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The Rock

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Michanwi Pingwe Beach, Pingwe 753, Tanzania
+255 776 591 360
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Vancouver, Canada
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135 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Just look at the pictures and you will agree that it is a fantastic spot to have lunch or dinner! Check the tide calendar before you make a reservation.....it is a nicer experience at high tide. The staff is very friendly and nice. The food was surprisingly good! We had the seafood platter and it was really good.....including tender calamari... More 

Thank gelegentlich
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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18 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The location is beautifull! but I would recommend only going for a drink or just the view from the beach. Staff was uninterested and not very friendly, very different from the rest of the locals in Zanzibar. Good food but pricey but of course you know this beforehand so thats your own choice. We were a little dissappointed about the... More 

Thank lisa t
Rome, Italy
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Better goes for sunset! Too expensive for ordinary cuisine. Much better drink a beer and say hallo to the waiters

Thank Malfo74
Los Angeles, California
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This place was very cute. It's in the middle of the water with great views from practically every table. The service is great, although it was very slow at first but then they got a hang of things and the food is great for Zanzibar! We had two mains each. I highly recommend the green curry and the lobster plate.... More 

Thank Elodat
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a picture on a postcard place which is surreal we have been hear twice the food is good and the place is brilliant .

Thank swd52
Jerusalem, Israel
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We only had a drink but the view was outstanding. the service was good and served with plenty of smiles

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87 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Average food, amount below average, service could be better, and location is terrible during low tide: looks like swamp, but does not stink, lucky enough. On Island where you can really be happy with your meal for 5-10$ their prices are sky high. Only thing better then any beach restaurant is soap (in local restaurants is is often mixed with... More 

Thank Nataša A
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food was average at best. Yes, location is nice but staff don't seem to enjoy working here or trying to make an effort. When this improves it would be a good location.

Thank jen476
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Poor welcome at our arrival , had to ask if he was possible to have a drink because even with a totally empthy restaurant it was apparently not possible to have a drink with out having book first ! Very slow staff and not that friendly ! Expencif ! Alsmost double as any other restaurant around to have a very... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

this was our 5th trip over as many years to The Rock. the food was the best yet. the setting is incredible, almost like a fairtyale. go before the sun sets and you will see arrive to see the rock its its true beautiful setting and leave under the glare of the stars and majestic moonlight. a must.

Thank C B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$40
African, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, View, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Michanwi Pingwe Beach, Pingwe 753, Tanzania
  • Location: Africa  >  Tanzania  >  Zanzibar Archipelago  >  Zanzibar Island  >  Pingwe
  • Phone Number: +255 776 591 360
The Rock Restaurant, just opened in Michanvi Pingwe, is an extraordinary seafood restaurant, located in a unique position, on a rock in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Serving up to 14 tables, all facing a wonderful terrace on the Ocean, the restaurant is connected to the main land by boat, within high tide, and reachable by foot within low tide. It is also easy reachable by sea if coming by boat from an excursion. Perfect for a romantic dinner for two, or for a memorable evening with friends or family, it is open for lunch and dinner and is available to be reserved for small groups and ceremonies. The Rock kitchen offers a superlative fresh seafood menu, including vegetarian plates and a kid's menu the service is informal but accurate and elegant.

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