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Essence Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
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| Amaan Kendwa Beach, Kendwa, Tanzania
+255 682 613 534
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Rosedale, Canada
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We traveled around Tanzania, we stopped in here for a drink and food, best Indian food we found, it was amazing! Our server was Gerard, you can see he loves his job! All smiles😊

Thank ralphvw
Lusaka, Zambia
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This place was recommended to us by family and friends from home so during our stay in nungwi we had lunch here was just a few mins walk from hideaway nungwi. food was amazing! staff was great! The butter chicken is really nice and the sundaes are to die for .. we loved it so much that we went again... More 

Thank asiya90
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Food is amazing! Staff is very friendly and welcoming. Not expensive at all. We ordered fish, which was very tasty. Great view.

Thank Alexander K
Sharm el-Sheikh, Janub Sina', Egypt
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016

So lovely place in a fantastic beach. The food was delicious but we had a lot of flies around our food, I passed most of the time sending away the flies from my food and it was so difficult to enjoy the food cause I was disgusted from the flies. Ice Cream was so delicious and creamy, Highly recommend to... More 

Thank Sara C
Essencesj, Guest Relations Manager at Essence Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Guest, I am very sorry to hear about your experience, however the situation has been taken care off, it is difficult to control if the food is consumed outside in the open beach area. Best wishes Guest Relations Manager Shandy More 

Kaohsiung, Taiwan
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

the butter chicken and indian options here is the best on the island. The chef is also responsible for the silk route in stone town but the food at essence is definitely up a notch! plus, you are right by the best beach in zanzibar... what else can you ask for??

Thank simonavicii
Essencesj, Guest Relations Manager at Essence Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Guest, We really appreciate your feed back on our restaurant food. Our chef and staff love to hear your feed back whether it be good or otherwise. Thank you once again for taking the time to write this review. Best wishes guest Relations Manager Shandy More 

Durban, South Africa
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14 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

Food was Amazing! We had a great lunch after a full day of water sports. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed all the meals ordered.

Thank Keshni D
Curitiba, PR
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61 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016

After a friend recommended this restaurant as "the best beach restaurant in Znb", I had to check myself and, gladly, was not disappointed! Great ambiance, modern and clean decoration, well trained staff and, finally very good food!! Perfect for a nice meal for 2 or beers with friends!

Thank Karin K
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2016 via mobile

Very good quality of food served. Ate lunch here everyday during my stay in Kendwa. The curries are exceptional! Caters for an international market and this is reflected in their prices.

Thank Ronita E
Pretoria, South Africa
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2016 via mobile

Good around! Fast service enjoyed the dessert. Also good coffee. A bit heavy on Italians but if you ignore them like the rest of Europe tend to do you will be fine.

Thank Fredre2014
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2016

Myself and a group of friends visited Zanzibar after climbing Kilimanjaro last September and often went to Essence for good value, tasty food! We were always happy with everything we ate and enjoyed the bread and oils that were given complimentary before we even ordered. I particularly would recommend the lobster tagliatelle that I still remember! The staff, particularly Tina,... More 

Thank Heather T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$3 - $30
Indian, African, International, Seafood, Asian
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: | Amaan Kendwa Beach, Kendwa, Tanzania
  • Location: Africa  >  Tanzania  >  Zanzibar Archipelago  >  Zanzibar Island  >  Kendwa
  • Phone Number: +255 682 613 534

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?