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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” (155 reviews)
“steak” (89 reviews)
“pork belly” (23 reviews)
Open Now
08:00 - 22:00 Hours
CUISINES
Seafood, Contemporary, Fusion, Italian, Sushi, European, Asian, British, Central European, Barbecue, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
££ - £££
RATINGS
Service
Food
Value
Atmosphere
LOCATION
320 Ngong Road | Karen, Nairobi, Kenya
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
Sponsored by: The Talisman
1. World-Class Cuisine
"World class food at well under London prices"
Nina M
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2. Relaxing Atmosphere
"it's the atmosphere and decor that gets you"
almitalia
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3. Art Exhibitions
" Cosy interior with regular local art exhibitions."
Rebecca Becks G
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Reviewed 2 June 2017

Our last afternoon in Kenya and needed a good spot for lunch. Our driver booked us into The Talisman, which was an excellent choice. Once through the entry gate and into the building, you enter into a beautiful outdoor, covered, courtyard, with flowering plants everywhere....More

Thank Roger61Texas
swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2017

Wow! What a fantastic detailed review Roger. Thanks so much for coming all the way out to see us, and we're delighted you enjoyed all the things that make Talisman so special. It was our privilege to host you, so please come back again! With...More

Reviewed 31 May 2017

Our last night in Nairobi we had dinner at the Talisman, the restaurant is wonderful, very cozy and great menue. The Samosas are fantastic, I had Schezuan which was delightful. Great deserts. Fell in love with all the Frog heaters. You need a reservation for...More

Thank Bittesegen
swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2017

Thanks so much for the kind words! We are so glad you enjoyed your meal with us and look forward to having you back any time you are in Karen! With Thanks The Talisman

Reviewed 31 May 2017 via mobile

Another fine evening at this local favourite - great company, great food, great ambiance - what else can I say? Great service!

Thank Escape-overseas
swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2017

Thanks so much for the kind words! We are so glad you enjoyed the Ambiance, Service and your meal with us and look forward to having you back any time you are in Karen! The Talisman

Reviewed 29 May 2017

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...More

Thank Sunshine A
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2017

Dear Sunny B, Thank you for sharing your review and we are sorry that our host was unable to find a table for you on Sunday. We do get very busy on weekends and reservations are usually recommended but sometimes there are cancellations or late...More

Reviewed 24 May 2017

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.

Thank BVincent30
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2017

Dear BVincent30, Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful 5 star reviewwith us! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your experience here at The Talisman and we hope to welcome you back again soon. With Thanks The Talisman

Reviewed 23 May 2017

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...More

Thank mackinleyfarm
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2017

Dear Mackinleyfarm, Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We are happy to hear that you have been a regular customer of ours for many years and we can reassure you that we absolutely do not discriminate here at The Talisman. Alas,...More

Reviewed 21 May 2017 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.

Thank Ania M
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2017

Dear Ania M, Thank you for taking the time to share your review. We are happy that you had a pleasant time here at the Talisman and we hope to welcome you back again soon. With Thanks The Talisman

Reviewed 20 May 2017

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...More

Thank Clare S
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2017

Dear Clare S, Thank you for taking the time to write this great review. We are so happy to hear that you visited twice during your visit and that you enjoyed the food and atmosphere. We hope to welcome you back again next time you...More

Reviewed 18 May 2017

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...More

Thank Flora K
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded 20 May 2017

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...More

Reviewed 17 May 2017 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...More

Thank doug_barnard
Benedetta G, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded 20 May 2017

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...More

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Kazimali M
16 March 2018|
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Response from swasya | Property representative |
Hi Kazimali, Our food is definitely Halal Regards Steve
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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
17 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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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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, View, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic
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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