Charlie's Bistro

Langata, South End Mall, Langata, Nairobi

Charlie's Bistro

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Restaurant Information

A premium eatery located in Langata South End Mall . We pride ourselves in having a menu that caters to everyone. Lebanese food is our specialty .

  Restaurant Operating Hours
Mon 09:00 – 00:00
Tue 09:00 – 00:00
Wed 09:00 – 00:00
Thu 09:00 – 00:00
Fri 09:00 – 00:00
Sat 09:00 – 00:00
Sun 09:00 – 00:00
  •   Facitilies
      CreditCards, FullBar, FreeWifi, Dinein, Mpesa,
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    Reviews Recent Popular

    Kevin Doyle

    The sign on the wall of Charlie's Bistro features a quote from Charlie Chaplin, whom I am guessing inspired the owner to name the place: "I like walking in the rain, so no one can see me crying." Crying is EXACTLY what my visit to Charlie's Bistro makes me feel like doing. The food, service, cocktails, ambiance and value are all atrocious. I can forgive a place with less than good service, and with a discombobulated decor that defies any theme (especially if the place was named after Charlie Chaplin), but I can't forgive food that is of poor quality, prepared poorly, is mismatched with accompaniments that do not belong together, i.e rice and salsa and steamed vegetables with what the menu called chicken parmigiana. Weird. I would even forgive that IF the said chicken parmigiana blew my socks off. Instead, said chicken parmigiana was tough, pinkish in color, overcooked (yes, the pink color had nothing to do with the meat being undercooked), lacked any tomato sauce, and the supposed mozzarella cheese that the menu described as "smothering" was most definitely not mozzarella cheese. The rice accompaniment was dry, and it seemed sacrilegious to add the salsa to it. The chef later explained to me that the salsa indeed was meant only as decoration.

    The happy hour cocktails on offer were basically colorful cocktails with lots of sugar. I had to return my blue curacao-based whatever it was called cocktail because it basically made me want to regurgitate. I was forced to go with bourbon on the rocks because I couldn't trust the bartender who was offended that I criticized the putrid cocktail she had served me.

    Re: the decor, it was a mix of faux grass on the floor and some walls, Thai decorations, the aforementioned Charlie Chaplin quote printed on a latex banner, a crystal chandelier, wicker tables with wicker stools, smaller dining tables with white plastic chairs, and old-fashioned light-bulbs. No rhyme or reason to any of it. And may I add, a missed opportunity if indeed the name of the place was inspired by the one and only silent film star, Charlie Chaplin.

    The prices were a bit on the high side for a restaurant of this type, were not bistro prices. The term "bistro" is said to derive from Russian soldiers, who, when in Paris, demanded food "bistro, bistro": "quickly, quickly" in Russian. Thus casual, informal dining spots where one could get a good, relatively inexpensive, and quick meal became known as "bistros." Charlie's Bistro, using this definition, is NOT a bistro: the food is NOT GOOD, it was NOT QUICKLY SERVED, and it was NOT RELATIVELY INEXPENSIVE.

    BTW, people are raving about the view? Of what? T-Mall? The Langata/Mbagathi Roundabout?!

    Wambui  Ndungu

    Great place to while away and avoid the evening traffic with a fantastic view. Was surprised by how good the cocktails were. They have happy hour all day on Sundays. The price point is great, jazz music playing in the background. Great establishment.

    Stephanie Pendo

    The view is awesome, your cocktails are life, I loved my freakshake, the food wasn't really the best but it was okay. Good service and good value for money spent. I'm definitely coming back

    eva Margaret

    It's a really cool place especially the cocktail.... Just perfect... Viva Charlie's

    Banda Kennedy

    view ✔️ value ✔️ food ✔️✔️ cocktails ✔️✔️✔️

    definitely one of the nairobi spots

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