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Tea House Restaurant

236 Hurumzi Street | Emerson on Hurumzi, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
+255 24 223 2784
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  • Excellent77%
  • Very good18%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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African, Middle Eastern, Persian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
236 Hurumzi Street | Emerson on Hurumzi, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This was my favorite of all places! The staff was wonderful, the sunset view fantastic and the food was absolutely amazing.

Thank Stine M
Reviewed 1 week ago

I'd been to the Emerson Spice the evening before and was excited to try the sister hotel experience. There are two areas, the cushions and the tables, while the cushion area has better views, it might not be for everyone because you are almost sitting...More

Thank Sophia G
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had already experienced Emerson Spice, and we liked it. Here the formula is quite analogous, with a fixed menu based this time however more on the traditional Swhaili cuisine. In fact, it gives more space to the color and sounds of the Swhaili tradition,...More

Thank marcopretelli
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was completely charmed and delighted by this excellent restaurant. For $30 you get an fabulous multicourse meal that showcases the cuisines of Zanzabar and Swahili culture. There’s live music and singing and a very knowledgeable wait staff that treats you like royalty. You do...More

1  Thank Roldan L
Reviewed 1 week ago

I would definitely recommend that anyone traveling to Stonetown with the desire for a lovely view and delicious multi-course meal visit the Tea House Restaurant. The view was incredibly breathtaking, overlooking the multi-colored rooftops and ocean. The restaurant was very accommodating to specific food requests,...More

1  Thank Rebecca S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Service and food were good, we had the meze-style food where you share. Vegetarian was no issue even though not on the menu. The food was bland but during my 2 weeks in Tanzania it always was so I assume that's the local cuisine.

Thank Matilda F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came here with many dietary restrictions. Though the phone call to make the reservation was difficult due to bad connection, once we got here ALL dietary restrictions were met to the FULLEST - even the sugar free/carb free/vegetarian one. Can’t say i’ve experienced service like...More

1  Thank Emma C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had booked the Tea House a month out, but my husband was ill the day of our reservation. The Tea House staff kindly rescheduled us for the following evening. We weren't able to sit upstairs, but had a private room to ourselves. They even...More

Thank Sasha R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I’ve decided to have lunch in Tea House restaurant after seeing the critics about the views on the rooftop. Amazing place to see Stone Town. However the menu offered is poor, only 5 dishes. I’ve decided to choose prawns with pineapple, and basically I ate...More

Thank mmauleon
Management E, Manager at Tea House Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Guest, Our Lunch Menu indeed only has 5 dishes, since it is based on availability of fresh, local produce. The menu changes with the season, depending on availability of the different products in the market. At the moment the chefs are actually reviewing the...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed 5 nights in Stone Town and ate here twice. We had to come back after the first time. Wonderful food, wonderful people, great atmosphere. They were accommodating without question to our diet on the fixed menu, and the fish was probably the best...More

1  Thank andyyacMiami
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March 15, 2018|
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Response from Macomo | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I just visited the place. You’ll need to email them directly.
Helena M
December 13, 2017|
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Response from JoelZ195 | Reviewed this property |
you can call them or stop by earlier in the day.
Ashleigh M
May 3, 2017|
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Response from 786Zeni | Reviewed this property |
Gluten Free request - they have ugali which is made of cornmeal that I understand does not have any gluten. Their coconut curries are simply delicious and they will take into account the spice level as well any allergies if... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
$6 - $30
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Scenic view, Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 236 Hurumzi Street | Emerson on Hurumzi, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
  • Location: Africa  >  Tanzania  >  Zanzibar Archipelago  >  Zanzibar Island  >  Zanzibar City  >  Stone Town
  • Phone Number: +255 24 223 2784
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The highest "tea house" restaurant in Zanzibar town is located in Emerson on Hurumzi and has breathtaking 360* views of Stonetown and the Indian Ocean. There is only one sitting for dinner and service begins promptly at 19.00, but we welcome guests from 18.00 to enjoy the spectacular sunset views of sea and city. Dinner in the Tea House restaurant at Emerson on Hurumzi is by reservation only and, as there is only limited seating, a deposit is required for the booking's confirmation. The Cuisine in the Tea House restaurant is designed to marry the culture and style of the building with the distinct culinary heritage of the era, our menu celebrates the pleasure of oriental Persian and Omani dishes. Musicians from Dhow Country Music Academy play during dinner Saturdays and on pre-booking for groups.
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