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Emerson Spice

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Tharia Street, Kiponda,, Stone Town, Zanzibar City 0000, Tanzania
+255 775 046 395
12:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Fri - Wed 12:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Fresh seafood products and fish, good setting, really polite staff, strongly recommend For 2 persons for lunch, total 30$

Thank romain g
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The most amazing hospitality, friendly and welcoming personnel, beautiful architecture and interior. Dinner served on the rooftop is of Michelin level with gorgeous view of sunset and the city. It's a must in Stone Town.

1 Thank Yih-Ling P
Ada, Michigan
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

What a fabulous place to experience Even though we didn't stay here we walked through many rooms on our stone town tour and were blown away by the beauty and history.

Thank Lori H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Our group of 16 challenged the wait staff and kitchen but Emerson was up to it. They have a nice wine menu but expensive. Fresh arugula salad with citrus dressing, hummus or fish cakes for starters. Then grilled chicken, fish or vegetables for main courses. Not sure about their regular menu but everything we ate was fresh and tasty. The... More 

Thank Jim L
Rotherham, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A rooftop restaurant where you can sample good food whilst watching the sunset. The taster menu's are superb and very different. Booking is advisable as it does get busy.

Thank itefoster
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28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great sundowner cocktails looking over the Stone Town rooftops. Manager was delightful and very keen to help. Waiters were very helpful. We didn't stay to eat but the tasting menu looked nice. Was a popular place so recommend booking in advance if you want to have dinner.

Thank Chous7
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11 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

mouthwatering food, five stars presentation, genuine service. the best dinner ever in my life with a view

Thank Raghda28
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8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food was really nice, it is a set menu. Try to be there before sunset as the view of the sunset os amazing. My only comment is that i believe that the place is overpriced, but i still recommends it dinner. Finally you must to have a reservation to be able to eat there.

1 Thank Omar T
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked in afternoon inquiring at the hotel if they were open for lunch and we were asked to go to "Secret Garden" as small niche in courtyard with few tables and chairs. The place has limited menu simple, unexpected ingredients but delicious, we ordered for Spice Ice tea , Swahili Coconut seafood curry and Prawns wrapped in pasta noodles,... More 

Thank Anjali Virendra D
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was meant to be a magical evening, watching the sunset and enjoying absolutely exquisite fine zanzibari food. The welcome by the general manager was a wonderful touch, complimentary kir royal to enjoy our celebration and a very simple setting. The let down was the food which didn't always go well together (presentation seemed more important than taste). As for... More 

Thank sal c
Spice_management_1, Manager at Emerson Spice, responded to this review

Dear Sal C, It was a pleasure to welcome you both on your Honeymoon, and glad you enjoyed your complimentary ‘Hibiscus Royal’. A pity indeed that our Five Course Taste Safari wasn’t to your taste. Next time you visit book for Sunset Drinks in The Tea House, (the sun will have moved from behind the other building in a week... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$8 - $45
African, Seafood, International, Fusion
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Scenic view, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 am - 9:00 pm
12:00 am - 9:00 pm
12:00 am - 9:00 pm
12:00 am - 9:00 pm
12:00 am - 9:00 pm
12:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Tharia Street, Kiponda,, Stone Town, Zanzibar City 0000, Tanzania
  • Location: Africa  >  Tanzania  >  Zanzibar Archipelago  >  Zanzibar Island  >  Zanzibar City  >  Stone Town
  • Phone Number: +255 775 046 395
  • This restaurant is at Emerson Spice
Emerson Spice have two Restaurants: The Rooftop Tea House Restaurant - The Seafood Based, Set Five Course 'Taste Safari' Degustation Menu is prepared daily by our Zanzibari Chefs. The Sunset Hour is an integral part of the experience, so Diners are encouraged to arrive at any time after 5.30p.m. to enjoy a 'Sundowner' before dinner, which is served at 7p.m. Reservations Recommended. The Secret Garden - set amidst lushly landscaped hidden 'Ruins', open to the skies, it has a Zanzibari inspired A La Carte Menu. Look out for live music performed by The Dhow Countires Music Academy. Open for Lunch and Dinner.

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