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Emerson Spice

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Seafood, International, Fusion
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Tharia Street, Kiponda, Stone Town, Zanzibar City 0000, Tanzania
+255 775 046 395
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Description: Emerson Spice have two Restaurants: The Rooftop Tea House Restaurant - The...
Emerson Spice have two Restaurants: The Rooftop Tea House Restaurant - The Seafood Based, Set Five Course 'Taste Safari' Degustation Menu is prepared daily by our Zanzibari Chefs. The Sunset Hour is an integral part of the experience, so Diners are encouraged to arrive at any time after 5.30p.m. to enjoy a 'Sundowner' before dinner, which is served at 7p.m. Reservations Recommended. The Secret Garden - set amidst lushly landscaped hidden 'Ruins', open to the skies, it has a Zanzibari inspired A La Carte Menu. Look out for live music performed by The Dhow Countires Music Academy. Open for Lunch and Dinner.
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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
Excellent food

Visiting Emerson hotel has been a dream of mine for years and when I finally made it to Zanzibar, a dinner at the Tea House was a must! The food was excellent!! We didn't understand much of the menu but Russel explained all the mysterious ingredients to us and then we were ready to go. Russel... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
Dublin97
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Berlin, Germany
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  • Romantic
  • Scenic view
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Berlin, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Visiting Emerson hotel has been a dream of mine for years and when I finally made it to Zanzibar, a dinner at the Tea House was a must! The food was excellent!! We didn't understand much of the menu but Russel explained all the mysterious ingredients to us and then we were ready to go. Russel was very friendly and... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Having not eaten in the glorious Tea House Restaurant for ages, I decided to treat a friund to dinner last week. Being warmly greeted by the Hotel Manager in the stunning double height lobby, heady with scent of local incense, he lead us all the way up to the fourth floor Dining Room, showing us some of the exquisite Guest... More 

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Lillehammer, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We came to the Emerson spice for dinner at the rooftop restaurant. They offer a 5 course dinner at 40usd fixed price. A really good deal for a truly unique experience. Already while climbing the stairs you get a touch of the special charisma of this place. The courses are nicely prepared and presented by the waiter. They managed to... More 

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Arrived at the restaurant we asked for a table and when cleared we climbed literally the 3 floors and reached the terrace. There we were welcomed by a charming english man who claimed to be the manager. He told us if we knew about the fixed menu and we said nobody said anything, but just to go up because the... More 

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Spice_management_1, Manager at Emerson Spice, responded to this review

Dear Haiganush, We're so glad you made it up all our stairs to The Tea House! Suleiman, one of our Zanzibari Chefs has indeed spent time in Milan, and was pleased to have met and chatted with you. He was very happy that you enjoyed his five course 'Taste Safari' Menu;. With our Best regards, Russell & The Emerson Spice... More 

Bangkok, Thailand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

The restaurant had to be booked in advance which was understandable. However, the receptionist demanded a deposit of USD20 before 3.30pm for the hotel to reserve the table. We explained to them that we were staying in Nungwi which was over an hour's drive. They couldn't careless. Anyway, since this place came highly recommended on Tripadvisor, we adjusted our plan... More 

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Spice_management_1, Manager at Emerson Spice, responded to this review

Dear Wongsena, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate your Feedback, painful as it was to read. We're saddened to hear that you disliked having to pay a deposit, climb the stairs, the Stonetown Cityscape, the size of the Dining Room, its 'poor decor', the 'ruined atmosphere', the size of the portions, the amount of... More 

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

The food was very nice very spicy and beautifully presented. There was a fixed menu so no choice but they nevertheless accommodated the fact that I eat fish only, no meat or chicken. At US$ 40 each excluding drinks it's not cheap. The view didn't disappoint set on the rooftop with spectacular views of Stonetown. My gripe would be that... More 

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Spice_management_1, Manager at Emerson Spice, responded to this review

Dear SJLC, Thank you so much for such a great review! We're so glad that you enjoyed our Taste Safari, Five Course Set Tasting Menu. We are always happy to, as in your case, to cater for any Dietary Requirements, given some notice. The tables under the stars on our Tea House Terrace do give to wonderful views over Stonetown,... More 

London
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I will never eat at Emerson Spice again. After having the best meal of my whole life here I know that nothing could top it off anymore! The surroundings are breathtaking. A roof terrace beautifully furnished Arabian nights-style, sun setting over Stone Town and the sea. This setting is enough to make you want to propose to anyone you happen... More 

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Spice_management_1, Manager at Emerson Spice, responded to this review

Dear Eevis, What can I say? You must come back - it's always better the second time!! We 're so pleased you loved your first night with us so much! The wine was Wild Rock Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand - a favorite of mine too! We can't wait to see you again! With our warmest regards, Russell &... More 

Muscat, Oman
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

It was only few hours after our arrival but we had already a booking for dinner here through the local tour agent we pre-booked all of our tours in Zanzibar. Actually they were the ones who recommended to dine here especially it was still Eid days at that time. And the nice thing about pre-booking that you can tell in... More 

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Spice_management_1, Manager at Emerson Spice, responded to this review

Dear Alkalbani, So good to hear we were recommended by your Travel Agents and that we lived up to your expectations on your first evening in Zanzibar. Our Taste Safari, Five Course Menu is different every day, and usually Seafood Based, but, as in your case, given adequate notice, Chef is happy to create a bespoke menu for our Diners... More 

Maidenhead, England
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34 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

This is a lovely place to eat- a beautifully restored building with the restaurant on the roof terrace with amazing views of Stone Town. Russell gave us an informative and very friendly welcome. The menu of five courses was delicious. A really interesting choice of subtly spiced dishes, beautifully presented. Lovely waiting staff, and we were taken back to our... More 

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Golden, Colorado, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Charming garden cafe serving exquisitely spiced meals at affordable (10 - 20k /= mains) prices. The wait staff is attentive. The menu is limited, and focused on sea food. I highly recommend the lobster with vanilla sauce.

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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 8 to 45
  • Cuisine: Seafood, International, Fusion

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Scenic view

Description

Emerson Spice have two Restaurants: The Rooftop Tea House Restaurant - The Seafood Based, Set Five Course 'Taste Safari' Degustation Menu is prepared daily by our Zanzibari Chefs. The Sunset Hour is an integral part of the experience, so Diners are encouraged to arrive at any time after 5.30p.m. to enjoy a 'Sundowner' before dinner, which is served at 7p.m. Reservations Recommended. The Secret Garden - set amidst lushly landscaped hidden 'Ruins', open to the skies, it has a Zanzibari inspired A La Carte Menu. Look out for live music performed by The Dhow Countires Music Academy. Open for Lunch and Dinner.

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