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“location is unique and magic” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Rock

The Rock
Michanwi Pingwe Beach, Michamvi 753, Tanzania
+255 (0)799909855
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Ranked #1 of 4 restaurants in Michamvi
Price range: $10 - $40
Cuisines: Seafood
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: The Rock Restaurant, just opened in Michanvi Pingwe, is an extraordinary seafood restaurant, located in a unique position, on a rock in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Serving up to 14 tables, all facing a wonderful terrace on the Ocean, the restaurant is connected to the main land by boat, within high tide, and reachable by foot within low tide. It is also easy reachable by sea if coming by boat from an excursion. Perfect for a romantic dinner for two, or for a memorable evening with friends or family, it is open for lunch and dinner and is available to be reserved for small groups and ceremonies. The Rock kitchen offers a superlative fresh seafood menu, including vegetarian plates and a kid's menu the service is informal but accurate and elegant.
Essen, Belgium
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“location is unique and magic”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

During our private south - east coast trip we had a lunch stop in this restaurant and reservation had been organised by Robert of Eco & Culture tours Zanzibar . The location on a rock is very special and not far away from the shore of Michanvi Pingwe beach . Depending on the tides it is possible to wade to the restaurant or requesting a boat to transport you to from the beach to the stair steps .... waves could make it more difficult to get on the steps on arrival but very funny .
As aperitive we have ordered a nice cool bottle of rose wine and enjoyed the grape liquid on the sunny terrace with extremely overwelming vieuws of the ocean and continiuos shore line .
We had ordered in advance sea food , as starter we selected prawns and for the main course grilled lobster .... once more with another bottle of very tastfull wine .
We really have enjoyed the lunch and it has been a pitty we couldn't stay longer to finish a desert on top becaues our driver -guide was waiting for us on the shore parking .
Staff was very friendly and service minded , cleaness of the dining room including restrooms were at a very good level .
We strongly recommand this place for non-residents if you really want to experience something special during your vacation on Zanzibar island . One can say prices aren't cheap but you get something in return , neither pencil nor brush could draw such beauty , unless you want to stay a full week on the beach of your hotel accomodation .

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Kichanga, General Manager at The Rock, responded to this review, March 29, 2013
thank you very much for such a nice review .The Rock
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Riga, Latvia
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“Avarage food, perfect location!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

It is only about the amazing location. Food is good, but far from perfect restaurant service. Cleaness is also an issue, but it is normal in Africa. Overpriced. We got a free popcorn with our wine, while waiting for the main course, that was even stranger :)

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Hamburg, Germany
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“Birthday diner at the Rock”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

A splendid diner on a truly unique location! Great food, Great Service and beautiful setting! Take the boat ride across at high tide and if you stay long enough you can walk back to the shore! Really Cool!

Visited January 2013
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Kichanga, General Manager at The Rock, responded to this review, January 25, 2013
Hi, thank you so much for your nice comments you make us all really happy. hope to see you back
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“Worth more than five stars on location alone”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013 via mobile

Enjoyed our second lunch in a week, it was so good we came back! The staff are fabulous, with great communication skills and attitude. We loved having a table right at the ocean door looking over the patio and reef. The seafood was perfect especially the crab salad. Would be nice to have salad with gnocchi. Wine quality is great, we paddled through warm clean water as the tide was in. What a joy! Experience of a lifetime. WOW.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Kichanga, General Manager at The Rock, responded to this review, January 24, 2013
Thank you so much for such a great review, please come back The Rock is waiting for you, all the best The Rock
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“Great food, brilliant atmosphere.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

Not cheap, but meal was terrific...fish carpaccio in lime juice, nice cold beer...view for days...delightful and different.

Visited January 2013
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Kichanga, General Manager at The Rock, responded to this review, January 11, 2013
Hi Sandy, thank you for such a nice review. see you soon for your next carpaccio. The Rock
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