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Emerson Spice

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Tharia Street, Kiponda,, Stone Town, Zanzibar City 0000, Tanzania
+255 775 046 395
00:00 - 21:00
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Fri - Wed 00:00 - 21:00
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London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Went here for dinner while staying in Zanzibar stonetown (note there are two Emerson hotels so it is the spice one you want). Delicious 5 course meal for $40 - outstanding food quality and catered to dietary needs (one of us doesn't eat shellfish which they happily substituted with beef and then chicken). Very nice cocktails while watching the sunset... More 

Thank Selenaek
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Kick of an incredible evening with sun downers in this old colonial style hotel overlooking the rooftops of Zanzibar. Dinner is served at 19.00, each night a new set 5 course menu full of surprises for your taste-buds. The restaurant is small and popular so it's advisable to book well in advance. Russel was very helpful - accommodating our request... More 

Thank Louise K
Bergen, Norway
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163 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked some weeks in advance on Facebook and prepayed widh PayPal. Exelent food, exelent service! Small restaurant on top of Stone Town. The menu had nice combintions based on fish, tastefull and enough. Good wine recommendation from the waiter. This was simply a perfect meal! Highly recommended!

Thank Eddie_S57
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We love Stone Town and especially Emerson Spice ! Its simply hard to beat.Great ambience on the rooftop, with very good food and service.

Thank magyver_10
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Having cocktails to the sounds of the call to prayer as the sun sets, whilst overlooking the rooftops of Stone Town is not only evocative, romantic but quite special. Food a treat - just enough at each course to get the tastebuds going and the stomach satisfied. Staff friendly and the wine list although not long has the right balance.... More 

Thank TheTrailingSpouse
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This tiny restaurant perched on top of a traditional stone town converted into a beautiful hotel only had 12 tables and a fish based menu. The five course dinner is a subtle discovery of fusion cuisine from the region. The service is simply perfect! Make sure to book in advenue, to take a cardigan with you as it gets a... More 

Thank Dansira
Spice_management_1, Manager at Emerson Spice, responded to this review

Dear Dansira, What a wonderful review. Thank you. Our Five Course, Seafood based 'Taste Safari' Menu is changed every day, so always fresh, seasonal, and locally sourced. The only thing we import is our Wine! If our Diners get chilly we have a supply of silk shawls on request to keep the sea breeze at bay! More 

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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have eaten in lots of places in Stonetown on several visits but the food was never as good as here. The setting is beautiful as well. Clear proof that even with limited ingredients you can make 5 star food. Only downside was it took quite some time. But hey, this is Tanzania.

Thank Ewout I
Spice_management_1, Manager at Emerson Spice, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely compliments. Always good to hear that our Diners enjoy the setting of our A la Carte Restaurant, The Secret Garden, hidden away and secluded from the busy Kazbah. Thank you also for letting us know that you had to wait a while too long for you meal. We value your feedback. Chef and the Team... More 

London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely Atmosphereic garden set in ruins. Delicious food , with European portions. Very romantic setting with candles and kerosine lanterns. Has beer and cocktails.

Thank Penny A
Hamilton, New Zealand
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37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well worth the effort to find the place and give a deposit before the meal to secure the booking. It was quite windy on the rooftop but we had a fantastic evening as the food was awesome

Thank JoBee65
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

Beautiful place, great food. In the middle of town and somewhat hard to find but just ask a local and they'll point you in the right direction or give them a dollar and they'll take you there. Nice view across the rooftops to all areas from the rooftop restaurant/bar that serves alcoholic and non alcoholic cocktails.

Thank stretchyboy

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$45
African, Seafood, International, Fusion
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, View
Open Hours
00:00 - 21:00
00:00 - 21:00
00:00 - 21:00
00:00 - 21:00
00:00 - 21:00
00:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Tharia Street, Kiponda,, Stone Town, Zanzibar City 0000, Tanzania
  • Location: Africa  >  Tanzania  >  Zanzibar Archipelago  >  Zanzibar Island  >  Zanzibar City  >  Stone Town
  • Phone Number: +255 775 046 395
  • This restaurant is at Emerson Spice
Emerson Spice have two Restaurants: The Rooftop Tea House Restaurant - The Seafood Based, Set Five Course 'Taste Safari' Degustation Menu is prepared daily by our Zanzibari Chefs. The Sunset Hour is an integral part of the experience, so Diners are encouraged to arrive at any time after 5.30p.m. to enjoy a 'Sundowner' before dinner, which is served at 7p.m. Reservations Recommended. The Secret Garden - set amidst lushly landscaped hidden 'Ruins', open to the skies, it has a Zanzibari inspired A La Carte Menu. Look out for live music performed by The Dhow Countires Music Academy. Open for Lunch and Dinner.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?