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“Reliably great food!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Seles Beach Bar and Restaurant

Seles Beach Bar and Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 9 Restaurants in Matemwe
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood, Bar, International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Families with children, Kids, Dining on a budget, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
London, United Kingdom
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282 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
“Reliably great food!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2012

We visited Seles several times during our most recent trip to Zanzibar on account of the good vegetarian selection, the reasonable and the friendly atmosphere. The seafood was always cooked well, the currys are nicely flavoured and the chefs were happy to modify meals if you asked. The selection of ice creams and chocolate bars are an added bonus and we regularly stocked up so that we had a supply back at our hotel. A great, safe bet if you're eating in Matemwe!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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London
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Best in Matemwe....by some considerable margin”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2012

If you are staying in Matemwe you dont have a lot of choice for places to eat but we think Seles is a gem, made brighter by the comparable quality of the food coming from the surrounding hotels. We came for lunch every day. A plate of jumbo prawns with rice, vegetables, salad or chips was $10 and was very good indeed. Especially in the coconut sauce. The squid and octopus cooked in local spices were also excellent. Somebody else's burger looked equally appetising but we were there for the fresh fish cooked on demand. Much cheaper and better than the surrounding hotels. Its very much a beach restaurant so dont go expecting something chic but if you are looking for something better than whatever your hotel can muster then look no further than Seles.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Mark W
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London, United Kingdom
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282 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
“Good quality meals, reasonably priced for the area.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2012

We visited Seles twice while we were staying at a hotel nearby. Our first visit was for lunch after snorkelling with the dive centre next door. We shared a plate of chips and a spinach chapatti, with a fresh juice and a beer. We finished lunch off with an ice cream and a chocolate bar.

The second visit was for dinner on our last night. One of us had grilled prawns and the other a vegetable curry. We finished by sharing bananas cooked in cardamom, cinnamon and coconut milk.

We were very pleasantly surprised with the quality of the food, especially given that the quality was quite a bit higher than our hotel, yet prices were similar. There was a great selection for vegetarians, and the wait for the food (characteristic of most places we've been) reassured us it was all freshly made. It's not a place to go for a formal dinner - we watched the Olympics while we ate, but the relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff made it just what we wanted.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank EllieandAlexis
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Toulouse, France
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49 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“well worth a trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2012

whislt staying at Sunshine hotel we visited Seles for Dinner (1 x starter, 2 x main, 3 x beer, 3 x soft drink $38) quite a bit cheaper than other hotels in the area. The service was very slow but we didnt mind as this was in most places we visited. staff were all friendly and one even walked us back to sunshine (at our request) and it felt perfectly safe along the beach at night.

Visited July 2012
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Zanzibar Island, Tanzania
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“FUN!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2012

Nice food, and fun atomsphere. Great place to go chill out at the end of the day. Food is also very tasty.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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