Centred on fresh meats and produce and extravagant barbecues, the dining scene in Nairobi is quite eclectic and bustling. If you find yourself in this city of largesse anytime soon, make sure you dine at one of these top restaurants:


Fogo Gaucho

Serving the most authentic Brazilian steaks in Nairobi, in an ambience resembling a traditional Churrascaria (steakhouse), Fogo Gaucho is a popular choice for indulgent lunches and dinners. The all-you-can-eat buffet presents a selection of sixteen of the best cuts of meats, cooked to perfection on a charcoal grill. Over twenty varieties of fresh salads with condiments and side dishes add diversity to the menu along with ‘the soup of the day’. For dessert, do try their salivating grilled pineapple with cinnamon sugar. The restaurant has a branch each in Kilimani & Westlands.


Bringing the European and African cuisine and style together under one roof, Talisman bags the title of one of Nairobi’s finest eateries, uncontested. The restaurant has been featured in several popular newspapers and magazines. Food lovers visit here for a selection of creative international dishes based on their organic produce and given a spin of their own. Some of the crowd favourites include classics such as feta, coriander samosas, char-grilled filet steak and twice-cooked pork belly perk as well as a selection of up to 20 different wines and champagnes by the glass. The comfortable lounge and an open air space lend this cafe-bar style restaurant its romantic vibe and make it a popular choice for special events.

Carnivore Kenya

An iconic restaurant, Carnivore has been a fine-dining favourite amongst locals and visitors for over 25 years now. One of the major lures of the restaurant is its selection of exotic game meats. You can dine on camel, ostrich and crocodile, in addition to your usual meats such as beef, pork, lamb, chicken. The all-you-can-eat menu also features an array of soups, salads and sauces to go with the meat. The waiters will keep bringing delicate cuts of meats and carve them right at your table as long as the flag by your tableside is up. When you are done, you just need to tip the flag over.

Mama Oliech’s Restaurant

Having hosted some of the world’s most eminent personalities including Anthony Bourdain, Mark Zuckerberg, and Barack Obama, Mama Oliech’s Restaurant has carved a name for itself. It’s a great place to sample a wide array of local Kenyan specialities such as the whole fried tilapia, served with ugali (a maize or cassava-flour staple) and kachumbari (tomato-and-onion salsa). Fish, freshly caught from Lake Nakuru, dominates the menu and the friendly vibe of the place keep the patrons coming back for more.

Malindi Dishes

If you are looking for an off the beaten track experience, check out the Swahili restaurant – Malindi Dishes. The restaurant specialises in Halal food and offers sumptuous dishes such as biryani, pilau, naan and fresh seafood. A wide range of delectable snacks to go are also available. If you looking for exciting budget dining options, Malindi Dishes is your best bet.

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