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“Fantastic authentic Italian food and great ambience...”
Review of House of Spices

House of Spices
Ranked #6 of 77 Restaurants in Stone Town
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $15
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Breezing terraces for both restaurant and bar, Mediterranean food, pizza, wine bar
Hampshire, UK
Level 6 Contributor
172 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Fantastic authentic Italian food and great ambience...”
Reviewed July 3, 2013

We enjoyed a fabulous meal in this beautifully restored former spice house owned by Italians Cesare and Anna. There is a comfortable bar / lounge area and a surprisingly spacious rooftop restaurant, with a varied menu of authentic Italian food including delicious freshly made pastas and pizzas as well as a good choice of delicious desserts. I had seafood linguini but also got to try some of the delicious pizzas thanks to my dining companions!! Service was just right too.
The house is also a guest house and has 4 rooms, all beautifully decorated and furnished (we were shown the unoccupied 2), a shop on the ground floor and (although we didn't try it) a coffee shop. I thouroughly recommend a visit, and we will be sure to return when we next visit Zanzibar!!

  • Visited June 2013
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“best pasta in Tanzania!”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

The atmosphere of this lovely rooftop restaurant is worth a vist in and of itself. Lucky us the food was also wonderful! Talked to the lovely Italian owner and experienced good service. We thought the food was authentic and delicious - the best tortellini we've ever had! It is a great place to put your feet up for a rest while walking around Stone Town!

Visited June 2013
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Johannesburg, South Africa
Level 1 Contributor
1 review
“Awesome”
Reviewed June 13, 2013 via mobile

Beautiful house, friendly staff, delicious and fresh food and great tea selection - a definite stopover to drink in the atmosphere of Stone town

Visited June 2013
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Hamilton, New Zealand
Level 6 Contributor
345 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
“3 times and each one good.”
Reviewed June 12, 2013

This restaurant was close to our hotel and we ended up going there 3 times. Each time we had very different meals and all were good. Staff were friendly and attentive and it was a pleasure to be there.

Visited June 2013
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Zanzibar Island, Tanzania
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Lovely interior”
Reviewed May 23, 2013

A lovely interior, very friendly and attentive staff. We were there on several occasions, but only had one full meal there. The other occasions we took coffee, chai and small snack items which were very good. Our meal experience however was adequate if very ordinary.

Visited February 2013
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Thank David V
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