This is a definitive, ranked list of best restaurants you can have your dinner in Nairobi. These places are more than just exciting food and exceptional drinks – most importantly, they guarantee a good time. These are the top restaurants in Nairobi that we send our friends and family to when they ask for recommendations.
1. Tamarind Restaurant
If you’re looking for a great night out and would like to have some world class seafood, then Tamarind is the best place to go. The restaurant is located in a peaceful neighborhood where you can feel at home. ( You may need to take a cab to the place if you don’t have a car) –
The staff is genuinely warm and knowledgeable about what they sell. The greens served with the food makes Tamarind a healthy eating place. On Fridays, they always have a band which plays some good music which I found to be entertaining.Their prices are a bit high but believe me, it’s worth it.
2. The Talisman
Talisman is one of the best restaurants in Nairobi if not the country. I must say that its garden setting makes it a perfect choice for a romantic dinner. The food here is exceptional and their wine list is extensive. This is also a great place for entertaining friends and family for that special celebration or clients in town for some business. It is not cheap but you will be pleased you made the effort. Be sure to reserve a table, especially at weekends. It gets very busy.
Suitable for couples or groups of friends.
3. Fogo Gaucho
If you have a big appetite and love for meat, then Fogo Gaucho is the best restaurant you can visit in Nairobi.Fogo is similar to the famous Carnivore but on a much smaller and more intimate scale. It is a Brazilian themed restaurant with a standard menu of different types of meat and some accompaniments.
What I love most about Fogo Gaucho is the fact that waiters just keep coming as long as your card is turned up on the green side which means “give me more”, they will be there every passing minute! A variety of meat served is extensive, from grilled fish, crocodile, topside beef, to chicken thighs. Perfect ambiance for both family and friends.
The View Restaurant
It’s located on the 24th floor of Mövenpick Hotel in Westlands. The restaurant offers a breathtaking view over Parklands, Upper Hill, Westlands, Karura Forest and the City of Nairobi. They have mouth-watering dishes featuring Mediterranean and brand Signature dishes from Switzerland. You can book a dinner table at The View between Tuesday and Sunday from 6.00 pm – 11.00 pm.
4.The Lord Erroll Gourmet Restaurant
The Lord Erroll is situated in one of the most pleasant residential areas of Nairobi; Runda and 15 minutes away from the city. The staff here are very friendly. Their menu is also diverse which serves a variety of cuisines. The decor of this quaint restaurant is amazing , especially if you get to sit on the terrace overlooking the lush lawns. Perfect spot for a chilled out dinner with your loved one.
Lord Erroll is accessible through Ruaka Road either from the side of Limuru Rd or the United nations avenue.
5. About Thyme
About Thyme is an ideal place for a quiet good dinner with a garden setting.The food is very delicious and the ambiance is very nice .Their services are good as well. I would strongly recommend About Thyme for those who want to have romantic dinner or for guests who prefer a peaceful ambiance.
About Thyme is located along Eldama Ravine Road in Westlands.
This one of the best restaurants in Nairobi where you can have a family dinner. The location is excellent, a spacious garden with play stuff for younger kids.On Saturdays you also find the organic market at their premises giving everybody a chance to buy organic grown veggies. Such a nice place to have your dinner in Karen.
7. Fonda NBO
This is the home to best Mexican food you will find in Nairobi by far. The chef is Mexican – giving the menu a feel of authenticity. They have a variety of tasty dishes over 35 that changes over time, which makes sure that there is something for everyone.
They have an equally impressive drinks offering – which naturally leads to a fantastic atmosphere. The prices are also really affordable. Perfect chill spot for a dinner date.
8. Habesha Restaurant
This is a nice place in Hurlingham with a good ambience to enjoy Ethiopian delicacies. The staff is very friendly and very quick not forgetting that their food is a great value for your money. Perfect restaurant to have dinner with your family, business associates or even your lover!
9. Ocean Basket
Ocean Basket is easily one of the best places for seafood in Nairobi. The place feels special as soon as you walk in, thanks to the friendly staff. Their wine selection and cocktails are also perfect. They have maintained the standard of the franchise coupled with a great outside setting and a few heaters just in case.
Perfect restaurant to enjoy your seafood with a group of friends or family. I’ve been there a couple of times and so far I’ve had an excellent experience.
10. 45 Degrees Kitchen
The restaurant features a sustainable and organically grown ingredient-driven menu, utilizing produce from the restaurant’s organic garden. The place is really difficult to find, but their food, ambience and services are very good. Wonderful place to have dinner for couples and groups; friends /colleagues.