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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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  • Excellent23%
  • Very good51%
  • Average15%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible6%
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“brunch” (12 reviews)
“veggie burger” (2 reviews)
“karura forest” (33 reviews)
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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 2 February 2018 via mobile

This was my second time here and unfortunately I wasn't very impressed either time. The setting is nice, and the service is good.... but sadly the food is mediocre. Seems like they're trying to offer fancy meals but not quite pulling it off. Two items...More

Thank rejoicing
Reviewed 23 January 2018 via mobile

I love coming here for brunch after I run. You have to pay to enter Karura forest to get to the cafe. It’s 600 KES for non residents and 200 KES for residents. The portions aren’t very big but the view of the forest is...More

Thank iluvafrica333
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Reviewed 24 December 2017 via mobile

Enjoyable setting close to the forest. Burgers, salads and the vegetarian curries were all good. Nice place for leisurely lunch.

Thank sdmmb
Reviewed 20 December 2017

One of the best things this restaurant has going for it is the location. Smack in the middle of Karura you get a wonderful view of the forest, loved the fresh air. You can even work up an appetite first by exploring the forest by...More

Thank ShakaReri
Reviewed 14 December 2017

I love Karura forest and River Cafe is good place to refresh and recover your strength after a walk, or to pass by for quick breakfast before. Yet I won't go there on purpose to eat as food is average, and often it's a matter...More

Thank eriele_r
Reviewed 9 December 2017 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

1  Thank MaishaKenya
Reviewed 25 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
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12 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
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Average prices
US$5 - US$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
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, View, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
07:30 - 18:30
07:30 - 18:30
07:30 - 18:30
07:30 - 18:30
07:30 - 18:30
07:30 - 18:30
07:30 - 18:30
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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