What is Bao Box?

Bao Box is a result of passion, we are 6 individuals who have come together with no experience in the food and beverage industry, but with simply a passion to create something unique and help various social circles rediscover fun outside technology. We are the premier board game café in East and Central Africa and are crazy about fun and also just plain crazy. We don’t do normal, because normal is not a wall dedicated to wine, normal is not a giant chessboard by our door and normal is not tonnes of chalk on the walls.
Our name originates from the traditional Kenyan game “Bao” better known as Mancala internationally; as is evident from our name, we believe in being as Kenyan as possible, which is why we provide Maasai Shukas for the chilly evenings, most of our furniture and fittings are built locally and all our ingredients are sourced locally.
Technology has taken over our daily lives and Bao Box provides a platform to get away from this, board games provide a different way to socialise and are perfect for everyone as they transcend all demographics; age, gender, religion all cease to exist once a game is opened.
In a nutshell, Bao Box is the laughter of families and friends, it is the aroma of the food from our open Kitchen, it is the victory call of the winner of a round of Exploding Kittens, hence we are characterized by our motto:

Eat. Play Socialize.

6 Reviews for Bao Box


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5/ 5

I’m not sure if I should say this, but I finally gave in to the pressure my sisters and friends have been sending my way. I always like to visit new places/restaurants/cafes and explore not because of the pressure, but because I think I should after doing my own research. Well, this time around they did outnumber me I should say. Bao Box has taken living room game night with family or friends and blown it up, with their board game café concept to eat, play, and socialize. Their idea is to unplug from the instant gratification of social media and being attached to our devices, by doing the opposite of providing customers with a wifi password. Bao Box has a charming interior, with chalkboards placed against the backdrop of ambient lighting, wooden furniture, and Maasai-shuka-inspired throws. Their seating area is inside and outside – on a chilly night, they give you the shukas to warm yourself up with, which is so appreciated in this dire weather. The premise of the place is also great – no one else is really doing the whole bar-and-board games gimmick that Bao Box do, and they’re doing it well. They have everything from Cards Against Humanity to Exploding Kittens to the more traditional Monopoly et al. Our visit was strictly for libation and laughs. We ordered a side of halloumi fries to share and the halloumi did what halloumi does – understood the brief. I ordered the KnoCowt stir fry, while the rest ordered the Bao buns and the Player burger with spicy fries. I did like how we were attended to, the service was very fast, and not forgetting the big smile we were given by our attendant as she served. The next agenda for Bao Box is to try out their board games and turn a night in into a night out

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christine Ngugi

45 Reviews

Best place to bond,have fun and play games with friends

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4.2/ 5

Bao box is the coolest premium go-to Board Game Café, Bar and Restaurant in town. It is located on the 8th floor of Pramukh towers in Westlands and their unique interior designed to make the place look cosy, simple and classy with wooden couches and tables makes Baobox the perfect place to eat, drink, bond and play board games with friends. I have been to Bao box twice and my experience there has been nothing short of fun. For just $10 my friends and I were given unlimited access to their collection of board games which included Cards Against Humanity, Monopoly, Poker, Jumanji, Never Have I Ever, Fact or Crap, Scrabble, Chess and sooo many more! The staff here are strictly following the Covid-19 health guidelines by spacing the sitting arrangements and ensuring constant sanitizing of tables amd customers too. All customers are also encouraged to wear a mask during interaction. I found their ‘Real Deal’ menu section a bit pricy since I strictly work on student budget. Their pizzas were quite delicious and their fries very well dried and salted however, their portions are quite wanting when compared to the amount one is paying for the food. Since Baobox is located up on the 8th floor, the glass windows surrounding the whole place give a great view of Westlands from above. It is definitely a place to try out especially with friends since there’s so many fun games to enjoy here.

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Ken Chege

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Gaming and Food

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3.8/ 5

Baobox is the only gaming restaurant in nairobi. Located on the 8th Floor Pramukh Towers, Westlands Rd, Nairobi. An uber will cost you about 200KES from town. A matatu taken at odeon will be 50KES. The location is very nice. The service is amazing. Their staff are ready to serve you and you do not need to wait long for your food. You have to pay for the games you want separately from the meal so carry enough cash to pay for your games. They have a very wide variety of games to choose from. We went as a group of friends for game night and it didn’t disappoint. We had a great time with amazing food. Their prices are also not very high. We ended up paying 8640KES for 5people including games. Loved the vibe and the ambience. They have the walls written in chalk and it gives a great design to it. Perfect place for groups.

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Suzie A

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4.2/ 5

Baobox’s concept of the novelty of playing games and creating a space where people hangout , fine dine and rediscover fun outside technology sets Baobox apart from other eateries in a very unique and profound way. Baobox is a rooftop restaurant with hip and cozy atmosphere that drives you into comfort once you step inside, an embodiment of stylish , colorful and chic interior décor , wide-ranging food items and of course a decent selection of board games to double the fun. BOARDGAMES :- The board games range from old classics to new card games .They are categorized according to age groups and according to the difficulty level of playing . Each game costs Kshs. 1000 for the whole table for as long as you are there or until claims time. The caveat is that only one game is allowed per table to avoid hogging of games. I got to play 50-50 Kenyan Board Game, it’s an exciting , entertaining , fast-paced, word guessing game that celebrates over 50 years of Kenya’s culture .It focuses on our beautiful country, historical figures our people, interesting places, Kenyan events etc. It’s a fun way to relive memories of our country and remind us of people who have made impact to Kenya. FOOD: – Baobox offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and bitings. (Ranging from Kshs.200 – Kshs.2500). I got myself the All-American breakfast which consists of two eggs made to your preference, beef bacon, beef sausages, baked beans, grilled tomato, salted fries, sautéed mushrooms and buttered toast and hot chocolate. The space and seating arrangement is made in a way to accommodate all kinds of groups from two people to large group seating. There are couches and tables fit for large groups and spacious room to walk around. The service is fast and efficient and at least you can be patient waiting for your food as you engage in playing games and socializing with your people. It’s the sitting at the rooftop, being overly competitive and basking in the morning sun as I treat myself to a rich filling breakfast for me.

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hazel luvuno

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Game night !!!

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4.4/ 5

The first ever gaming restaurant in Nairobi. It’s located on 8th Floor Pramukh Towers, Westlands Rd, Nairobi. This restaurant is quite unique. From the decor to the food. Being on the 8th floor, the view of the city is beautiful. Watching the lights go on one by one in the evening was a sight. There are quotes on the walls written in chalk and it gives the whole place a really good vibe. The service was great and the waiters very helpful. We went as a group and played about 4 games. Baobox has a large range of games to choose from. Each game is paid for separately so remember to carry enough money to play enough games. Their food was quite good and the portions were very generous. We had the platter that came with 2 full chickens, lamb chops and a side. This meal was on offer and went for 5000KES, value for money. The chicken was well marinated and was very yummy. We also had some cocktails to accompany that and I can say they exceeded my expectations. This restaurant is perfect for family or for groups to hangout and have some fun. Everything here was really good; the food, the ambience and the games. I’d give it an easy 5/5.

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Lynne Olonje

83 Reviews

Dining while gaming made easy.

4.4/ 5

It’s the first ever gaming cafe I know about it Nairobi. It’s probably the only one if I’m not wrong. Bao Box offers a variety of gaming options to it’s customers as they enjoy fine dining in the heart of Nairobi. It is located in Westlands Nairobi. On entry,I loved how calm the set up was.The space was well lit with several breath taking fixtures. A very tasteful choice in interior decorations can be noted as soon as you walk through the door.

The woody rustic vibe does absolute wonders for the ambiance I promise. I came here with a group of 3 and we chose to sit on the balcony. We were going for that amazing view from the outside and it did not disappoint. Bao Box has such a wide range of games to choose from you couldn’t get a fill of them even if you tried.

You pay for the individual games separately as you order so ensure you go with enough money to maximize your experience .I think it’s a perfect hangout spot for you and your friends. You get to interact, enjoy great food, play so many games and chill all in one location.The food is a little pricey but it’s very good there making it worth it.We ordered “The works” pizza which cost us 1300kshs, classic avo-greek salad which was 650kshs and finally two glasses of the house wine which went for 450kshs each. On another separate occasion,we had their Sunday deal.It basically comprised of two full chicken, lamb chops and your choice of a side for only 5000kshs.It was so much food and the 3 of us couldn’t even finish half.Their chicken was so mouth watering it left such an impression. Their milkshakes however were bland and I would not recommend them.This place is perfect for family hangouts on the weekend because it offers something for everyone.

Finally,the staff were friendly and the service was very okay.


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