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The Rock

Michanwi Pingwe Beach, Pingwe 753, Tanzania
+255 776 591 360
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good28%
  • Average13%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“seafood” (126 reviews)
“tiramisu” (24 reviews)
“octopus salad” (24 reviews)
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African, Seafood, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
Michanwi Pingwe Beach, Pingwe 753, Tanzania
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Reviewed today

Wonderfully situated on a small rock just off the beach - depending on the tide you walk och get paddled the 50m over to the porch. Vi had to go there twice since we enjoyed thr first visit so much. Nice interior and a wonderful...More

Thank sedelin
Reviewed yesterday

The Rock was one of the main places I most wanted to visit when I decided to go to Zanzibar and I am very glad I went. As others mentioned, the food isn't anything special and somewhat expensive but I've definitely paid as much for...More

Thank Jennifer H
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Definitely worth a visit. A bit cliched and touristy but nice all the same. Good quality seafood. The platter to share for two is excellent. Definatlety should check tide and go at high tide - we went at night but think it would be more...More

Thank Katherine T
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Food is nothing special. Overpriced. Full with tourist. Completely touristic thing. Place has beautiful terase and nice view. Lobster is not bad.

Thank Marijana K
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I decided to give it a go to The Rock restaurant after finding about it on Instagram. We ordered the vegetarian pasta dish and the grilled lobster. Although obviously more pricey in comparison to what you can get usually around here, still it wasn't such...More

Thank Jacob I
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A visit at the Rock seems to be mandatory in a Zanzibar visit, however the prices ( in US Dollars) are literally a rip-off. Understand that they are very famous, however with all the people that goes everyday they surely would be able to offer...More

Thank Elena7484
Reviewed 1 week ago

Travelled all the way from Nungwi to have lunch and very lucky to get in without a booking. Loved the setting. The lobster was perfectly grilled and my wife enjoyed her pasta dish with chicken. Well worth the visit though I would recommend from Stone...More

Thank Anil N
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place did not live up to expectations or even come close to them. The location is outstanding, but that's about it. We really don't know where all these people who gave it top ratings have been before. Unlike what photos imply The Rock is...More

Thank catztravelling
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I must admit I did have some concerns about coming here after reading their reviews & the fact that there was a 3 hour around trip to get here. The general consensus seemed to be that the restaurant was overpriced, which seems odd coming from...More

1  Thank Leedsaway67
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You have to go here!! Your on a huge rock, looks like something from a story book!! With these beautiful 360 views of the ocean!! The food was good, although it was a little disappointed the catch of the day was Tuna - but that’s...More

Thank Fay W
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Elizabeth S
June 5, 2017|
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Response from gelegentlich | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they take credit cards, but they will add a charge of 5% (?) to the bill (just like any other business does in Tanzania)
Moné E
May 21, 2017|
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Response from 10Weltenbumler | Reviewed this property |
We paid between US$ 9 and US$12 for cocktails. The meals we had were from US$ 15 upwards. Cannot remember the rest, but I think ice cream was about US$ 7. Keep in mind that most restaurants also charge about 5% "handling... More
May 16, 2017|
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Response from deeom | Reviewed this property |
I didn't eat here, just had drinks. prices were high and there is an excellent restaurant just opposite in the beach at Upendo which has a huge selection. I preferred to eat there and visit The Rock for the view and drinks.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$10 - $40
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Michanwi Pingwe Beach, Pingwe 753, Tanzania
  • Location: Africa  >  Tanzania  >  Zanzibar Archipelago  >  Zanzibar Island  >  Pingwe
  • Phone Number: +255 776 591 360
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The Rock Restaurant, just opened in Michanvi Pingwe, is an extraordinary seafood restaurant, located in a unique position, on a rock in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Serving up to 14 tables, all facing a wonderful terrace on the Ocean, the restaurant is connected to the main land by boat, within high tide, and reachable by foot within low tide. It is also easy reachable by sea if coming by boat from an excursion. Perfect for a romantic dinner for two, or for a memorable evening with friends or family, it is open for lunch and dinner and is available to be reserved for small groups and ceremonies. The Rock kitchen offers a superlative fresh seafood menu, including vegetarian plates and a kid's menu the service is informal but accurate and elegant.
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