The Island - Pongwe Lodge Restaurant

The Island - Pongwe Lodge Restaurant

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Sun
10:00 - 22:00
Mon
10:00 - 22:00
Tue
10:00 - 22:00
Wed
10:00 - 22:00
Thu
10:00 - 22:00
Fri
10:00 - 22:00
Sat
10:00 - 22:00
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Ratings and reviews
5.0
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Travellers' Choice Best of the Best 2023

RATINGS
Food
4.8 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.8 of 5 bubbles
Value
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
4.8 of 5 bubbles
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About
Our gourmet restaurant offers fine and exquisite food paired with a sophisticated artistic touch in order to create a blissful experience satisfying your senses and every culinary expectation. Each and every one of our meals are freshly made and are prepared with the purpose of blending the local flavours and the demanding expectations of gourmet cuisine. Furthermore, the ambience, being surrounded by nature and crystal-clear ocean, will be perfect and relaxing in every moment of your permanence at our restaurant. If you are searching for an unconventional holiday with the best culinary experience, you can’t miss The Island Pongwe Lodge.
CUISINES
Seafood, International, Mediterranean, European
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Table Service
5.0
5.0 of 5 bubbles406 reviews
Excellent
354
Very good
33
Average
11
Poor
6
Terrible
2
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

Kiki
London175 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 couples
We spent 1 night at the island and therefore had all our meals here (breakfast, lunch and dinner). The prices are higher than your average restaurant in Zanzibar (e.g. crab pasta at $20). However, the quality of the food and the table service is at a much higher standard. It did not matter what we ordered, it was always super delicious and very well prepared with super fresh ingredients. In addition, to the amazing views you get from the restaurant. I loved their bread, bruschetta, the different sea food pastas and the sea food mix grill. They also offer happy hour before dinner service but unfortunately I didn't take advantage as I was enjoying other parts of the hotel. This is a place I'll be visiting at least once every time I come to Zanzibar.
Written 17 September 2020
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AmineSlimane
Hello, Thank you for your wonderful and detailed review, we highly appreciate it. It is important for us to hear that our guests enjoyed our food (not only for one time but for many times) and our staff performed same high standards each time. We are looking forward to have you back on The Island. Warm regards,
Written 21 January 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Swamp Slop
Marina1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 none
No joke, one of the best meals of my life. Started with the live sea urchins sand even my wife who was convinced she didn’t like them was a little concerned that their while so fresh, their spines were still moving but was marveling on the hints of vanilla and loved them. The mixed seafood grill for two was amazing. There was a ton of lobster we started with and began to fill up there. The octopus was on par with some of the best we had in Spain. Our server Juma read our mind on which of the open tables we wanted to sit at was a fantastic server the whole long evening we were lucky to have him. If you have heard of “the rock” restaurant, like us, we were considering going out of our way to experience it. No doubt in my mind this is many thousands times better
Written 16 February 2020
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AmineSlimane
Dear Benjamin, Thank you so much for taking time and writing in details about your experience on The Island. I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed our food and even sea urchins, it is definitely not your every day menu and we are proud to serve them directly from the Ocean. Our Seafood Mix grill is a MUST for seafood lovers and is for sure one of the top best sellers, I am glad you enjoyed it! So happy to hear that our team member Juma made you feel welcome and made it even more special visit for you! Warm regards from Zanzibar and we hope one day to see you again! The Island Team
Written 20 February 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Steven V
Amsterdam3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 none
Two days ago we had a lovely dinner at the Pongwe Island lodge. We were blown away by the quality and preparation of the meal that we got served. It's not uncommon to see 'Italian' pasta's on menu's around Zanzibar, but this is something else. I thought this even beats some of our great Italian restaurants back in Amsterdam. Compliments to the chef and the team that gave excellent service. Tip: guacamole with banana chips!
Written 17 February 2020
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AmineSlimane
Dear Steven, Thank you for your detailed feedback, it is so great to know that you enjoyed our food. All our restaurant and kitchen teal are local so for us your words regarding food quality and preparation is a best compliment. We hope you will come back one day to try more delicious food. Warm regards, The Island Team
Written 21 February 2020
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Alexander Y
Kyiv6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 couples
This restaurant has it all — perfect location, the most distinguished and delicious dishes, super helpful and friendly staff (thank you Juma!). One thing we found missing though — there was no possibility to pay with PayPass. So the only regret we had on The Island was that we couldn’t order the legendary seafood plate with the limited cash we had with us 🥲 (our visit was quite spontaneous). Hope this will be rectified before our next visit to Zanzibar (and this restaurant is a must-do place there), and we will leave the well-deserved 5-star review.
Written 7 February 2021
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AmineSlimane
Dear Alex, Thank you so much for your honest feedback. We are happy to hear that you loved our place and the food and thinking to come back. Regarding contactless payments, this technology is not as famous as abroad and it has just started to be available in Zanzibar provided by only few banks. We will be looking into it and hopefully for your next visit we will be able to get a 5 stars :) Warm regards and see you soon. The Island Team
Written 2 March 2021
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Enikő B
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 none
We followed the recommendation of some locals who directed us to Pongwe Island rastaurant. The restaurant is located in an island that could be reached by walking through the ocean. The atmosphere is very special and exclusive. Our waiter, Juma, was very friendly and ready to recommend from the menu. The service was quick and the food was very well prepared. I can only recommend
Written 2 February 2021
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AmineSlimane
Hello, Thank you for your review, we truly appreciate it! We are happy that you followed recommendations and that you did enjoy your experience. Juma is our most experienced team member and is always happy to make guest time on The Island more special. Thank you and we will be waiting for you again one day. Warm regards, The Island Team
Written 3 February 2021
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Zina K
Madrid6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 none
While we didn’t stay at The Island, we were warmly welcomed for lunch overlooking the ocean. The service was impeccable and the food absolutely delicious. Special shout out to Juma the bartender who made us a delicious white sangria (and who is also a photographer) and Hussein our waiter who was so attentive and kind. A must-visit hotel/restaurant in Zanzibar!
Written 21 January 2020
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AmineSlimane
Hi there, First of all, thank you for visiting our little paradise. And thank you for a wonderful review about your experience, for us it is so important to know that our guests are enjoying their food, drinks and service when they come to The Island. Juma and Hussein are one of our oldest team members and it is always great to know that they are doing a good job of making our guests to enjoy their visit! We hope you have best memories about your holiday and maybe we see you again! Warm regards,
Written 25 January 2020
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Maarten V
Leuven16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 couples
Had a delicious lunch, with a beautiful setting. Juma, the host received us well, recommended a good meal and made an amazing white sangria, definitely try it. Try to think about the tides, as the sea level rises, you will be surrounded by water!
Written 16 June 2021
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AmineSlimane
Dear Maarten, Thank you for this great review, we are sure Juma will be happy to hear that he did all possible to make you happy. We are glad that you loved our food, service and location. Our team is working hard to make the best experience for each guest! We hope to see you again!
Written 12 July 2021
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Sisiw1580
Chattanooga6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 friends
We went to the restaurant last night and it was an amazing experience with delicious foods and great service with Juma. We had the octopus and shrimp appetizer and I had the crab pasta dish. My friends had the sea urchin pasta which is also fan favorite. We also had an adventure crossing the water to get to the restaurant since the tide was too low for the boat. Wear pants that roll up. I had wear pants both while dinner and coming back home. Overall, great experience!
Written 14 February 2020
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AmineSlimane
Hi there, We are glad to hear that you enjoyed our food, we are only restaurant in Zanzibar that offers sea urchin dishes and we are happy you were adventurous enough to try pasta with sea urchins! Tide is offering our guests some fun challenges as crossing from the beach to the entrance, it is part of the Island experience and we are happy you could see it. We hope you had only best memories from your visit and maybe we see you soon again! Kind regards, The Island Team
Written 19 February 2020
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Janne L
Southern Finland1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 couples
This restaurant is really worth of visit, very exclusive, awesome view, friendly staff and good food and drinks. Both of our courses had catch of the day(changu fish) and for the dessert passion ice cream and mango cheese cake. All the dishes 5/5. Big thank you for the service also, Adida and Husen you were first class!
Written 27 February 2020
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AmineSlimane
Dear Janne, Thank you so much for your review! It is wonderful to hear that not only our team Adida and Hussein did a great job, but you also enjoyed our food. We hope one day you will come back to try more! Kind regards, The Island Team
Written 5 March 2020
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Traveller
Budapest359 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 couples
The hotel has only 5, or 6 small bungalows to stay, and the run a superb public restaurant in the property. In hide tide you take a small boat to reach the island. In low tide you get there by foot. The food is like those served in luxury restaurants. Fresh, refined, excellent. Good wines, excellent desserts, good service -and unforgettable view.
Written 25 February 2020
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AmineSlimane
Hi there, Thank you so much for your review, it is wonderful to read that you enjoyed your visit on The Island. Our small boat that brings you from the beach to the entrance is working only on high tide and it is definitely an unforgettable way of arriving to restaurant. Our food is coming from local ingredients and we are happy that you loved it. Hope to see you again in our little paradise. Kind regards, The Island Team
Written 5 March 2020
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adam m
Toulouse3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 friends
Beautiful setting, amazing service from our waitress violet and greeting from Jakob. Guac with banana crisps to start followed by lobster and the banana/passion fruit ice cream for dessert. Fully recommend!!
Written 10 March 2020
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AmineSlimane
Dear Adam, Thank you so much for visiting our little paradise. It is wonderful to hear that you were greeted warmly and throughout your dinner Violet took a very good care of you. We hope to see you again one day and hope you took only best memories from The Island. Warm regards, The Island Team
Written 11 March 2020
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Davide Topha
Pistoia144 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 friends
Amazing place, I suggest to visit it for lunch to see the beautiful panorama. We only realize to book for dinner but, by the way, the location is magical and nice. The tide was very low and we arrived by walk. The staff is very professional and kind: it was a very windy night so they helped us closing some “windows”. The food is good: I tried a tuna carpaccio and it was very tasting. Fried shrimps are amazing! The grilled octopus and calamari wasn’t so good as I wished because the fish was very very overcooked (aka burned and black crunchy) so I left a lot of part but nobody asked me why. At the end is a fantastic place to visit and maybe it could be that my grilled fish was just a mistake of a moment so you have to spent a lunch or dinner here for sure!
Written 29 August 2022
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AmineSlimane
Hello, Thank you very much for your honest feedback, we do appreciate that you enjoyed your visit, location, service and most of the food was great. I apologies for your octopus, mistakes can happen and I am glad rest of the food proved you that and we appreciate that you also understand it. We hope to see you again to show you that we can do the best next time. Thank you for still recommending us. Kind regards, The Island team
Written 4 January 2023
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Lorena
Bucharest7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 couples
Very nice location and food, staff also kind. We stayed în Pongwe for 1 week at a hotel nearby and went 2 times to have dinner at The Island. Due to low tide we were able to walk on the sand to get to the restaurant. We recomand the grilled octopus and tuna
Written 19 March 2023
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Amine Slimane
Hi Lorena, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. We are glad and proud you enjoyed our restaurant even if staying somewhere else, come back soon! Kind Regards
Written 21 September 2023
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Erindel66
Vilanova i la Geltru4932 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 none
I expected a lot from this place and went there recommeded. Arrived by boat at high tide, which made the experience very interesting, although the weather was not good and started to rain, so the plastic curtains that protect you from rain had to be installed, which made the view not as good as desired. But this was not their fault, of course The problem we had with the service is that we ordered a salad without cucumber (I hate it) and they brought it with cucumber. I asked to change the salad and the waitress didn't want to do so as she said that the salad was made on that way. Se started to argue with me, which was unbeareable and embarrassing. I asked for the chief and finally they decided to bring me another salad... after having to wait for more than 30 minutes. After that, it came the seafood grill... which was fantastic. It was a pity, as the experience was not as good as it should be... that is why I don't give the 5 stars
Written 2 September 2022
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AmineSlimane
Dear Eindel, Thank you for your review, sorry that it took you more than a year since your visit to write it and waitress on the photo you attached does not work with us for about 1,5-2 years. Anyway, we are glad you had some good moments and enjoyed the food. Next time you will come you will be impressed with improvement of staff and I guarantee you the best experience. The Island Team
Written 4 January 2023
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Terra C
Lafayette32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 family
We were staying down the coast at Seasons Lodge and while out on a walk, my friend and I discovered this beautiful gem. We walked up to have a drink on their beautiful ovation while the tide was low, and loved it so much we called our family to come and have lunch. What a wonderful treat! Juma was our server and was so good to us! The food was delicious - everything from the lobster to the bruschetta and the fresh guacamole. Loved the experience. I will say that the walk back to our lodge on the island was much more treacherous at 1:45 pm when the tide was higher than it was when we got there about 11:30… but overall, a really cool experience.
Written 29 July 2022
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AmineSlimane
Hi there, thank you so much for your review, we were so happy to have you on The Island! Tide can come back pretty quick, it is true. Glad you enjoyed service by Juma and our food and drinks. Hope to see you again.
Written 15 August 2022
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