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Emerson Spice

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Tharia Street, Kiponda, Stone Town, Zanzibar City 0000, Tanzania
+255 775 046 395
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Book and visit the roof for their tasting menu in intimate surroundings and a view of Stone Town. The stairs work up an appetite.

1 Thank PMGeducator
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
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31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The zanzibar doors drew me in then as soon as i got in i knew i made the right choice. Food was freshly prepared and the staff were so inviting, i definitely will be stopping by soon.

Thank Suleiman S
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I decided to treat myself to a night at the Emerson Spice. The price is of the western variety, but the environment and food makes it worth it. It is absolutely worth getting there early for a drink to catch the sunset. The food was very good, although things stood out more than others. The menu changes daily, but will... More 

Thank Maggie9414AD
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate at the Secret Garden as we couldn't get a restaurant at the top. I would suggest the rooftop restaurant, but you have to book waaaayy in advance. The secret garden was beautiful!!! We went for dinner so it was dark. The mood was romantic and minimal lighting. The place was surrounded by plants and the building was almost... More 

Thank imf03
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were referred to the Secret Garden by Emerson on Hurumzi where we were staying. It is the sister hotel of Emerson Spice. What a delightful surprise! Turned out to be the best dinner of our stay in StoneTown. The atmosphere, the food, the service and the price. We took our own wine along and were not charged corkage, which... More 

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

Dear Fransie, Thank you so much for choosing to dine at The Secret Garden and for writing such a lovely review. We're delighted that you enjoyed the evening so much. Just to let you know, however, that our Team were in error when they neglected to charge corkage for your own wine. In fact we do apply a Corkage Charge... More 

Kampala, Uganda
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Ok, there are two different restaurants at Emerson Spice. I would love to try out the roof one, but couldn't get a reservation the day i went so we ate at the secret garden. I'm a vegetarian so i only had one option, and i like options. The food was very very good. It took long to come, but i... More 

Thank Aida N
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place did not disappoint. The food was amazing. The view stunning. Sitting up there listening to the call to prayer was very peaceful. The staff were fasting over Ramadan and we're still able to go above and beyond. Book in advance as even in low season was busy. A memorable evening. We usually stay away from touristy thing but... More 

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Tampere, Finland
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is truly the best restaurant in Stone Town. The prices are a little bit high when compared to other restaurants but it is truly worth it. We had a 5 course meal including wine for 2 persons and each dish was wonderful. We paid a little bit more than 100 USD which is a lot for Stone Town but... More 

Thank HubertusM
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a world class dinner. If you only have one dinner, this is it. It is $40, lots for your money. Five fabulous courses. Scenic rooftop. Watched the sunset. Great wines by the glass. The manager of the hotel, Russell is very helpful. Eat here. You are welcome.

Thank John C
Ottawa, Canada
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87 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great multi-course fixed-menu meal. Very seafood-oriented. Interesting combinations of flavours. Service is very good. Lovely views from the rooftop. Expensive but not outrageous.

Thank Brett-Ottawa

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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
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, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
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 have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?