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Emerson Spice

Tharia Street, Kiponda, Stone Town, Zanzibar City 0000, Tanzania
+255 775 046 395
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  • Excellent74%
  • Very good19%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“tasting menu” (16 reviews)
“ceviche” (8 reviews)
“fixed menu” (8 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
African, Seafood, International, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Tharia Street, Kiponda, Stone Town, Zanzibar City 0000, Tanzania
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We had a delicious meal for lunch! I recommend the prawn curry. Full of spices and flavor, it was amazing! And the ambiance is great! Our toddler thoroughly enjoyed the water fountain. Note the patio is not open for lunch.

Thank Evie F
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

5 course tasting menu is incredible if you love fish. And the cocktails are divine. Book in advance and get there early to get the best view of the sunset over Stonetown. Staff will walk you back to your hotel after dark which I thought...More

Thank Hayley_Mortimer
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Secret Garden is my favorite place to eat in Zanzibar. The menu is small but exquisite. Everything tastes great and has a great flavor profile. The ambience is romantic and dreamy. 8 tables set in the ruins present a lovely escape from the world.

Thank Uzma A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Arrived in a dimly lit back garden, to the tunes of soft jazz and a fountain trickling lightly. We got service instantly and not long after the order we had the delights placed in front of us. We had goat and chicken, of which both...More

Thank Anne Cecilie M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is fairly well concealed in a back street but we'll worth the effort. Three of us arrived at 3pm for lunch. 4 flights of stairs. But a terrific view when you get there. A simple but ample lunch menu. All good stuff. Very...More

Thank Lincolnintheuk
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First, you have the find the building! Its buried in the middle of the town and not easy to find! The location of the restaurant, if you are fit and healthy it up about 6 flights of stairs. The views were nice. But we found...More

Thank Kari837
Spice_management_1, Manager at Emerson Spice, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Kari, Thank you for your valuable feedback, and for choosing to dine in The Tea House on Saturday 21st October. Being in the heart of the Old Town , with no vehicular access, we always send our own City Map to our Diners’ Hotel...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely food, Fabulous atmosphere. Great views. This place was fabulous place to have lunch and we tried all sorts of new flavour combinations that we would never have picked. Loved it.

Thank emiUk
Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

If you want to experience the taste of Zanzibar food the Emerson deliver that, the food is good for those who love spice The place is good and beautiful

Thank Glory H
Reviewed 3 November 2017 via mobile

Two of us booked for dinner a la carte in the secret garden. We emailed a few days before and got a reply fairly quickly. This is a beautifully decorated outdoor area which really uses the old and slightly crumbling walls to its advantage. The...More

Thank psandhu1
Reviewed 3 November 2017 via mobile

As all the buildings in Stonetown are very old, we had to climb up 5 floors of stairs. But, it was well worth the climb. A lovely open restaurant at the top of the building, with a great view over the top of the buildings...More

Thank ray c
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30 January 2017|
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Response from Spice_management_1 | Property representative |
Thank you for your interest in Emerson Spice. Unfortunately I am unable to put an email address on Tripadvisor, but if you go to our Facebook page, you can book direct from there using the Book Now Button. Our Contact... More
Kay M
3 December 2016|
Response from Spice_management_1 | Property representative |
Thank you for your interest in dining at The Tea House at Emerson Spice. All our Reservations are done online. Click 'Email' on our Tripadvisor page, email us, and we will assist.
Coonoor B
8 September 2016|
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Response from Spice_management_1 | Property representative |
Thursday 8th September ‘16 Dear Coonoor, Thank you for your interest in The Emerson Collection. Here is an explanation: Emerson on Hurumzi, the old Emerson & Green, was opened in 1997. The seating is Swahili Style on... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$45
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, View
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
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  • 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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