Nungwi Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Nungwi

December 8, 2017 Alice Mieles

Discover the best restaurant in Nungwi, Tanzania including Saruche Restaurant, Zanzibar Coffee House Cafe, Seles Beach Bar and Restaurant, Lustania, Emerson Spice, Bahari Pizza Restaurant, The Jetty, Kambakocho Bar & Beach Restaurant, Tamu Italian Ice Cream, Mr Kahawa
Things to do in Nungwi

1. Saruche Restaurant

Nungwi, Nungwi 0001, Tanzania Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Seafood, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Dinner HK$188 - HK$235 +255 774 266 266
Excellent
59%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 185 reviews

Saruche Restaurant

Z Hotel’s main restaurant, Saruche, offers a four course Table de Hote Menu of African-European fusion cuisine as well as a variety of fresh-from-the-ocean fish and seafood. We have created a sophisticated, yet relaxed atmosphere where you can sample some of the finest cuisine Zanzibar has to offer and taste fine wines from our international wine selection.Other than sampling our delicious four course Table de Hote Menu, we do also offer themed buffet evenings on select nights. Ranging from the Seafood Fiesta to Traditional African style meals, all accompanied by live entertainment. With stunning views across the ocean, Saruche restaurant rests on the edge of a small cliff where you can eat al fresco on a deck over the ocean with only the rippling tide to keep you company.

Reviewed By Niobe B - Annecy, France

It’s difficult to find that restaurant in Zanzibar which is perfect in every way but “Saruche” tries hard. The wine list included some nice South African choices but overall I don’t think they store the wines properly and any vintage more than two years is likely bad from the heat and humidity...our choice was very borderline past....they literally take “serve at room temperature” too literally and store it this way as well :/ The calamari taster from the chef was a nice surprise and seemed promising. We had two catches of the day - Kingfish and Kolekole- which were beautifully presented and decent portions but like most restaurants we experienced, over cooked and a bit dry.....so ask them not to overlook it and it might come out prefect. I just wish I could find a place that kept things simple, didn’t try cooking western, used their beautiful local spices and didn’t over cook the fish! “Sunset restaurant” a few places to the east did better and is less expensive....same views....which are always beautiful. Saruche doesn’t open until 7:30pm and you likely need a reservation in high season. Above Saruche is a rooftop bar “Cinnamons” - a nice spot to watch the sunset before dinner.

2. Zanzibar Coffee House Cafe

1563/64 Mkunazini Street | Zanzibar Coffee House Hotel, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff Cafe, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +255 24 223 9319
Excellent
56%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 776 reviews

Zanzibar Coffee House Cafe

Reviewed By Niobe B - Annecy, France

What a wonderful place to escape the heat and craze of the markets in Stone Town! The Zanzibar women who work here were friendly, colorful and smiling....and one was a great barista. Served with a nice selection of daily baked goods and other snacks, you can while away an hour or two easily here. Management was kind and attentive to be sure all our expectations were met. I suggested they find paper straws to replace the plastic ones served, like Emerson Spice and some of the other cafes who have started to be more eco friendly, and she immediately went online to find some to order. I hope they get them soon....every little way that plastic can be eliminated is good for this beautiful island surrounded by the Indian Ocean. Thank you Zanzibar Coffee House Cafe!

3. Seles Beach Bar and Restaurant

Matemwe Beach, Matemwe, Tanzania Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Bar, Seafood, International, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Drinks +255 777 413 449
Excellent
60%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 205 reviews

Seles Beach Bar and Restaurant

Reviewed By Harriet D - Perth

After a truly mediocre experience at Villa Kiva, we walked up the beach to Seles Bungalows for a late breakfast / early lunch.
We were welcomed warmly and told that the kitchen wasn't yet open but that we were welcome to make ourselves comfortable and use the facilities.
The bar / restaurant area is very well done - the old dhow bar, shady tables, attention to details with the decoration and the upper deck with its lovely views make for a great place to pass the time.
Our food was outstanding - my partner had the barbecued calamari and I had the fish of the day (King Fish). Both were absolutely fantastic. The calamari spicey seasoning was delicious and it was cooked to perfection - not rubbery or chewy at all. My King Fish was fabulous. The portion sizes were very generous and we ended up not eating dinner that day because we were so full.
We would absolutely recommend a meal or drinks at Seles Bungalows.

4. Lustania

Mwubwe Village | Jambiani Beach, Jambiani, Tanzania Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Buffet African, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner HK$39 - HK$196 +255 776 031 961
Excellent
77%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 160 reviews

Lustania

Reviewed By Angelique_in_Warsaw - Warsaw, Poland

When you are on Zanzibar, you have to try a local restaurant! Just get just a bit away from the beach and you’ll find Lustania. And it’s worth it! You’ll to let them know in advance you are coming (ideally one day before), and they’ll prepare what’s fresh from the sea. All the food (and it’s a lot!) is cooked at home by the family. It is simply delicious! And your supporting local business!

5. Emerson Spice

Tharia Street, Kiponda, Stone Town, Zanzibar City 0000, Tanzania Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards African, Seafood, International, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner HK$118 - HK$353 +255 775 046 395
Excellent
73%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 637 reviews

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.

Reviewed By Claudia O - Sao Paulo, SP

It’s on the Terrace of Emerson Spice hotel, on the 4th floor. The place it’s not exactly special but the 5 course dinner was really really good. Very interesting combinations, the menu changes every day.
The service is very good as well.
Reservation is required as it’s a small place.
I just don’t recommend for people that have issues to climb a lot of steps.

6. Bahari Pizza Restaurant

Mbuyuni, Jambiani, Tanzania Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Pizza, Seafood, European, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner HK$78 - HK$314 +255 773 464 396
Excellent
66%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 267 reviews

Bahari Pizza Restaurant

If you like to share this wonderful corner of paradise, we have the possibility of renting rooms, built in typical African style!!!

Reviewed By Frauke H - Dillingen, Germany

The restaurant is nearby the beach and you have a great view of the Indian Ocean. We really enjoyed the sea food (especially the coconut crusted fish!) and our daughter loved the Spaghetti with tomato sauce.
The staff is very friendly and helpful and we always felt comfortable when we had dinner or lunch there.

7. The Jetty

Essque Zalu Zanzibar, Nungwi 3151, Tanzania Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Seafood, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +255 778 683 960
Excellent
69%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 112 reviews

The Jetty

Reviewed By HGJ821 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

My girlfriend and I went here twice during our holiday at Zanzibar. The main courses are quite good, definitely above average!
The staff could be more knowledgeable about the wine though. Both times they offered us wine from bottles that had been open already for two days. When we pointed that out to the staff it wasn't a problem and they poured us a glass from a fresh bottle. We weren't too impressed with the desserts either. When you order the ice cream, you get two plain half scoops only. It tastes alright, but 6 USD for this dessert is way overpriced.
We paid 70 USD for two people for two glasses of wine, two main courses and two desserts. That wouldn't be too bad in Europe, but is definitely expensive for Tanzanian standards.

8. Kambakocho Bar & Beach Restaurant

Uroa Rd | Palumbo Reef, Uroa 3508, Tanzania Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Delivery Seafood, European, Italian, African, International, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Drinks +255 776 676 782
Excellent
85%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 131 reviews

Kambakocho Bar & Beach Restaurant

Reviewed By ilike1972 - Bratislava, Slovakia

we had a chance to try the romantic dinner in Kambakocho restaurant .the view to the indian ocean is amazing It s a nice, clean and friendly place. We had a seefood menu .IT WAS DELICIOUSE, fresh and fantastic. carpachio was great ,the seaurchins spagetti ,then the lobster and the crab WAS THE BEST IN MY LIFE. Also the dessert and the fruit plate. great value of money..the service was very good ,and kind.The manager Jack is a great very lovely and helpfull.
I recomend this special place to everyone who visit wonderfull Zanzibar.

9. Tamu Italian Ice Cream

Kenyatta Road, Stone Town, Zanzibar City 4242, Tanzania Takeout, Seating Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Drinks +255 772 459 286
Excellent
64%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 166 reviews

Tamu Italian Ice Cream

Reviewed By Robert O

Ignore the pedestrian interior and workaday decor. This place has some of the best gelato I've had outside Italy. The pizza was surprisingly good too! We were lucky in that we were staying at the DoubleTree Hilton right next door, so we'd visit two or...MoreAsante sana!!! Grazie!!

10. Mr Kahawa

Paje Beach | Next to KiteCentre Zanzibar, Paje, Tanzania Parking Available, Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff Cafe, International, European, Fusion, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$31 - HK$102 +255 628 240 863
Excellent
71%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 328 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 of beautiful handicrafts from assorted community groups and co-operatives from around Zanzibar and Tanzania available for purchase. Free wifi, docking stations and plenty of lounge space inside and out make this an ideal place to wile away the hours, sampling the daily specials and getting some great local tips from the friendly staff.

Reviewed By chantalve - Antwerp, Belgium

We had a great diner in kahawa. BBQ and buffet as much as you can eat! It was delicious, there was a great choice...the people were really nice and enthousiastic! No alcoholic beverage but you can get it at another place and drink it there!
We had diner inside because it was too windy, the place is charming ...
Marvelous coffee after diner! Thank you we will come back .
The manager was also very helpful, like calling you a taxi after diner...
Continue like this.... and thx for the nice evening!

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