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The Rock

Michanwi Pingwe Beach, Pingwe 753, Tanzania
+255 776 591 360
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good28%
  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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Opens in 9 min
All hours
African, Seafood, European, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
Michanwi Pingwe Beach, Pingwe 753, Tanzania
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Reviewed 4 days ago

What a lovely atmospheric place for lunch and such a friendly manager . It's almost unbelievable that this tiny rock can run as a restaurant and anyone complaining about "value" should think about the logistics ! Anyway, we didn't find it expensive . We had...More

1  Thank KentKritic
Reviewed 5 days ago

What a venue, loved it. You need to try it. We went and the kids loved everything about it. The service was very pleasant and staff was so nice. Food was good. Bill came at $250 for three adults and two kids. Portions are not...More

Thank UmSaifo
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The rock restaurant was fun to experience but not having booked we felt very rushed. The restaurant was full and we got the last table. Our starter and main was ordered and arrived quickly with no time to rest between courses. The food was nice...More

1  Thank Buxtongirl
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is truly incredible...we were required to catch a small boat out to the restaurant, we arrived an hour earlier than official opening time (unbeknownst to us..) strangely the staff & I suspect the English owner wouldn't serve us even a drink... So we...More

Thank kiwikaileigh
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great time at this unique restaurant! The staff was very attentive and accommodating splitting the bill for a large group. The location and atmosphere is perfect-- make sure to get there in time to see the sunset! The food is a little...More

Thank S0987654321
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stunning lunch at the rock. A bit pricey but the food was very delicious and the views to die for. Definitely worth a visit.

Thank Kirsten L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Its really with a visit. the entre to the restaurant is spectacular whether you come in low tide or high tide. Its like a cartoon to look at and funny. But the food its nothing. so go there for the photo opportunities, drink a cocktail,...More

Thank Rasmus H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely restaurant, went for a coffee. The men that took us across were very friendly and welcoming. very warm and welcoming atmosphere. We wondered around freely taking tons of pics, nobody cautioned us whether we were going to eat or drink anything.

Thank Kasturi1958
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lower your expectations, nothing special.There was low tide when we were there and could walk to the restaurant. Could be more interesting to go by boat when there is high tide. Food is sort of overpriced, for sure due to the location of the restaurant....More

Thank SunquestAntalya
Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed lunch before leaving Zanibar at The Rock. It was touristy, rushed, pricey but worth it! The food and cocktails were fantastic and the location was absolutely stunning. We experienced The Rock at low tide and I would be very interested to go back...More

Thank Adrianna M
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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, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Scenic view, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children
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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