5 Places To Try Local African Cuisine in Nairobi

There has been a lot of questions on my Couchsurfing community by Kenyan locals and travellers on the best places to try local Kenyan food. So I decided to write an article on it. I have been to some of these places and some I am yet to sample their food but I have had great reviews from my friends and colleagues.



  1. Nyama Mama

Location: Delta Towers, Westlands.

Contact: + (254) 704 567 567

I have been to Nyama Mama several times. There is one in Westlands (Delta Corner) and another on Mombasa Road. I loved their space and food. They serve African cuisine in creative dishes which reminded me of my granny’s utensils. I have had coconut rice with lentils and fried ugali starters were unforgettable that I tried them at home.


Nyama Mama, Delta. Source: Harun Momanyi

Their chicken was also amazing but I mistook it for lamb because I am used to Kienyeji chicken. Although the waitress said it was kienyeji chicken, it didn’t taste like it. I must say this was hilarious. Whoever saw white lamb meat?


  1. The Carnivore

Location: Lang’ata

Cuisine: African, Steakhouse, Barbecue (Nyama Choma)

Contact: +254 733 611608

I have actually never been to the Carnivore but I have good things about it and the different assortment of meat, even game meat. That’s right. If you want to try some game meat say crocodile or ostrich, this is the place to go. The price range is between $40 and $100 dollars.


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The Carnivore. Source: Hansel Travel


  1. Mama Oliech’s Restaurant

Location: Marcus Garvey Road, Nairobi, Kenya.

Cuisine: African

Contact: +254 723 925604

Mama Oliech’s is known for its fish, ugali, chicken, plantains and other assortments of foods from West Africa. For those who have always wanted to try the famous East African Ugali, Nyama Mama is a good place to start. It’s located in the suburbs and not as expensive as one would expect.


Mama Oliech’s. Source: Daily Nation


Mama Oliech’s has gained popularity after Mark Zuckerberg’s visit to the restaurant and has a fish meal named after him.

Give it a try and let me know what you think.


  1. Habesha Restaurant

Location: Argwings Kodhek Road
Cuisine: African, Ethiopian.
Contact: +254 20 3755418

Habesha offers authentic Ethiopian cuisine. I have not heard any bad reviews or people suggesting that the food comes short of what you’d have if you were in Addis Ababa. However, the food here is a lot and I would suggest you go with a group of people as they serve large servings.


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Habesha Restaurant. Source: Trip Advisor


  1. Awash Ethiopian Restaurant

Location: Mbaruk Road, House Number 15
Cuisine: Ethiopian

Contact: +254 717 260087


African Cuisine
Source: Tripadvisor


Small but cozy, Awash restaurant offers Ethiopian cuisine at affordable prices. Prices range between $5 and $20.

Which other Nairobi eateries would you recommend? Let me know in the comments.

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