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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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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great ambiance, good food and lovely artwork. Each time I visited we were a large group, ordering a variety of dishes and everyone was delighted with their choice. The staff were welcoming and helpful and their knowledge of the menu was excellent.

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Thank martinaF6240DK
Nairobi, Kenya
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is an absolutely beautiful restaurant the ambiance is fantastic the service is really good and the appetizers are absolutely delicious please try the samosas and chicken wings with some wine to go with it. From the main meal the Burgers and Steaks are just exquisite. Please take an Uber as you will find time drifting away as you enjoy... More 

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Thank joanchiri
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Talisman has grown in reputation to be one of the leading restaurants in Nairobi. It has a lovely atmosphere, great staff and great food. They have both indoor and outdoor seating so the perfect setting day or night. A great combination of diners from all walks of life and a good opportunity to meet the locals

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Thank Jeremy Holley
Nairobi, Kenya
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62 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing food. Good atmosphere. Rustic and chic in my opinion. Reservation required, I think, but so worth the hassle.

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

Dear KandVaroundtheworld, Thank you for taking the time to write this amazing review! We are delighted that you enjoyed your experience with us, and yes, we definitely recommend our guests reserve in advance to avoid any disappointment, especially on weekends. We hope you will visit us again soon. With Thanks The Talisman More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Talisman food is one of the best in Nairobi - not only great taste but also very fresh. Highly recommend it.

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Thank SyK22
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear SyK22, Thank you so much for sharing this amazing review. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your experience with us and hope to welcome you back again soon. With Thanks The Talisman More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We have been with around 15 people at the Talisman for dinner. The service was great and the food really yummy. They have a great atmosphere which is also very nice if you are looking for a romantic evening as a couple. Would absolutely recommend it!

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

Dear Corinna L, Thank you for writing this great review and for the recommendation! We are so happy to hear that you and your group enjoyed your dinner, and especially our Feta & Coriander Samosas. They are definitely favourites with our clients! We hope to welcome you all back again soon. With Thanks The Talisman More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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78 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear Babadogo, Thank you for sharing this great review! We are delighted to hear that you and your group enjoyed your lunch with us. The Talisman is definitely an ideal spot to relax after such a busy morning! We hope to welcome you back next time you visit Karen. With Thanks The Talisman More 

Perth, Australia
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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 1 week ago

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

Dear Gina M, Thank you for taking the time to write this wonderful review. We are so happy to hear that you and your party enjoyed not one, but two! meals with us during your time in Nairobi. We definitely tend to be a little more relaxed during the weekdays with the weekend ushering in a bit more of a... More 

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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear ChatherineZo, Thank you for sharing this excellent review. We are always proud to hear such positive feedback from guests 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
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly
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?