Zanzibar Island Restaurants

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    THE OLD FORT RESTAURANT (STONE TOWN): HISTORIC ENTERTAINMENT

    by DAO Updated Jun 29, 2011

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    THE FRONT DOOR OF THE FORT AND RESTAURANT
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    This restaurant and entertainment venue is located inside the Old Arab Fort. Open everyday between 8am and 10pm, they have a large menu serving local and international food. They have a special 'Night At The Fort' every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday between 7-10pm. The night includes a special Buffet Barbeque with a variety of seafood, meats, salads and fresh fruit (plenty to eat for vegetarians),

    'A Night At The Fort' offers Zanzibarian entertainment. Tickets are sold at the front office and are $10 for BBQ and show and $5 just for the show only

    Please note: They are closed daytimes throughout Ramadan.

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    Chavda Hotel: Rooftop dining

    by toonsarah Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    We had a couple of dinners in the rooftop restaurant of this old hotel, centrally located in the middle of Stone Town. Prices were reasonable, the seafood curries spicy and the views over the roofs of the old quarter picturesque. Unlike some other Stone Town hotels, the Chavda serves alcohol, so we could wash down our curry with a cold beer or two. We were happy enough with the Chavda to choose it for our last evening’s meal in Zanzibar; however I’ve read more recent reviews that suggest it’s gone downhill a little since our visit so you may want to check it out for a light lunch before committing to a larger meal – and bill!

    I don’t seem to have taken any photos here, but there are a couple on the website below which look just as I remember it.

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    Kizidi Restaurant: Marvellous seaview with nice seafood

    by sachara Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    view from sea at the Kizidi Restaurant

    After our dolphintour we had our lunch in Kidizi Restaurant, a nice roofed open air restaurant. Because of the sea-breeze the temperature was bearable. The view at the ocean and the bay were marvellous.

    We took all the time for our lunch and our drinks, before going back in the steaming heat of the inland. There were changing rooms and showers. The in the guide mentioned phone-service was out of order.

    Favorite Dish: We had fish with the local coconut sauce for lunch.

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    MONSOON RESTAURANT: NICE AND HOT

    by DAO Updated Jan 22, 2010

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    MORE FANS NEEDED
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    The outside looks like a French-style veranda from New Orleans with cushioned seat and lush mini-gardens keeping the tables cool. From this little oasis of tranquillity you can oversee the harbour and nearby islands. This is an excellent, but not cheap, place to enjoy a cold tropical drink. The daily specials are written up on a chalkboard at the door.

    Service is good quick and friendly. Some night they have Arab-style music. Menus vary, but do contain many African dishes. They have a 3-course meal for about $10. If you order wine, be specific! If you ask for red wine they just bring the most expensive one.

    The inside is lavishly decorated like an Arab home. Low tables are accompanied by a myriad pf cushions to sit on the floor. The walls are decorated with different art objects and lighting reminiscent of North Africa. The only problem? It is VERY HOT inside. Dress in shorts and t-shirts would be in order!

    Favorite Dish: There are different 3-course specials on the board. They are good value and good quality.

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    Mercury’s: Great place in Stone Town

    by PierreZA Written Jun 21, 2009

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    This restaurant, named after Freddy Mercury, is a very nice place. The food and service is very good. It is a great place to sit and have one of the local beers, watching the sunset.
    The location is great, with views of the waterfront, beach and the harbour.

    Favorite Dish: Masala Masala – you can choose beef, prawns, fish or chicken
    Halua – a local sweet

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    A house somewhere in Zanzibar!: Village lunch on spice tour

    by toonsarah Updated Apr 17, 2009

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    While on the Spice Tour (see my Things to Do tip) we stopped for lunch in a local village. As you see from the photo, the setting was pretty basic, and we sat on the floor surrounding the plastic “table” cloth. The meal was also basic (vegetable curry, boiled rice, bread) but absolutely delicious – one of the tastiest meals we had on the island. However I have to say that I paid for it later that day with frequent visits to the bathroom! Nevertheless it was worth it ;-)

    Earlier in the tour we stopped at a roadside stall where we enjoyed coffee, doughnuts and fresh pineapple. Both this and the lunch were included in the $10 cost of the tour, making it excellent value.

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    Serena Hotel: A special place for a treat

    by toonsarah Updated Apr 17, 2009

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    This is the smartest hotel in town, and although we didn’t stay here we did come here to eat, as I had a birthday while we staying in Stone Town and this was an obvious choice for a celebration meal. The restaurant is located right at the water’s edge, giving great views out to sea (even after dark the lights are lovely and dhows can be seen drifting past) and the menu combines international and local cuisine. For my birthday dinner therefore I enjoyed a starter of potato dumplings with a spicy lime chutney, a main course Swahili dish called Kuku wa Kupaka (chicken cooked in a coconut sauce, which we both loved for both its taste and the name!), and a dessert of crème brulée.

    Before dinner we had cocktails in the bar, which overlooks the elegant swimming pool and sea beyond, and looks west towards the sunset.

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  • Radha Food House: Best food in Zanzibar

    by cezartb Written Dec 7, 2008

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    In Zanzibar service is slow and it's very hard to experience great cuisine. Mostly there are no refrigerators to be seen and places serve rice and fried fish…boring!
    I found the best option is either the nightly food market (hopefully seafood will be fresh) in the square in old town or Radha Food House, an indian restaurant near the bank. Simple environment, cheap, accessible, honest food.

    Favorite Dish: Amazing quality thali (it think it's gujarati food ). All vegetarian. The vegetarian dishes are quite inventive and not too overpowering. It all comes with with amazing plickles, sweet, hot and sour to go with the hot chapatis). I loved a black peppercorn sprout pickles, and a sweet lime chutney I ate there. It went well with everything and I never foud anything similar again.

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    BOLLYWOOD GRILL: THE ONLY BBQ IN STONE TOWN

    by DAO Updated Feb 11, 2008

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    THEGRILL MAN (L) AND THE OWNER
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    I call this Bollywood Grill, but it actually has no name. The owner is a nice man who runs a hygenic place to eat at a great price and the sodas are ice cold. He actually has a grill outside of the restaraunt and a grill man (pictured in the corner). Everything is covered and made fresh. A large plate of meat, salad and fries will cost you about $1.

    I call it the Bollywood Grill because the owner has decorated the walls with Bollywood movie posters.

    A little hard to find but worth it.

    Favorite Dish: Grilled chicken & beef skewers

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    Forodhani Gardens - food stalls: The best barbecue in (Stone) town!

    by DAO Updated Feb 11, 2008

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    AVOID THE GUY IN THE ORANGE CAP, HE IS EXPENSIVE
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    Enjoy octopus, shark, king fish, chicken, and more. Every night in Forodhani Gardens large tables of food are put up and the stallholders all have a barbecue grill on the top. You choose your dish and they heat it up. They will put a 'curry' sauce on, but not too much! It is more of a hot pepper sauce. Prices are negotiable, but watch out. Some tables will try and charge you 10 times what the next table will ask for the same thing. Negotiate a price for one piece, then a lower price for 2 and so on. If there is a tourist cruise ship in the harbour, a lot more table appear and they prices can be just the same as an indoor restaurant. Find someone who will give you reasonable prices and stay with them. Small pieces of meat or a kebab stick should be about 500-700 shillings. It is recommended not to eat shellfish in low tourist season. If you ask you can find the man who brings you cold beers to you for 1000 shillings each. This is an event in itself and not to be missed!

    Favorite Dish: Octopus with some spicy sauce!

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    Mercury's: In The Name Of Our Queen - Freddy

    by Acirfa Updated Sep 23, 2006

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    I only enjoyed a sundowner here so food wise I cannot comment.

    The interior is a shrine to Queen and Freddy Mercury. Freddy was born in Zanzibar 60 years ago (this being 2006) and the restaurant remembers this, sporting memorabilia of his life time and holding celebrations in his name, although his 60th birthday was cancelled due to him being gay and agains Muslim belief.

    Freddy was born in 1946 in Zanzibar to Persian parents.

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    Forodhani Gardens –: The Best Seafood Ever!

    by Waxbag Updated Nov 19, 2005

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    Forodhani Gardens

    One of the most amazing sites to behold in Zanzibar are the Forodhani Garden vendors at the waterfront. The garden has a carnival-like atmosphere with a frenzy of people buying and selling food and curios to the light of gas lamps and flaming woks. There are dozens of stalls set up with tables full of grilled seafood. There are stacks of kingfish, tuna, barracuda, white shark, red snapper, blue marlin, small prawns, large prawns, lobster, mussels, and clams all on kabobs. Behind the kabobs are piles of crab claws, calamari, octopus tentacles, cassava, breadfruit, falafel, chips, salad, nan bread, and chapatti. We chose our kabobs from the spread where they were immediately put back on the grill to warm. We were ushered behind the stall to a bench where children were stringing raw chunks of fish onto skewers. We ate our feast on paper plates with small toothpicks. Two minor inconveniences were getting hassled every few minutes about what to drink and arguing over the final price. We overlooked these inconveniences as this was the best and cheapest seafood meal we have ever had.

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    Blue's: Blue's for easy food

    by Saagar Written Aug 19, 2005

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    If wanting to while away the hot mid-day hours, that can be done in a slow manner over some drinks and easy-food at Blue's. Semi-covered sea front location, but can still be very hot here. Find a table with a breeze...
    For dinners, don't forget to check out the next-door Forodhani gardens first, and see if you should maybe eat there and thake your dessert and drinks at Blue's ..?

    Favorite Dish: Something on the seafood side. I had a sea food spaghetti and was happy with that. But this South African chain has the full gamit of international fairly-fast foods. Nothing out of the ordinary, except the location.

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    Emerson's & Green: Under the stars at Emerson's & Green

    by Saagar Written Aug 19, 2005

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    A great rooftop restaurant at the Emerson's & Green Hotel in Stonetown, it is regarded as a "must". But that depends. See my warning tip...
    I found this place excellent, but then I like protracted meals and the quiet conversation while sitting on the floor. A very special place as sun sets and night falls. The food is excellent.
    Reservation essential, only one seating per evening, and it's small.

    Favorite Dish: There is a set menu, several courses, and the general theme is African crossover food. Sea food emphasis, but veggies and meats are in ample evidence, too.
    Drinks are extra, and while there is a good selection, the cost is fairly high.

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    Blue Oyster Hotel: Dining with a view of the Indian Ocean

    by SanguiniA Written Jul 6, 2005

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    This is the Blue Oyster Hotel's restaurant - also open to people not residing in the hotel. The restaurant is simple and nice, with a view of the Indian ocean.

    The food is especially tasty, spicy, and is 'homemade' so it is authentic Zanzibari cuisine. The seafood is great here - freshly caught by the fishermen (so it is no surprise that sometimes cerain items are not available).

    Favorite Dish: Lobster, and the PiriPiri chicken dishes were great!

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