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The River Cafe

Limuru Road, 1/2 km after Village Market | Inside Karura Forest, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
+254 725 969891
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  • Excellent24%
  • Very good50%
  • Average15%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible6%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (14 reviews)
“veggie burger” (2 reviews)
“juice” (5 reviews)
Open Now
7:30 am - 6:30 pmAll hours
Cafe, European, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Limuru Road, 1/2 km after Village Market | Inside Karura Forest, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Sitting in the middle of a forest having a coffee in the middle of nairobi is truly special! Food could be better though - nothing special

Thank G_foodietravlr1212
Reviewed 4 October 2017

Wangari Muta Maathai, the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize fought to protect Karura Forest. So sad to see how many trees were cut down to build this restaurant and the concrete parking lot. In 2003 the NARC government led by Mwai...More

Thank MaishaKenya
Reviewed 26 September 2017

Need some fresh air and to recharge a bit over brunch? This is your spot! A varied menu, excellent service, and a view of the forest that can't be beat, the River Cafe will leave you restored and with a happy belly full of grub.

Thank Poveshom
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed the breakfast here omelette, bacon & sausages.. nice place with a great view of the karura Forest...chairs could be more comfortable..

Thank Sachin P
Reviewed 2 June 2017 via mobile

River Café is situated in de Karura Forest Reserve, a huge forest right in the centre of Nairobi. You have to pay an entry fee to enter the park (non-residents KSh 600, residents KSh 200). The Café is near the KFEET and reachable via the...More

1  Thank Mischka63
Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

This is a very nice place. Food is good of premium quality. The ambience is nice overlooking the karura forest. Only draw back is they are always full, and you need advance booking to be able to Cheri's its beauty. Otherwise you always on the...More

Thank daruro81
Reviewed 20 April 2017

The location of the River Cafe is lovely overlooking Karura Forest. However, I thought the food was average and overpriced. We had burgers which were just OK - the fries that came with them were overcooked and no veges or salad served with them. One...More

Thank 254annielib
Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

If you want a nice and relaxing view, go no farther. The food however is average with nothing special. You can get better food at ArtCafe!

Thank The_Egyptian_Couple
Reviewed 4 January 2017

Visited this lovely eatery at Karura Forest twice in one week - once for breakfast and then again for lunch. On both occasions, enjoyed the food - good selection for vegetarians, and the service was also good. If you are in Nairobi for a few...More

Thank Joe64
Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

It's a nice "western style" cafe in a forest. That's the place to meet the local ex-pats and have a nice brunch. Reservations for Weekends are recommended. They also have an activity corner for the kids

Thank BMerav
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Nearby Attractions
Karura Forest
747 reviews
.70 km away
United Nations Visitor's Service
107 reviews
1.05 km away
The Village Market
179 reviews
2.25 km away
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103 reviews
2.55 km away
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Questions & Answers
13 December 2015|
Response from SWK2 | Property representative |
The River Cafe relocated to Karura Forest, with the entrance to the park located off Limuru Road across from the Belgian Embassy. You are encouraged to make bookings on the weekend but for further assistance, please call... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 20
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, View, Kids
Open Hours
7:30 am - 6:30 pm
7:30 am - 6:30 pm
7:30 am - 6:30 pm
7:30 am - 6:30 pm
7:30 am - 6:30 pm
7:30 am - 6:30 pm
7:30 am - 6:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Limuru Road, 1/2 km after Village Market | Inside Karura Forest, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
  • Location: Africa  >  Kenya  >  Nairobi
  • Phone Number: +254 725 969891
International cuisine, French, American and Belgian influence!
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