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Mama Oliech's Restaurant

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Marcus Garvey Road, Nairobi, Kenya
10:30 - 23:30
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Sun - Sat 10:30 - 23:30
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You really need to try this place. Food (fish) and beverages were finger licking . This will always be my choice place when i stop by.

Thank Benito B
Western Finland, Finland
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178 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

...I just saw a picture of the menu from another Traveller's pictures, and I realized we were grossly overcharged! The food was ok - people are raving about the Tilapia which looked really in nice person as well. The chicken dish was bony and quite sparse on the meat. The waitresses didn't seem so happy to serve us either.

Thank Shawn C
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

After having tried to find it at an earlier visit to Nairobi I finally found it. And Mama Oliech delivered what I expected: truly authentic dishes, well prepared. Up till the side dishes (Sukumawiki!) it was perfect. Don't expect anything posh though.....

Thank Michael H
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

Ordered fried chicken because my friend is allergic to seafood. The chicken looked and tasted fossilized. Took forever to prep because we ordered fries for which we were told weren't ready. Okay. It's a potato. Slice and fry it and it will be done. Unbelievably awful. Any cook should be ashamed to serve such awful food. So should any waitress.... More 

Thank Deborah D
Riverside, California, United States
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

We stopped by this place due to its proximity to our hotel and reviews on Tripadvisor, and we are glad that we did. We were greeted by Kevin, the son of the owner who explained a bit about his mother's restaurant and their cooking philosophy. We both ordered the fried fish (Tilapia) with ugali. The portions were generous, especially for... More 

Thank Keenan M
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

When you first arrive, the restuarant seems underwhelming, most of the entrance is a car park, but once you are seated you get a sense of the atmosphere. I went on lunchtime on a weekday and the place was packed. Most of the customers were local Nairobi residents digging into the range of fresh fish dishes. The fish stews were... More 

Thank R D
Houston, Texas
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

I am glad there's a place to go to, to get authentic Kenyan/African food. I have eaten here several times. The food is good. I love the deep fried whole fish. Friendly staff, decent ambience. For tourists, ugali (maize flour cooked in water to a cake texture) with tilapia fish (broiled, roasted, deep fried or sautéed) is a must try.

Thank amynkplum
Nairobi, Kenya
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

This place to be if you real Kenyan home made delicacies.Tasty fish,vegetable and our staple ugali just like mother's.

Thank febrizia
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4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

Yummy yummy yummy fish. There's fish And and then there's fish. Very affordable too. It's basic and it's clean. Get your eat on😊

Thank Gini N
Nairobi, Kenya
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39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

This is Nairobi's premier fish-eating spot. It is fresh, delicious, affordable and completely Kenyan style. This is where office workers might go for lunch and eat a full reasonably sized Tilapia (with head and tail), prepared as it would have been at the eating joints at the shores of Lake Victoria.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
10:30 - 23:30
10:30 - 23:30
10:30 - 23:30
10:30 - 23:30
10:30 - 23:30
10:30 - 23:30
10:30 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Marcus Garvey Road, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Location: Africa  >  Kenya  >  Nairobi

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?