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Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
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Italian, Pizza, European, International
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Highchairs Available, Live Music, Playgrounds
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Reviewed October 19, 2021 via mobile

We recently enjoyed our second visit to Blue Heron Restaurant/Schwari where we had a delicious wood-fired pizza and an exceptionally fresh salad which included grilled vegetables and a tasty Balsamic vinegar, olive oil and herb dressing. Both times we have visited we have enjoyed a...friendly chat with the owner, who is hands on and passionate about Tanzania, hospitality and design. There is a beautiful decor and gift shop just off the restaurant that is definitely worth a pop-in to see some beautiful locally made shoes, clothing, throws and accessories, as well as a workshop where many of these goods are crafted by hand. All set in relaxing and well-maintained surroundings (a beautiful, colourful manicured garden) with a magnificent view of Mount Meru. Our children enjoyed the jungle gym and swings and did not want to leave. Overall, a wonderful afternoon spent enjoying the sunshine, the great quality food and well presented dishes, and the interesting and attractive decor all around. We also noticed how there is lots of attention to small details and special touches: for example, the menus are presented in a handbeaded leather binder and are very attractive. We left feeling happy and inspired, and will most definitely be back soon!More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed August 11, 2021

Blue Heron offers the best pizza in Arusha, coupled with a glorious environment and quirky cafe in which to enjoy your meal. The staff were also delightful. Visit well worth it.

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed July 28, 2021

The place was so attractive. I hope one time I will come with my family members to visit the place lice and having a funs together.

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed July 25, 2021

We have enjoyed to be here with my girlfriend and the service are beyond my expectations, the stuff are also awesome

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed July 17, 2021 via mobile

Blue Heron has to be the most beautiful restaurant in Arusha. The restaurant is so tastefully designed and decorated and the setting is tranquil and lovely! We knew before coming that the Blue Heron is known for its pizzas but we were still impressed with...its many creative pizzas on the menu. The service is excellent and the food was prepared fresh and fast. We highly recommend the restaurant and would come back again!More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed March 19, 2021 via mobile

I had a lunch at the Blue Heron restaurant in Arusha. The food is great with very good home made pizza. The view on the Mont Meru is amazing and the place is very nice in a green atmosphere. I recommend this place. There is...also an artisanat shop with local people creating nice thing. Just be careful the adress has recently changed it is now located near the Arusha airport.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed February 23, 2021

Amazing view of Mt Meru and we were lucky enough to see the snowy scopes of the Kilimanjaro too! The food is delicious and the craft Twiga draught beer is a plus! Staff is nice and efficient and there's a craft shop in the premises...with many beautiful local things. Totally recommended!More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed August 11, 2020

I and my friend we had a tea at blue heron, was so nice and best test the cost was so reasonable and thanks

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed March 9, 2020

Lovely seating area and great ambiance. Gift shop is excellent but pricy. Food is good with a large menu, but expect to pay quite a bit for what you're getting. You won't regret a visit but don't go out of your way.

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 7, 2020

One of the best pizzas I've tasted - stone oven baked, crispy base pizza..tasted super without cheese (great for vegans) as the pizza sauce is absolutely finger licking. Lovely environment and ambience to sit in! Ahsante sana for great food and great service!

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed February 9, 2020

The pizza cooked in a wood-fire oven was delightful with some South African wine. Great atmosphere and outdoor seating.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 6, 2020

Great place to have lunch or dinner. The food was great, the staff is friendly, and the garden is beautiful. Nice place to sit outside and relax with friends

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 21, 2020

This is a very good place to have dinner. The food was quite good. The service too. You can eat outside, and there is a nice garden with seats to have a pre-dinner beer. Recommended.

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed January 19, 2020 via mobile

I have visited The Blue Heron twice while in Arusha, and the experience on both occasions was pleasant. The colonial house hosting the restaurant and the retail shop is phenomenal, warm and always welcoming. The restaurant has different seating areas, comfortable lounges to relax and...enjoy a drink with good food. The menu itself is limited, and consist of several salads, pasta dishes, pizzas and a selection of sandwiches; unfortunately there are no starters or finger foods to start, except the sharing platter that will take up to 45 minutes to be prepared. As well, to mention that on both occasions, the number of dishes not available (dinner service) is high. During my last visit, 3 pasta dishes out of 5 were not available, as well certain ingredients for the preparation of the pizza; perhaps the chef and the service team can be proactive and suggest a replacement or an alternative. I ordered the Ham and Mushrooms pizza, and the dish was tasty, the dough was perfectly cooked, and the portion size was just right. Unfortunately, similar to the other pizza restaurants in town, the tomato base sauce is sweet, and the pizza is overloaded with mozzarella cheese. Otherwise, the pizza is well prepared, perfectly cooked, I enjoyed my meal. The chicken shawarma was equally tasty, and of very generous size; french fries or chips must be ordered separately. The service is polite and attentive; prices are in line with other places in town, 20.000 TZS for a pizza is acceptable. The restaurant offers good parking facilities and is located only a few minutes away from the Clock Tower. Overall a pleasant experience to try again in the future.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 11, 2020 via mobile

Great place with a nice garden, a small shop, good food and friendly staff. We had the tapas for two, a bottle of red wine and spritzer. We paid like 123k. The pizzas also looked very decorous fresh from the oven.

Date of visit: January 2020
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The Blue Heron is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5