Nairobi is the largest city of Kenya and it’s capital which makes it the urban core of Kenya . The Nairobi Central Business District is the commercial and administrative hub of Nairobi City hence it’s heavily populated with people as well as versatile businesses. Nairobi Restaurants are one of the many booming businesses in Nairobi , so here’s a list of Nairobi’s CBD restaurants that you can enjoy when running errands in town , meeting up with loved ones or business colleagues in a central area or when your waiting for traffic to lessen to go home.
1.)MOONLITE CAFE AND RESTAURANT
Moonlite Cafe and Restaurant is a fairly new spot located at Avenue House along Banda Street, opposite Nation Center and Nanak House . Moonlite is named after the beauty of the moon and they stick by the notion that the moon will guide you through the night with her brightness and they pick this up by guiding us through their cosmic meals filled with freshness, flavour and tongue wrecking awesomeness.
Moonlite Cafe is opened from Monday to Saturday at 6am to 10am and 9am to 8pm on Sundays and on public holidays.
Breakfast is served between 6:30 am to 11:00am and breakfast food items range from Kshs. 300 to Kshs. 690. Moonlite’s lunch and dinner items are served all throughout the day and they have versatile soups, salads, pastas, sandwiches, wraps, burgers, beef , chicken and lamb mains, pizzas and desserts such as pies, croissants and cakes.
Moonlite is a cute spot with warm, green decor that provides a relaxing atmosphere for before or after work hangouts with friends, family and work collegaues.
2.)MANDHARI FINE DINING RESTAURANT
Mandhari Restaurant housed by the Nairobi Serena is a unique and old-fashioned restaurant with a creative culinary team that has produced one of the best fine dining experiences in Kenya. Their lunch hours runs from 12:30 pm to 2pm and dinner from 7:30pm to 10pm and are opened from Monday to Saturday.
Mandhari has seasonal menus and wine pairings that shift in rhythm with the flowering Tuscan-styled outdoor terrace overlooking the pool. You get to enjoy yourself at the terrace or in the elegantly appointed dining room and take pleasure in a rich montage of regional and international specialties with flavourful textures and aromas as well as live piano music creating a delightful sensory experience.
Mandhari offer aperitifs or digestifs that may be enjoyed on the outdoor cigar deck or in the relaxed sophistication of the cocktail lounge.
Guests seeking an additional measure of exclusivity are invited to dine at the Mandhari Captain’s table.
3.)MINT AND SALT
Mint and Salt is a cafe located at the ground floor of Uchumi House, open every Monday to Saturdays at 8am to 10pm and on Sundays and public holidays at 11am to 9pm. Mint & Salt is a cute intimate space with a musing kind of decor and hints of greenery that make it a perfect spot to chill and release pressure.
Mint and Salt is quite an affordable food spot with food items ranging from Kshs. 100 to Kshs. 1200. They serve everything from tea, coffee, sweet treat bowls, burgers , mains and beers . Mint and Salt are known for their mouthwatering chicken wings and generally affordable meals and beer .
Need to be on a strict budget , then Mint and Salt is your best choice.
Cafe Maghreb is one of Serena Hotels restaurants that is an all-dining restaurant opened daily from 6:30 am to 10pm that offers an internationally-themed buffet breakfast & lunch menu, a table d’hote dinner menu and 24-hour brasserie service.
Cafe Maghreb’s rich, tempting aromas of the Patisserie will entice you to relish an exquisite selection of traditional French pastries and gateaux, American muffins and spiced savouries. You will also enjoy a wide range of teas, coffee specialities and a sumptuous selection of authentic Italian gelati, shakes and sundaes.
Cafe Maghreb have a breakfast delight and iconic breakfast offer everyday that are perfect for a meeting or catching up with a loved one at Kshs. 3200 per person from 6:30 am to 10:30 am at Nairobi Serena Hotel and Sunday Brunch at Kshs. 5500 per person .
Kista Cafe is a new restaurant in Nairobi located at the ground floor of JKUAT Towers, Banda Street ,opposite Jamia Mosque and are open from 6:30am to 7pm everyday.
Kista Cafe serve cold beverages, coffee and tea, bites and starters, breakfast , sandwiches , salads, burgers, pastas, specials, pizzas, bakery and desserts and mocktails. They seek to serve corporate people during their hard working weekdays and families during the weekends.
Kista Cafe’s food items range from Kshs. 180 to Kshs. 2090 and serve straight from the kitchen meals guaranteed of freshness and flavour.
Located at the Ground Floor of Hilton Hotel , Mama Ngina Street , Nairobi. Travellers Restauarant is an all-day dining world-cuisine restaurant.
Traveller’s Restaurant serve a la carte menu and offer you an opportunity to indulge in an extensive buffet that has daily themes ranging from Kenyan, Asian, Italian, Barbecue, Mediterranean and International cuisine.
Traveller’s Restaurant is common with tourists, hence the name as they cater to tourist needs with offering them ambience perfect for their first time visit. They serve food al through 24 hours and are keen to make special days for specific cuisines to be celebrated by all .
Cj’s is a fully fledged restaurant specializing in delivering a relaxed and memorable dining experience. CJ’s currently has 12 locations, 4 in Nairobi, 8 in Kampala and 1 in Entebbe. Each Cj’s location features a unique ambience with tasteful decor, specially designed for your comfort and to make you feel more right at home.
CJ’s have over 300 carefully selected, mouthwatering menu items to cater to every single person’s tate and needs. Cj’s are always eager to serve customers , their experienced wait staff greet you at the door and lead you to your table of your choice in the well thought out seating arrangement.
Enjoy a cup of freshly brewed cup of coffee , fresh salads, or hearty meals as you savor a special dining experinece at CJs.
Cj’s Restaurants has 4 locations in Nairobi , Koinange Street in the CBD, Village Market ,Kilimani and Waterfront Karen.
8.) CITY STAR RESTAURANT
City Star Restaurant is an Ethiopian Cuisine food restaurant located at Kimathi Street , Starehe .
City Star is a lively , friendly but slow restaurant for those days when all you need to do is enjoy Kesra , anjera , pizza or any Ethiopian delicacy really. City Restaurant is your best bet to be in the moment as you enjoy views of the busy CBD .
City Star has food items from as little as Kshs. 100 to Kshs. 2000 and quite frankly you get value for your money . They have an ongoing offer of a free 300ml soda or water if you spend Kshs. 500 or more in their establishment .
9.)THE BRANCH RESTAURANT
The Branch is a contemporary restaurant that draws from the rich culinary culture and heritage of the great people of Kenya. They serve traditional foods from every ethnic group in Kenya and they do it perfectly and traditionally .
The Branch are known for their traditional brown ugali , deep-fried fish , matumbo and traditional vegetables that keep their customer base on lock . The Branch is perfect for date nights and family meetups.
The Branch is located at Kenya Cinema CBD, Mezzanine Floor and strongly encourage reservations by calling them on 0700 224 958.
Pronto is a renowned restaurant and home for the best Somali and African Continental cuisines, located in Nairobi CBD along Kimathi Street, Standard Street, Wabera Street, Aga Khan Walk and at Corner House.
As one of Nairobi’s acclaimed restaurant , Pronto showcases ingredient led cuisines that demonstrate the highly skilled technique and relentless drive for fine dining and customer satisfaction that has become the restaurant’s trademark.
The brand continues to evolve and has expanded to 4 more outlets within Nairobi and each location strategically features a unique atmosphere with scenic views and great ambience.
Pronto is ideal for breakfast , brunch , lunch and dinner with friends, family , corporate meetings and birthday parties. They have a glamorous, elegant , relaxed and welcoming attentive service and ambience that makes you fall in love with them .
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