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The Talisman Restaurant

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Seafood, Contemporary, Fusion, Italian, Sushi, European
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Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The restaurant is beautiful, overlooking the garden. We enjoyed our delicious dinner and drinks sitting on the floor at the terrase, from where we could also enjoy the people watching. The food is delicious.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Outdoor seating is great, waiters are super friendly and attentive, serving is not super fast as they prepare fresh food upon ordering, sushi is great and pasta is the best in town

Date of visit: November 2022
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Roselyne M, Marketing at The Talisman Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Minayounan, Thank you for your wonderful review. I will be sure to pass your feedback to the Chefs. Until next time

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did a random check in on a Sunday, they were really busy but we found a seat from the manger who was so pleasant to talk to and so lovely and really helpful. I like how busy it is but still the service is...impeccable. Their food is worth the money, and they are quick to serve. I enjoyed my time there, one hour date turned to five hours because of how inviting the place is.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Roselyne M, Marketing at The Talisman Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear olunja93, Thank you for taking the time to review your visit with us. It is always a pleasure to hear such kind words from our guests. We hope to host you again soon

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We frequently visit Nairobi and The Talisman is consistently delicious with great service and atmosphere. Be sure to order a dawa and samosas — both are incredible!

Date of visit: November 2022
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Roselyne M, Marketing at The Talisman Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear KaitHanson, Thank you for your feedback and for being such a loyal customer. We hope to host you again soon.

Reviewed 24 October 2022

The restaurant décor is awesome with inside & outside seating. Also great for couples and groups. The service is efficient and very friendly with drinks and meals served in good time. The food selection on the menu is varied and the dishes delicious. A great...placeMore

Date of visit: October 2022
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Andrei, General Manager at The Talisman Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 28 October 2022

Dear Chambo243, Thank you for letting us host you for the second time and giving us a 5-star review. We are delighted to hear that all our meals so far are exceptional and our prompt service made your experience enjoyable. Your great feedback has been...More

Reviewed 15 October 2022 via mobile

First Food was great service was unmatched . You can never go wrong with talisman. Now the downside , wine glasses , please please improve on your wine glasses , drinking good wine in a pathetic glass is not a good experience. Unless you want...your guests to be carrying wine glasses to come and dine.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Andrei, General Manager at The Talisman Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 19 October 2022

Good Afternoon Xiumei2012 Glad that we met your expectations on food quality and exeeded on our service etiquette. We would be more than willing to avail wine glasses that compliment your dinning preference next time you visit us. You are most welcome. Kind Regards. Talisman

Reviewed 10 October 2022 via mobile

We were in Kenya for a relief mission and on the suggestion of a colleague stopped here on our way back to the airport. I am so glad we did! We did not have a reservation but were still seated promptly. Our service was incredible-...literally within seconds our waiter had our drink orders and made some general recommendations- We had prawns and wings as appetizers-these were both delicious- piping hot and out within mere minutes of the request. The wings were uniquely Kenyan and at the advice of our server we stuck to the “mild”. Probably a wise choice. Steak was out main entree- nicely prepared and tasty. Maybe not the best cut of beef but worthy of the price. Atmosphere was very nice- outdoor gazebo type with table-side charcoal heater added to the ambiance. Definitely would visit againMore

Date of visit: October 2022
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Roselyne M, Marketing at The Talisman Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2022

Dear timothyd794, Thank you for your five star review! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the experience and we look forward to hosting you again soon.

Reviewed 8 October 2022 via mobile

After 20 years I dined here again and was happy to say the standards are the same if not better. The ambiance was perfect. You feel totally relaxed with option for indoor and outdoor seating and perfect lighting. Steak was amazing and the flavours very...nice and interesting. Happy to have found Rhuburb Crumble. Just missed the custard.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Andrei, General Manager at The Talisman Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2022

Dear Arushan73 Good morning, thank you so much for taking the time to write such a wonderful review & coming back after 20 years. We believe we have a fantastic team and it's lovely to see that reflected in your comments! We're so pleased you...More

Reviewed 24 September 2022 via mobile

Excellent service , courtesy staff, great food and ambience. The menu is great. 5th visit to the place and it never disappoints

Date of visit: September 2022
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kuwinda, Owner at The Talisman Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 26 September 2022

Well that is great news indeed . Happy the food and staff met your expectations , we look forward to seeing you again Isaac Asante sana

Reviewed 23 September 2022

Our group of 16 had a reservation and they sat us in a beautiful part of the restaurant. The food was very good and the service was great.

Date of visit: September 2022
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kuwinda, Owner at The Talisman Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 26 September 2022

good news thanks so much for your lovely words on the our restaurant .

Reviewed 11 September 2022 via mobile

Service: This is where the 2 stars were lost. We had no reservation but decided to try our luck as it was a Thursday. The lady at the gate welcomed us in very well and said we would be able to be served as it...was not a busy day. However, the guy ushering us to a seating place was unpleasant. As we walked through to the garden area of the restaurant, we observed many tables that were not reserved and asked to be seated there. He refused saying either the table is for 7, the table is for 4, the table is reserved (even when it was not marked reserved)....I mean we can't sit at a table for 4 when we are 3?! How does that make sense. It was early afternoon and there was only one other occupied table when we arrived. So he said we can only sit on one of the two areas under a canopy at the furthest end of the garden. So we sat unwillingly but we noticed that the table was dusty/dirty and in less than a minute I was stung by a bee on my arm. The bee was hidden in the cushions behind our backs. Luckily it did not sting my son. So ofcourse I let out a shriek and he came and now agreed to move us to one of the EMPTY seatings that was for 4 people. Someone swiftly went to clean the table where the bee was and a waiter came to serve us. He was very pleasant and he saved the situation. I think his name is Boston. I asked for vinegar to treat the bee sting and he brought. Luckily it worked as the bee did not leave the stinger in my arm. Food: The food was 5 star. I had the dumplings and my mum had the ribs and my son ate fries. Everything was perfect. Tasted great and portions were just right. I took a chance on dumplings recommended by the waiter and I did not regret. The food can make me go back, but I'm not so sure yet. Ambience: The decor is kinda rustic and pretty. There is a large outdoor space for kids to play. Parking is more than enough but I'm not so sure about the evenings or busy days. Overall: 3/5 StarsMore

Date of visit: September 2022
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kuwinda, Owner at The Talisman Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2022

Sheilla Thanks for your review . I am happy the food was great and very sorry for the service which was obviously wanting . We are having a meeting with the service team on improving areas you rightly bring up for attention required . We...More

Reviewed 7 September 2022 via mobile

We went for dinner. We were ignored by the staff. Two tables of Caucasians that arrived 10 minutes after us each had waiters and menus before we got ours. Waiters kept walking past our table. A waiter refused to clear our table after we asked....When we asked for a jiko, it appeared after 20 minutes without coals. Of course our Caucasian neighbors got theirs promptly. We will not be returning to this establishment. We spent $520 and were ignored and disrespected during our entire meal.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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AndreiGz, General Manager at The Talisman Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2022

Dear Allufil We Welcome EVERYONE at Talisman. We are horrified to hear of your Experience & we would like to Invite you back on us yo Experience the Legendary Talisman Hospitality. It would be our Priveledge. Yours sincerely Talisman Management.

Reviewed 31 August 2022 via mobile

Delicious and beautiful space. Colorful and great service. The desserts sre slso hard to choose! The samosas were delicious!

Date of visit: August 2022
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Wangechi M, Front Office Manager at The Talisman Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2022

Dear nabeab, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We are delighted to hear you had a great Anniversary. We hope to host you again soon Until next time

Reviewed 21 August 2022

Having read a review of this restaurant in the New York Times, we had to try before starting our safari. The food, ambience and service exceeded expectations. The samosas, a perfect Manhattan, steak, snapper and more were perfectly seasoned and cooked. Once on safari, we...shared our experience with our fellow travelers. Passing through Nairobi a week later, we went back to Talisman along with several in our safari group. It's that good.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Wangechi M, Front Office Manager at The Talisman Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2022

Dear gotraveler_100, Thank you for the positive rating. We're happy that you're happy and we look forward to your next visit.

Reviewed 20 August 2022

We had a so much fun at this restaurant!! Great, funny,, efficient waiters. There were quite a few of us and the restaurant set up a perfect table. It is a good option for all types of celebrations. The starters are excellent, we loved the...samosas. Talisman is a prime opportunity to brave an off-piste venture. We had the sushi and it was superb, Good gluten free options too.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Wangechi M, Front Office Manager at The Talisman Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2022

Dear Carrie7983, We really appreciate you taking the time to share your rating with us. We look forward to seeing you again soon

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6000-8000 kshs
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It's outside in a garden if that helps
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dress warm in the evenings , smart casual is fine
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The Talisman Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5