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320 Ngong Road | Karen, Nairobi, Kenya
+254 705 999997
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Hi All, Tried walking into Talisman - after a miserable experience at Marula Mercantile and on arrival , the restaurant looked busy . Was greeted by the (host) and was told to wait while he looked for a table. we never got that table and were just pushed from pillar to post until we made a decision to spend OUR... More 

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Thank Sunny B
San Francisco, California
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Sophisticated Swahili style ambiance combined with a cozy, romantic outdoor atmosphere. Highly recommend the feta and coriander samosas and the beef fillet. Terrific wine selection. Top notch service. Overall fantastic dining experience.

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Thank BVincent30
Nairobi, Kenya
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Talisman has been a safe bet for good food and drinks in Karen for ages. The sushi is exceptional and the famous feta samosas are fantastic. The ambiance is great too. However, there is and has always been an undercurrent of a preference within the establishment for non-Kenyan or Caucasian clientele and some of the staff do display this sentiment... More 

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Thank mackinleyfarm
Nairobi, Kenya
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46 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A solid choice within Nairobi dining scene, with a diverse enough menu and a pleasant and competent service. The setting is a nice one as well. No wow factor however, just a safe bet for an OK meal, but nothing to write home about.

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Thank Ania M
Ayr, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

I ate twice here; late afternoon and evening. The setting is beautiful and the food is really well cooked with a great menu. I had the fillet steak which tasted amazing and was cooked well, Talisman prawns are also good as a starter! They have slightly reduced menu for lunch/late afternoon but start the full menu at 6pm. The wine... More 

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Thank Clare S
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

Talisman is unlike any other restaurant I have visited and i've been to alot. The menu offerings are world class and the service up to par. A bit pricey but great for a special occasion. My favorite time is in the afternoon. The atmosphere esp outside is fantastic. The pork belly is my fav. Never been at night.

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

Dear Flora K, Thank you for taking the time to share your wonderful review. We are delighted to receive such high praise and positive feedback, especially from a regular patron. Afternoons are a great time at Talisman as it is usually more relaxed but we do serve a more extensive menu at lunch and dinner so we hope you will... More 

Ithaca, New York
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4 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We tried Talisman based on reviews we'd read online that highly recommended it, and we were not disappointed. Everything we had was delicious and perfectly prepared. The atmosphere in the restaurant is fun and relaxed, and the site is beautiful, featuring both indoor and outdoor seating. The menu features a variety of international cuisines, often with a unique twist. Servers... More 

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

Dear Doug_Barnard, Thank you so much for for sharing this lovely review! We are so happy to hear that you and your sister decided to give us a try and even happier to hear that you enjoyed your meal with us. We are so proud to hear that our team provided great recommendations and we will pass this on to... More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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6 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Where to start, the food, the service, or the atmosphere. Talisman is one of my favorite restaurants in Kenya. It has a fun, eclectic atmosphere. Great outdoor seating that allows you to enjoy a nice Nairobi's night. The food is always very good. Great for big or small groups, singles, families and everything in-between. Day or night, not a place... More 

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Thank G1103BLchristinec
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review

Dear G1103BL_christinec, We can't thank you enough for taking the time to share this wonderful review with us. We are delighted to hear that we are your favourite restaurant in Nairobi! This is high praise indeed! On behalf of the entire team at Talisman we look forwards to welcoming you back again soon. With Thanks The Talisman More 

Geneva, Switzerland
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excitement in the escape rooms, exceptional dinner and great atmosphere on the dance floor - and yes we are in Africa.

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

Dear Michaelloose, Thank you for taking the time to share this great review. We are so happy to hear that you have discovered our neighbours at Escape Rooms and even happier to hear that you made a night of it by dining and dancing with us after! We hope to welcome you back again soon. With Thanks The Talisman More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Talisman is one of my favourite restaurants of all time! Fantastic atmosphere in a beautiful garden setting, great play ground for kids. The service is excellent, the extremely friendly staff greet repeat guests by name! I highly recommend brunch over the weekend and cocktails on Friday nights!

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

Dear Lyn A, We can't thank you enough for sharing this wonderful review with us. We are so happy to hear that we are one of your favourite restaurants of all time! This is high praise indeed! On behalf of the entire team at Talisman we look forwards to welcoming you back again soon. With Thanks The Talisman More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
Seafood, Contemporary, Fusion, Gastropub, Italian, Japanese, African, Sushi, European, Asian, British, 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
Groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Romantic
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?