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The Silk Route

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Shangani Street | Across from Forodhani park, Stone Town, Zanzibar City 9999, Tanzania
+255 786 879 696
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Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

At least the evening started well with the lovely guy on the door reserving, as he had promised earlier in the day, a nice table overlooking the sea. Of the starters we ordered, my pakora was more like an onion bharji, was cold and definitely not freshly cooked. However, the real problem was the cauliflower starter. It was also cold... More 

Thank IanMac2014
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Wonderful service from the second you walked in. The food was delicious and was pretty inexpensive for the amount of food you get. Relaxing ambiance and nice decor, would definitely return. Unfortunately there was this embarrasing group sitting next to me that caused a raucus (including shouting) over a 5% charge to use a credit/debit card, which is pretty standard... More 

Thank Andrea S
London, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

So we had a good meal with government officials and had a pleasant evening although the "smoking area"'is in the corner, upwind from the table so the smoke blows over you. All was well until we received the bill and noticed they had charged us 10 per cent service charge.. ok no choice on a tip then. Went to pay... More 

Thank Andyandnicki
Centurion, South Africa
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is going downhill that why they only won TripAdvisor Award in 2015. Notwithstanding an understandable Service charge fee of 10% they further charge you 5% for Credit Card Fees when it's payment time and try and force it upon you. Manager has no skills whatsoever. Food is Bland and not very appealing . Definitely misleading when compared to... More 

Thank AhmedVadia
Vancouver, Canada
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Restaurant with panoramic view. It offers Indian cuisine, service very nice and quite fast. Excellent variety of naan bread on offer, the lamb in sauce spicy cashews, tandoori chicken with yogurt sauce, the delicious kachumbari, a mixed salad dressed with lime. Great desserts, the ikulfi ice cream with lemongrass and Gulab typically Indian, the beautiful atmosphere in the evening.

Thank lauraw2045
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I really loved The Silk Route Restaurant it was a one of a kind place. From a beautiful indoor decoration to the breath-taking view from the patio seating area I have never seen any other restaurant like this at all. I am a very picky eater especially with Indian Cuisine but the way all the food was prepared and the... More 

Thank Areez B
Level Contributor
13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice setup and staff but typical run of the mill taste.Also the chef not willing to divert from menu and certain dishes not available.However the juices were fresh and refreshing

Thank Kashif S
Stockholm, Sweden
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50 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went there and received a warm welcome. Nice and friendly. very good Indian food, also served with style. Liked the place a lot, maybe a bit pricey, but still worth it as it was high quality

Thank Almgren4711
Nuneaton, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Tasty Indian food. The fresh passion fruit juice and the mutton biryani is a must..!! Lovely views - over looking the sea. Perfect for cat haters... NO cats whilst you are in the restaurant. you will find cats running around the entire stone island and when having meals at restaurants and cafe's.

Thank sheikhBTDT
Level Contributor
12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food was really good. Reasonably priced for what it is. Vegetarian options exist, although for an Indian restaurant they are few. Alcoholic drinks are cheap and good. Service is fine.

Thank Krzysztof K

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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
Indian, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Takeout
Good for
Special occasions, Kids, Business meetings, Families with children, Scenic view, Romantic, Large groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Shangani Street | Across from Forodhani park, Stone Town, Zanzibar City 9999, Tanzania
  • Location: Africa  >  Tanzania  >  Zanzibar Archipelago  >  Zanzibar Island  >  Zanzibar City  >  Stone Town
  • Phone Number: +255 786 879 696

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