Street address Langata Rd, Langata
Address Nairobi, Kenya
|Current owner(s) Tamarind Group|
Seating capacity 350
Phone +254 733 611608
|Hours Open today · Open 24 hoursSaturdayOpen 24 hoursSundayOpen 24 hoursMondayOpen 24 hoursTuesdayOpen 24 hoursWednesdayOpen 24 hoursThursdayOpen 24 hoursFridayOpen 24 hours|
Carnivore is an open-air restaurant in the Langata suburb of Nairobi, Kenya. Carnivore's specialty is meat, and features an all-you-can-eat meat buffet. They serve a wide variety of meat and were famous for their game meat until Kenya imposed a ban on the sale of game meat in 2004. It remains a popular tourist destination.
In 1999, the restaurant seated 350 people and the restaurant's 330 employees served over 1000 people per day. The game, including giraffe, wildebeest, ostrich and crocodile, was raised on Hopcraft Ranch, 25 miles outside Nairobi. Since the sale of wild game meat was banned in Kenya in 2004, the restaurant serves meat of domestic animals (such as beef, pork, lamb and chicken), as well as meat of farmed ostrich and crocodile. The meat is skewered on Maasai swords, cooked on coals and served on cast-iron plates. It does have a vegetarian option. It ranked 47th on the 2003 "The World's best 50 restaurants" list by UK-based Restaurant Magazine.
There is also a "Simba Saloon" night club on the premises with a capacity of 2,500, as well as an internet cafe, playground, and six bars. The restaurant holds concerts with local artists performing. International artists such as Shaggy, Tevin Campbell. T.O.K and Sean Paul have also performed there. Three people died in a stampede at the saloon in 2004. The restaurant is famous for themed nights that incorporate old skul, rock and soul nights to the merriment of many Kenyans.
Carnivore is owned by Martin Dunford of the Tamarind Group. It was opened in 1980 by Dunford, his wife, and a group of partners. He opened the Carnivore inspired by the Rodízio concept of Brazilian Churrascaria steak houses. The Tamarind Group operates Tamarind seafood restaurants in Mombasa and Nairobi. There is also another similar restaurant named Carnivore, owned by the same people, on the outskirts of Johannesburg, South Africa, and another in Cairo, Egypt.