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Zen Garden Restaurant

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Lower Kabete Road, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
254 8034466
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Ottawa, Canada
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56 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The menu is full of interesting options. We tried the green papaya salad, the crunchy duck salad, the noodles in garlic and chili and the Thai green chili chicken. The two salads were tasty and large enough to be shared by two people. The noodles were very nice, both spicy and salty. The food is quite nice. The restaurant's major... More 

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Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Zen has to be one of the only restaurant in Nairobi that we have been to numerous times and have never ever had a bad experience or bad food. In fact the food here has to be the best Asian food in Nairobi, the consistency the service is spot on every time, even with a large group. Sundays are definitely... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food is over priced for no apparent reason. Doesn't taste any different than what I would get out there. Too many white people.

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Dubai
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This garden restaurant has nice view. The starters served with drinks were delicious. The main course and desserts were very good. The staff was prompt in providing the service. Overall a great dining experience.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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630 reviews
391 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 246 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I wrote a review 3 years ago - was not really happy with the food - but after that i have eaten more on the Asia side - Bamboo. Food - service has been brilliant, though expensive. Most of the times its been a pleasant restaurant for lunches - close to my work. But then today I found out that... More 

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love this place! Zen is my favorite place to go and work remotely during the day on my frequent travels to Kenya. The breakfast at Jade is fabulous and it’s so nice sitting outside in the cool Nairobi early mornings and the quiet of Zen. Favorites at breakfast are the sausage rolls, the morning haven – the mushroom sauce... More 

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Thank LilyB123
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had dinner at the Bamboo restaurant with a group of friends on a Friday evening.The ambience is cool and relaxing. The variety of food to suit every palate is amazing.The stir fried rice plus the sizzling fried beef are simply mouthwate ring. The staff are attentive and friendly and service is fast. It's simply a great place to hang... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place is divine, from the continental Jade restaurant to the Bamboo restaurant. The food from every kitchen is tasty and the service is attentive and quick. The place is also very friendly to Children as they have lush green gardens for kids to play. I would definitely come back.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Zen is a wonderful restaurant that transports you outside of the confines, hustle and bustle of Nairobi into beautiful grounds and great food. My wife and I came with our young son on a Sunday afternoon who was able to run around the expansive grounds, playing with all the other children. We enjoyed a late afternoon lunch comprising primarily Dim... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017

Set in the suburbs of Nairobi, this absolute gem of a restaurant is worth a lot more than one visit. The complex - there is a spa as well - is set in a lush treed garden and has a feeling of peace as you enter from the chaos of Nairobi traffic. Friendly and efficient staff, a wonderful outside area... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Chinese, Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Delivery, Private Dining
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, View, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Lower Kabete Road, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
  • Location: Africa  >  Kenya  >  Nairobi
  • Phone Number: 254 8034466

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