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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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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Just splendid. At the rooftop. Splendid food, nice staff. Best meal I have had so far in Africa. Well cooked and spiced, not to much and a well balanced mix, a must.

Thank Almgren4711
Maur, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We were there for dinner in the roof top restaurant. On our wy up the manager showed us some rooms that were impressive. The service in the restaurant was good.

Thank Joachim O
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We booked a table through the hotel where we stayed. They request a USD 40 deposit which is then deducted from your bill - fair enough for me, as long as the hotel and restaurant habdled all business (deposit should be in cash). On arrival we were greeted downstairs by the manager and escorted all the way up to the... More 

Thank Lucja K
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Wow. We went for the 5 course tasting meal served on the roof terrace. Food was sensational, lovely cocktails and great staff. Looking out on the sunset was heaven.

Thank TCTravels2017
Cape Town, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Unfortunately the rooftop section was already fully booked so we had a lovely candlelit dinner in the courtyard instead. The food was tasty and the service fantastic.

Thank Mareli V
Brighton, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a very enjoyable evening. Service was excellent, food was exotic and well prepared. There was a good choice of wine and cocktails and the view was excellent. We only stopped for an evening meal but were treated to a view of some of the very beautifully decorated and atmospheric rooms. A must if you're in Stone Town.

Thank Caroline R
Johannesburg, South Africa
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was told by a friend who had been there many years ago to visit this restaurant. Firstly we had to walk through really dirty streets to get there. The restaurant is on the top floor of the the hotel. We had to walk up quite a few flights of stairs. the gentleman showed us empty bedrooms, which frankly seemed a... More 

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Spice_management_1, Manager at Emerson Spice, responded to this review

Dear Val, Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. Being situated in the heart of the old town, one can only access us on foot, through the labyrinthine ancient streets. Our Doormen will always escort our guests back to their hotels afterwards. The Tea House at Emerson Spice is on the rooftop of late 19th Century... More 

Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The house, bedrooms, views, call to prayer and the food create a wonderful experience. The walk to get there was an adventure. Food was great

Thank rchod
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Booking process was difficult and inefficient and demanding (required USD20 deposit). Was expecting something really special. From tablecloths to the floors to the napkins, all were filthy dirty, so much so that we forfeited our deposit and went back to our Hilton (nice and clean and better view for dinner) because we genuinely felt we were at risk of getting... More 

Thank Adam S
Spice_management_1, Manager at Emerson Spice, responded to this review

Dear Adam, I am concerned that you arrived to The Tea House last Sunday, and left after a few minutes because you felt so uncomfortable. I trust that you received your returned $20 deposit, which was delivered to your Hotel Reception. At Emerson Spice we pride ourselves in our Daily Changing Five Course Fish and Seafood based Tasting Menu, ensuring... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Difficult to get a booking as phones and emails not readily answered, but worth it for the view and food. The menu is a set modern take on Zanzibari fare, a couple of our dishes were so-so but the rest were very very good. Its not cheap for the island, but you'll have a lovely evening.

Thank BenB15

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
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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