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The Rock, Zanzibar: One of the World’s Most Unusual Restaurants

Often listed as one of the world’s most unusual restaurants, I’d seen so many pictures of The Rock in Zanzibar, but I just had to try the place myself. restaurant-review-the-rock-zanzibar-12 restaurant-review-the-rock-zanzibar-13
With the appearance of a little shack precariously placed on a rock in the middle of the Indian Ocean, The Rock is totally unique! restaurant-review-the-rock-zanzibarrestaurant-review-the-rock-zanzibar-3
I have to admit that I was a little disappointed as in the pictures, The Rock appears to float on the sea without any foundation. But Zanzibar is very tidal and during lunch time when the tide is low, you can simply walk across the seaweed-cover beach to the restaurant. restaurant-review-the-rock-zanzibar-4
Climb up the narrow wooden staircase and you’re in the restaurant’s small but inviting dining room and led out on to the terrace. restaurant-review-the-rock-zanzibar-5 restaurant-review-the-rock-zanzibar-6
Despite the low tide, The Rock still had plenty of wow-factor and we admired the glorious view whilst sipping on our drinks. Mine a glass of wine and Mr Silver a cocktail called The Rock. A rather ominous blue colour, the drink of white rum, pineapple juice and blue curacao was supposed to mimic the sea but it kind of reminded me of the kind of drinks I chose at university!
Inside, the wooden tables, thatched roof and white wall provide the perfect beach-chic, rustic charm and it’s the ideal place for a casual lunch but I can also imagine it working well for a romantic dinner. If you finished your meal and the tide is high, there’s boat waiting to take you back to Michanwi Pingwe Beach. With only twelve tables it’s pretty intimate so booking is advisable and you can email them or ask your hotel to do it for you.
I honestly wasn’t expecting to think much of the food as the restaurant is quite gimmicky but actually the food we tried from the pre-dominantly seafood menu was rather good. I had to choose this dish of Tambi otherwise known as local Swahili spaghetti, mixed with seafood, vegetable and a light cream sauce.restaurant-review-the-rock-zanzibar-9
Our other choice was jackfish with vegetables and mashed potatoes; both were cooked very well and were really enjoyable dishes. I had been a little tempted by the Rock Grill and I saw other diner enjoying a huge seafood platter of lobster, prawns and calamari but we held ourselves back as we wanted to keep our lunch fairly light. restaurant-review-the-rock-zanzibar-11
We ended lunch with a refreshing fruit platter and ice cream having had a really fun time at The Rock. I’d definitely recommend going a little out of your way to visit The Rock whilst in Zanzibar. It may seem gimmicky but actually the restaurant is gorgeous and the views are very picturesque…the food is good too!

Have you ever been to an unusual restaurant? 


The Rock Zanzibar
Michamwi Pingwe

  • Ellie Adams

    The first picture just blew me away, this whole place is stunning!


  • TravelWithNanoB

    It truly looks like an unusual spot for a restaurant. I was surprised to see how spacious it is from the inside. What a unique experience 🙂

  • Seriously, this is just so dreamy – and ok, a little gimmicky too!

  • This is just incredible! I love the looks of it! x

  • Those views are incredible! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a cocktail that blue before lol it certainly looks like the perfect lunch spot though!

    • It was so lovely! If you go around five you can see it with the tide out.

  • I actually think it looks pretty cool when the tide is low – it almost looks like it’s drifted in on the waves and been left on the beach! The food looks yum, I bet it’s amazing when there’s a good sunset! xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy

  • This looks unbelievable… definitely adding it to my travel wish-list! xx


  • It looks so cool, and what amazing views!! That fruit platter looks perfect as well!

    C x | Lux Life – Luxury Travel & Lifestyle Blog

  • That’s a very cool concept and i’m glad to know that the food is decent as well so it’s not just all about the location. Love that the menu offers a lot of seafood!

    • Yes! I did slightly regret not going for the epic seafood platter!

  • So glad you’ve shared this – we stayed at Zawadi in Bwejuu, just a 10 minute walk away but the food was so amazing there we never made it to The Rock so I was curious to know what it would have been like! It would be amazing to go at high tide but agree, it still looks pretty cool when the water is low!

    • Ahh…it’s definitely worth going out of your way. The food isn’t life changing but the setting is incredible. I would have loved to go at high tide and get a boat out there!

  • Binny Shah-Patel

    Ahhh not been here so loved reading about it!!

  • I’m not sure if this place was around when we were in Zanzibar but if it was I am so disappointed we missed going! Hoping to go back to Tanzania in the next few years and this place is definitely on my list. Mr Silver’s cocktail sounds like the perfect drink to me!

    • OMG you need to go back, it’s a once in a life time experience!

  • Miu

    I was actually surprised how spacious the restaurant is! From your first pictures, I would have said that probably one table fits in there 😉