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Restaurants in Nairobi

Nairobi is cosmopolitan when it comes to eating out. The local staple of ugali (maize porridge) and stew is widely available, and many menus incorporate elements of spicy coastal Swahili cooking. Westlands has dozens of reasonable eateries, including the Indian Haandi Restaurant, as does Hurlingham, home to the Blue Nile Ethiopian Restaurant. In central Nairobi, Tamarind is a top seafood restaurant, while the produce of Kenya's ranchland can be sampled at The Carnivore in Langata.

Carnivore, Nairobi. Courtesy of The Tamarind Group
Carnivore, Nairobi. Courtesy of The Tamarind Group
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The Carnivore

Barbecued meat buffet

One of East Africa's most famous eateries, The Carnivore in Langata is renowned for its all-you-can-eat buffet featuring several barbecued meats and chicken dishes, and a generous salad selection. A popular post-safari venue, it no longer focuses on game meat, though ostrich and crocodile often supplement the more conventional likes of beef, lamb and pork.



Opening Hours

Daily 12pm-2.30pm & 7.30pm-10.30pm

Address

Langata Road, Nairobi

Telephone

+254 (0) 20 602786

Transport

Taxi

Website

Tamarind Group Website

Tamarind, Nairobi. Courtesy of The Tamarind Group
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Tamarind

Best seafood in town

The award-winning Tamarind restaurant in central Nairobi specialises in shellfish, oysters and other fresh seafood, flown up daily from its sister restaurant in Mombasa. Meat eaters are catered for with sizzling steaks and venison dishes, but it also has a good vegetarian menu. The slick service is complemented by the airy classical décor.



Opening Hours

Daily 12pm-2.30pm & 7.30pm-10.30pm

Address

National Bank Building, off Harambee Avenue, Nairobi

Telephone

+254 (0) 20 2217990

Transport

Taxi

Website

Tamarind Group Website

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Trattoria

Popular Italian eatery

A central Nairobi institution since the 1980s, the family-run Trattoria Ristorante & Pizzeria has a varied menu of seafood, steaks, fresh pasta and the inevitable pizzas. Long hours, sensible prices, a safe shuttle service, superb homemade cakes, strong coffee, optional outdoor seating and a varied wine and cocktail list are among its many strong points.



Opening Hours

Daily 7am-11.30pm

Address

Corner Wabera & Kaunda Streets, Nairobi

Telephone

+254 (0) 20 340855

Transport

Taxi or shuttle

Website

Trattoria Website

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Haandi Restaurant

Renowned Indian cuisine

Nairobi is justifiably known for its plethora of quality Indian restaurants, and the Haandi Restaurant in Westlands' The Mall is arguably the pick of them. Vegetarians are well catered for, and there's a good selection of meat curries, but the standout is a lengthy North Indian tandoor menu featuring sumptuous marinated and oven-baked chicken and fish.



Opening Hours

Daily 12.30pm-3pm & 7pm-10.30pm

Address

Mezzanine Floor, The Mall, Westlands, Nairobi

Telephone

+254 (0) 20 4448294

Transport

Taxi

Java Coffee House, Nairobi. Photo by Birsin Timurkan
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Java Down Town

Coffee, cakes and snacks

The brightly decorated downtown branch of the popular Java chain is a convenient place to break for a daytime meal or snack in central Nairobi. Aromatic coffees and a variety of sweets and cakes are supplemented by an extensive selection of healthy and not-so-healthy sandwiches, salads and other snacks.



Opening Hours

Mon-Sat 7am-9pm; Sun 8am-6pm

Address

Mama Ngina Street, Nairobi

Telephone

+254 (0) 20 313564/5

Transport

Taxi

Website

Nairobi Java Coffee House Website

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Blue Nile Ethiopian Restaurant

Adventurous African cuisine

For those who enjoy spicy food, the Blue Nile Ethiopian Restaurant in Hurlingham is a great place to try Africa's fieriest cuisine, which consists of various wat stews accompanied by pancake-like injera. The colourful décor evokes the Ethiopian highlands, the drink of choice is mead-like tej, and there's often traditional Amhara dancing.



Opening Hours

Daily 7pm-10pm

Address

Argwings Kodhek Road, Hurlingham, Nairobi

Telephone

+254 (0) 20 2728709

Transport

Taxi

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