The Rock Restaurant

The Rock Restaurant: An Incredible Beach Restaurant


There are some locations that are instantly recognizable – the monuments around the world come to mind. In that list we must include the Zanzibar’s truly unique The Rock Restaurant. Opened in early 2001, this restaurant has been featured widely in media and magazines.

This Beach Restaurant in Zanzibar is iconic and with good reason. It’s all about location, location, location. Sitting pretty on top of a rock, this renowned restaurant is as famous for its food too. Using simple natural and fresh ingredients and creating something sublime with them – that’s the hallmark of The Rock. Think about a combination between Zanzibar cuisine and spices and Italian food and you’ll get a pretty good idea of what the delicious menu is like.

The Rock is situated on the south-east coastline of Zanzibar. This stretch of beach is easily one of the most spectacular anywhere in the world. And the restaurant takes full advantage of its position. The menu is sublime, the drinks are plenty and the mood is mellow. This is a restaurant that has been created by owners who are well travelled and have tons of national and international experience. The restaurant has the same owners as Kichanga Lodge and Dongwe Ocean View hotel, and the attention to detail can be seen here as well.

Depending on the tides, you can either walk to the restaurant or take a boat out. Once at the restaurant, you could be surrounded by water, offering you a majestic setting for your meal or look at the white sands and the greenery that goes with the beach. Once here, you’ll get food with an international sensibility that harnesses the best the land and the waters have to offer. If you’re a vegetarian, don’t worry – there are options for you too. Seafood is a specialty here and there’s a lot to choose from.

The menu has the whole nine yards – starters range from fish carpaccio to tender octopus salad, pastas and gnocchi are all freshly made and come with aubergines, lobster and seafood sauce. For the main course, you can choose anything including the in-house special – grilled seafood or the vegetarian option of rice and stew and chapatti. Finish off with a coconut tiramisu, or a pineapple flambé. Maybe some chocolate salami with coffee cream for a nice kick? The menu is varied and bound to please.

The Rock Restaurant is a small space, so do book before you go. That’s the only way to ensure that you can add another tick to your bucket list! In fact, if you’re looking for great food this is a place that will surely answer every requirement you may have.

If you stay at Kichanga Lodge, The Rock Restaurant is a short distance away. It can seat about 40 people quite comfortably and comes with an open-air terrace. This is a perfect place to connect with your partner and enjoy the delicious drinks the restaurant serves. The restaurant is perfect for small intimate gatherings. Live entertainment can also be provided by the management – great food, a great location and a lovely ambience – all the elements needed for a superb experience.