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Emerson Spice

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Tharia Street, Kiponda, Stone Town, Zanzibar City 0000, Tanzania
+255 775 046 395
Fri - Wed 00:00 - 21:00
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124 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We stayed here too. The food at the rooftop is amazing and beautifully presented. The Secret Garden restaurant is atmospheric. Menu was very good choice.

Thank AJZ
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37 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The location of the Secret Garden restaurant is fabulous, set within the ruins of an old building, surrounded by plants and beautifully lit. However, we were very disappointed with the experience. The restaurant was not particularly busy, but it took ages to get served and when we needed something, it was hard to attract anyone's attention, even though there were... More 

Thank butterfills
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We kind of bumped into the Secret garden by accident and we loved it. It is located in a backyard, nicely lit, with great music. We had really good wine, the staff was very nice and the food (Köfte) was delicious.

Thank fnggermany
Bucharest, Romania
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Came here with friends just to eat something( the food is ok but not excellent). They have a beautiful garden perfect for pictures. The staff is english speaker and helpful.

Thank corn d
Johannesburg, South Africa
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped for a quick lunch while wandering around busy Stone Town. The food was great and the service too. I recommend their fresh ginger tea. The only bad thing about this place was a huge tropical spider hanging above us in their garden restaurant and waiter enjoying our scared looks when we realized it's there.

Thank Miriama M
Tønsberg, Vestfold, Norway
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149 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After a 6 months stay in Stone Town this is the best restaurant expirience. Very nice view, good service, but above all, excellent sea food! You are served a 5-6 course menu, which I suggest you choose a good quality white South African dry wine to accompany. The different courses a elegantly served and is delicious. When I go back... More 

Thank Ulf Wike L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My partner and I thoroughly enjoyed our meal here. The setting was so romantic, and our service was outstanding. The food was delectable, we enjoyed our three course so much. The homemade hummus was unbelievable, there was so much flavour in every bite of the whole meal.

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Spice_management_1, Manager at Emerson Spice, responded to this review

Thank you so much for letting us know how much you enjoyed your evening in The Secret Garden, our A la Carte Restaurant here at Emerson Spice, set in our 'ruined' walled garden. We look forward to seeing you again to try our new Weekly Specials: currently Ginger & Lime Glazed Whole Crab, or Turmeric Calamari with a Sweet Pomelo... More 

Orange, California
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92 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant is located in the very old part of town. It is a walking or tutuk ride into the restaurant which is located in a hotel. It is a very lovely garden area with subdued lighting and East African cuisine. It is a place to linger over dinner (do not expect a quick bite to eat). The service is... More 

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Woerth am Rhein, Germany
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Everything is beautiful here. We stayed at the Camille Room for one night and joined the 5 course dinner on the rooftop. A clear must. Service is great !

Thank Klaus1108
Placerville, California
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27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We dined luxuriously, slowly, and comfortably at this fabulous restaurant last week. Each course was a delightful surprise that was well-served and portioned. We were able to eat almost all of it and not feel over-stuffed. The fish and vegetables were fresh and paired exceptionally well. The Swahili/Zanzibari flavors were rich and sufficiently but not overly spicy. It was well... More 

Thank David H

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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, Vegetarian Friendly
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
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, View, Romantic
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 have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?