Step into the Soul of Zanzibar whilst Dining

Emerson Spice boasts two of Stone Town’s Restaurants; The ROOFTOP TEA HOUSE and the  SECRET GARDEN.

Emerson Spice, originally a merchant’s house, features art Zenji Deco colours and motifs, and two very different dining experiences:
the Rooftop Tea House with its set seafood menu and the Secret Garden with occasional live music events…


Dinner at the Tea House Restaurant

With views of sea and city, and not the least, the iconic green roofs of sister hotel Emerson on Hurumzi, the Emerson Spice Tea House restaurant offers a Seafood based, Set five course ‘Taste Safari’ degustation Menu. Dinner is prepared daily by our Zanzibari Chefs. The Sunset Hour is an integral part of the experience, and Diners are encouraged to arrive around 6PM to enjoy the sunset hour before dinner, which is served promptly at 7PM.

Lunch at the Tea House Restaurant

The rooftop breeze offers respite from the midday heat up in the Tea House, where Lunch is served. A grilled Seafood or Vegetarian platter, with seasonal variations of accompaniments, prepared à la minute, are served along with chilled beverages.


Set amidst lushly landscaped hidden ruins, open to the skies, the Secret Garden offers a Zanzibari inspired à la carte menu. Jazz infused evenings, occasionally featuring our TaraJazz protegés and international artists.

The hidden away Sebleni lounge is a perfect spot for coffee or cocktails, all classics with a Zanzibar twist.

Look out for special events and performances of up and coming Zanzibari musicians. Also ideal for private functions.

What our Guests Say

Authentic Architectural Symbol in Zanzibar
Myself and my partner decided to stay here the night before we left the island and it was a very good choice. The building is an authentic architectural symbol in Zanzibar Stonetown. The Room was spacious and full of character and great features, silent and peaceful despite being in the middle of the city.  We also had dinner on the roof top with a set menu, full of flavours and variety of dishes combined with local food and spices.
Secret Garden Restaurant is a little Gem
Emerson Spice Staff team was very attentive and charming, both for dinner time and breakfast the day after. We will visit again! One more note, often we visited the Spice Secret Garden restaurant which is a little gem in this place and I also recommend! Thank you to all the Team and Management.
We LOVE this hotel
Our 4th stay at Emerson Spice and certainly not the last! We LOVE this hotel! Being here is not just a normal hotel stay – its an experience. Fantastic decor, and extremely friendly staff. No trip to Zanzibar is complete without a lunch in “The Secret Garden” and dinner on their rooftop.,. It really is a very special property indeed!
Contact Us


Our restaurant space is located right in the heart of the city.

4044 Tharia St, Zanzibar City, Tanzania


+255 (0)774 483 483
+255 (0)24 22 32 776

Open Hours

Lunch:12h00 – 16h00 (last kitchen orders 15.30)

Dinner: 6PM – 10PM