Best Restaurants in Nairobi

Nairobi Restaurants

1. Best Kenyan: Nyama Mama

Mama, a former safari lodge chef who left the safari circuit to open a modern take on a traditional roadside diner, is the inspiration for Nairobi’s Nyama Mama phenomenon. Decorated with bright Kenyan fabrics and hand-painted murals. Serving traditional local dishes such as chapati wraps and ugali chips, as well as flame-grilled meats and stew pots (think goat curry or chicken in cassava and coconut). International dishes such as burgers and quesadillas are available, as are vegetarian options.

Nairobi's best Ethiopian restaurant

2. Best Ethiopian: Abyssinia

Abyssinia, one of Nairobi’s best Ethiopian restaurants, is housed in an old house on a quiet street in Westlands. It has a no-frills atmosphere and good, honest food that gives you an authentic taste of Ethiopian cuisine. Everything is freshly prepared with high-quality ingredients and served on large sharing platters on the floor in the traditional Ethiopian style. With a menu divided into hot meat, mild meat, and vegetarian dishes, this is one of the best non-meat options in the city (though kitfo and gored are both house specialities). The portions are generous, but the food can take a while to arrive. Abyssinia is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Nairobi's best Italian Restaurant

3. Best Italian: La Terrazza Restaurant

La Terrazza Restaurant is the place to go for fine Italian cuisine. From its sheltered, open-air terrace on the fourth-floor rooftop of Greenhouse Mall on Ngong Road, the space provides beautiful views of the Kilimani neighbourhood. The interior doubles as an art gallery, with acclaimed African portraits by photographer Gian Paolo Tomasi adorning the walls. The owners and executive chef are both native Italians, and the menu features a wide variety of gourmet pasta dishes, risotto, pizza, steak, and seafood. Choose fettuccine with lobster or ravioli stuffed with squid ink and prawns, followed by a glass or two of imported Italian wine. Every day from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., the restaurant is open.

Nairobi's best Mexican Restaurant

4. Best Mexican: Mercado Mexican Kitchen & Bar

Mercado Mexican Kitchen & Bar is led by chefs from Mexico City who use locally grown and organic ingredients to revive ancient cooking techniques with a lively modern twist. The menu specializes in street food-style sharing plates, ranging from tacos and tamales to quesadillas and burritos, and has been named the Best Mexican Restaurant on the continent by the 2019 World Luxury Restaurant Awards. Plates for one include enchiladas and fajitas, as well as vegetarian and vegan options. Drinks include Mexican cocktails by the glass or pitcher, as well as fine wines from around the world. This Westland’s restaurant is open daily from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Nairobi's best Brazilian Steakhouse restaurant

5. Best Brazilian: Fogo Gaucho

Fogo Gaucho’s native Brazilian chefs have been introducing Nairobi residents to the unique art of churrasco grilling since 2007. It is still the capital’s only all-you-can-eat churrascaria, serving a full buffet spread for lunch and dinner with 17 different cuts of meat. These range from the expected, such as chicken and beef, to the uniquely African, such as crocodiles. The meat is served with 25 different salads, sides, and desserts, all of which are included in the set price. The restaurant also receives positive feedback for its lively atmosphere and professional service. There are two branches available: one in Westlands and one in Kilimani. Both are open daily from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Nairobi's best Indian Restaurant

6. Best Indian: Open House Restaurant

Nairobi’s Open House Restaurant’s understated decor belies the rich flavors of its authentic Indian dishes. The menu is inspired by the lavish tastes of the Mughal Empire, and it includes fragrant curries, delectable biryanis, and a full menu of marinated tandoori dishes. Browse a variety of meatless options, or select from chicken, mutton, fish, or prawn. Essentially, there are so many flavours and levels of spiciness that every palate is catered to. Drink a non-alcoholic or alcoholic beverage with your meal. Open House Restaurant has locations in Westlands and Karen, both of which are open for lunch and dinner daily.

Nairobi's best French Restaurant

7. Best French: The Lord Erroll

The Lord Erroll, located in the affluent Runda Estate suburb, bills itself as East Africa’s premier French and gourmet restaurant. It also has the accolades to back it up, having recently received honours from Haute Grandeur and the World Luxury Restaurant Awards. Whether you order bouillabaisse followed by fillet mignon or duck a l’orange with passion bavarois, each dish is expertly crafted and plated. Explore an extensive list of imported wines from around the world, or order a sophisticated glass of Mot or Taittinger. The restaurant is also known for its afternoon tea and its idyllic al fresco seating in a garden with waterfalls, streams, and ponds. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are available.

Best Seafood Restaurant in Nairobi

8. Best Seafood: Mawimbi Seafood Restaurant

Mawimbi Seafood Restaurant is well-known for its fresh and inventive seafood, but it is also known for its gourmet plating and first-rate service. This fine dining restaurant features a Crudo Bar for those who enjoy raw dishes like oysters and ceviche, as well as tempura lobster and panko king prawns, seafood tagliolini, and salmon Thai curry. Steaks and burgers are available for those who prefer red meat, and larger groups can feast on generous sharing platters. Mawimbi is on the corner of Harry Thuku Road and Kijabe Street, and it opens from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Nairobi's best fusion (Japanese and Peruvian cuisine) restaurant

9. Best Fusion: INTI – A Nikkei Experience

INTI is Africa’s first Nikkei restaurant, located near Delta Towers in Westlands. Nikkei cuisine celebrates the fusion of Japanese and Peruvian culinary traditions, which arose from the 19th-century migration of Japanese sugar cane laborers to Peru. Feast on Japanese classics like sashimi, sushi, and robata, all prepared with uniquely Peruvian ingredients and served with artistic flair on coal-black plates, amidst INTI’s contemporary urban décor. On the drinks’ menu, a playful take on the Peruvian pisco sour and chilcano cocktails take center stage, with a supporting cast of imported wines from all over the world. INTI has a smart casual dress code and is open Monday through Sunday from midday to 9 p.m.

Nairobi's best Sushi Restaurant

10. Best Sushi: Hero

Head to Hero at the Trademark Hotel in Nairobi’s Village Market for a completely unique dining experience. It’s strictly for patrons over the age of 18, and it’s part speakeasy, part superhero shrine, with décor and a menu that pay homage to Marvel and DC’s best. Sushi here is unlike anything you’d find in Japan. Hero, on the other hand, has reinvented the age-old classic with unexpected flavors and pairings served tapas-style. Consider lamb curry and prawn maki, as well as prawn tartare and truffle rolls. Vegetarians and vegans are well-served (papaya cucumber roll, anyone? ), and the Prohibition-style cocktail menu is equally daring. Hero is open Tuesday through Sunday from 6 p.m. to midnight.