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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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London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Nice restaurant go for sunset and be careful as its rooftop it can be windy so take jacket or something to cover urself Staff is amazing and food too We spend nice evening there

Thank Hriad
Montreal, Canada
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I ran into this place by totally chance, and ended up having lunch before my ferry. I wish I knew this place earlier. I would love to come back and stay there for some nights. The secret garden is well designed. On that day, I was the only one there so it added to the wonderful feeling that it is... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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99 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our first day in Stone Town and time to pay the deposit to secure the booking which we had done months in advance (it would appear highly unlikely that you would ever just walk in). We got hopelessly lost and likely that you will as well so give a few hours of exploration which is part of the fun. You... More 

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Maputo, Mozambique
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Bear in mind to bom in advance and you'll find everyone is waiting for you. The only down side was the cloudy sky that prevented us from watching the sunset. Amazing food experience, topped by a beautiful location and very friendly staff. The menu is a set 5 courses and all were excellent

Thank CarlaMz
Hemel Hempstead
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Perfect ambience and superb food. A must visit for diner in Stone Town. The service was first class and the seafood platter was excellent. A little oasis in the middle of town.

Thank DuncanPaterson
Hamilton & Waikato Region, New Zealand
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169 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The reviews in lonely planet said this place 'screams date night' considering we were the only table of 4, everyone else in pairs, I'd say that it sums it up quite right. The food was very good and it was fun to see what the chefs could come up with for the day. We were able to book the day... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have only compliments for Russell and the team at Emerson Spice. What a wonderful, unique menu, with a beautiful setting on the rooftop. We came for dinner as part of our honeymoon and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We had the four course menu on the rooftop. We arrived for sunset and were very kindly given a complimentary drink to... More 

Thank Coxy777
Bewdley, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The restaurant was in a courtyard called the Secret garden, this was decorated in a shabby chic style. Very pleasant, with pretty plants, lots of birds twittering and a bit of dilapidation. The service was good, with good info, friendly and welcoming. The food was sometimes excellent. The lobster skewers were outstanding, but the humus with pitta bread had a... More 

Thank Little_Beret
New Delhi, India
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was undoubtedly one of the best hotels we visited in Stone Town during our 3 day visit last month in June'16. There are 2 dining sections inside, with a fixed menu being served on the top floor and an a-la-carte option as well on the ground floor. Prior reservation is highly recommended in case you wish to dine in... More 

Thank SaurabhSathe
The Hague, The Netherlands
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44 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We were disapointed by the food. the ceviche was so small (only one bit), the tastes were not great for the price while you can eat very good dinner for half the price in Zanzibar.. You have to go there early to see the sunset (only reason to go there), but then you are seated on a wooden chair from... More 

Thank Marion M
Spice_management_1, Manager at Emerson Spice, responded to this review

Dear Marion, Thank you so much for taking the time to give us your feedback. We're so pleased that you enjoyed the Sunset from the Tea House last Monday and chose to dine with us on your Honeymoon. Belated Congratulations - you should have mentioned the occasion when you booked at Reception and we could have spoiled you both! It's... 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
Romantic, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Special occasions
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?