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The Talisman

₹₹ - ₹₹₹Seafood, , Fusion
320 Ngong Road | Karen, Nairobi, Kenya
+254 705 999997
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good26%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“samosas” (124 reviews)
“steak” (82 reviews)
“pork belly” (22 reviews)
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8:00 AM - 10:00 PMAll hours
Seafood, Contemporary, Fusion, Italian, Sushi, European, Asian, British, Central European, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
320 Ngong Road | Karen, Nairobi, Kenya
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Great food. Great Ambience. One of the best restaurants in Nairobi if not the country. Service outstanding. Great variety of food all very well prepared and presented. Will return again soon. Put the liquorice ice cream back in the menu please!!!

Thank 585carlls
Reviewed 5 days ago

The food at Talisman exceeded my expectations. I ordered the lamb shank in puff pastry and it was so tender the meat just fell off the bone. Very delicious and well worth the price.

Thank Courtney R
swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Wow, what a wonderful review, its great to note that we exceeded your expectations, you should have seen the chefs smile as we read your review, thank you, please do come again Regards The Talisman

Reviewed 5 days ago

Talisman was a wonderful step up after weeks of safari fare. Wonderful garden ambiance with tasteful art on the walls. Attentive service and excellent food. Our group all enjoyed the samosas and I devoured the delicious lamb shank. I also noted the steaks looked great....More

Thank Raintree_Thailand
swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you taking time to review and rate the Talisman, it gives us great pleasure to note that we were a step up from the rest from your safari, we do strive to make fresh fare daily and we do apologize for missing some desserts...More

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

When in Karen try the Talisman. For drinks or meals you wont regret. The cosine is very good add is the crowd that patronize this restaurant.More

Thank Kim K
swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you Kim for taking time to rate and review the Talisman, its great to note you loved the food and the ambiance, please pass by again anytime, its always our pleasure to host and we would be happy to do it over and over...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Driving through Karen you might pass The Talisman without knowing it. Just a small sign reveals that there is a gem hidden here. Once you're in, you'll find å hidden sanctuary. A beautiful restaurant in a lush garden. And the menu... It reveals true love...More

Thank Morten A
swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for your excellent rating and for taking time to leave a review, it was our pleasure to host you, did you know that after the garden we have our very own organic garden where we source most of our ingredients? next time you...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You HAVE to go!!! A friend recommended it, and it's her favorite place in Nairobi. After 5 min. there, I was in love with the design, the ambiance, the lighting, the lay-out...AND THE FOOD!!!! I am in Nairobi for the 2nd time in 8 months...More

Thank Katherine J. B
swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for the wonderful review and recommendation, its great to note that you fell in love with all the things that make Talisman special, the food, ambiance.....Please come back again anytime Regards The Talisman

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When in Nairobi I make sure to make time for a visit to Talisman. I have been a few times now with family and we always walk away happy. The staff are always very attentive and treats the guests very well. The seating is both...More

Thank AngkorTravel
swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for such a detailed review, its always been and always will be our aim to ensure that every one of our guests leaves delighted, satisfied and happy. It is this putting of our guest first, combined with our desire to do...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Talisman is a restaurant with excellent food at an affordable price. The staff is attentive and service minded. I've been there several times and the standard is always amazing. Food to die for!

Thank Katarina B
swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you Katarina for this lovely review, its always and will always be our pleasure to host and we look forward to you next visit Kind Regards The Talisman

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was booked in for a brief meal at The Talisman between flights in and out of Nairobi. I have to admit, I was extremely tired when I arrive after a day of traveling. I was sunburned, exhausted, covered in dust from the Masai Mara...More

1  Thank Craig L
swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

What an amazing review, it was our pleasure to make you feel at home and after such a tiring day, we rejuvenated you spirits and your day ended with a high, my colleagues will be pleased with your detailed review and we look forward to...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Talisman has become my wife and I most favorite dining place in Kenya .Great staff , excellent choice from a varied menu and lovely quaint atmosphere ! The service is fast by any standard but not hurried. The waiters know the menu well and will...More

Thank NairobiJeremy
swasya, Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Wow, looks like we have become one of your favorite hangouts, thank you for your lovely comments on our quaint atmosphere, fast service, varied food and wine selections. it is always our pleasure to host you so please come by anytime Regards The Talisman

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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.
18 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
Yusuf N
1 November 2016|
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Response from Benedetta G | Property representative |
Dear Yusuf, Thank you for your enquiry. We do not do buffet service but will have a Christmas plated silver service menu available for 7,000/- per person. With Thanks The Talisman

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
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
Romantic, Local cuisine, Groups, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 8:45 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 320 Ngong Road | Karen, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Location: Africa  >  Kenya  >  Nairobi
  • Phone Number: +254 705 999997
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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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