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Tamarind Restaurant

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Karen Road | Karen, Nairobi 00200, Kenya
+254 719 346349
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Few restaurants in the country will give you an experience as awesome as this. I went to the Tamarind with my partner sometime last year- I like to sample new places. It's a neat, neo-vintage restaurant overlooking the picturesque Indian Ocean. Smiling faces will welcome you and guide you to your seat. I strongly suggest you try their sea-food. Be... More 

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Thank Ferdinand O
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Being one of the oldest established restaurants in Kenya, Tamarind has built its reputation on excellent food (famous for its seafood), excellent service and a nice attention to detail. Seemingly pricey by Kenyan standards but you never come away disappointed so it is actually good value for money.

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Thank Jeremy Holley
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Due to all the great reviews and press, my wife and I went out of our way to make our last night a special one at one of Nairobi's "Top Restaurants." After looking at the menu and seeing the reviews, we figured it was going to be the culinary highlight of the trip. I think some fault is on us... More 

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Thank ecobeeWill
Nairobi, Kenya
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I REALLY love the food at this restaurant. I really love the atmosphere, the service and the attention to details, which separates the merely 'good' from the 'excellent'. There are plenty of new restaurants in Karen, but they are all runny-nosed nouveau upstarts compared to this place.

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Thank theinspectorishere
Geraldine D, Director of Sales at Tamarind Restaurant, responded to this review

Wow what an amazing review.We are truly delighted that you love the food the atmosphere, the service and attention to detail at Tamarind. Your compliments are a great motivation to our dedicated team who will double their efforts to be deserving of your loyalty and praise. We so appreciate you taking the time to give us feedback and a perfect... More 

Nairobi Region, Kenya
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Held our wedding reception at Tamambo Karen Blixen Restaurant in December 2016, excellent venue with impeccable service standards. Highly recommended ! Lena & Emmanuel

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Thank CarpeM1
Geraldine D, Director of Sales at Tamarind Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for the perfect rating and for taking the time to post a review. We are so delighted that you chose to hold such a special occasion with us and that our restaurant and our staff were instrumental in making the occasion memorable. Your positive feedback have been shared with our dedicated team and are great acknowledgement of their... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

the food was amazing, the service was lovely from the time we enter to the time we left, wonderful place to be.

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Thank Yvonne K
Geraldine D, Director of Sales at Tamarind Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for giving us a perfect rating. We appreciate that feedback and are delighted that you enjoyed the food and service. Many thanks for taking the time to post a review. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. More 

Nairobi, Kenya
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The atmosphere at The Tamarind is still what it used to be, with the decor recalling the old Tamarind Restaurant that used to e located in downtown Nairobi. A wonderful, quiet and relaxing place to enjoy a delicious meal out, whether it be for lunch or for dinner. The food was faultless, tasty, well presented and fresh. What was lacking... More 

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Thank K M
Geraldine D, Director of Sales at Tamarind Restaurant, responded to this review

We appreciate you taking the time to provide us with such detailed feedback about your dining experience at Tamarind. We are glad to hear that overall your experience was positive and that the meal was delicious and well presented. However we are disappointed to learn that the service didn't meet your expectations. Please note that your concerns have been passed... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After seeing the elephants and the giraffes we escaped to the quiet and beautiful setting of the Karen Blixen Coffee Garden for lunch. The service was outstanding! We felt quite guilty arriving covered in mud which they may never get off the warm welcome wash cloths. The Dawas were some of the best we've ever had. Everything was delicious. Thank... More 

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Thank Afine32889
Geraldine D, Director of Sales at Tamarind Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing Tamambo Karen Blixen for your after safari lunch. We are delighted to hear that everything was delicious and the service was outstanding. Your positive feedback is a great tribute to our dedicated team. Many thanks for taking the time to review and for giving us a perfect rating. We look forward to welcoming you back again... More 

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great evening dinning with outdoor seating and wonderful atmosphere. Live music, excellent food and friendly helpful staff.

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Thank Sean K
Geraldine D, Director of Sales at Tamarind Restaurant, responded to this review

Many thanks indeed for such a great review and for giving us a perfect rating. We are delighted that you chose to celebrate your birthday dinner with us and enjoyed the atmosphere and thought the food excellent and the staff helpful. We appreciate the feedback and hope to welcome your back again soon. More 

Parkgate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

From chilly England to the Summer warmth of Kenya, we came for a little family reunion in Karen. One evening, we seven celebrated in style at Tamarind Restaurant; the seafood was spectacular, exquisitely prepared, sublimely tasty. The service was excellent, with personal attention. We agreed that our pre-Christmas celebration was memorable and elegant, and we agreed that we'd come again.

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Thank Margaret Mary C
Geraldine D, Director of Sales at Tamarind Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing the Tamarind to hold your family reunion. We are delighted you enjoyed the experience and that the seafood was spectacular, and the service was excellent. We are thrilled that you all agreed that this pre-Christmas celebration was memorable and elegant and we look forward to your next visit. Many thanks for taking the time to give... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$50 - US$100
Cuisine
European, African, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Validated Parking, Full Bar
Good for
View, Bar Scene, Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Karen Road | Karen, Nairobi 00200, Kenya
  • Location: Africa  >  Kenya  >  Nairobi
  • Phone Number: +254 719 346349
Description
Nairobi's iconic seafood restaurant which originally opened in August 1977, has recently moved from the Central Business District to the leafy suburbs of Karen at the Karen Blixen coffee Garden.
The menu is a blend of the best of French, Asian and African cuisines with specialties such as the famous Prawns Piri Piri, and Chilli Crab which have earned the Tamarind worldwide fame.

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