The River Cafe

Karura Forest, Gigiri, Nairobi

Restaurant Information

  Restaurant Operating Hours
Mon 07:30 – 18:00
Tue 07:30 – 18:00
Wed 07:30 – 18:00
Thu 07:30 – 18:00
Fri 07:30 – 18:00
Sat 07:30 – 18:00
Sun 07:30 – 18:00

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Reviews Recent Popular

Joan Kainyu

Been to this place a couple of times. beautiful beautiful place with great ambiance. the forest view is to die for. the prices are a bit on the higher side but overall a great place. An amazing place for brunch on Sundays.

nariko setso

This is the new 'it' place? Why? Maybe because you have to pay an entrance + parking fee before you even get there? At The River Café you sit under an ugly corrugated iron roof [get it out of sight; drape it with hessian!] and are served by insolent staff who haven't got a clue about the menu. The wooden floor is so uneven, someone is going to break her/his neck one day. There's no river to be seen or heard, but its foul smell comes wafting in. Of the six different main courses we had, not one was very good or special. Salads are a mountain of green leaves without dressing. The goat cheese and walnut salad had probably two walnuts in it [walnuts were crushed into tiny bits] and the amount of goat cheese would have fitted into one dessert spoon. They do think quite highly of themselves at The River Café though, as their prices fall into the five* category!

Wambui  Ndungu

Went for a birthday lunch on boxing day. The place was packed, people milling in and out all afternoon, they must be doing something right.The food was ok though i felt the dressing in the pulled pork sandwich overshadowed the pork. We were there for 3 hours and the staff checked on us regularly. They also did a beautiful enthusiastic birthday rendition when they brought out the cake. For that i will say thanks. This shall remain a favorite brunch spot after a run in the forest.

Makena Imungi

Out for fresh air and a leisure stroll on a Saturday afternoon, took us to Karura Forest. I had heard of the restaurant but as with everything, you need to try it for yourself. Thinking it was a cafe, didn't think we had to make reservations (Plus, we were two). We were surprised to find out that was not the case. We were asked if we had a reservation and informed them that we did not but would be grateful if they made arrangements. The hostess stepped away, at which point we looked around and noticed that they had a good number of tables vacant (a number of which had the reserved sign). After not one, not two but three hostesses came to greet us, the last one came back and informed us that she had made arrangements for our seating and ushered us to our seats located on the lower balcony. I was a bit caught off guard by the number of tables that were vacant/reserved but I chose to reserve my opinions until the end of the experience. Service-The waiter, named Leon was exceptional from the beginning making us feel comfortable, passing by to check up on us and make sure the meal, the drinks everything was Ok etc. He was very patient as I tend to be a bit fussy about my meal, which we appreciated (all stars to him). In for a quick lunch, I opted for the blue cheese burger with the option of a salad and not fries. I ordered my burger medium. The burger was leaning more towards well done, but I enjoyed it. Balsamic onions happen to be one of my favourite burger toppings, so the combo with the blue cheese flavour was hitting home (They should add more of the onions though, maybe take away the mayonnaise or make it optional). Had drinks as well, those were good and their wine list and prices are great. We did eventually get moved to another table in the same area by our waiter. However, there were reserved tables on the upper deck, that were left vacant for long periods of time. With concern (as a patron who needed a table and wondering about its applicability from a business perspective,) I inquired about the situation and their waiting period for reservations. I was informed it is 15minutes. There were quite a number of tables that were left vacant for more than 30 minutes, which did raise a lot of questions.

The location...in the middle of the forest, with the beautiful scenery and the fresh air. These made the ambience. I admit that I did not pay that much attention to other details of the ambience. However, from what I saw, the restaurant leans towards rustic decor that plays off the natural surroundings. Sitting and enjoying your meal, It's impossible not to be in awe of how beautiful the forest is. As a Kenyan, I found myself proudly reflecting on the heritage it represents.

Kalika Shah

Went to the cafe this lunchtime..not too impressed with the service..seemed to have fewer staff who were not familiar with the menu..not enough selection for vegetarians.

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