Most Popular International food in Zanzibar Island, Zanzibar Archipelago, Tanzania

December 13, 2019 Janean Rudisill

Find out what International restaurants to try in Zanzibar Island. The Zanzibar Archipelago, located in the Indian Ocean 15 miles off the coast of Tanzania, is a breathtaking spot to escape from the world. You’ll enjoy clear, turquoise-blue water; shallow sandbars perfect for wading; and many small, nearly deserted islands virtually unvisited by tourists. Explore the World Heritage Site of Stone Town, Zanzibar City’s old quarter. Or just go beach to beach between tiny fishing villages—each one's better than the next.
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10. Essence Restaurant NOW OPEN

Kendwa Beach Amaan Kendwa Beach, Kendwa Tanzania Indian, African, Seafood, International Dinner, Lunch, Late Night Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi [email protected] +255 779 941 555 http://www.facebook.com/essence.zanzibar
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4 based on 296 reviews

Essence Restaurant NOW OPEN

ESSENCE IS LOCATED ON KENDWA BEACH NEXT TO KENDWA BEACH RESORT. FREE half hour WI-FI,large groups welcome

Reviewed By Paolinopaolino123

We went here at lunch in order to stay on the beach area. Nice staff but food nothing special: hamburger and chip- to much oil and fat taste, plain focaccia, cocktails quite light...

9. Upendo

Michamvi Tanzania African, Seafood, Bar, International Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Table Service [email protected] +255 777 770 667 http://www.upendozanzibar.com/
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4 based on 195 reviews

Upendo

We are a bar, lounge & restaurant located on one of the most unique and beautiful spots in Zanzibar. We are open every day from 08:00 with our kitchen closing at 21:30, and are known for good quality cuisine (international) cooked fresh to order. We take

Reviewed By adriantc_ro

Upendo offers a wonderful view of The Rock restaurant and some pretty good (above average) dishes. The nice pool is a bonus. As we are fans of curry we both ordered curry based dishes... chicken and seafood. Both were really good. One special thing was the desert - chocolate mousse. It was exceptional, but it had one major problem. It was way to little. Not only it was very good, but you could finish it in 4-5 scoops. Service was ok, while a little bit slow it is something normal in Zanzibar. Enjoy the food and chill!

8. Seles Beach Bar and Restaurant

Matemwe Beach, Matemwe Tanzania Bar, Seafood, International Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Table Service +255 777 413 449 http://www.selesbungalows.com
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4 based on 265 reviews

Seles Beach Bar and Restaurant

Reviewed By Janey T

We stumbled upon this gem by chance, had the most wonderful dinner. Really friendly staff and lovely owner Janet! Not the quickest as have to wait while it’s freshly cooked, but is well worth the wait!!Delicious food and good value.Went again the next evening and the following day for lunch.Great place to relax on the sun beds and good WiFi. We love it and will go again several times this coming week.It will certainly be one reason to return to this area!

7. Kambakocho Bar & Beach Restaurant

Uroa Rd Palumbo Reef, Uroa 3508 Tanzania Seafood, European, Italian, International Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Table Service, Full Bar [email protected] +255 776 676 782
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4 based on 148 reviews

Kambakocho Bar & Beach Restaurant

Reviewed By Nick-Howard

We arrived in the area on my wife's birthday and wanted somewhere special to eat that night, we found this restaurant whilst walking along the beach and thought it looked great for lunch. The manager told us it was not open during the day but that they were open in the evening so we booked and returned later well the wait was worth it as they had laid a special romantic table for us and had prepared a gourmet platter of local seafood, lobster, rock lobster, prawns, line caught fish and crab too, the waiter was very attentive and professional which made for an excellent evening and celebration, we will be back not just for the food but also because the accommodation looked excellent, thank you

6. Mr Kahawa

Paje Beach Next to KiteCentre Zanzibar, Paje Tanzania Cafe, International, European, Fusion, Healthy Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch Parking Available, Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Table Service, Waterfront, Beach, Family style [email protected] +255 774 722 650 http://www.mrkahawa.com
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4 based on 508 reviews

Mr Kahawa

Nestled into the silky white sands of Paje Beach, Mr Kahawa serves Tanzanian coffee, fresh healthy juices, house-baked cakes and an exciting menu bursting with flavour - perfect fuel for a day on the lagoon. Proud stockists of JENGA, Mr Kahawa has a range

Reviewed By travellust_girl

Nice place, good food (tho they forgot my friends sandwich she had to ask for it to be served) the best coffee on Zanzibar! Chilled-back lounge area with big bag-pillows and sofa right on the beach!

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5. Delight Zanzibar

Paje 2362 Tanzania Italian, Pizza, Cafe, Seafood, International Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks, Breakfast Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Parking Available, Full Bar [email protected] +255 628 846 334 https://www.facebook.com/pg/Delight-Zanzibar-147960662660986/
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4 based on 150 reviews

Delight Zanzibar

Delight Zanzibar is a beautiful structure made of stilted wood, overlooking the Paje beach, at a few steps from the Indian Ocean, with a breathtaking terrace. The restaurant is entirely overlooking the sea and it is an ideal place to have excellent breakf

Reviewed By DPG31

Was very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the pizza here - as good as I've had in Italian restaurants in cities in Europe.Lovely setting, overlooking the sea from a slightly elevated dining room which is airy and bright.Fairly (comparatively) pricey compared to some other places along the beach but a great place to visit when you want a break from seafood and local dishes.Friendly, efficient service, too.Many thanks for your nice review on our restaurant service and food quality. We are pleased to read that you enjoyed it to the fullest and so happy to have spread the news about your trip advisor's comments. We worked on combining quality food and professional service to make our place a pleasant and different place. Many thanks again for your kind review and we look forward to welcoming you to our restaurant.Best regards delight staff

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4. Badolina Secret Garden Restaurant

Nungwi Tanzania Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, International Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Wine and Beer, Live Music [email protected] +255 625 507 508 http://www.badolinazanzibar.com
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4 based on 300 reviews

Badolina Secret Garden Restaurant

Our restaurant is located 25m from the beach. badolina is more than just a restaurant, is it a place where fellow travellers can meet, chill and enjoy good music with a glass of wine in our lounge area. We serve a variety of meals, fresh vegetables, salad

Reviewed By tee0507

Discovered this place accidentally on a review site. It is walking distance from anywhere on Nungwi Beach really - just ask a local and they will either point you in the right direction or walk you! Just past Istanbul Restaurant on the beach to the left, as Google Maps doesn't give an accurate location. Great energy! Great staff -- super friendly! Great fries! Great fresh drinks! The smoothies are tasty. The ceviche was delicious - tuna and mango!

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3. Bistro' del Mar

Kendwa Road, Kendwa 00000 Tanzania Pizza, Seafood, Mediterranean, Fusion, Italian, International, European Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service [email protected] +255 777 738 302 https://www.facebook.com/BistrodelMarKendwa/
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4 based on 222 reviews

Bistro' del Mar

a new concept of food taste in Kendwa.....enjoy with us..... don't miss it

Reviewed By fransy

We went to this restaurant 3 times and each time we had really nice food and service. The fish is fresh, tasty and well cooked and all the ingredients are locals, showing that is an ethic business. We really appreciate that they don’t use too many plastic bottles encouraging the clients to get the jar of water to reduce plastic pollution. Everything is home made, even the pasta, which is amazing. We stayed at the hotel next to it so for us was perfect but the nice thing is that we could see many many people from other hotels in the area coming to have dinner at the Bistrò! The owners Salvatore and Roberta take care of every little thing and they make sure that every details is perfect. The location is elegant and modern with a touch of Zanzibar style. The service is friendly and fast (something difficult to find in Zanzibar)! Prices are really good especially for quality of the food and location. We had such a great time and great food! See pictures for more details! Your words are so sweet like you, dear francy.....We try to do our best every day to give a good service to the guests and we are so happy to host guests from all the hotels of Kendwa and also from other cities. Quality of the food, cleaning and service are our focus point , we are so proud you noticed and mentioned, as also the use of jag of glass instead the plastic bottle of water.....when guests are satisfied we are more than happy!!!!!!! Sunny smile from Zanzibar Bistrò Del [email protected] Staff

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2. Taarab Restaurant

90 / 90A Shanghani St DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Zanzibar, Stone Town, Zanzibar City Tanzania Seafood, International, Fusion, Grill Brunch, Drinks Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music [email protected] +255 24 223 4062 http://doubletree3.hilton.com/en/hotels/tanzania/doubletree-by-hilton-hotel-zanzibar-stone-town-ZNZSTDI/dining/index.html
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4 based on 428 reviews

Taarab Restaurant

Roof top restaurant overlooking the old city of Stone Town and the indian ocean. The Taarab, offers scrumptious breakfasts by day and transforms into a romantic, atmospheric a la carte restaurant by sun-down offering outside terrace and indoor sittings.

Reviewed By Anil L

Let me start off saying I love food. Anywhere I go I search and want to ensure I have the best meals. I came across Taarab and decided I wanted to bring my family of 8 here. Being from the USA, you have to temper expectations when you visit countries like Zanzibar. Essentially it was a bad experience from the start. We waited 20 minutes to get our water - we were the only customers in at 3pm on a Wednesday. Then our bread came out cold, and we had to send it back. After about an hour, our food came out from the kitchen, we ordered everything, from appetizers to their famous seafood platter ($70USD). EVERYTHING was terrible. I called out the chef, and I made him hold our appetizer, it was a fried lobster roll, I explained to him how is something cold when it’s fried? I then made him hold a fry, same thing. The chef was pretty baffled. He offered to bring us food, but let’s be honest here, we all know he would’ve gone and thrown it in the microwave. I had a really really bad experience here, I walked up and left the restaurant angrily after giving them a piece of my mind. I didn’t pay for anything because nothing was eaten. I spoke to the Hilton staff downstairs before I left, but I hope you have a better experience than I did. I really wish I would’ve just gone to Emerson, but hey you win some and lose some!Dear Anil L,So sorry to read about your disappointment. We appreciate both positive and negative comments as it help us improve our guest experience. We are sorry you did not fall into the very satisfied guests and we apologize for the shortfall in the service and we are so sorry to learn that the experience did not live up to your expectations.Just to let you know, The fried lobster roll is part of the cold salad section and it is served cold. However our Deputy General Manager did talk to you and agreed to offer you and invite you for dinner also but as you mentioned you were angry and just walked away.Cuisine not being an exact science it can happen that one can have a less exciting experience than others.What you might have heard regarding our Roof top Taarab restaurant is that we have a huge a la carte menu and that our cuisine is delicious as this is what 99% of our customers are reporting.We are however keen to reach everybody's satisfaction therefore if passing by our restaurant again please allow us to give it an other try, knowing your expectations, we shall be happy to a special exercise for you.Culinary yours,Chef Shafeek

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1. The Island - Pongwe Lodge Restaurant

Pongwe Tanzania Seafood, International, European Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Table Service [email protected] +255 628 344 889 https://www.facebook.com/The-Island-Pongwe-Lodge-206438956572612/
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4 based on 126 reviews

The Island - Pongwe Lodge Restaurant

Our gourmet restaurant offers fine and exquisite food paired with a sophisticated artistic touch in order to create a blissful experience satisfying your senses and every culinary expectation. Each and every one of our meals are freshly made and are prepa

Reviewed By radu_alin92

An amazing restaurant close to pongwe bay resort. The food is great, try the seafood and the beef.ThxHi there,Thank you so much for your review. We are happy to hear you visited us and enjoyed your food. Seafood is what we are specialising on and it is wonderful to see that our guests are loving it. Thank you for coming and hope we see you one day again!Kind regards,The Island Team

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