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House of Spices

Kiponda street, Stone Town 1912, Tanzania
+255242231264
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Ranked #2 of 57 Restaurants in Stone Town
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $8 - $15
Cuisines: Mediterranean
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Breezing terraces for both restaurant and bar, Mediterranean food, pizza, wine bar
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Breezing terraces for both restaurant and bar, Mediterranean food, pizza, wine bar
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New York, New York, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Great atmosphere, decent prices and great food. In particular the black marlin served on a skewer was deliciously meaty; it was better than a steak (and I love steak).

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anna m, Owner at House of Spices, responded to this review

Jambo! thank you for having taken the time to review your experience at our terrace restaurant; it was very kind of your. We hope to welcome you again in near future Kind rereads, anna More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We went for dinner, the food was really good and tasty, but it took a long time to get ready. Its also a bit pricy. Yet so delicious. Its a cozy place with nice atmosphere. I recommend seafood there, it was amazing.

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anna m, Owner at House of Spices, responded to this review

Jambo, thank you for your comment. We are delighted you have enjoyed your meal as well as the ambiance. We look forward to welcome you again soon? Kind regards, anna More

Dorset, UK
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Stone Town's back streets and alley's can be a bit intimidating if you're just visiting and the recommendations for House of Spices made it an an obvious lunch venue, as long as we could find it. Don't expect road signs in Stone Town !! We eventually stumbled on it and I was so pleased we did. The lunch was served... More

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anna m, Owner at House of Spices, responded to this review

Jambo Bwana, thank you soooo much for your amazing review. Should you come back one day to Zanzibar, please make the House of Spices being your one stop place for a meal. Kind regards, anna More

Hong Kong, China
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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

After reading so many praises on TA, we decided to go and get a try. And since Stone Town is located near the ocean, seafood is expected to be of high quality. But the seafood platter ordered was just average. Lobsters, prawns, calamari are all fairly tasted, not particular fresh. Really disappointing. Service is good. Staff are generally polite. Welcoming... More

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anna m, Owner at House of Spices, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review. You will be interested to know that we have the fish market right behind us, therefore it is illogical to stock items; simplifying, we do buy fresh fish & seafood everyday. Not particularly fresh, means that you have no seafood taste whatsoever: this it might happen.. Kind regards, anna More

Cape Town Central, South Africa
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43 reviews 43 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Good atmosphere and food. We arrived without a booking and we were lucky to be seated upstairs. The food takes a while to arrive but the service is good and it gave us time to chat and enjoy the atmosphere. It was bit difficult to find at night through dark narrow streets but in the daylight we realised it was... More

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anna m, Owner at House of Spices, responded to this review

Hi There, thank you for your kind review. Yeah we are a bit hidden but, once found...worth a visit!! as you said Hope you have had a pleasant flight back and looking forward to see you again one day. Kind regards, anna More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

So many different tastes, combined into an one perfect harmony...yummy! Good service. Beautiful view. Nice ambient. I recommend it to everyone.

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anna m, Owner at House of Spices, responded to this review

Jambo. Many many thanks for having taken tome to review your experience at the House of Spices restaurant: very nice in deed!!. We look forward to welcome you more and more soon. Kind regards, anna More

Jakarta, Indonesia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We went at night so missed what is probably a great view. The food was very good- great flavours and service good, even though a little understaffed. We didn't have pizza but they have a wooden oven and the output from that looked great.

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anna m, Owner at House of Spices, responded to this review

Hi there, thank you a lot for having taken the time to share your experience. We look forward to welcome you soon for a crispy pizza. Kind regards,anna More

Haifa, Israel
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We had to ask around to find this place, almost gave up, but it was worth it when we eventually found it. Great view from the roof-top. Great atmosphere. The menu had a lot of different kinds of pizzas - Some western style and some local style. Overall this is a nice place to have dinner and a few drinks.

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anna m, Owner at House of Spices, responded to this review

Jambo, thank you for sending us your comment! we are delighted to understand that after several attempts you manage to find the House of Spices and you have enjoyed its service and food which in fact is what matters. Difficult to find but, difficult to forget once found As said in various occasion, House of Spices is located in the... More

Auckland Central, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

It's a little hard to find, but the store downstairs sells decent spices and beautiful scarfs! The food is amazing, with spice-covered pizza and clay pot curry which brought us back twice more during our stay in Stone Town. If you're shopping or exploring the narrow streets, take a map and find House of Spice for lunch!!

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anna m, Owner at House of Spices, responded to this review

Dear Hannah, thank you sooo much for your sweet review; all the staff will be delighted to read it. You are right, we are a bit away from the "glitter and sequins" sites; we are in fact in one of the few areas of the Stone Town remained genuine which makes worth it to see Stone Town and to walk... More

Nairobi, Kenya
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Very good restaurant in Zanzibar, good service and food. Located in an old house in the middle of the narrow streets of Stone Town. Mediterranean cousine with a mild and intelligent Italian / Swahili influence. Good selection of dishes and excellent quality of food considering the quality of raw materials you can find in Znz, Service is attentive. Well done... More

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anna m, Owner at House of Spices, responded to this review

Dear Freddie, it is thanks to reviews like your that we source the energy and the strength to experiment new recipes that some time move away from usual stereotype. Our the payback is at the time our customer catchs the effort, as you did. Thank you soooo much, anna More

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