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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.

Java Coffee House, Nairobi. Photo by Birsin Timurkan

Top-end

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  1. 1. Tamarind - Top-end: (More than KSh900 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Tamarind, Nairobi. Courtesy of The Tamarind Group

    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.Show this on map

    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 Website

  2. 2. The Carnivore - Top-end: (More than KSh900 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Carnivore, Nairobi. Courtesy of The Tamarind Group

    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.Show this on map

    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

Mid-range

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  1. 3. Haandi Restaurant - Mid-range: (KSh600-KSh900 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    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.Show this on map

    Opening hours

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

    Address

    Mezzanine Floor, The Mall, Westlands, Nairobi

    Telephone

    +254 (0) 20 4448294

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Haandi Restaurants Website

  2. 4. Trattoria - Mid-range: (KSh600-KSh900 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    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.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 7am-11.30pm

    Address

    Corner Wabera & Kaunda Streets, Nairobi

    Telephone

    +254 (0) 20 340855

    Transport

    Taxi or shuttle

Budget

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  1. 5. Java House Down Town - Budget: (Less than KSh600 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Java Coffee House, Nairobi. Photo by Birsin Timurkan

    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.Show this on map

    Opening hours

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

    Address

    Mama Ngina Street, Nairobi

    Telephone

    +254 (0) 20 313564/5

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Java House Website

  2. 6. Blue Nile Ethiopian Restaurant - Budget: (Less than KSh600 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    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.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 7pm-10pm

    Address

    Argwings Kodhek Road, Hurlingham, Nairobi

    Telephone

    +254 (0) 20 2728709

    Transport

    Taxi

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