Where to Eat in Kendwa: The Best Restaurants and Bars

October 28, 2017 Dorsey Hagwood

Discover the best restaurant in Kendwa, Tanzania including Saruche Restaurant, Essence Restaurant, Mocco Beach Villa & Restaurant, The Jetty, Gold Zanzibar Restaurant, La Grande Luna, Fisherman lokal restaurant, Kendwa Rocks, Rooftops bar, La Fontana Zanzibar
Things to do in Kendwa

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. Essence Restaurant

Kendwa Beach | Amaan Kendwa Beach, Kendwa, Tanzania Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards Indian, International, African, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$24 - HK$235 +255 779 941 555
Excellent
65%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 232 reviews

Essence Restaurant

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

Reviewed By Caz C - Doha, Qatar

Great place for happy hour drinks. Atmosphere is lovely - we watched the sunset. We went for Indian food having read the reviews and we were not disappointed. Warm bread served at the start of the meal with some dips - this was a nice...MoreDear Guest, Essence staff are delighted to hear your wonderful experience with us. They thank you and appreciate the time taken to write the review. With best wishes for a happy new year.

3. Mocco Beach Villa & Restaurant

Nungwi, Zanzibar, Kendwa 255, Tanzania Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, International, African, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner HK$39 - HK$392 +255 773 100 669
Excellent
18%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
9%
Terrible
19%
Overall Ratings

3 based on 66 reviews

Mocco Beach Villa & Restaurant

Mocco Beach Restaurant is a private establishment located on one of the most beautiful Beaches of Zanzibar. You can imagine what this restaurant is looks like when you consider that the locals refer to the setting as "heaven on earth" It is a large open beach front restaurant which offer a real relaxing. It's well-known to residents and visitors for its wonderful oceanfront makuti sun umbrella and coconut rope beach beds. Their qualified chefs and staff offer innovative fine dining amid a casual and friendly environment. For added variety, the menu changes regularly in order to fulfil the desire of the restaurant's diverse clients. This beachfront restaurant and Villa is designed to offer delightful accommodation at an affordable price. Combined with an ever-friendly environment and the warmth and hospitality of the management and staff, you can't go wrong with this charming little villa!

Reviewed By Fredre2014 - Pretoria, South Africa

We visited this place in 2015 and 2014 great food at reasonable price with big portions. We were disgusted with our visit in 2016. Prices rose immensely you literally see the stickers to cover the old prices. Extremely small portions. We are still waiting for WiFi code safe to say there is no WiFi anymore. The lobster curry was basically a soup with a few pieces of overcooked flavourless lobster. Service was fast but surely you can find better value in the area. The king prawns was also just price prawns. We ordered cocktails from the menu but was told we basically should choose something else because they did not have ingredients. Orders did not come complete and they forgot the rice.

4. 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.

5. Gold Zanzibar Restaurant

Kendwa Beach | Gold Zanzibar Beach House & Spa, Kendwa, Tanzania Reservations, Waitstaff Italian, African, Seafood Lunch, Dinner +255 777 029 521
Excellent
68%
Good
8%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
8%
Terrible
14%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 34 reviews

Gold Zanzibar Restaurant

Reviewed By Sydznz - Zanzibar Island, Tanzania

I live in Stone Town and I went there with a friend to relax for a day off. Menu for lunch offers very little choices and no variety. As prices are quite high, we expected at least something filling and good. What a disappointment when plates arrived. Portions are for a 5 year old child, either for club Sandwich or for salad. Things written on the menu were missing in both of our dishes and sauce for salad was up to you between a bottle of olive oil and/or a bottle of balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Fresh juices are watery. Well, besides all this, food taste is also very poor. I expected from a hotel of this standard to have trained properly few cooks.
I always try to find a nice side on a disappointing experience. There...I couldn't.
Location of the restaurant is quite enjoyable and the swimming pool looks gorgeous.
Nevertheless, it is not enough to me to go back there.
Sorry for management.

6. La Grande Luna

Kendwa Beach, Kendwa, Tanzania Reservations, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery African, Seafood, Italian, Mediterranean Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night +255 777 000 253
Excellent
67%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 100 reviews

La Grande Luna

Reviewed By alensumy2k

i had never expected a small restaurant like this would serve us some of the best seafood dishes we ever had till date.The seafood was fresh and the portions was fair enough for the price that you pay.Its just a casual beach shack but then...MoreThank you guys for your review, we are happy that we satisfied and positively surprised your expectations. We sincerely hope that we'll have the pleasure to have you again as our guest.

7. Fisherman lokal restaurant

On the road behind eden villa resort, the road has no name, Kendwa, Tanzania Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout African, Seafood Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
58%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 110 reviews

Fisherman lokal restaurant

Reviewed By MLT430 - Utrecht, The Netherlands

Based on the TripAdvisor reviews we went to fisherman local for dinner. We ordered a grilled dorado and grilled tuna, after asking what the catch of the day had been. The fish was fresh, well prepared and tasty, though it lacked some seasoning. All fish is served with rice, fries and vegetables. The latter one comprised 3 slices of tomato, which was a bit disappointing. As we paid 5 dollars per dish, our meal had great value and you probably can't expect more for this price.

8. Kendwa Rocks

Spiaggia DI Kendwa, Kendwa 3939, Tanzania Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations Bar, Pizza, Seafood, Barbecue, African, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast +255 774 415 475
Excellent
29%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 135 reviews

Kendwa Rocks

Reviewed By Londeka N

Kendwa rocks is on the north of the island. You can either stay there or take a taxi in the morning to spend your day there. The journey from Stone Town takes about 1,5 hours, but you will have a great time when you get there. You will be asked to pay $10 in advance, which you can use towards your bill. The beach is great. They offer full moon parties one Saturday per month. There is also happy hour , drinks on discounted prices. My best thing here was their lobster, great taste and big portions. Free wifi available.

9. Rooftops bar

Z Hotel Nungwi | The Z Hotel, Nungwi, Tanzania Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Bar, Vegetarian Friendly HK$39 - HK$157 +255 774 266 266
Excellent
60%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 127 reviews

Rooftops bar

Reviewed By trc-explore - Townsville, Australia

Great views and nice food, but the cocktails aren’t very nice. Happy hour from 5pm-8pm is $5usd per drink, or buy 3 get 4th free. You’re better off walking to the next hotel area to the deck (ocean group hotel) for cocktails for 5000tzs during their happy hour. Their cocktails were much better.

10. La Fontana Zanzibar

Kendwa road | Within natural kendwa villas, Kendwa 33, Tanzania Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Wheelchair Accessible International, Pizza, Seafood, European, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks, Brunch HK$39 - HK$118 +255 776 611 053
Excellent
66%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 49 reviews

La Fontana Zanzibar

An Italian and local restaurant with a variety of food and vast menu, vegans and vegetarian friendly, nice atmosphere facing gold hotel and kendwa rocks, with a beautiful sea view from our rooftop Arabian Majlis

Reviewed By caterpillar24 - Leeds, United Kingdom

Really lovely and accommodating staff. Excellent food, drinks and great selection on the menu. Food came super quickly. Speedy wifi. All in all a comfortable rooftop restaurant, with a nice view of the sea. There was also the option to dine more traditionally by sitting on cushions around one of the floor tables! Not the cheapest place to eat in the area but definitely worth an extra few pounds.

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