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Mama Ashanti Waterfront

Mama Ashanti Waterfront is located in the sprawling suburb of Karen, a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The calmness of the area and the fresh aroma from the swaying trees open up to the mini-mall where Mama Ashanti Waterfront prominently sits. Here, you’ll find everything you need to unwind, dine, and enjoy life, making Mama Ashanti Waterfront one of the most upmarket dining locations in Nairobi.

The faint and delicious scent of Mama’s cooking greets all guests at the parking lot, welcoming you home.

When you walk through the restaurant doors, a floor to ceiling mural that captures the feel of West African tradition acts as the wheel whose spokes branch out to a modern, Africa-meets-international style seating.

Get cosy in any booth with your friends or family.

Mama Ashanti Waterfront has a comforting familiarity to Mama Ashanti Lavington; the staff are friendly and the authentic West African cuisine is just as fresh and mouth watering as it is at Mama Ashanti Lavington.

Every meal will leave you craving for more.

Our new Kids Menu features mild options for the little ones to chow down before they run off to experience the multiple children’s activities available at the Waterfront Karen.

From slides and swings, go karts, and a splash pool, to Zorb balls, a PlayStation lounge and a paintball field – Mama Ashanti Waterfront is a home filled with the happy hubbub of action and authentic, delicious West African cuisine.

The Eko Lounge at Mama Ashanti Waterfront remains the perfect tonic for a chill drink or two. Watching the latest in sports is a treasured routine as you come to recognize our collection of wines from all over the world on display.

Be it lunch or dinner, you’re welcome to Mama Ashanti Waterfront, where we treat, feed and entertain all guests like well-loved, out-of-town relatives.

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Mama Ashanti Lavington

In the quiet neighbourhood of Lavington, along James GIchuru Road, is Mama Ashanti Lavington. This verdant, roughly 800 square meters, hosts the West African restaurant that is famed not just as the home for authentic West African meals, but also for its large velvet green garden. 

For guests who want to experience delicious food and relax in environs they’ll feel they have all to themselves, this is the place to be.

Mama Ashanti Lavington is an escape from the cramped, bustling life of Nairobi. 

Whether you choose to dine inside, on the verandah, in the gazebo, or in the lush green garden; the pristine table settings, wide expanse of indoor-outdoor seating, and the air carrying a bouquet of fragrant spices from Mama Ashanti’s kitchen, will make you feel right at home.

A kind, and smiling waiter expertly presents you a menu and highlights the day’s specialities. 

You would think the uninterrupted views of the posh garden and the restaurant’s West African-inspired interiors would detract from what’s happening on the plate.

The refined dishes served fresh, hot and delicious from Mama Ashanti’s kitchen are just as demanding as the surroundings.

At Mama Ashanti Lavington, we prepare and serve authentic West African dishes loved by all.

Whether it’s lunch or dinner, guests can kick back and share their favorite moments from the day, while the Nairobi sky glows golden as the sun dips over the horizon.

Modern and classic West African melodies playing through the speakers, or the LIVE Band (every Friday evening) accompany your delicious West African meal. 

A kids playground injects some thrills while also providing up-close moments and memories that will be cherished for the rest of your life.

Cap the day with a sundowner in the sultry evening warmth, or cuddle with your favourite person by our occasional bonfires on chilly nights. 

The Eko Lounge at Mama Ashanti Lavington is another joy in itself that stirs up the ambience with top shelf beers, spirits, cocktails and wines from around the world. 

There’s a touch of West African culture in every corner of the restaurant, lest you forget, providing the ne-plus-ultra bookends that lovingly shout, “Now, you’re home.”

It’s worth visiting the Mama Ashanti Gift Shop, a treasure trove of West African Ankara fabrics, unique clothes and jewelry. Every purchase has a story, holds a memory, and is one-of-a-kind. 

Weekday or weekend, Mama Ashanti Lavington welcomes you, your friends and family to celebrate the food, culture and people of West Africa.


Make a reservation to dine in for lunch with friends or host a casual business meeting. Grab a cocktail after work or celebrate a special moment over dinner.

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+254 (0) 736 222 324
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