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“Expat heaven”

The Waterfront Sunset Restaurant & Beach Bar
Ranked #4 of 305 Restaurants in Dar es Salaam
Price range: $8 - $25
Cuisines: Bar, Pizza, Seafood, European, International
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Special occasions, Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Drinks, Brunch, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Delivery, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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137 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Expat heaven”
Reviewed August 1, 2013

For a study project we stayed in Dar es Salaam for two weeks. During the first week of the project our lunch and dinner consisted mostly out of Wali Kuku, Wali Nyama, and Wali Samaki (Rice with chicken, meet or fish). During our project we spent most of our time in the Temeke District of Dar es Salaam, so our first visit (of a total of 3) to the Waterfront was a revelation. It was the first time in weeks we saw so many white people together, I quote a friend of mine who said "Where do all these Mzungu's come from?"

The first time I ordered a Pizza, the second time the Pasta with King Prawns, and during the last visit I enjoyed the pork chop pasta with pesto. All dishes tasted very good and every time we arrived (with approximately 9 - 12 people) the personnel directly started running around to create place for us to have dinner.

The view at the waterfront is very nice, you can see the sunset and enjoy the skyline of Dar es Salaam at night.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank kfbkrebbers
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Travelindar1973, Manager at The Waterfront Sunset Restaurant & Beach Bar, responded to this review, August 4, 2013
Thank you so much for the positive feedback! Indeed, it happens a lot that big groups just pop in and we will always try and accommodate them. I am also pleased to see that your dinner experiences has been consistent. Waterfront has a great vibe for all people and Tanzanians often visit us for a family dinner.

Once again, thank you very much for taking the time and making us shine on TripAdvisor

Regards,

Eric
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Zanzibar Archipelago, Tanzania
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125 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“our Friday evening regular”
Reviewed July 24, 2013

for the last 3 years we've been coming here for our end of week sundowner. the view is one of the best in Dar es Salaam. the service is excellent and the menu has improved tremendously.
keep up the good job, Erik

Visited July 2013
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Thank Dirk M
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Travelindar1973, Manager at The Waterfront Sunset Restaurant & Beach Bar, responded to this review, August 1, 2013
Thank you very much for the great review. Waterfront is a high volume restaurant and we try to do it right and learn from our mistakes. I wish you many Friday's more at The Waterfront!

Eric
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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83 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Nice location but nothing to write home about”
Reviewed July 20, 2013

This restaurant is listed as African by TripAdvisor, but also serves bland common Western fares. The pizzas should be avoided. It is located in the outrageously overpriced Splipway mall in Dar. Its main attractiveness is that it overlooks the charming lagune and you can enjoy a nice sunset. I found the service to be excellent (unlike some other Tripadvisor reviewers).

  • Visited July 2013
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Arezzo, Italy
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38 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Average”
Reviewed July 17, 2013

Nice place and good setting but as a restaurant not up to much. European prices for an average plate of nothing special. Go for the place....but dont expect too much in the way of food.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank 4traveljunkie
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Travelindar1973, Manager at The Waterfront Sunset Restaurant & Beach Bar, responded to this review, August 1, 2013
Thank you for your respond and review, we appreciate your feedback. As you know, Waterfront works on a high volume and we focus on a food concept that fits the vibe. Urban, filling and priced fairly. We have main courses starting from TSH 16 000, which will be 8 Euro. I think you will agree with me that eating in a restaurant in Europe for 8 Euro will almost be impossible. Especially fish and seafood products. Thank you for your review and hope we can have a beer together one day.

Eric
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Sunset lovers' paradise!”
Reviewed July 6, 2013

At The Slipway's Waterfront Restaurant, one gets a chance to see hardworking fishermen making their way back home with a backdrop of the beautiful Dar sunset.
The food--quite tasty--is a mixture of Swahili cuisine, a bit of Italian, and a few surprises, and the cocktails aren't too shabby either.

The one thing that is consistently off about Waterfront is the service. Gosh! Service in Dar overall leaves a lot to be desired, but considering the location and menu pricing, one expects way better.
I've waited more than an hour before to even get someone to listen to my order (the place was not even 1/3 full), had the wrong order brought and been told I have to pay, and the list goes on. The service is just.... beyond bad.

If you can pop yourself on a bar stool and order from there, you might have better luck enjoying the rest of what Waterfront has to offer.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank virg0gal
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