We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Essence Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
| Amaan Kendwa Beach, Kendwa, Tanzania
+255 682 613 534
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

180 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 83: English reviews
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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 the beach at your leisure. Mango Laassi is excellent refreshing drink if you don't drink... More 

2 Thank Kushi S
nirvanasha, Guest Relations Manager at Essence Restaurant, responded to this review

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 wishes Shandy More 

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Level Contributor
42 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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 definitely recommend this place in Kendwa.

Thank Kishan S
Shelly Beach, Australia
Level Contributor
140 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 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 were ordered. The waitress was very nice but the kitchen problems and ordering of drinks... More 

Thank holidays2407
nirvanasha, Guest Relations Manager at Essence Restaurant, responded to this review

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 a quiet night and yet you mention again that other groups and couples seem to... More 

Tring, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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 are proper and beautiful. Defiantly would go back!

Thank jdmorgs
Lecce, Italy
Level Contributor
25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
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
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
66 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 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 our holiday. he was so fun and helpful A++ for food, every thing was good,... More 

Thank Ozi_puppy
nirvanasha, Guest Relations Manager at Essence Restaurant, responded to this review

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 More 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Level Contributor
8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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 review

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 More 

Vancouver, Canada
Level Contributor
41 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
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 was great but the fresh homemade gnocchi was really soggy like wet bread. My friend... More 

Thank meow m
nirvanasha, Guest Relations Manager at Essence Restaurant, responded to this review

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 message to the Restaurant Manager of your dissatisfaction and it was missed, please accept our... More 

Alberton, Gauteng, South Africa
Level Contributor
9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2015

We had a waiter named Abdoul both evenings were there. He is amazing! The management staff were just as good on the issues where he needed to call them, but this was truly one of the best experiences I have ever had at a restaurant. The food was just a great as the service. It is a pity we only... More 

Thank Dewald_Carelse
Zanzibar Archipelago, Tanzania
2 reviews
Reviewed 22 December 2014

We've been in Kendwa for 2 months - renting a guest house - and Essence is our go to place. First, the place itself is beautiful. Second, the staff is super friendly and seem genuinely happy. Third, Dickson. He is thee most amazing human being. But their food is great too. I really like their pizza, which is great because... More 

Thank wanderersquared

Travellers who viewed Essence Restaurant also viewed

Nungwi, Zanzibar Island
Kendwa, Zanzibar Island

Been to Essence Restaurant? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$3 - US$30
Indian, International, African, Seafood, Asian
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: | Amaan Kendwa Beach, Kendwa, Tanzania
  • Location: Africa  >  Tanzania  >  Zanzibar Archipelago  >  Zanzibar Island  >  Kendwa
  • Phone Number: +255 682 613 534

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Essence Restaurant staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?