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Forodhani | Forodhani Gardens, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
777410410
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Dessert, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 88
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  • 52
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  • 18
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  • 33
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Dinner in Stonetown next to the shoreline

One of the restaurants to absolutely try in Stonetown. Great typical food of the region. Waiter was not the friendliest, maybe because my wife wore a blouse with shoulder exposed. Nonetheless I would go back, and only a short walk from Maru Maru hotel where we stayed.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 18, 2015
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Montreal, Canada
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
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Orlando, Florida
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121 reviews 121 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Location, right in Stone Town, is good. Road traffic zipping right past your table. Service is iffy. Food not at all what they describe to you, when you're ordering. DON'T use the bathroom unless you absolutely have to! Easy to understand why there are very few customers. Food definitely not worth the price.

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Surrey. UK
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Seated under a bouganvila covering outside right next to the road, it is very atmospheric and offers very good and reasonably priced food. Staff very helpful, ask for Mtahiti.

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Mombasa, Kenya
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

The food served was nothing like what was asked for. The whole thing felt like a scam. The atmosphere and the decor inside was ok, but the chef needs to wake up a little.

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Paris, France
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101 reviews 101 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Tourist beware - is what the name loosely translates to. Food is fine and service is very good - but the owners decided that ripping off tourist at every opportunity will make them money. They claim to accept foreign currency only to rip you off badly on the exchange after an already overpriced meal. Shame on them!

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Montreal, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

One of the restaurants to absolutely try in Stonetown. Great typical food of the region. Waiter was not the friendliest, maybe because my wife wore a blouse with shoulder exposed. Nonetheless I would go back, and only a short walk from Maru Maru hotel where we stayed.

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Trento, Italy
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Very good restaurant with Swahili and Zanzibar dishes. The food is fresh and the dishes are cooked after your order. beer is served. two evenings a week there is a show with Taarab music. a great value for money

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London, UK
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204 reviews 204 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
182 helpful votes 182 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

The Monsoon was recommended to us by the guide on our afternoon Stone Town tour. It was only a few hundred yards from our hotel, and it saved us having to think for ourselves, so we went there. We didn't eat in the large indoor salon, reckoning that our backs might not cope well with a meal taken sitting on... More 

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Armidale, Australia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

We sat outside (in the February heat, where else?). We ordered fish and lobster Both were very tasty and the African style vegetables served with the dishes were great - we'd go back there if we're ever in Zanzibar again.

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Graaff-reinet, South Africa
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56 reviews 56 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

What a lovely experience after a hot morning walking through Stone Town: cold beer, warm and friendly service and great food. When in Zanzibar, go and enjoy excellent hospitality!

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Entebbe, Uganda
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We had a nice lunch experience and we will be back again. The service was good. We had 4 meals and they were all excellent. Everything was cooked and seasoned just right. The spiced coffee & Kashata were delightful. Nice location near the ocean and park but I wish the staff was more diligent to keep the hawkers at bay.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Forodhani | Forodhani Gardens, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
  • Location: Africa  >  Tanzania  >  Zanzibar Archipelago  >  Zanzibar Island  >  Zanzibar City  >  Stone Town
  • Phone Number: 777410410

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: African

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic, Large groups

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