A Dreamy Afternoon At The Rock Restaurant

The Rock restaurant is accessed by boat at full tide and on foot over a narrow coral embankment when the tide is out. The setting of this picturesque shack perched on a rocky outcrop off the Michamwi Pingwe coast of Zanzibar, justifies its inclusion in many top restaurant lists

And our 90 minute taxi ride from Stone Town!The Rock Restaurant in ZanzibarSipping on a chilled mango and pineapple cooler on the sunny terrace at the rear lulled me into such a dreamy stupor, that all I have to show for our fabulously fresh seafood lunch of crisp fried mixed seafood, queen prawns marinated with garlic and olive oil, and a shared pasta served with crispy prawns spiced with Zanzibari vanilla, is a pile of prawn heads on R’s plate. I recovered in time for my dessert of pineapple flambΓ© with cinnamon and coconut ice cream, but I clearly have no career in food blogging!

A young couple, soaking up the sun on the terrace long after lunch, asked us if this was one of the most beautiful restaurants we had eaten in. It was. I only wished we could have waited for the tide to turn.

Know before you Go:

Prior reservations are recommended through their website.
Dress code is smart casual (for lunch at least.)
Remember to check tide timings before you make a booking. You can do it here.
Don’t wear fancy shoes that won’t stand getting wet. You ‘ll need to take off your shoes to walk across even if you go during low tide or when you get into the boat during high tide.

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Madhu is an Interior designer turned travel blogger on a long sabbatical to explore the world. When not crafting stories on The Urge To Wander, she's probably Tweeting @theurgetowander or sharing special moments on instagram.com/theurgetowander

75 thoughts on “A Dreamy Afternoon At The Rock Restaurant

  1. Wow so jealous. Looks an awesome place. πŸ™‚ I want to visit Tanzania one day, but its not in the horizon atm. Did you do any safari as well as Stone Town and the beach?

    1. Zanzibar was our last stop at the end of a strenuous eight day safari across Tarangire, Ngorongoro and the Serengeti, so we didn’t do much there. This was the farthest we ventured from stone town.

  2. One of those unique experiences, Madhu. Those views are dreamy and worth the trip there. Any wading involved? We never made it out out of Stone Town.

    1. This was our only trip out of Stone Town as well Lynne. We didn’t need to wade in, but I suspect getting in or out when the water is too shallow for a boat to come right up to the beach might involve a bit of wading πŸ™‚

  3. What a stunning place to build a restaurant! When the owner started building the shack some might think he was crazy, but others, I believe, thought he was such a genius. Your photos make me dream of a pristine beach, Madhu. πŸ™‚

    1. Bama, I think it might have started out as a simple shack. I found pictures online from 2011 that has open sides and log furniture. Whoever thought up the full fledged restaurant concept is indeed a genius πŸ™‚ Zanzibar is a beach lovers paradise. There is no dearth of pristine beaches here or fancy resorts. Right up our children and grandchildren’s alley.

  4. Wow, that’s amazing. I’d love to live in a little cabin on a rock like that, surrounded by the water. The pictures look like paradise.

    1. A cabin on a rock like that would be dreamier still David! This comes closest to my idea of paradise πŸ™‚

  5. What an amazing restaurant, and right there in the middle of paradise. πŸ™‚ Even your photo of the remnants of R’s prawns, has made my mouth water. Your dessert looks like the perfect ending to a meal.

    1. Thank you Sylvia. You are so much better at recording every minute detail of experiences like thisπŸ˜€

  6. Dreamy indeed. I don’t know how you managed to tear yourselves away after lunch … those daybeds on the terrace look so inviting I’d have been stretched out, and immovable till pre-dinner drinks …. A great find, Madhu πŸ™‚

    1. The restaurant is on many ‘must do’ lists Meredith, so not exactly my find. On hindsight we should have got dinner reservations as wellπŸ˜„

  7. There are some really nice places we have eaten on tours in Indonesia but this tranquil spot would have to trump those. Must be famous because I’ve seen a picture on one of the many forwards I’ve seen in the past.

  8. Sounds like paradise Madhu. Especially as I’m sitting passenger in London morning rush hour traffic. If I could transport myself right now it would be into that little boat on those clearest, bluest of seas.

    1. We still dream of our afternoon at this gorgeous restaurant Suzanne. Spoils one for ‘special’ spots in the future πŸ™‚

  9. I am dying to visit Zanzibar, everyone tells me great thing about this place, and the pictures already speak for themselves. I can only imagine how beautiful it is to dive there! Your pictures are amazing, and Im guessing you had a wonderful time there! I hope to make it there someday πŸ˜€ ❀

  10. What an awesome and dreamy place, Madhu! I’m a little green with envy, but am very happy you were able to have this experience. πŸ™‚ Your cooler and lunch sounds delicious, too!

  11. We loved Zanzibar (we were there back in 2008 or 2009, I guess..) but the pictures aren’t in this wordpress blog, unfortunatelly. I loved everything down there, but not the airport officials 😦 they all wanted to take money from you… threatening to spill the contents of the suitcases in the ground to see if there were shells or other artifacts prohibited… We loved specially the Masai guards in the several resorts on the beaches…

  12. The Rock & it’s fare look amazing……and oh, the beauteous blues of the sea & sky, perfectly encapsulated through your camera lens. I’m looking forward to the sequels to your safari………….I could almost inhale the sea & spices of Zanzibar…..!

  13. What a gorgeous setting! Often, food tends to be a distant second in restaurants with fantastic locations/ views… but the Rock sounds really promising, Madhu. Thanks for sharing… bookmarking this for future reference πŸ™‚

  14. Oh what an exotic dream locale. And great to know it foes really exist. Many thanks Madhu for presenting this treat to us.

  15. Any other restaurant must pale in comparison. A dream, Madhu. I never remember to take photos of my food. When were you there?

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