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320 Ngong Road | Karen, Nairobi, Kenya
+254 705 999997
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I was traveling to Nairobi for 5 days of R&R, and decided to stay in Karen so that I'd have easy access to day hikes and the National park. I'm neither a fancy guy nor a foodie, so I usually just grab quick meals to go between activities. Luckily, my AirBnB host booked me a table at a Talisman and... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a late lunch and it really was a great experience. We sat outside and had some great food. I recommend the samosas followed by the Swahili Chicken curry. Just delicious. There is a good choice of wine at reasonable prices and the service is really good. Strongly recommended.

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Thank Paul W
Miami Beach, Florida
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26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great atmosphere, young upscale crowd, really good food and excellent service - Definitely worth a visit!

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Thank DavidRockwell
New York City, New York
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3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I love Talisman because it combines indoor-outdoor dinning with an expansive garden (good for kids), contemporary art exhibitions and generally good food. The ambience is excellent. Food is good too - I have eaten there thrice but had a tummy upset once so it might depend on what you eat. Generally the food is gourmet level. One of the best... More 

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

Dear ZubRasul, Thank you for taking the time to write this four star review. We are delighted to hear such positive comments, especially from a regular guest. We are sorry that you had a tummy upset and your feedback has been passed on to both our kitchen and bar teams. We hope to welcome you back again soon. With Thanks... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic ambience . Food is good too . Service could be better though . Service with a smile , irrelevant of race needs to be cultivated .

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

Dear Abeda H, Thank you for sharing this four star review. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our food and ambience and sorry that our service was not friendly enough. We take all feedback seriously and your comments will be addressed by our front of house team at tomorrow's morning brief. We hope you will visit us again.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had lunch here and what a treat it was! Very similar in value for money and quality as Hemingways, but they are two very different settings. Hemingways is a modern, white marble hotel, the talisman is more tradition. Very nice wooden benches with deep cushions to sit on. Outside and inside tables and in the evenings an open fire... More 

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

Dear Andyyyym, Thank you for taking the time to write such a great review! We are delighted that you enjoyed a lazy afternoon catching up with friends here at The Talisman and hope you will be back for many more. With Thanks The Talisman More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was pleasantly surprised as this was my second visit to the restaurant. My 1st experience wasn't the best and attributed it to possibly the fact that it was a big birthday function so less attention to details was given and waiters were clearly overwhelmed by the numbers. This time round we were just 5 friends and it was awesome.... More 

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

Dear Helen K, Thank you so much for sharing this great review. We are so happy to hear that you had an excellent experience and that our Risotto won your heart! Our Executive Chef previously owned an Italian restaurant in Copenhagen and has a passion for all things Italian. We are however sorry to hear that our waiters where overwhelmed... More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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87 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had dinner in this restaurant today with business partners and liked the serene ambiance as well as location. It is off Ngong road and not too far from Karen Police Station. The is not that wide but you get to choose from beef to chicken all the way to see food. I had their grilled beef fillet served with Bhajia... More 

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

Dear Jerim O, Thank you for sharing this great review and thank you for the recommendation!. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your business dinner with us and we hope to welcome you back again soon. With Thanks The Talisman More 

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6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

food was great,and service good.Nice atmosphere,and great setting.Food is always good,but a little pricey.

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

Dear Bryan H, Thank you for sharing this great review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us, especially coming from a regular customer! We regret that you were disappointed by the pricing and offer our apologies. The cost of our dishes are comparable to many Nairobi restaurants and we believe we provide great value given... More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I loved the sushi at talisman. It's a bit pricey ...the ambience makes up for it though. Service was also remarkable..... i didnt like the main dish though...I'd go back for drinks n sushi not food.

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

Dear Numerouno_nomad, Thank you for sharing this great review. We are delighted to hear that you love our sushi and ambience. We regret that you were disappointed by the pricing and offer our apologies. The cost of our dishes are comparable to many Nairobi restaurants and we believe we provide great value given our quality and cuisine. We look forwards... 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, 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, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings
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?