12 Best Restaurants In Nairobi, Kenya - Updated 2022

12 Best Restaurants In Nairobi, Kenya - Updated 2022

No doubt, Nairobi is East Africa’s most famous city, a hub of business and innovation. Its popularity has made it a melting pot, receiving people from, not just the rest of Kenya but across Africa; people seeking business opportunities; people looking to experience the boisterous personality of Kenya’s capital. With the region’s largest (and busiest) airport, Nairobi also receives millions of tourists, some en-route to other cities and many who explore the capital. Because of the convergence of cultures, the culinary scene also reflects this diversity, with restaurants offering anything from African to Asian to European. Read below to learn about the best restaurants in Nairobi.

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1. Boho Eatery

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

If wholesome food that nourishes the body and soul is your thing, then Boho Eatery is your perfect match. With a focus on vegan and vegetarian cuisine, the restaurant offers a menu that is 80-percent plant-based and uses the freshest, locally sourced produce available. There is also a striking flavor in its curated drinks and bespoke cocktail list, most of which are house blends. It has made a reputation as a spot for healthy eating.

As a conscious space with conscious food offerings, Boho Eatery designed a dining space that is close to nature. The four distinct dining areas in the restaurant fully speak about the art it serves both on the plate and in sight.

Boho Eatery

Address: 114 Ndovu Road, Hardy, Karen Nairobi, Kenya

Website: Boho Eatery

Opening hours: Tue - Wed: 11:30am - 5:30pm; Thu - Fri: 11:30am - 10pm; Sat: 9am - 10pm; Sun: 9am - 5:30pm (closed on Mon)

2. Nyama Mama

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Let the hip and funkily decorated Nyama Mama restaurant indulge you with Kenyan home-style dishes with a modern eclectic twist. This fun spot in Westlands serves locally inspired and skillfully prepared dishes such as chapati wraps, Mama’s stew, and flavorful sides. As for their drinks, Nyama Mama provides signature cocktails served in iconic metal vessels.

The restaurant has a unique interior concept that is played up by bright yellow sofas with radiant cushions, walls brushed with colorful images and other elements that evoke a traditional Kenyan diner.

Nyama Mama

Address: Club House, Delta Tower (Oracle House), Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya

Website: Nyama Mama

Opening hours: 12pm - 7pm (daily)

3. K’Osewe Ranalo Foods

Kenyan Ugali with spinach
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K’Osewe, the proprietor of Ranalo Foods, started his restaurant as a tiny hole-in-the-wall eatery that has, over the decades, blossomed into an undisputed king of Kenyan cuisines. Stop any Nairobian on the streets and ask them where K’Osewe is and you’ll find it hard to encounter one who’s ignorant. And its popularity is warranted. Ranalo offers a menu of authentic Kenyan cuisines, well cooked, served sizzling hot. The star attraction is the whole fried tilapia, a treat to the eyes and the palate. This goes with Ugali, a Kenyan staple made of Maize (corn) flour. When in Nairobi, take a day off from the pretentious, touristy spots and try out Ranalo Foods.

K’Osewe Ranalo Foods

Address: Kimathi Street Nairobi KE

Website: K’Osewe Ranalo Foods

Opening hours: 10:30am - 2am (daily)

4. The Carnivore Restaurant

This restaurant should be on your list, not because we said so but because it’s an experience that everyone visiting Nairobi just has to try. Named Carnivore, it is just what it sounds like; a meat eater’s fiesta. Meat is at the heart of this restaurant’s philosophy, so much so that the first thing you see when you walk in is their massive roasting center. And if you select their all-you-can-eat option, the meat will keep on coming until you give up. Carved right at the table and onto your plate, each morsel is fresh, perfectly roasted and simply mouthwatering. There are the conventional beef, mutton and chicken, but then it can get slightly eccentric with ox balls, ostrich and crocodile meals.

Carnivore Restaurant

Address: Lang'ata Road, Nairobi

Website: Carnivore Restaurant

Opening hours: Sat - Thu: 12pm - 10pm; Fri: 12pm - 6am

5. Sikia Fine Dining

Fine dining
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The word ‘Sikia’ is Swahili for listen. I’m not sure whether there was a deliberate intention to name this restaurant this or it’s just for the delight of the name. What I do know is that Sikia is a fancy joint, a place you simply don’t go wearing jeans and a t-shirt. The decor, the setting, the ambiance, everything screams class. And the food is what you’d expect from a fine-dining restaurant; small portions of elegantly presented courses that are wonderfully cooked. If you’re a picky eater, they’ll listen to you and prepare your food just the way you like it.

Sikia Fine Dining

Address: Crowne Plaza Hotel, UpperHill 69671 00400, Kenya Rd, Nairobi

Website: Sikia Fine Dining

Opening hours: 10am - 10pm (daily)

6. Tamarind Restaurant

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In number two, above, you read how we gushed about Carnivore Restaurant. What I may have forgotten to mention is that Carnivore is run by the Tamarind Group which also boasts the Tamarind Restaurants found in Nairobi and Mombasa. A lot of good things are said about Tamarind; how their food always hits the mark, rarely (if ever) disappointing; how their ambiance is chic and well thought through; how their setting is tranquil, a good place to enjoy a meal. One thing that makes them popular, however, is their seafood: prawns, crabs, octopus, and oysters.

Tamarind Restaurant

Address: Karen Rd, Nairobi

Website: Tamarind Restaurant

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 5:30pm - 10:30pm (closed on Sun)

7. Talisman

Dinner at Talisman
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Found within the affluence of Nairobi’s Karen neighborhood, Talisman is certainly a touristy restaurant with a very western/European style. So, you’ll find a lot of expats, seeking a familiar setting, along with the well to do Nairobians. Yes, the cost is rather steep, however, the food and service are totally worth the extra buck you’ll spend. Their restaurant feels a little homely, tucked in a lush compound within Karen’s serenity. And the food is given all the tender love it deserves, landing on your table with an enchanting presentation and a scrumptious flavor that you’ll want to linger.


Address: Ngong Rd, Karen - Nairobi

Website: Talisman

Opening hours: Mon: 4pm - 10pm; Tue - Sun: 8am - 10pm

8. Mama Ashanti

Jollof rice
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Mama Ashanti restaurant is known for serving perfectly cooked West African cuisine, a perfect place to experience dishes from the opposite side of the continent. It certainly is a gastronomic treat of yummy rice dishes like Jollof Rice or even Waakye. Then there is the meat feast of Eforiro which is a meat medley with spinach in the mix. If you’re in Nairobi then definitely grab a chance to experience a bit of West African cooking.

Mama Ashanti

Address: Muthangari Gardens, Nairobi

Website: Mama Ashanti

Opening hours: 11am - 12am (daily)

9. Mama Oliech Restaurant

Fried Tilapia, Ugali, Sukuma Wiki and Kachumbari (From Kisumu)
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When Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, landed in Kenya, the first place he had a meal was Mama Oliech Restaurant. Apparently, he had heard so many good things (probably on Facebook) that he just had to try it. This was no fluke as Mama Oliech Restaurant is always receiving hungry patrons, eager to sink their teeth in the fried tilapia and Ugali or the chapati and chicken. Unpretentious and authentically African, come to this restaurant if you simply want to roll up your sleeves and feast.

Mama Oliech Restaurant

Address: Marcus Garvey Rd, Nairobi City

Website: Mama Oliech Restaurant

Opening hours: 10:30am - 11:30pm (daily)

10. Tamambo Karen Blixen

Chicken Cobb Salad
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Remember the Tamarind Group in number four above? Well, Tamambo is another one in their portfolio. By now, you’ve already figured that the folks at Tamarind are experts in the hospitality business, what with all these well-run restaurants under their belt. And just like the others on our list, which have left patrons in awe, Tamambo also gets people’s attention with their service and excellent food. Being a part of the Tamarind family, expect delicious seafood. You can also try out one of their popular salads like chicken cobb salad or Caesar salad.

Tamambo Karen Blixen

Address: Karen Blixen Coffee Garden, Karen Rd, Nairobi

Website: Tamambo Karen Blixen

Opening hours: 6am - 10pm (daily)

11. Big Knife Turkish Doner Shawarma

Doner kebab shawarma
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In the heart of the city, there’s this fast food joint known as Big Knife and their specialty is Turkish Doner Shawarma. Constantly swarmed with shawarma lovers, Big Knife is a very affordable eatery with, arguably, the best shawarma in Nairobi. Be it chicken, beef or mutton, you’ll find it here with a side of fries.

Big Knife Turkish Doner Shawarma

Address: Monrovia street Muindi Mbingu Street, Nairobi University footbridge, Nairobi

Website: Big Knife Turkish Doner Shawarma

Opening hours: 9am - 10pm (daily)

12. Fogo Gaucho

Brazilian steak combo
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Before you go on your road trip from Nairobi, it would be worth stopping by Fogo Gaucho first. This Brazilian steakhouse brings the South American Churrascaria philosophy to East Africa. If meat is a love of your life then at Fogo Gaucho you’ll get an endless serving of it, as much as your belly can take. There are 16 different cuts of steak, enough to appease even the most famished. And for the health-conscious lot, there are 25 types of salads.

Fogo Gaucho

Address: Ground floor, Galana Plaza, Kilimani, 69671 - 00400, Nairobi

Website: Fogo Gaucho

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 12:30pm - 3pm, 6:30pm - 10:30pm; Fri: 12:30pm - 4pm, 6:30pm - 10:30pm; Sat & Sun: 12pm - 10:30pm

A diverse culinary scene

Ugali and Samaki with some side of Sukumawiki
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Nairobi offers an endless array of things to discover for tourists, from hiking spots to things to buy. But if you’re craving some local cuisine or you want to try some Asian, or Middle Eastern, or West African, there’s a place in Nairobi offering what you hunger for. Explore the city’s culinary scene by trying out the restaurants on our list above. You’ll definitely find your favorite.

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