January 16, 2022


The Trip Encyclopedia

Top 10 Restaurants in Nairobi

Nairobi offers a variety of interesting places to visit and restaurants are at the top of the list. Here are the top ten that you shouldn’t skip.

1. Carnivore Restaurant

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Located on Langata Road, this is the place to go for meat in Nairobi. They serve a variety consisting of ostrich, crocodile, camel and other farm meat like beef and goat. There is an enormous barbecue as you get in with loads of meat roasting on skewers. You pay a fixed price and the waiters will keep the food coming until you decide that you have had enough. They also have other food options for vegetarians so that no one is left out. The entertainment is great too, with different theme nights and local artist performances in the evenings.

2. The Talisman

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The Talisman restaurant has made a name for itself topping many tourist review lists leading to a number of awards like a golden award in the 2015 taste awards among others. There is a lot to choose from on the menu including European, Pan-Asian and African dishes. The choice of seating is varied, providing cozy settings for dates, outdoor open dining, as well as an exquisite bar. The place is frequented by many and quite never completely empty but the customer service is always attentive and timely. You can find the Talisman restaurant on Ngong Road in an area called Karen within Nairobi.

3. Tamambo Karen Blixen

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Another lovely restaurant not to miss while in Nairobi is the Tamambo Karen Blixen right next to the Karen Blixen Museum. It is a good stopover before or after a tour of the famous museum. There is also accommodation at an adjoining coffee garden with luxurious cottage styled rooms in case you want to spend a night or two. At the Tamambo restaurant, the options on the menu are varied to include delicious Tamarind cuisines. They also provide many options for dining locations, like an indoor restaurant, an outdoor garden, a marquee tent in addition to a spacious bar.

4. Fogo Gaucho

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Nairobi has two branches of Fogo Gaucho restaurants. One at Westlands and another at Kilimani both within the city center. The restaurant specializes in Brazillian cuisines prepared by native Brazillian chefs. They serve sixteen different cuts of fleshy meats coupled with twenty-five different salad options on their all you can eat buffet. There is a well-stocked wine bar too for drinks to accompany the food. They also have room for kids to play on bouncing castles and the like with enough parking space for all their customers. In addition to arrangements for special occasions like birthday parties, get-togethers or even business meetings.

5. Open House Restaurant

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Some of the best Indian meals around the world can be found here at Open House restaurant in the Westlands region of Nairobi. Their chili and palak paneer dishes are the most popular along with many other unique dishes like the butter chicken and Malai Kebab. The customer service is also quick and courteous despite the normally full house. The restaurant is frequented by many and is usually filled up so it is best to book a table in advance. Getting here is easy as it is in the center of the city on Ring Road opposite the Westgate Mall.

6. Habesha Gigiri Restaurant

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For a taste of Ethiopian and Eritrean recipes, Habesha restaurant is the place to visit when in Nairobi. Located near the American Embassy and Village Market in Gigiri within the city, the restaurant has made a name for itself as one of the best in preparing local Ethiopian and Eritrean dishes like the famous injera. There is also a display of the entire process of preparing coffee for the customers to appreciate the original Ethiopian beverage. It is recommended not to miss a cup of this wonderful coffee after a meal as by the Ethiopian tradition. The service is fast and efficient too with a generally good Ethiopian traditional ambiance.

7. Fonda NBO Restaurant

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Mexican food can be enjoyed in it’s fullest and original form here. Fondo  NBO restaurant serves some of the best and hard to find Mexican cuisines in Nairobi; from tacos to enchiladas to traditional meals like the Mole. They also offer an extensive wine list that is explained in detail by a waiter for the customer not to miss out on any good choices. The place is cozy and spacious with a refreshing exotic ambiance. Definitely, one of the best to check out for a virtual taste bud trip to Mexico when in Nairobi, it is located on Limuru Road at the Roselyn Riviera Mall.

8. K’Osewe Ranalo Foods

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Now, for a real experience of the local Kenyan food, you need to stop by the K’oweseRonalo Foods restaurant. Try out full African meals like ugali with fish or some of the vegetable sauces, plus, some local fast foods like chapatti. Drinks include fresh juices and a Kenyan favorite beer, Tusker. The prices may be a bit on the higher side but worth the venture. They also play live jazz music that adds a nice African vibe to the atmosphere as you enjoy the whole local experience. The restaurant is very accessible too as it is housed on the Kimathi street next to many hotels and shopping centers.

9. Zen Garden

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Zen Garden is a wide-open green garden with a place for children to play as well as varied seating arrangements. There is a bamboo restaurant where most of the dining takes place with expert chefs in Pan-Asian dishes. The bamboo restaurant also has a sushi bar where all sorts of sushi are served in addition to a special menu for children. Furthermore, you can choose to dine privately in the Jade room that is more enclosed and suitable for business meetings. There is also a small tea house for breakfast or a cup of coffee whenever you feel like one. The gardens can be found on lower Kabete Road.

10. Hashmi’s Restaurant

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Great Indian barbeques are found here at Hashmi’s restaurant. An Indian restaurant bringing authentic Indian cuisine to Nairobi. The food is well prepared with precision and delivered without delay. Some of the most enjoyed dishes are the chicken chooza, kebabs, naan bread among others. The portions served are definitely worth their price which is not high. You can be sure to leave completely satisfied, not only with the food but also with the friendly and professional service. The restaurant is situated at the Ukey Complex in the Westlands of Nairobi town. There is enough parking space and ample sitting areas inside for big groups.