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

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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
Convenient location, the rest - disappointment

I have been to this restaurant once before, years back in 2007, with my friends visiting from Europe. Back then it was a very pleasant experience and we had time on our hands to wait quite long for food. This time we had no time to spare and wanted to have something to eat and continue with our... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed June 16, 2015
WojciechAK
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Mara Region, Tanzania
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Families with children
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
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Mara Region, Tanzania
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77 reviews 77 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

I have been to this restaurant once before, years back in 2007, with my friends visiting from Europe. Back then it was a very pleasant experience and we had time on our hands to wait quite long for food. This time we had no time to spare and wanted to have something to eat and continue with our Stone Town... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015 via mobile

Seafood is fresh and good, enjoyed the seasoning. A little over cooked. Great location right near the beach. Loved the desert and coffee.

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Orlando, Florida
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121 reviews 121 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
108 helpful votes 108 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
31 helpful votes 31 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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64 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 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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11 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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114 restaurant reviews
186 helpful votes 186 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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8 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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Address: Forodhani | Forodhani Gardens, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
Phone Number: 777410410
Location: Africa  >  Tanzania  >  Zanzibar Archipelago  >  Zanzibar Island  >  Zanzibar City  >  Stone Town
Cuisine: African

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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

  • Price Range: $
  • Cuisine: African

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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