegar to treat the bee sting and he brought. Luckily it worked as the bee did not leave the stinger in my arm. Food: The food was 5 star. I had the dumplings and my mum had the ribs and my son ate fries. Everything was perfect. Tasted great and portions were just right. I took a chance on dumplings recommended by the waiter and I did not regret. The food can make me go back, but I'm not so sure yet. Ambience: The decor is kinda rustic and pretty. There is a large outdoor space for kids to play. Parking is more than enough but I'm not so sure about the evenings or busy days. Overall: 3/5 StarsMore

Date of visit: September 2022
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kuwinda, Owner at The Talisman Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Sheilla Thanks for your review . I am happy the food was great and very sorry for the service which was obviously wanting . We are having a meeting with the service team on improving areas you rightly bring up for attention required . We...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went for dinner. We were ignored by the staff. Two tables of Caucasians that arrived 10 minutes after us each had waiters and menus before we got ours. Waiters kept walking past our table. A waiter refused to clear our table after we asked....When we asked for a jiko, it appeared after 20 minutes without coals. Of course our Caucasian neighbors got theirs promptly. We will not be returning to this establishment. We spent $520 and were ignored and disrespected during our entire meal.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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AndreiGz, General Manager at The Talisman Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Allufil We Welcome EVERYONE at Talisman. We are horrified to hear of your Experience & we would like to Invite you back on us yo Experience the Legendary Talisman Hospitality. It would be our Priveledge. Yours sincerely Talisman Management.

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Delicious and beautiful space. Colorful and great service. The desserts sre slso hard to choose! The samosas were delicious!

Date of visit: August 2022
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Wangechi M, Front Office Manager at The Talisman Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear nabeab, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We are delighted to hear you had a great Anniversary. We hope to host you again soon Until next time

Reviewed 21 August 2022

Having read a review of this restaurant in the New York Times, we had to try before starting our safari. The food, ambience and service exceeded expectations. The samosas, a perfect Manhattan, steak, snapper and more were perfectly seasoned and cooked. Once on safari, we...shared our experience with our fellow travelers. Passing through Nairobi a week later, we went back to Talisman along with several in our safari group. It's that good.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Wangechi M, Front Office Manager at The Talisman Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2022

Dear gotraveler_100, Thank you for the positive rating. We're happy that you're happy and we look forward to your next visit.

Reviewed 20 August 2022

We had a so much fun at this restaurant!! Great, funny,, efficient waiters. There were quite a few of us and the restaurant set up a perfect table. It is a good option for all types of celebrations. The starters are excellent, we loved the...samosas. Talisman is a prime opportunity to brave an off-piste venture. We had the sushi and it was superb, Good gluten free options too.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Wangechi M, Front Office Manager at The Talisman Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2022

Dear Carrie7983, We really appreciate you taking the time to share your rating with us. We look forward to seeing you again soon

Reviewed 14 August 2022 via mobile

We made a last minute reservation here on Friday night, We were warmly welcomed in and given a table outside, our children were thrilled to see a small outdoor play area. We asked to move inside as it was a chilly evening snd we’re given...a table close to one of the open fires. The staff were all so friendly, we took our time reading the menu there was so much to choose from, we weren’t rushed. I had the sushi to start followed by chargrilled portobello mushrooms which was absolutely delicious! Others around the table ordered prawn tempura, squid, bbq ribs the children had fish & chips which was fresh and decent portions. Great venue it had a lovely atmosphere mixed with couples , groups of friends and family meals. The bar looked buzzing we were sad we had to leave for the airport otherwise we would have happily stayed on. Highly recommendMore

Date of visit: August 2022
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Wangechi M, Front Office Manager at The Talisman Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2022

Dear Anna R, Thank you so much for this 5-star review.We really appreciate you being a customer & for helping to share the word about us. Until next time

Reviewed 30 July 2022

We went to the Talisman as our final stop after travelling for 12 days to Kilimanjaro and to the Maasai Mara. We had no reservation, but the restaurant is big, with different areas for sitting, and at the time we arrived, many available tables. We...were welcomed by the host at the entrance and immediatelly taken to a table. Menu offered a great variety of asian dishes and several options of cocktails from the bar. Staff was attemptive, always ready to help and support us with anything.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Wangechi M, Front Office Manager at The Talisman Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2022

Dear fdemonier, Thank you for your five star review! We are always delighted to hear such positive feedback from our guests. Reviews like yours mean the world to us and are important for future travellers. Thank you again for taking the time to share this...More

Reviewed 28 July 2022 via mobile

A classy Indian decor, suitable for both casual and more serious occasions. The starters are excellent and would highly recommend the samosas. In terms of mains, the Talisman is a prime opportunity to brave an off-piste venture. The sushi is superb, steer clear of the...burger (not bad but there are better places in Nairobi for a burger), and be ready for some heat to beat down on that palate. Personally would recommend the chilli con carne, but ultimately it is hard to go wrong. Overall, a lovely restaurant with lovely food and staff.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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kuwinda, Owner at The Talisman Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 30 July 2022

Thanks for your kind review . We have a new chef so we are happy to hear the food lived up to your expectations . And we hope to see you back , we will try improve our burger too!!

Reviewed 28 July 2022

We have been going to the Talisman for well over a decade. Super cosy bar. In the restaurant we like sitting in the area on the right hand side as you enter - it's not in the middle of the restaurant and is more intimate...for a group of friends and couples. Nice wine list and fair price. THE BEST SMOKED CHILLI SAUCE made by one of the long time staff. We had steak, a wok fried dish and the lamb kofta - all very very tasty. Also want to mention our excellent Nairobi driver called Dan. He has a mini-bus or sedan, dresses amazingly, very friendly and knowledgeable about Nairobi and the outlying areas. We've used him on the last 3 trips to Nairobi - you can have him by the day or half day : +254 731 081 556More

Date of visit: July 2022
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kuwinda, Owner at The Talisman Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 30 July 2022

Karen thanks for your great review , we love meeting expectations and hope to see you back again soon.

Reviewed 24 July 2022

I entered and was not greeted by the staff. I had already made a reservation before coming. I was finally assisted after a while, because I called out a hostess and asked why no one bothered to ask me anything. She said she’d look for...my table, then went and assisted other customers. Afte some time another hostess showed me a table I could sit at and left. It took about 15 mins for a waiter to greet me and ask me if I needed anything. If it wasn’t for me waiting on a guest I’d have left.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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kuwinda, Owner at The Talisman Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2022

Rugwyvan we are deeply disappointed we failed with you so evidently . Would you be able to tell us what day and time you visited us so we can look at who was on duty and take it up with them . We sincerely hope...More

Reviewed 18 July 2022

The Food was great... And we had a fireplace to keep us warm as the weather in Karen Nairobi is not smiling!!!!! The dessert was divine, and the Dawa with Tumeric !!!!!!!

Date of visit: July 2022
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kuwinda, Owner at The Talisman Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 30 July 2022

Asante sana as they say here , thank you very much for lovely review

Reviewed 4 July 2022

We had an absolutely wonderful time at The Talisman Restaurant. The restaurant was recommended by our awesome travel agent, Lara Ray of Extraordinary Journeys (highly recommend), and she hit it out of the park. The drinks, appetizers, meals, desserts, and more drinks were unique and...special. All were delicious. We felt like we were adequately socially distanced from others at the restaurant (i.e. no COVID concerns there). The service was excellent too. Highly recommend this restaurant if you are in Nairobi.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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kuwinda, Owner at The Talisman Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 30 July 2022

WOW thanks for the very lovely review and recommending us to TA readers .

Reviewed 27 June 2022 via mobile

We had a delicious meal here. The restaurant was in a great location and the setting was romantic and delightful.

Date of visit: December 2021
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The Talisman Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5