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“Great food and great service!”
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
New Liskeard, Ontario, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great food and great service!”
Reviewed October 21, 2013

We were a group of 6 for my Birthday. It was pricey, but very good and the service was excellent. It was in a beautiful building close to shopping and attractions.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Michele L
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anna m, Owner at House of Spices, responded to this review, October 24, 2013
Thank you very much for your kind words and gentle review.
We just look forward you wish to spend another birthday in Zanzibar.
All the very best for all our team
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Madrid
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Excellent”
Reviewed October 20, 2013

The owner is an Italian gentleman and he knows how to cook pasta "al dente". Everything was delicious, we came back next day! There is also a tea and coffee saloon, very nice.

Visited October 2013
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Thank Isobel99
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anna m, Owner at House of Spices, responded to this review, October 21, 2013
Thank you so much.
It was nice to host you all in our restuarant and even more delighted to have make you enoying our dishes.

All the very best!
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New York City, New York
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great food, warm service”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

We landed here at the end of a long travel day and the staff was warm and welcoming (even though they had to want to leave for the night!) and the food was delicious. The room is pretty, too.

Visited October 2013
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Thank Lizzy K
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anna m, Owner at House of Spices, responded to this review, October 14, 2013
Thank you so much for your kind words.
We are delighted you have enjoyed your stay with us as well as the food and we look forward to welcome you again sometime.
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Wigan
Level 6 Contributor
108 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Food okay but service was hopeless”
Reviewed October 12, 2013

I rang ahead for a booking as it was a Saturday night. We arrived and were shown to our reserved table. From ordering the food it took 1 hour and 10 minutes to get food to the table. There were also long waits for drinks. Then came the wait when we asked for the bill. We questioned the bill as it seemed rather low. Yes it was wrong and we had to wait for it to be altered but not by much? In desperation we paid just to get out of there. As we were leaving, we were told that the 2nd bill was also wrong and they needed to alter it yet again!!!!

The food was fine, the setting pleasant. They were out of all beers other than Kilimanjaro and the service was embarrassing. The place has potential but the Italian owners need to be on the floor and not sat in reception 2 floors below.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank WiganYosser
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anna m, Owner at House of Spices, responded to this review, October 13, 2013
We are delighted you have enjoyed our food as well as the restaurant's setting.

Thank you for your feedback which comes after we met downstarirs.

Up on your arrival, you have been informed by your waiter that, due to the number of customers, you might have to be kept waiting and your reply was: is not a problem.

The booking of the table, grant you the seat but not for the food to be fast.

We would thank you for point out the wrong bill and we apologize if it took time but, as per the food's delay, the restaurant was full and even other customers were asking the bill.
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London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Nice and simple”
Reviewed October 12, 2013

Ate here on our last night in Stonetown after we couldn't get in to Emerson spice as fully booked- they recommended we tried house of spices.
We had a lovely meal here. I can highly recommend the seafood in clay pot, some of the freshest tasting seafood I ate whilst in Zanzibar, a lovely mixture of fish, calamari, prawns and crab in a thick curry sauce- not the cleanest of things to eat but delicious. Also the tuna nicoise- served in a poppadom bowl.
Service is a little slow but definitely not the slowest we have experienced in Africa. There is also a spice shop on first floor and they do afternoon teas up on 4th floor terrace as well, only looked at the menu but it looked delicious.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank dani026
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anna m, Owner at House of Spices, responded to this review, October 15, 2013
We thank you very much for have taken your time to send us your nice, gentle and helpful review.
It will enhance our performance.
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