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The Sea Horse

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On the Beach just north of the Village, Jambiani, Tanzania
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

We read about this place in the Lonely Planet and decided to give it a try. It was really dark, I don't know if the power was out (I didn't see any lamps hanging) or if it was just that way. The only light we had was of the candle at our table, but it was charming. It took quite... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 10 December 2016

i have a house in Jambiani--four doors from the Seahorse. This is a really nice little restaurant run by a charming local man. I passed there a few nights ago--and heard a loud and rowdy group of diners--who had moved down onto the beach. That must be the group with Shimelka--see his review. I saw Zube the next door and... More 

1 Thank RMaxted
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32 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

We very much enjoyed our meal at the Sea Horse. It offers local cuisine in a setting for which some tourists may find uncomfortable with. The host was lovely and friendly but had to deal with some rowdy and impatient customers (see Daphe010's comment) who ended up fighting each other when they left. An embarrassment for any fellow tourist. Would... More 

1 Thank barnabyb
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 December 2016 via mobile

Visited here for dinner in a group of 7 & was told that food would be ready in an hour. We had a beer whilst we waited & we're comfortable with the set timelines. It took 2.5 hours for all of the food to arrive and the quality of the food was dreadful. The service was very poor, food was... More 

3 Thank Shimeka
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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50 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 December 2016 via mobile

Waited 2 hours for bland food. Avoid at all cost!!! Terrible food with moaning staff. Really don't get why this is any guide. Worst food and service anywhere!

2 Thank Daphne010
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5 reviews
Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

Charming atmosphere, reminds me of Jambiani the way it was beore tourism exploded! Delicious food at good prices. The chef/owner is busy cooking, and it may take some time, but if you don't want to wait-you can preorder or go for a swin meanwhile waiting.

Thank ankariro
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

The sea horse offers decent food at a price that seams a bit lower than most surrounding restaurants. The owner is very relaxed and friendly. See food cury with rice was good, as well as the octopus salad. My advice for the owner:Maje waiting time a bit shorter and portions a bit larger. Overall, one of the places to visitor... More 

Thank Lukas V
Krungthep Mahanakorn
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379 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 967 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 August 2016

We walked into this beach shack expecting something not necessarily fine but fresh. Well, freshness is the only quality we find. Despite being the only group, we (two people) waited for an hour and a half for our lunch. Service is non-existent; whenever we asked when the food would be ready, the staff just repeated "pole pole" then "almost ready."... More 

1 Thank PORhibido
2 reviews
Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

See horse was cheapest place we've found at White Sands. Unfortunately it affected quality - our good was dry and portions were quite small.

Thank Lukasz S
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57 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2016

So local, so good and cheap! Thanks We went for lunch, we ordered grilled fisch and pasta, we enjoy the view waitting our meal, it takes the time but no problem, pole pole, very good!

Thank kakal698833

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Seafood, African
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: On the Beach just north of the Village, Jambiani, Tanzania
  • Location: Africa  >  Tanzania  >  Zanzibar Archipelago  >  Zanzibar Island  >  Jambiani
Local owned and run fish restaurant. All fish Caught fresh and cooked by friendly staff. Calamari was has to be eaten to be believed.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?