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Emerson Spice

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Seafood, International, Fusion
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Tharia Street, Kiponda | Stonetown, Zanzibar, Stone Town, Zanzibar City 0000, Tanzania
+255 775 046 395
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Dining options: Dinner, 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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Quite possibly ths best restaurant, ever

Fantastic, amazing food. Totally unique. Lovely rooftop setting where we saw the moon rise -spectacular and just added to the magic. The chef here is a genius and created oustanding flavours. Simply one of the most memorable meals I've ever had. Do go if you love food (and your partner... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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London
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  • Scenic view
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Sydney, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

On Thursday we went to reception to ask about a restaurant booking for Saturday night. Staff in reception said come early on Sat morning to make the booking. What a surprise - at 0900 on Sat morning the Manager tells me that it booked out and that we should have booked earlier. While the food may be outstanding the hotel... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

Fantastic, amazing food. Totally unique. Lovely rooftop setting where we saw the moon rise -spectacular and just added to the magic. The chef here is a genius and created oustanding flavours. Simply one of the most memorable meals I've ever had. Do go if you love food (and your partner) #romantic

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Delicious 5 course menu (fixed and changes from day to day) I have been there 4 times in 2 months, all have been a very good experience. The food is great, the wine menu very nice and the staff is so polite, serviceminded and sweet. The atmosphere here is so romatic and authentic, its a must-do when in Stone Town!!

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

The moment we stepped into the hotel we were welcomed by the front desk and following 3 flights of stairs the manager of the restaurant which I thought was a nice touch. I recommend getting to the restaurant before sunset as the views are truly spectacular. We were explained the menu and it was clear the the produce was fresh... More 

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Surrey, UK
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

I was under the impression this place was expensive - it's not and certainly not for what you get. We had a gorgeous lunch in beautiful surroundings for 4 people for £20! Not only that we needed quick service and despite a power failure they delivered. So recommended for food, price and interesting surroundings as well as service at lunchtime.... More 

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Spice_management_1, Manager at Emerson Spice, responded to this review

Dear Amanda, Thanks for such a glowing review! We're so pleased that you liked our new Secret Garden outdoor restaurant and enjoyed lunch so much. It's good to know that the Generator didn't disturb you during your meal while we had that short power cut! Next time you visit, do indeed join us for Dinner in our Rooftop Restaurant. Karibu... More 

London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Having heard this is the place to go in stone town I had to try it. Im not used to the fine dining experience so it was definitely a treat for me but whilst the food was very impressive- most of it was just interesting and beautiful- and a taste sensation- rather than anything I would order again. I enjoyed... More 

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Spice_management_1, Manager at Emerson Spice, responded to this review

Dear Anne, We're so pleased that you enjoyed the Emerson Spice 'Taste safari' Dinner in our Rooftop Teahouse! An escort back to you Accommodation or transport is all part of the Service and we're glad you took advantage of it. We value your feedback regarding the Cocktail selection. We are about to add a couple more to the List, including... More 

Rorbas, Switzerland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

With a view over Stonetown and the sunset, this place is truly something special. The location is great and so was the food. The Restaurant has only a small number of tables and even though the dinner at $ 40 per person was on the high side in local comparison, it was well worth it. We were offered a 5-course... More 

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Spice_management_1, Manager at Emerson Spice, responded to this review

Dear Robylmh, Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a complimentary review of our Rooftop Restaurant here at Emerson Spice. We're so pleased you enjoyed the views over the city, as well as the Daily Changing, Seafood Based, 'Taste Safari' Menu our Zanzibari Chefs prepare fresh every day. As we serve the First Course at 7p.m.,... More 

Dar Bouazza, Morocco
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

The location is fantastic and this is the only place I've eaten in Tanzania that actually pulled off a high concept menu. Congratulations. Service was generally good and the wine options, while not great, were passable.

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Spice_management_1, Manager at Emerson Spice, responded to this review

Dear Daviemsr, Thank you so much for your great review of our Rooftop Teahouse restaurant, here at Emerson Spice. The Kitchen Team asked me to say a special 'Ahsante Sana!' for your High Praise of their Five Course 'Taste Safari' Menu. Developed over many years, our Zanzibari Chefs are always working on new dishes for the daily changing menu, to... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

The location and views are spectacular. The meal truly is a tasting experience- we tasted many things we had never even heard of! The one problem with this is that the dishes were often more interesting than filling or tasty.

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Spice_management_1, Manager at Emerson Spice, responded to this review

Dear Wickedmonkey, Thank you for taking the time to write such a great Review of The Teahouse Restaurant here at Emerson Spice. We're so glad that you enjoyed the views from the rooftop overlooking Stonetown and the Ocean beyond. The Zanzibari Chefs always like to showcase as many of the unique, unusual tastes and flavours of their Spice Island ,... More 

Kingston, Jamaica
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62 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

My friend heard that dinner here was a great experience so we made reservations. We watched the sun set over Zanzibar from this rooftop restaurant (with a cocktail in hand) and it was beautiful. The meal though was just average. For a gourmet meal, I expected a better experience. I found it merely ok and though I enjoyed the ambience,... More 

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Spice_management_1, Manager at Emerson Spice, responded to this review

Dear Kristine, Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review about the Rooftop Teahouse Restaurant here at Emerson Spice! We're so glad that you enjoyed the 'Beautiful View' and the Dining Room's Ambience. Our Waiters asked me to say a special 'Ahsante Sana!' for your compliments about their attentive Service. As there is no vehicular access... More 

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Additional Information about Emerson Spice

Address: Tharia Street, Kiponda | Stonetown, Zanzibar, Stone Town, Zanzibar City 0000, Tanzania
Phone Number: +255 775 046 395
Location: Africa  >  Tanzania  >  Zanzibar Archipelago  >  Zanzibar Island  >  Zanzibar City  >  Stone Town
Average Prices: USD 8 to 45
Cuisine: Seafood, International, Fusion

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Tharia Street, Kiponda | Stonetown, Zanzibar, 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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