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Cafe at Emerson Spice

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Seafood, Thai, Fusion, Eclectic
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Tharia Street, Kiponda, Stone Town, Zanzibar City 0000, Tanzania
+255 775 046 395
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Unique and Innovative Seasonal Cuisine for lunch in our down stairs Cafeé...
Unique and Innovative Seasonal Cuisine for lunch in our down stairs Cafeé, 12 to 5PMRoof Top, Tea House for Sunset Cocktails and Dinner Set Menu 5 small courses; a selection of seafood and Zanzibar specialties, Reservations only
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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
phenomenal!

The staff, the service, the food quality were all absolutely spectacular! As a guest at the emerson spice hotel, the staff quickly learned our food preferences and were always helpful with accommodating requests and offered menu suggestions.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
Carolyn_Morrissey
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Stevensville, Maryland
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  • Romantic
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Stevensville, Maryland
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

The staff, the service, the food quality were all absolutely spectacular! As a guest at the emerson spice hotel, the staff quickly learned our food preferences and were always helpful with accommodating requests and offered menu suggestions.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

This was by far the tastiest meal we had in our Tanzania trip (11-day safari ending with 3 nights in Stone Town), high atop the roofs, with a cooling breeze and overlapping calls to prayer. Unique and delicious, and based on response to a question when we made the reservation about an all-fish menu, arranged for an alternate ingredient (chicken)... More 

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Spice_management_1, Manager at Cafe at Emerson Spice, responded to this review

Dear 'TravelHungry47' Ahsante Sana! What a wonderful review! Praise indeed..'the best meal in Tanzania' during your two week holiday. We're glad you arrived before 7pm, when the first of our Five Course 'Taste Safari' is served, so you took in all the sights and sounds of the City's Sunset Hour! As you say, our Head Chef Edina created a 'bespoke'... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

We loved the experience of the 5 course menu on the rooftop. Interesting food and nice flavour combos and lovely views. Russel who runs the place is a very intersting character! Make sure you book!

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Spice_management_1, Manager at Cafe at Emerson Spice, responded to this review

Dear Mella, Thank you so much for your wonderful review of The Teahouse Restaurant, here at Emerson Spice Hotel! The Restaurant Team and I are very pleased that you enjoyed our Daily Changing, Five Course, Seafood Based, 'Taste Safari' and liked the 'interesting food and nice flavour combos'. Our Zanzibari Chefs, headed by the Lovely Edina, create a unique menu... More 

Calgary, Canada
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35 reviews 35 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

We had a wonderful 5 course meal atop Emerson Spice hotel on our last night in Stone Town. The chefs were able to accommodate my various food allergies by plating me separate meals from my spouse for a few courses. We were equally pleased with this. The manager catered to us by ensuring we got back to our hotel safely... More 

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Spice_management_1, Manager at Cafe at Emerson Spice, responded to this review

Dear Dietitia! Ahsante Sana Rafiki! What a super review! I was so glad that my Team and I were able to accommodate you at short notice. As we only have twelve tables, seating a maximum of twentu-four Diners, we tend to get booked up quite quickly. It is, however, always worth calling in, and speaking to me our one of... More 

Cape Town Central, South Africa
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Very nice settings at the roof top restaurant with a 5 course menue in a special atmoshere. You need reservation

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Spice_management_1, Manager at Cafe at Emerson Spice, responded to this review

Dear Neu, Thank you so much for your 'Short but Sweet' review of The Teahouse Rooftop Restaurant, here at Emerson Spice. It is, as you say, essential to book in advance. With only twelve tables and a maximum capacity of only 24 Diners, we tend to fill up very quickly. Also, as we serve a Daily Changing, Seafood based, Set,... More 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Attended a friends rehearsal dinner at Emerson. The food was great as was the service. We had a set menu prepared for the occasion and everything was lovely! Watched the sunset from their beautiful terrace. I warmly recommend it for anyone going to Stone Town!

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Spice_management_1, Manager at Cafe at Emerson Spice, responded to this review

Dear Stephanie, Thank you so, so much for writing such a wonderful review, after all this time. We're so glad that we were able to make your friends' Rehearsal Dinner so memorable! The Emerson Spice Team love hosting our Guests' Weddings, and Chef will spend time with the Bride and Groom to be, to ensure that all their favorites are... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

I'd found out about the dinner held at Emerson a few months before our trip, and was shocked at how inexpensive it was for a 5 course experience ($35USD/per person). First of all, the hotel was STUNNING. One of the most beautiful buildings I've seen. However, the dinner really impressed us. The host was lovely to chat to, and made... More 

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Spice_management_1, Manager at Cafe at Emerson Spice, responded to this review

Dear Courtney, 'Ahsante Sana Kabisa!' We're so pleased that you loved Emerson Spice! It took its Founder and Namesake, Emerson, some five years to create his third Stonetown Hotel. His first, 'Emerson House', was opened in the early '90's, and then sold to finance his 'Grande Dame of Stonetown', the magnificent 'Emerson on Hurumzi', as it is now known. The... More 

Burry Port, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

The 94 steps to get to the restaurant are a challenge but once there and recovered it was certainly worth the effort. The five course taster menu is a joy for all lovers of good food. No meat on the menu so don't be disappointed ,but the fish and vegetable dishes certainly make up for it. The menu changes every... More 

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Spice_management_1, Manager at Cafe at Emerson Spice, responded to this review

Dear Lynn, Thank you so much for not only such a lovely Review of The Teahouse Restaurant here at Emerson Spice, but also for making it up all 94, did you count them?!?, stairs! Unfortunately, as with most of the late 18th Century Buildings converted in to hotels here in Stonetown, the Planning and Heritage Authorities are, naturally, reluctant to... More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

One of our favorite things we did in Stone Town. Great views - definitely go a bit early to have a drink and watch the sunset! Hearing the call to prayer echoing around the rooftops is neat as well. Excellent service, and great food - a fun chance to try a bunch of different things. It's a set menu, 5... More 

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Spice_management_1, Manager at Cafe at Emerson Spice, responded to this review

Dear Jay, We're so pleased that we were one of your 'Favorite Things'while you were staying in Stonetown! And that you enjoyed the dinner and the ambience.... As the first, of our five, course 'Taste Safari' Degustation Menu is served at 7p.m., it's always a treat to arrive early, have your pick of the twelve tables, and enjoy a 'Sundowner'... More 

Redding, California
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

The chefs here know their stuff ! My taste buds were on over-drive while eating here ;) Would def recommend.....

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Spice_management_1, Manager at Cafe at Emerson Spice, responded to this review

Dear Elaine, Thank you so much for your 'Short but Sweet' review of The Teahouse Restaurant here at Emerson Spice. Our Five Course, Daily Changing, Taste Safari degustation Menu is indeed designed to set one's 'taste buds on over-drive' and Zanzibari Chef Edina and her all Zanzibari Team asked me to say a special 'Ahsante Sana!' We hope to welcome... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Tharia Street, Kiponda, Stone Town, Zanzibar City 0000, Tanzania
  • Location: Africa  >  Tanzania  >  Zanzibar Archipelago  >  Zanzibar Island  >  Zanzibar City  >  Stone Town
  • Phone Number: +255 775 046 395

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 6 - 35
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Thai, Fusion, Eclectic

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view, Romantic

Description

Unique and Innovative Seasonal Cuisine for lunch in our down stairs Cafeé, 12 to 5PMRoof Top, Tea House for Sunset Cocktails and Dinner Set Menu 5 small courses; a selection of seafood and Zanzibar specialties, Reservations only

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