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Essence Restaurant

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Essence Restaurant
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Amaan Kendwa Beach | KENDWA BEACH, Kendwa, Tanzania
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Amaan Kendwa Beach | KENDWA BEACH, Kendwa, Tanzania
+255 779 941 555
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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
  • 6
    Average
  • 4
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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
    5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Lovely atmosphere and great food.

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 22, 2014
wanderersquared
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Zanzibar Archipelago, Tanzania
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Zanzibar Archipelago, Tanzania
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

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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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Ate here twice the food was so good. We went for the 25 euro menu on both occasions. The tuna carpaccio was okay but the lobster tagliatelle was incredible, my boyfriend is a chef and has worked and eaten in Michelin star restaurants and says it's the best pasta he's ever eaten. The sea food platter that then followed was... More 

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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Was visiting Zanzibar and stayed at Kendwa Beach and stumbled across this gem while walking on the beach with my wife and decided to try it. We shared the seafood platter as it was a fairly large portion. Strongly recommend this restaurant if you are in the area. The food is great and the staff takes it the extra mile.

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014 via mobile

We came at 22:30 when all the restaurants were closed, including this one. When we asked if they were open, they said no but the chef overheard us and insisted on making us dinner even though they were closed. He said it's his job to feed people. We had the burger. And it was better than anything I've had in... More 

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Zanzibar, Tanzania
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33 reviews 33 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

It was a dinner we had and met the Indian Chef. The Biriyani we tried was nice, but they could not offer us the accompaniment of Raita as chef said, the yoghurt was not available. However We found the place good. Nice attentive Staff and good ambiance. The quality of food was also good.

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Babylon, New York
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70 reviews 70 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 via mobile

We ventured out one night with our rather large tour group to this restaurant which was two resorts over from where we were staying. Our group of 20 wandered into this seemingly empty restaurant. Service: Considering our group (and a smaller group of 6) was THE only groups in this restaurant I was shocked by the lack of service. We... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We dined at Essence twice this month when staying at another resort on the island. Another group of travellers recommended it and we weren't disappointed. Decor was beautiful (especially at night when the outside beach seats were lit up), seafood was divine and the service was second to none. Would highly recommend the Coconut Seafood dish!

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

Our group of 23 dined at Essence whilst on an overland tour of Africa in October. Firstly let me say that we were the only people in the restaurant apart from perhaps 2 or 3 other tables. The service we received was terrible. At one point the waiter brought out one too many drinks to our table. When we advised... More 

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

First of all let me apologize for the inconvenience caused during your visit to our Essence Restaurant in October 2013. We do our best to please our guests, such as by offering to re order the meal at no extra charge or offer a discount. (upon inquiring with the Restaurant Manager you were offered both). Hope you will give us... 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  >  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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