UPDATED: Nairobi Restaurants Offering Dine-in Services Amid COVID-19

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Posted: May 28, 2020

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe announced that a select number of restaurants operating in the city will be allowed to offer dine-in services if they put into place strict, protective measures to protect employees and patrons.

These include placing signs at entrances saying patrons can’t enter if they have symptoms of COVID-19, screening customers for fever at the entrance, limiting occupancy, implementing heavy sanitation routines, and spacing employee work stations. Staff are also supposed to be tested regularly.

The burden on restaurants is very high and many are facing serious challenges to re-open, so, for now, the number is limited. But we hope to see more restaurants re-opening soon.

Here are  Nairobi restaurants that are now offering dine-in services (please send us more to add to the list if you have heard of any others-

Legend Karen

Enjoy some nyama choma and cold beer at Legend. Open daily from 9am-4pm. M-pesa payments only.


Their Karen branch is open for Dine-in daily from 11am-5pm. Enjoy scrumptious Indian dishes.


Sit down for some bomb burgers daily from 11am-4pm. Village market, food court.


Their Westgate and Village Market branches are open for In-dining. They’ve upgraded their menus with easy to clean plastic & will be sanitized after each use.

Nabo Bistro

Experience a fusion of classical French and bistro-style food. The theme chosen for the restaurant is a very rustic/industrial look, to portray the French and bistro styles. Sit down for a juicy burger and some fries. Payment by card/mpesa only. 1297 Ole Nguruone Road, Lavington.

Harvest Restaurant

Harvest has an open grill brasserie that focuses on farm-fresh ingredients carefully paired together to take you on a true culinary journey. Call 0730 886000 to make a reservation.


Indulge in authentic Italian dishes at Sugo Restaurant.  Located at the Sarit Center-Floor 2F, Sugo is famed for its massive pizzas and delicious gelato.

Pallet Cafe

Their Thigiri Ridge Cafe is open for Dine-in services. Enjoy freshly brewed coffee, delectable pastries and an array of dishes. Al-fresco dining available. Pallet is great because it provides training and employment to persons living with disabilities. Worth spending your dimes in a socially conscious establishment.

Big Square

Big Square has opened up some of its branches for dine-in. Sit down for some juicy ribs and filling burgers from 11:00 am-5:00 pm at their 680, Bellevue, Mountain View, Wilson, and Garden City branches.

Mbuzi Munch

For some great Mbuzi Choma, visit Mbuzi Munch at the Galleria Mall. Their goats are grass-fed, organically raised, marinated in their delish secret sauce, and lava grilled to perfection. Their fries and grilled ugali have to be tried to be believed! Open daily from 11am-4pm.

The Social House Nairobi

Dine-in daily at The social house from 8am-4pm. Their Midweek offers are mouth watering and their weekend brunch is back at Ksh 2500.


Get your cuppa and pastry fix from this iconic cafe.

List of re-opened branches for dine-in guests: ⁣

ABC Place, Lavington, Sarit Centre, Mbagathi Way, Lenana Road, Waiyaki Way, Hurlingham, Capital Centre, Airport View, Galleria, UHMC, Junction Mall.


Lebanese restaurant along Lenana road. Open from 10:ooam-4:00pm for Dine-in Services. Enjoy Lebanese staples like couscous, Kebabs, Kibbe, Falafel and Taouk

Cafe Deli

Cafe Deli has 2 branches in the CBD: Along Kenyatta Avenue and Moi Avenue. They offer delectable cakes made from scratch, freshly brewed coffee and à la carte lunch.

La TASCA Spanish Corner in Nairobi

Located at the Lavington Mall along James Gichuru road, La TASCA offers authentic Spanish dishes. Opened from 11am-4pm.  Call for reservation as space is limited 0740 397669.

TastiGo Grill

TastiGO Grill based at Food Market, Village Market Mall & Yaya Centre Mall have some bomb wraps, Haloumi Tika and chilli wings. Their loaded fries are scrumptious. Open Monday-Saturday from 11:00am-5:00pm

CJ’s Restaurant

CJ’s Restaurants in Nairobi CBD along Koinange street and Village Market are open for dine-in services from 6 AM-4 PM Monday- Saturday. They offer an array of dishes from quesadillas to jerk chicken, fries, and shakes. Their menu boasts 300 items to choose from. 

Fang Fang Chinese Restaurant

They’re open for sit-in services every day from 11 AM-4 PM. They offer Chinese classics like:

  • Dim Sums     
  • Hot and Sour Soup
  • Quick Noodles
  • Szechwan Chilli Chicken
  • Spring Rolls

K’Osewe Ranalo Foods

A favorite for fried Tilapia and Ugali, K’Osewe is open every day from 11 AM-4 PM. Located along Kimathi street, next to the Nation center, K’Osewe is your plug for filling African classics in the middle of the CBD.

Swahili Plate

Their Sarit Centre Branch is open every day for dine-in services from 10 AM-4 PM. They have all your favorite Swahili dishes. From breakfast Mitahi to spicy Biryani. They also have Ramadan specials till the 23rd of May.

ChiQ Restaurant

For scrumptious Japanese specials like Kaarage, sushi, Ramen noodles, shrimp rice, tofu, and okonomiyaki, check out Chiq Restaurant in Muthaiga along Thigiri road. Dine-in services from 11am- 4pm daily.

Mint Shack

Located on no. 56, diagonally opposite the OiLibya Petrol Station, along Peponi Road. Mint shack offers an array of options on the menu, including decadent palak paneer, buttery yellow daal and pepper wings. They’re open from 11 am-4 pm every day. Only card and M-Pesa accepted as payment.


Bon Appétit 

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