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Essence Restaurant

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| Amaan Kendwa Beach, Kendwa, Tanzania
+255 682 613 534
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Sharm el-Sheikh, Janub Sina', Egypt
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

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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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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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??

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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 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

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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 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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!

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Thank Karin K
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars 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.

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Thank Ronita E
Pretoria, South Africa
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars 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.

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Thank Fredre2014
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars 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 

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Thank Heather T
Madrid, Spain
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41 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

Awesome location, lounge style with great music, awesome cocktails.. only for that it is worth visiting. My meal was average (i had an appetizer and I seem to remember i had a fish curry) which was mediocre. Price wise in the same levels as in Europe. From all the meals i had in Zanzi, this was by far the one... More 

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Thank Sonia G
Ayr, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

I stayed in Kendwa for a holiday with friends after climbing Kilimanjaro! We found Essence a really enjoyable place to eat and returned there several times during our visit. There was a large variety of reasonably priced and delicious meals. The restaurant itself is beautiful with a lovely calm atmosphere. The service was fantastic - a special mention must go... More 

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Thank rachelmoar
Arusha, Tanzania
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2016

We came here for dinner as a group of 9, looking for something to appeal to the tastes of the majority which at this time were inclined towards more Western offerings. The food was quite good although my choice of a Persian style dish that had chicken in it was average, bore no resemblance to any Persian food I ever... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$3 - $30
Cuisine
Indian, African, International, Seafood, Asian
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, 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
Description
ESSENCE IS LOCATED ON KENDWA BEACH NEXT TO KENDWA BEACH RESORT. FREE half hour WI-FI,large groups welcome

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