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The Talisman

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Seafood, Contemporary, Fusion, Gastropub, Italian, Japanese, African, Sushi, European, Asian, British, Central European, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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320 Ngong Road | Karen, Nairobi, Kenya
+254 705 999997
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08:00 - 00:00
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32 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food was good, service was fine, decor was interesting. Their chilli sauce is quite tasty but not very chilli. Food portions were very big. The ginger and tumeric drink was very nice.

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Thank No R
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear No R, Thank you for taking the time to share this great review. We are happy to hear that 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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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Brilliant food and drinks are very very well priced. A warm and welcoming atmosphere.Greta on weekemds as they sometimes have bands, DJ's or major sports events on.

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

Dear Tim J, Thank you so much for sharing this great review. We are delighted that you consider The Talisman as a great Nairobi night out spot! We look forwards to welcoming you back again soon. With Thanks The Talisman More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's beautiful. The place and the food. During the weekends you should book in advance. It''s very busy.

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Thank Cristina1709
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear Cristina 1709, Thank you for taking the time to write this 5 star review! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed our food and atmosphere and we hope to welcome you back again soon. With Thanks The Talisman More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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74 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When in Karen try the Talisman. For drinks or meals you wont regret. The cosine is very fantastic as is the ambiance. You'll like it for sure. Try their sea foods selection

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

Dear Kim K, Thank you for sharing this wonderful review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your experience at the Talisman and we hope to welcome you back again soon. With Thanks The Talisman More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you happen to be staying in the Nairobi suburb of Karen and feel like a top class meal then The Talisman is where you need to go. Tucked away off the busy Ngong Road just outside the main village of Karen, you will find a low, one storey building with plenty of parking outside. On stepping inside there is... More 

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Thank 303gilesr
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear 303gilesr, Thank you for the kind words and 5 star review! We are delighted to receive such positive feedback about your visit. We hope to welcome you back again for some "top class" food soon. With Thanks The Talisman More 

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3 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Been to The Talisman many times, even celebrated my 40th here, and I have always enjoyed the amazing food. But the last time I was here the service was very bad... we were shown to an unlaid table... took close to 10 minutes before a waiter came to take our drinks order... took even more time before he took our... More 

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

Dear Willy G, Thank you for sharing your review and bringing this to our attention. We are sorry that you had a bad experience with our service on your last visit. We take all feedback seriously and your comments will be addressed by our Restaurant Manager and service team at tomorrow's morning brief. Please note that we are happy for... More 

2 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Best meal I've had in 9 months of living in East Africa! Amazing atmosphere, food, service, everything!

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

Dear Allie S, Thanks you so much for sharing this review! We are delighted that we could provide the best meal you have had in Kenya! That is wonderful feedback! We hope to welcome you back again soon. With Thanks The Talisman More 

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51 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went here with friends and got the salmon - for the first time in Nairobi it was cooked to perfection (for some reason they overcook fish all the time here). The atmosphere was nice, the food exceptional, what more can you ask for? A little bit expensive, especially taking int account the taxi-bill to get there, but apart from that... More 

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

Dear Charlotte R, Thank you for sharing this wonderful review! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the salmon. Our Chef has a few years of experience on the Kenya coast in Lamu so he knows his way around fish and seafood! We hope you will come and visit us again soon. With Thanks The Talisman More 

2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Was rudely recieved by the lady parking attendant. I drove off in a huff ..id rather take my money elsewhere

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

Dear Sheila M, Thank you for taking the time to bring this to our attention. We would like to apologise if you felt rudely received by our security team. That was most certainly not her intention and she was only trying to assist with keeping the carpark accessible to all by asking you to move to a better suited location.... More 

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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Talisman is simply the best so far in Nairobi. It would stand up well anywhere in the World for sure. The Restaurant has a huge atmosphere which even starts in the car park. As you enter the small facade it opens out into a large courtyard amidst different open dining areas around the edge. Each in harmony but also contrast.... More 

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

Dear Will S, Thank you so much for this fabulous review! We are overjoyed to receive such high praise and even happier to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us. On behalf of the whole team 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, Vegan Options, 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
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, View, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Romantic, Groups
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?