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Thorn Tree Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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New Stanley Hotel, Kimathi St, city centre | Nairobi Central, Sarova Stanley, Nairobi, Kenya
+254 23 33283
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Bowen Island, Canada
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Breakfast is amazing - fully laid out with fresh fruit - yogurt - cereals at hot section and pastries! The chef makes eggs or crepes - whatever you desire! LOVE LOVE LOVE the staff!

Thank AfricaCarol
Portland, Oregon
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126 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here for some masala tea with milk and a smoothie. This is just a beautiful cafe with a great history. Left a message at the message tree and relaxed with my son and his friend. Did not have a meal but I bet the food would be very good. Next time will go for lunch!

Thank dvick_or
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

Stayed over a week at the Stanley and ate several times at this cafe. It's a good place to get lunch and grab a beer, Tusker specifically. The beef stew was really good and the chicken casadillas was good, even spicy.

Thank Travis S
Coronado, California
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235 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

There were, we were told by friends and locals, two hotels and their bars/restaurants that were on the must see list. This was one of them, in the Stanley hotel. We started at the bar for a couple of Tuskers. It is a beautiful old bar, lots of wood, comfortable seats, and old pictures dealing with Kenya, the railroad which... More 

Thank PeterandJinx
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64 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

I was quite anxious to re-visit the famous Thorn tree cafe with its tree and messages. Coming down there where it is at the ground floor, you will not immediately recognize the old restaurant from the 70 and 80. The tree is a new one since the old tree died. The restaurant is separated from the street with glass and... More 

Thank abut0ma
Montreal, Canada
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

Very nice and varied buffet breakfast (loved the Kenyan cakes and my friend who was born in Tanzania had a Proustian madeleine moment with one of those little cakes). And decent evening fare for those with a tight schedule who did not have the time to go further afield.

Thank TransylvanianGrl
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

Just had diner at the Thorn Tree. Good food but for a restaurant of repute; poor service. Waiters seem to be understaffed and courtesy seems to be more forced than natural. Waitress was a bit gloomy :( Had highly rated you but you have honestly extremely disappointed me. Hope you put some work into it.

Thank Alan M
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7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

Went there for pizza and loved it though it took long to come but the over courtious staff compensated for it

Thank Edith C
Las Vegas, Nevada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

I was staying at the hotel, so my first night I came down for an evening meal. I decided to order and have it delivered to my room. I ordered the Salmon I did enjoy my meal, my drink was initially not with the meal but was delivered separately, so no issues there. the second time I ate at the... More 

Thank ldjhns
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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

The Thorn Tree Café is unarguably one of Nairobi's oldest eateries still in business. Its earlier days are associated with Kenya's wildlife safari industry, when it served a lot of foreign travelers who stopped in Nairobi on their way to or from Kenya's wildlife parks. Today, it seems more of a venue for business and social meetings. Being right next... More 

Thank Kenneth M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Wifi, Delivery, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: New Stanley Hotel, Kimathi St, city centre | Nairobi Central, Sarova Stanley, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Location: Africa  >  Kenya  >  Nairobi
  • Phone Number: +254 23 33283

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