Best Restaurants in Kenya

Restaurants in Kenya – Nairobi, have improved by heaps and bounds in the last few years and now you will have no problems finding a great big variety of all cultural influences and different foods and restaurants all over the city.

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"Over the years, food lovers have come to enjoy a burgeoning culinary industry that continues to form an integral part of any visit to the country" – Dr. Betty Radier KTB Chief Executive Officer (Magical Kenya)

Everything from very hip & eclectic, to exotic & authentic, very healthy & calorie conscious, desserts & sweets, local cuisine with a twist and everything in between!

There are the ‘staples’ that you need during the day and week for meetings, lunch etc. like Artcaffe & Java House. For dinner and for special occasions or just because you have now the very chic and fancy places throughout town. Many of them you will find in the new Hotels and Business Buildings that are shooting up all over the city.

Here is a (for now) small list of the ‘essential’ ones...more to follow shortly. –

We will also feature Food Bloggers with personal insights on the best restaurants in Kenya, where to go and where not to!

Come along for a journey of the taste senses!

Cheese Toast with Basil & SaladFancy Cheese Toast with Basil & Salad © Karim Kara

List of the Best Restaurants in Kenya


Locations: The Village Market/The Oval/The Junction Mall/Yaya Center/Karen Crossroad Centre/The Hub/Galleria Mall/Lavington Green Mall/Garden City Mall/TRM Mall

Whichever location you pick you will find an elegant and simple style, that has a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Enjoy freshly brewed coffee, their daily fresh baked bread and delicious pastries. There are great happy hour offers, delicious food and often a perfect spot to do a bit of ‘people’ watching!

Java House

Locations: Too many to list - their oldest and first one is at Adams Arcade! You will find them at the airport and two locations in Nairobi city. Many petrol stations throughout the city have one as well!

A lovely place to sit and grab some food, and their own brewed fresh coffee is delightful!! They have a variety of different coffee’s and always a nice new delicious drink for the Holidays.

Brew Bistro

Locations: Piedmont Plaza & Rooftop, Fortis Tower  +254 771 152359

Brew Bistro has its own microbrewery and features some of the finest premium craft beers in town. The Bistro & Lounge combine fine dining with modern chic flair. The food is a selection of superb eclectic flavors and  the cocktail menu doesn’t leave anything to be desired.

Haru RestaurantDelicious Food at Haru Restaurant

HARU Restaurant

Location: Karen Road, Karen  +254 720 945400

Japanese cuisine & Sushi Bar is a small, intimate restaurant which makes it a great place to go with friends for lunch or dinner.  For sushi lovers, the unagi (eel) sushi and the sashimi are excellent and very fresh. They have a lovely small area to sit outside surrounded by bamboo.


Location: The Junction Mall, 9 West – Westlands, United Nation Ave – Gigiri

This is true Italian dining set in lovely atmospheres with a variety of traditional Mediterranean seafood, pizza’s, home-made pasta (my personal favorite – vegetarian lasagna) and Sicilian Ice-cream. 

Dinner at Purdy ArmsVegetarian Lasagna at Purdy Arms

Location: Ngong Road, Karen   +254 705 999997

Talisman is widely considered to be one of the best restaurants in Kenya – having been consistently #1 of restaurants in Kenya on Trip Advisor. You will find a delightful fusion of European, Pan-Asian and African Creations by their creative Chefs. Live music and art exhibitions are being offered throughout the month at the veranda and inside.

Hashmi BBQ 

Location: Nakumatt Ukay Shopping Complex, Nairobi   +254 722 487000

This family-run Indian BBQ joint is located within Nairobi’s ever-popular mall, Nakumatt Ukay. Hashmi’s boasts a divine take on Indian BBQ with must-try dishes including the chooza chicken with  sauce, the fish tikka eaten with fiery poussin chips, and the khima chapatti served with a generous helping of garden salad. Do specify how spicy (or not) you would like your food!

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