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Essence Restaurant

| Amaan Kendwa Beach, Kendwa, Tanzania
+255 779 941 555
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good18%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“ice cream” (7 reviews)
“burger” (6 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Indian, International, African, Seafood, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
| Amaan Kendwa Beach, Kendwa, Tanzania
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31 - 40 of 85 reviews

Reviewed 19 October 2015 via mobile

Amazing!!! Exceptional service and food. Try the lamb kadai, naan, essence rice, ice creams, brownie and the seafood dinner under the stars. All amazing!! The service was always polished, friendly and above and beyond! A birthday cake when you mention its a birthday celebration is...More

Thank Kirsty B
Reviewed 6 September 2015

I visited this restaurant when it first opened back in 2011 and I was impressed with it then. Now, 4 years later I am more impressed. We ate here for lunch and dinner on many occasions. They have updated the menu to include a lot...More

1  Thank sn21
nirvanasha, Guest Relations Manager at Essence Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2015

Dear Valued guest, We were happy to read that this was your second time, and that we did not disappoint you in anyway, the first time or during your second visit here. The Staff say 'thank you" and appreciate you taking the time to write...More

Reviewed 3 September 2015

We ate few times in essence and enjoyed the food, service and atmosphere every minute. The restaurant caters all ages and taste buds. Excellent staff and food. Recommend this wonderful restaurant to everybody who loves sea food and oriental food and enjoy your dinner on...More

2  Thank Kushi S
nirvanasha, Guest Relations Manager at Essence Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2015

Dear Valued guest, Our staff and management at Essence Restaurant appreciate you taking the time to post your review. We are very happy to know that you had a wonderful experience during your frequent visits to our restaurant. Hope to see you soon again. Best...More

Reviewed 1 September 2015

The food was absolutely amazing. We were a group of 10 people and the order was very well attended to. The food arrived at the right time as the manager had promised. The prices are a bit high, but it's worth every shilling! I would...More

Thank Kishan S
Reviewed 28 August 2015

We attended this restaurant on a very quiet night and had to endure long waits for both food and drinks. The food and cocktails were lovely when they arrived- took about 2 hours for the food. Drinks order was lost- and some confusion when drinks...More

Thank holidays2407
nirvanasha, Guest Relations Manager at Essence Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2015

Dear valued guest, Thank you for your review and are always open to guest suggestions and comments, since you did not mention which day/date you had visited Essence Restaurant, we are unable to make inquiries into this particular group. Also you mentioned that it was...More

Reviewed 23 August 2015

My girlfriend and I stayed in Kendwa for 3 nights and ate here every night. Slightly posher than other restaurants on the beach and you do pay more for this but it's worth it! Staff very friendly and food delicious. Cocktails although take their time...More

Thank jdmorgs
Reviewed 20 August 2015

Kendwa does not offer hundreds of places to eat and this is the place to be if you want to have good food (not excellent). Good service and good atmosphere.

Thank Ninosicilia
Reviewed 14 July 2015

Now don't get me wrong, Zanzibar is not for every one but me and my partner has a tough time over our 10 days here but when we found Essence we both thought we died and went to heaven. A++ for staff, steven seagal made...More

Thank Ozi_puppy
nirvanasha, Guest Relations Manager at Essence Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 16 July 2015

Dear Guest, Thank you for your wonderful and appreciative review, our staff thank you and appreciate you taking the time to relate your "experience in our Essence Restaurant and Zanzibar in general" Hope to see you again soon. Shandy Guest Relations Manager

Reviewed 24 March 2015

We only went there for drinks but the staff was very welcoming and the cocktails were extremely good!

Thank Kokistaaa
nirvanasha, Guest Relations Manager at Essence Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 25 March 2015

Dear Guest, Essence staff wishes to thank you for your review and hope that we can make it better and a memorable one next time. Best wishes Shandy Guest Relations Manager

Reviewed 6 January 2015 via mobile

Took advice from trip advisor and went to this restaurant. Even though it seemed that the Pizza was the preferred choice I decided to get gnocchi with white sauce and lobster pieces and the gnocchi was overlooked and was soggy. The sauce and lobster pieces...More

Thank meow m
nirvanasha, Guest Relations Manager at Essence Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 25 March 2015

Dear guest, We are extremely sorry that your friend had been charged for food returned, this is not our policy and we assure you that this will not happen again. Since our Chef was aware and unfortunately the server and/or Chef did not relay the...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 3 - US$ 30
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: | Amaan Kendwa Beach, Kendwa, Tanzania
  • Location: Africa  >  Tanzania  >  Zanzibar Archipelago  >  Zanzibar Island  >  Kendwa
  • Phone Number: +255 779 941 555
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