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Cafe at Emerson Spice

Tharia Street, Kiponda, Stone Town 0000, Tanzania
255 24 22 32 776
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Ranked #1 of 57 Restaurants in Stone Town
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $6 - $35
Cuisines: Seafood, Eclectic, Fusion
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Good for: Special occasions, Scenic view
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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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193 reviews from our community

91% Recommend
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Launceston, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We celebrated a special wedding anniversary by dining on the rooftop of Emerson Spice and we were very impressed by the delicious food, excellent service and amazing views. The combination of all these factors made for a perfect and truly memorable evening. Highly recommended.

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Chandler, Arizona
17 reviews 17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Even if you don't stay at the wonderful Emerson Spice Hotel, when in Stonetown you must enjoy the views, food and service at this rooftop restaurant. The servers are charming and personable and enjoy answering questions. The tasty food has all the spice and flavor you expect in Zanzibar. If you make the climb up the winding stairs you will... More

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Doha, Qatar
Top Contributor
180 reviews 180 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We actually went to the Emerson Harumzi but it was fabulous. There was a big group of us upstairs on the roof terrace and the combination of the view, service and food made a very personal experience. Very enjoyable

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San Francisco, California
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This restaurant exceeded expectations by far. Probably our most memorable evening in Stonetown - panoramic view over the city, the calling of the muezzins from nearby mosques, unique location and delicious food! The restaurant is perched on top of the Emerson Spice hotel - and I mean "perched"! Be prepared to scale the 4 or so storeys to reach your... More

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Astoria, New York
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43 reviews 43 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

We came for lunch here first thing upon arriving to stone town without a reservation. Manager Russel met us at reception and offered us a warm welcome and personal tour of this exquisite boutique hotel. The roof top view was nothing to rave about but our server Ali Simba certainly was. He had great sense of humor and went out... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

For average restaurant prices, you get a great rooftop view, tasty food, and a laid back atmosphere. I had battered squid for about USD 8. My wife had kingfish for USD 9. Delicious!

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New York City, New York
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We ate here when we stayed at Emerson Spice. Five course meal for $30. The chef buys the foods that morning and that is when the menu is set. It is a very small restaurant with beautiful woodwork and amazing sunset views. We thought it was a perfect evening. We also ate breakfast here and my wife legitimately thought that... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Myself and friend dined on the rooftop restaurants lastnight ( 15 July) after paying deposit on booking on Sunday. We were more than pleasantly surprised when a menu and a welcome not arrived at our hotel reception that day. We arrived at 6 in time for cocktails at sunset. We were warmly welcomed by Russell who kindly gave us a... More

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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Have to make payment in advance, even though I had already booked and paid for a room in 2 days time. $30 for food. Good value. Some very nice flavours. The risotto was great as was the entree. Great of Russell to walk you from the ground all the way to the top to be seated. Cocktails were average but... More

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Tiburon, California
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Sunset overlooking Stonetown, sipping well-made cocktails prior to embarking on a 5-course trip through a sensational variety of local dishes, all for $30 a pop? Pretty tough to beat. They brought me a whole cake for my birthday and sang on-key (and they didn't do the Jambo song!) We even e-mailed them to find out what ingredients were in their... More

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