Where to Eat in Thika: The Best Restaurants and Bars

August 6, 2017 Madelene Haan

Thika (pronounced [ˈθika]) is an industrial town in Kiambu County, Kenya, lying on the A2 road 42 kilometres (26 mi) north east of Nairobi, near the confluence of the Thika and Chania Rivers. Although Thika town is administratively in Kiambu County, the greater Thika area comprising such residential areas such as Bendor estate, Maporomoko, Thika Greens, Thika Golden Pearl, Bahati Ridge, Thika Sports Club, among others, are within Murang'a County. Thika has a population of 139,853 which is growing rapidly, as is the entire greater Nairobi area. Its elevation is approximately 1,631 metres (5,351 ft).

1. Hashmi`s Restaurant

Nakummat Ukay, Nairobi, Kenya Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Indian, Barbecue, Asian, Halal Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +254 733 721786
Excellent
56%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 341 reviews

Hashmi`s Restaurant

Reviewed By Denis G - Nakuru, Kenya

This is one place that is excellent for families and friends. The food is great. The interiors are pretty basic, but it is all about the food and the company. It gets really busy in the evenings and also noisy, so you might have to raise your voice just a little bit to communicate with the person opposite the table. The food is mainly Swahili dishes and also some Indian dishes.

2. Thai Chi Restaurant - The Stanley Hotel

Kenyatta Avenue & Kimathi Street, Nairobi, Kenya Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Parking Available, Free Wifi Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Dinner, Lunch, Late Night HK$314 - HK$392 +254 20 2757000
Excellent
58%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 298 reviews

Thai Chi Restaurant - The Stanley Hotel

A small piece of Thailand in Nairobi, Thai Chi has been awarded as the most authentic Thai restaurant in East Africa. With its traditional Thai decor and delectable Thai specialties prepared by experienced chefs from Thailand, Thai Chi is one of Nairobi's most elegant dining establishments.

Reviewed By Madame_Trey - Nairobi, Kenya

We visited Thai Chi on a Saturday for lunch with our children. Children are not normally allowed in the restaurant except for lunch only on the weekends. I appreciated that families could be accommodated as my children have a sophisticated palette and I was anxious to expose them to Thai food.
We ordered a variety of starters and mains to share. The food came out beautifully presented and very quickly. I am a lover of Thai food and have visited the country severally, I view the offering at Thai Chi as excellent!
Notable dishes include the stir fried prawns (knuckle sized perfectly moist prawns in a delectable sauce), the glass noodle salad and the pepper beef. The pad thai, the pad thai....my mouth is salivating.
Heat level is indicated on the menu to ensure that you order as to your preference. I view the prices as fair, at between Ksh1200-2200 for mains.
The wait staff was attentive and the manager also checked in on our table. I would happily visit over and over.

3. Fogo Gaucho

Waiyaki Way | Viking Hse, Westlands, Nairobi 00100, Kenya Takeout, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards Steakhouse, Brazilian, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$1,570 - HK$1,962 +254 712 123456
Excellent
51%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 911 reviews

Fogo Gaucho

Fogo Gaucho is Nairobi's Favourite Steakhouse set up in a beautiful ambience that gives a feel as though you are in a corner of South Brazil. If you are looking for a prime dining experience in a stylish, ambient environment either for a family outing, business lunch meeting or office party, Fogo Gaucho offers top class service to fit any occasion and a playground for children everyday.

Reviewed By Joshua M

Absolutely amazing ambience. I will definitely go back for some more meat. My friends and I had a good time.Dear Joshua Our pleasure is to make our customers happy and enjoy while here with us. We are grateful for your comment and welcome again. Cannot wait to host you again. Karibu tena. Regards Charity

4. Open House Restaurant

Ring Road Parklands, Opp The Mall | Centro House, Westlands, Nairobi 00800, Kenya Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Indian, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$39 - HK$118 +254 727 726345
Excellent
53%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 539 reviews

Open House Restaurant

At Open House Restaurants, we believe that Fine Indian Cuisine comes from a delicate balance of succulent food, authentic ambiance and personalised service. So when you walk into our doors, be ready to experience a connucopia of indian flavours, whilst being transported into our traditionally set surroundings. Feel free to enquire about your taste preference or take suggestion from our experienced staff. Enjoy!

Reviewed By Honestperson1909 - Nairobi, Kenya

I live in Nairobi myself. The food is great when you go there to eat but take away, the food is pathetic.

5. Tatu Restaurant

Harry Thuku Road | Harry Thuku Rd, Nairobi 00100, Kenya Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, Contemporary, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch +254 20 2265000
Excellent
65%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 233 reviews

Tatu Restaurant

Tatu, the signature restaurant, has won several awards for its exquisite cuisine and personalized attentive service. Located on the ground floor of the hotel with access from main hotel entrance, Tatu restaurant is the new trendsetter for modern contemporary Americano-Kenyan cuisine in Nairobi. The restaurant defines the conceptualization of Fresh top quality food, warm prompt service and active lively ambience, bringing guest an elevated dining experience.

Reviewed By Billy J

What a fabulous experience. Chef Joshua and his team were friendly, polite and amazing. The food was excellent! the flavors were “out of bounds” (to borrow a popular american chef’s rating scale)
Really a genuine gem! Started with a Lobster appetizer with a white sauce that was exquisite. ATM salad (avocado, tomato, mozzarella) was great. Then the “Lobster cappuccino” with a Lobster croquette. Followed by a seared duck with orange heaven!
the piece de resistance for me was the palate cleanser, the hand made Mango Sorbet!!
Finally to the main course: Beef Tenderloin! Amazing flavor, the meat alone was wildly good, when added to the sauces.....oh my!!
My highest recommendation for anyone in or near Nairobi!!

6. The Lord Erroll

89 Ruaka Road | Runda Estate, Nairobi, Kenya Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks +254 721 920820
Excellent
64%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
6%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 207 reviews

The Lord Erroll

An award-winning timeless fine dining restaurant in a class of its own set in timeless splendour surrounded by beautifully tended and immaculately manicured lush green lawns. What awaits you is a truly mesmerizing French, European, Vegetarian, Gluten Free and Afternoon High Tea cuisine experience, where the outstanding culinary artistry of world-class hospitality & service awaits and an enchanting captivating colonial history and indoor & outdoor vistas which almost magically combine to form an alluring countryside dining escape like no other.

Reviewed By Bob T

This is an elegant converted house set in beautiful Gardens with well manicured lawns. It is tranquil and located in the exclusive Runda suburb of Nairobi. It has a bit of club type atmosphere. The bar is traditionally laid out with a fireplace, armchairs and interesting paintings hung on the walls. The verandah overlooks the Gardens and is roomy, tables are well spaced so privacy is assured. The menu is international and the dishes are well prepared and very tasty. Prices are very reasonable for such a classique establishment. Will definitely return.

7. Thika Family Garden Hotel

Mangu/Naivasha Road Thika | 39791, Thika 00623, Kenya Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner HK$31 - HK$235 +254 725 896207
Excellent
33%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
67%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3 based on 3 reviews

Thika Family Garden Hotel

Thika Family Garden Gardens is located 200mts off Thika super highway, along Mangu/ Naivasha road.The makuti provide cool and friendly environment that makes us the only unique hotel in Thika town, providing local and international world class services of food and drinks in a cool and friendly environment that everyone needs to visit. We offer delicious African foods and drinks more famous are Nyama choma , Kuku choma that describe the art of cooking and preparing our meals.These utra modern hotel is designed to accommodate family gatherings events like weddings and their reception, goat eating, birthday parties, seminars, corporate meetings e.t.c. The environment is essential for training and seminars.We have professional team and staff on the ground to ensure our customers enjoy the the best in the town. This is a place you can’t miss to take a friend or a dear one out to enjoy its delicious meals and drink as you listen to cool piped music and watch super sport live on Dstv.

Reviewed By Sofie13 - Zurich, Switzerland

I know many people like hide outs where no one sees them when they are there, this is according to the locals... but this place.. the restaurant rooms, bars etc.. are sooo big, poor choice of furniture, colours and lighting such that one feels like in an old cold mausoleum!!!
I went there for a business meeting and there were other clients also in other rooms.. 2-3 or so. I felt like it is a joint where some illegal meetings go through because anyone that came round looked at us suspiciously! It almost invoked fear and tat was 16:00 - 18:00..
Again the service team have to look for you in this massive place! so the service can be slow.
Otherwise I did not dare to eat here! The toilets were clean!

8. Club Sidai Oleng

Kiambu Road, Kiambu, Kenya Reservations +254 790 119731
Excellent
43%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
8%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 12 reviews

Club Sidai Oleng

Reviewed By Susan M - Nairobi Region, Kenya

That moment when you come out from church late in the afternoon tired and you're thinking..who will cook for my family!!!then you re Sidai Oleng hehehe this is the place to be for epic family meals..their "chicken combo" is heavenly and my favorite..
i love this place for their family rooms facility you get to enjoy with the kids freely!

9. Ridgeview Gardens

Kiambu Road, 00621, Kenya Reservations
Excellent
25%
Good
63%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
12%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 8 reviews

Ridgeview Gardens

Reviewed By Oliver G

Set in an open air setting, this restaurant has very good service and very friendly staff who are always there when you need them. The food is awesome, the kitchen really knows what customers need and they deliver.

10. Loswani Place

Kiambu Road, Kiambu, Kenya Steakhouse, African HK$63 - HK$94 +254 791 009717
Excellent
0%
Good
100%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 1 reviews

Loswani Place is a family style restaurant that is good for kids, corporate groups, private party or just individuals looking to relax over great food and drinks

Reviewed By Jeanjoza

The ambience is awesome. Great service and food.. I recommend for a friends get together as they got a space behind for some fun activities..

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