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Essence Restaurant

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Amaan Kendwa Beach | KENDWA BEACH, Kendwa, Tanzania
+255 779 941 555
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Description: ESSENCE IS LOCATED ON KENDWA BEACH NEXT TO KENDWA BEACH RESORT. FREE...
ESSENCE IS LOCATED ON KENDWA BEACH NEXT TO KENDWA BEACH RESORT. FREE WI-FI, AND MUCH MORE.
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    Very good
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Amazing place!

My girlfriend and I stayed in Kendwa for 3 nights and ate here every night. Slightly posher than other restaurants on the beach and you do pay more for this but it's worth it! Staff very friendly and food delicious. Cocktails although take their time are proper and beautiful. Defiantly would go... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
jdmorgs
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Tring, United Kingdom
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Shelly Beach, Australia
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107 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We attended this restaurant on a very quiet night and had to endure long waits for both food and drinks. The food and cocktails were lovely when they arrived- took about 2 hours for the food. Drinks order was lost- and some confusion when drinks were ordered. The waitress was very nice but the kitchen problems and ordering of drinks... More 

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Tring, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

My girlfriend and I stayed in Kendwa for 3 nights and ate here every night. Slightly posher than other restaurants on the beach and you do pay more for this but it's worth it! Staff very friendly and food delicious. Cocktails although take their time are proper and beautiful. Defiantly would go back!

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Lecce, Italy
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Kendwa does not offer hundreds of places to eat and this is the place to be if you want to have good food (not excellent). Good service and good atmosphere.

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Sydney, Australia
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Now don't get me wrong, Zanzibar is not for every one but me and my partner has a tough time over our 10 days here but when we found Essence we both thought we died and went to heaven. A++ for staff, steven seagal made our holiday. he was so fun and helpful A++ for food, every thing was good,... More 

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nirvanasha, Guest Relations Manager at Essence Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for your wonderful and appreciative review, our staff thank you and appreciate you taking the time to relate your "experience in our Essence Restaurant and Zanzibar in general" Hope to see you again soon. Shandy Guest Relations Manager More 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

We only went there for drinks but the staff was very welcoming and the cocktails were extremely good!

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nirvanasha, Guest Relations Manager at Essence Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Essence staff wishes to thank you for your review and hope that we can make it better and a memorable one next time. Best wishes Shandy Guest Relations Manager More 

Vancouver, Canada
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36 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015 via mobile

Took advice from trip advisor and went to this restaurant. Even though it seemed that the Pizza was the preferred choice I decided to get gnocchi with white sauce and lobster pieces and the gnocchi was overlooked and was soggy. The sauce and lobster pieces was great but the fresh homemade gnocchi was really soggy like wet bread. My friend... More 

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nirvanasha, Guest Relations Manager at Essence Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear guest, We are extremely sorry that your friend had been charged for food returned, this is not our policy and we assure you that this will not happen again. Since our Chef was aware and unfortunately the server and/or Chef did not relay the message to the Restaurant Manager of your dissatisfaction and it was missed, please accept our... More 

Alberton, Gauteng, South Africa
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We had a waiter named Abdoul both evenings were there. He is amazing! The management staff were just as good on the issues where he needed to call them, but this was truly one of the best experiences I have ever had at a restaurant. The food was just a great as the service. It is a pity we only... More 

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Zanzibar Archipelago, Tanzania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

We've been in Kendwa for 2 months - renting a guest house - and Essence is our go to place. First, the place itself is beautiful. Second, the staff is super friendly and seem genuinely happy. Third, Dickson. He is thee most amazing human being. But their food is great too. I really like their pizza, which is great because... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Few nights ago, I been with a coworker to eat at Essence Restaurant. it's a while that I live and work in Kendwa and I was really missing eating pizza. so I asked a friend if he knew a place where I could get a good one and he suggested me this restaurant. for sure, my expectation didn't been deluded... More 

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cuneo
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I experienced Essence Restaurant in Kendwa last August. The location is very romantic, perfect for couples and honeymoon trips. You can eat looking the wonderful beach of Kendwa and the Indian Ocean in front of you. Excellent and fresh the fish, I suggest the mix of grilled fish and the lobster. The restaurant offers a good level of white wines... More 

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nirvanasha, Guest Relations Manager at Essence Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Ursula, It was our pleasure to have made your dining experience in our Essence Restaurant, Kendwa a memorable one. We (Essence Chef and Servers) always try our best to make that experience last, whether it be your first or as a frequent visitor during your stay in Kendwa. Best wishes, Merry Christmas and a happy new Year More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Amaan Kendwa Beach | KENDWA BEACH, Kendwa, Tanzania
  • Location: Africa  >  Tanzania  >  Zanzibar Archipelago  >  Zanzibar Island  >  Kendwa
  • Phone Number: +255 779 941 555

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 6 - 60
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Description

ESSENCE IS LOCATED ON KENDWA BEACH NEXT TO KENDWA BEACH RESORT. FREE WI-FI, AND MUCH MORE.

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