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Flashy Nairobi Restaurants to Celebrate Your Birthday in Style

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Written by Abraham Odhiambo

Turning a year older is such a huge blessing, come to think of it. There’s nothing as precious as the gift of life; more often than not, we step out to make merry of this big day. And that’s where the best birthday restaurants in Nairobi come in.

A birthday is a special occasion, considering it’s time to make fond memories, cheer and laugh as you make a toast to life. Having a memorable lunch/dinner is the perfect way to crown your birthday, which only comes once a year. In no particular order, here are some of the best restaurants to celebrate your birthday in Nairobi. 

1. Carnivore Restaurant

Carnivore Restaurant

Carnivore Restaurant. Photo/ Maasai Mara National Reserve.

The Carnivore doesn’t conform to the familiar restaurant traditions. To begin with, you’re served the soup of the day and a plate of home-baked brown bread and butter.  Afterwards, a carver comes your way carrying juicy cuts onto sizzling cast-iron plates. You can enjoy your meat with a selection of sauces, vegetable side dishes and salads. 

Here, you’ll eat until you declare defeat by lowering the white paper flag perched atop the central tray. Carnivore is the best place to come with your crew on your birthday if you’re a foodie. 

2. Fogo Gaucho 

Fogo Gaucho

Fogo Gaucho. Photo/booknbook Kenya

Offering some of the tastiest meats, Fogo Gaucho is undoubtedly one of the best restaurants in Nairobi to celebrate your birthday. The restaurant is Nairobi’s only All-You- Can -Eat Brazilian Churrascaria, serving 17 cuts of meat, over 20 different salads, and desserts and sides. 

You should call to make a reservation in any of the two branches located in Galana Plaza, Kilimani and Viking House, Westlands

3. Mercado 

How about trying some tasty Mexican food on your special day? Make a reservation at Mercado, then carry your crew for a memorable experience.  Here, the chefs from Mexico bring not only Mexican delicacies to Kenya’s capital but also combine ancient cooking styles with modern twists.  The food at Mercado is prepared using homegrown, organic and fresh ingredients to give you a quality experience.


Mercado. Photo/ Living in Nairobi.

4. Hero 

Located 9th floor of Trademark Hotel Gigiri, Hero is a new kind of eatery that oozes class at the intersection of fantasy, design and indulgence.  They have a creative menu, and the presentation will leave taking photos of the meals on the table. The small plates draw influence from the idea of superheroes and their powers. 

Hero is, without a doubt, one of the best restaurants in Nairobi to celebrate your birthday. The restaurant is open every day of the week except on Monday.

Hero restaurant

Hero. Photo/

Remember to take a lot of photos! 

5. Cafe Kaya 

Looking for a restaurant where you can have an intimate birthday dinner? Then Cafe Kaya should be your destination. Located at Slip Road Off Waiyaki Way after Westlands Roundabout, Cafe Kaya is the best place to take birthday photos while waiting for your order. The decor here is unlike anything you have ever seen before. 

Remember to align your reservation with their happy hour and enjoy two cocktails at the price of one. Cafe Kaya is one of the best restaurants in Nairobi to celebrate your birthday. 

6. Bao Box 

There’s no way you’ll have a complete birthday party without visiting Bao Box. Here you eat, play a number of board games and socialize.

Bao Box

Bao Box. Photo/ Malistraveldiaries –

Bao Box, the first of its kind in Kenya, is a board game cafe set to take over the gaming revolution in Kenya’s capital city. 

7. Asmara 

Isn’t it a good idea to try a different cuisine on your birthday? Plan to visit Asmara on your big day for a memorable culinary experience. You indulge in tasty Eritrean and Ethiopian meals from some of the best chefs. Asmara restaurant is located in Pangani, Westlands along General Mathenge, Karen along Ngong’ Road & Lavington along Othaya Road.

8. Honey & Dough 

Honey & Dough, one of the best birthday restaurants in Nairobi, boasts a decor you won’t quickly come across. Their multi-cuisine menu offers a balance of everything. At Honey & Dough, you have delicious healthy foods with exceptional services. 

Honey & Dough

Honey & Dough. Photo/ Nairobi Restaurants.

So, if you are turning a year older and are in Nairobi, be sure to check out the restaurants above and enjoy the city’s culinary delight.

About the author

Abraham Odhiambo

Abraham Odhiambo is a writer with interests in nature, travel, African safari and sports. I'm pursuing a bachelor's degree in Media and Communication at Egerton University.

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