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The Talisman

$$ - $$$Seafood, , Fusion
320 Ngong Road | Karen, Nairobi, Kenya
+254 705 999997
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Overview
  • Excellent68%
  • Very good26%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“samosas” (124 reviews)
“steak” (78 reviews)
“pork belly” (21 reviews)
Closed
08:00 - 20:45All hours
CUISINES
Seafood, Contemporary, Fusion, Italian, Sushi, European, Asian, British, Central European, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
Service
Food
Value
Atmosphere
LOCATION
320 Ngong Road | Karen, Nairobi, Kenya
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Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

I lived in the city for a year without discovering Talisman. I have visited twice since having left. Each visit was 4 days long and I had 3 meals there on the first visit and 2 meals on the second. It is a delightful spot...More

Thank Aliyah A
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded 18 December 2016

Dear Aliyah A, Thank you for taking the time to write this wonderful review! We are happy to hear that you finally discovered us, and honored that you visited us so often during your stay in Nairobi! We look forward to welcoming you back on...More

Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

Talisman food was excellent, we had ordered the Swahili coconut 🌴 curry which was a very good well balanced dish. The prawn 🍤 and calamari stir fry was infused with all the right flavors (coriander, chili, lime). The white rice could do with some improvement....More

Thank Sonia A
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded 18 December 2016

Dear Sonia A, Thank you so much for sharing this excellent review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your meal with us and that Bolton excelled with his service. We hope you will visit us again soon for some more master food! With...More

Reviewed 8 December 2016 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...More

Thank Emil N
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded 10 December 2016

Dear Emil N, thank you so much for sharing this wonderful review! We are so happy that you were persuaded to visit us during your R&R and even happier to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us. We hope to welcome you back again...More

Reviewed 4 December 2016 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...More

Thank Paul W
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded 11 December 2016

Dear Paul W, Thank you for sharing this great review and recommendation! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your late lunch with us, our signature Feta & Coriander Samosas can indeed be quite addictive! We hope you will visit us again soon. With...More

Reviewed 3 December 2016

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

Thank DavidRockwell
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded 11 December 2016

Dear David Rockwell, Thank you for sharing this fabulous review! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us and even more so, to hear that we are your favourite Nairobi restaurant! We look forwards to welcoming you back again soon. With...More

Reviewed 1 December 2016

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...More

Thank Zubaida R
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded 3 December 2016

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...More

Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

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

Thank Abeda H
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded 3 December 2016

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...More

Reviewed 29 November 2016 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...More

Thank Andyyyym
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded 3 December 2016

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

Reviewed 25 November 2016 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...More

Thank Helen K
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded 2 December 2016

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...More

Reviewed 23 November 2016

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...More

Thank Ajei2000
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded 2 December 2016

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

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gichonjoval12345
31 May 2017|
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Response from KandVaroundtheworld | Reviewed this property |
I would say maximum should be around $70 for 2 people. That should be enough for starters, mains and drinks.
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rebajane22
18 January 2017|
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Response from Benedetta G | Property representative |
Dear Rebajane2, Thank you for your question. Yes the Talisman has many gluten free options in our menus. You can find our full A La Carte on our website. With Thanks
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Yusuf N
1 November 2016|
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Response from Benedetta G | Property representative |
Dear Yusuf, Thank you for your enquiry. We do not do buffet service but will have a Christmas plated silver service menu available for 7,000/- per person. With Thanks The Talisman
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, 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
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 20:45
Tuesday
08:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
08:00 - 22:00
Thursday
08:00 - 22:00
Friday
08:00 - 22:00
Saturday
08:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 320 Ngong Road | Karen, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Location: Africa  >  Kenya  >  Nairobi
  • Phone Number: +254 705 999997
  • E-mail
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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