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Emerson Spice

Tharia Street, Kiponda, Stone Town, Zanzibar City 0000, Tanzania
+255 775 046 395
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  • Excellent72%
  • Very good20%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“seafood” (36 reviews)
“vanilla slice” (6 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
African, Seafood, International, Fusion, Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Tharia Street, Kiponda, Stone Town, Zanzibar City 0000, Tanzania
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Had an amazing evening! Everything from the sunset cocktails (great view) to the dessert was great😊 Staff is also really friendly and know what they do! Perfect evening, would 100% recommend😄

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank sophiepF8672CG
Reviewed 4 days ago

Great food and service with incredible views of the city at sunset. I highly recommend it. Great experience.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Ryan B
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Well we have read on tripadvisor good references about that place. So we went there in hope that it would be a tasty dinner. But we were very dissapointed.Starter was ok: octopussy salad.But main cours was not fresh. Shrimps had bad smell, lobster spent a...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Ladyfromthesea
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We popped in because it rained, basically. But we were served a delicious Swahili lunch in a former spice trade house which also functions as a hotel. Very affordable culinary feast in a traditional building in the heart of Zanzibar's Stone Town. Respect!

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank KrisBerw
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We dined at Emerson Spice the night we landed in Stone Town. When we arrived at hotel reception a gentleman led us to the restaurant, taking us into the foyer...then through a dark doorway that lead down what looked like a dark alley. We were...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank flipsakenoneleft
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Emerson spice was one of the best foodexperiences we had during our 10 days in Zanzibar, The 5 course menu was a really great taste experience and Chef Abdul really doing a great job! Flavours and spices of Zanzibar at the best is all you...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank george d
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I write as someone who has eaten at some of the best Michelin starred restaurants that you can go to. Our food experience here matched up to almost all of these Michelin starred places, particularly the flavours of the food, they were well considered and...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Penthelesia
Reviewed 5 November 2018

Emerson Spice has 2 restaurants, we ate at both and were disappointed with both. First The Secret Garden. This is open air and looks lovely but the food was poor and tasteless. For example we started with a Zanzibar salad, which turned out to be...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank wisborough1
Reviewed 29 October 2018

Probably one of the nicest building of stone Town and beautiful rooms , RoofTop the spirit of stone Town but certainly not at the reception ,

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Destiny75013
Reviewed 9 October 2018 via mobile

During our tour of Stone Town, we had a great lunch in the Secret Garden. Adorable patio and yummy food and tea. Staff was very friendly.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank AWlsn
EmersonSpice, Manager at Emerson Spice, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2018

Thank you for your kind words, ans welcome back in your explorations of Stone Town!

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Questions & Answers
7 March 2018|
Response from EmersonSpice | Property representative |
Thank you for your interest in The Tea House Restaurant at Emerson Spice. We have availability on Saturday 17th March. To make a booking please call +255 (0) 774 483 483 Kind regards, The Emerson Spice Team
Jane G
22 February 2018|
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Response from Lasa88 | Reviewed this property |
I would recommend coming early so you can watch the incredible sunset. Dinner drinks is their specialty so you will have a great start to the evening. The kitchen is right up there, you can see it and feel part of the... More
Jane G
22 February 2018|
Response from EmersonSpice | Property representative |
Dear Jane, Thank you for your interest in Emerson Spice, and apologies for the delayed response. Our rooftop Tea House Restaurant serves a Five Course Daily Changing Fish & Seafood Menu at $40 per person excluding drinks... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$45
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
View, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Tharia Street, Kiponda, Stone Town, Zanzibar City 0000, Tanzania
  • Location: Africa  >  Tanzania  >  Zanzibar Archipelago  >  Zanzibar Island  >  Zanzibar City  >  Stone Town
  • Phone Number: +255 775 046 395
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  • This restaurant is at Emerson Spice
Emerson Spice have two Restaurants: The Rooftop Tea House Restaurant - The Seafood Based, Set Five Course 'Taste Safari' Degustation Menu is prepared daily by our Zanzibari Chefs. The Sunset Hour is an integral part of the experience, so Diners are encouraged to arrive at any time after 5.30p.m. to enjoy a 'Sundowner' before dinner, which is served at 7p.m. Reservations Recommended. The Secret Garden - set amidst lushly landscaped hidden 'Ruins', open to the skies, it has a Zanzibari inspired A La Carte Menu. Look out for live music performed by The Dhow Countires Music Academy. Open for Lunch and Dinner.
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