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House of Spices

Kiponda street, Stone Town 1912, Tanzania
+255242231264
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Ranked #4 of 55 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
Restaurant details
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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English first
San Francisco, California
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

The location is wonderful with beautiful views of Stonetown and the staff were very friendly and efficient. We shared a terrific pizza and some starters which were very good. However, our entrees were not good - the fish was completely overdone and dry which was disappointing. So, a mixed experience but an enjoyable evening nonetheless.

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London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We had dinner here on our last night in Zanzibar, I had the lobster and couldn't fault it! However the service was quite slow, especially as there was only one other table in the restaurant.

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

Hi there. Thank you very much for having taken the time to review your experience. Needless to say that all good things, take time. Particularly such delicate seafood. We look forward to welcome you one day soon again. Ramadan Kareem, Anna More

Sydney, Australia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Had the seafood platter and the quantity, quality, variety and cooking was really superb. Very fresh and tasty with nice home made sauces that accompanies the seafood very nicely. Enjoyed the rooftop location too. Very nice.

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

Dear all, what a nice review!!! On behalf of the whole staff Ashante sana. We look forward to welcome you again and again and again. All the very best, anna More

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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

My boyfriend and I were disappointed with the food at House of Spices. The terrace had nice ambiance and the service was good, but I had a rather bland seafood ravioli and his seafood lasagna was equally unimpressive. The Masala tea was definitely the highlight. For italian in Zanzibar, I would recommend La Taverna, as it had much better food.

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

Hi, thank you so much, glad you enjoyed the ambiance as well as the service. Just one small note: Mediterranean restaurant does not necessarily means to be an italian restaurant and yes, sometime to test different flavors can found unprepared, particularly if your own palate is tied to fixed patterns (recipes) Best regards anna More

Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

My friend, her mother and I came to House of Spice for our last dinner before leaving Zanzibar and were very glad we had. It may seem daunting to walk into the centre of Stone Town at night but there is plenty of light and people are more than happy to direct you if you get lost. We were seated... More

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

Ashante sana, should you come back one day, we will be delighted to welcome you in our terrace restaurant again More

San Francisco, CA.
Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This is a smallish restaurant but some of the best, tastiest food in Zanzibar. My daughter had the fish stew which she rated super and i had a wonderful clay pot of shrimp in curry. this was the first place that really used spices...something we questioned in other restaurants since this is the "Spice Island". I think other placed "dumb... More

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

Hello, on behalf of all our Kitchen team, thank you sooooo much for your extraordinary review! Karibuni tena anna. More

Manchester, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Great service, attentive staff, excellent variety of food, aubergine stack and the blue marlin were first class as was the fish soup which had half of the ocean in it. Not the cheapest restaurant in Stone Town but fantastic value for money. Great place for our last night meal

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

Habari, many thanks for your extraordinary review! We are delighted to know you have enjoyed your meal at the House of Spices and we look forward to welcome you more and more. Very best regards, anna More

stuje1
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

This place is amazing. Everything we had, from the homemade ice teas, desserts and especially the main courses were delicious. I had the steak and my girlfriend had the fish curry, One of the best meals we have had in our month in Africa!

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

Hi There; Thank you so much for having taken the time to share your experience. We will happily pass this comment of your onto our Crew members which will be delighted to read it We look forward to welcome you again soon. Best salaam, anna More

Warsaw, Poland
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

Nice and quiet place. We chose this restaurant because staff in our hotek recomended it. And it was good choice. The food was fantastic. We ordered seafood - some shrimps.. Everything was fresh and tasty. And the view from he terrace... hmm.. great :)

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anna m, Proprietario at House of Spices, responded to this review
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Lagos, Nigeria
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

If you are looking for a restaurant in town, this place as the best pizza and beautiful view of Stone Town.

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

Dear Guests, we are delighted you have taken time to share your experience in our restuarant and we are happy you have enjoyed our food. Thank you so much, we look forward to welcome you in the nearest future. Kind regards, anna More

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