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Hotel Tilapia

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Mwanza, Tanzania
250 0517
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Tilapia hotel is a great place to have lunch or dinner. It sits on the shore of Lake Victoria and has awesome views. Contrary to other more luxury restaurants in Mwanza, it has a very cosy and warm feeling to it. The food is excellent and the staff very friendly. Highly recommended.

Thank 55hansm
Nairobi, Kenya
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

this is where i had a chance to enjoy smoke fish from the lake victoria, the place is very clean and their food is always fresh.

Thank stevetight
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

Good food , we had local Tilapia fish as a Main and fried Mogo as starter . Excellent service good views of lake Victoria , go at sunset it's great for the Photographers .

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Mwanza, Tanzania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

The view at Talapia is great, and the food is good, while unexceptional. I would recommend the coconut chicken with rice. Fabulous every time.

1 Thank Time_Tr2veling
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4 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

Poor client relationship, "straight face" staff everywhere from reception, restaurant even grounds men. Had planned for a 3days stay but opted out due to poor quality of room, right above reception at the gate, opposite the kitchen. The room wasn't sound proof, you can imagine all the noise coming in from all ends including a nearby disco. Improve on your... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

Last night, December 17th, being in Mwanza to get my car repaired, I had dinner on my own at the Tilapia Restaurant where l have been eating already several times. I like the place for its warm atmosphere and the, in general, good food and service. For a Saturday night there were only about 15 people in the restaurant itself... More 

Thank Georges N
Arusha, Tanzania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

If you're looking for a place in the city that is right on the water and with a beautiful view, both day and night, this is the place to go. Spacious rooms, well kept gardens, a selection of kitchens (try the Tapanyaki!) and other amenities, all withing a few strides.

1 Thank nhm120
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

I must say I have visited and stayed at Tilapia hotel about 5 years ago, three times, actually. I have always found this place not value for money at all as far as the way their rooms are set and the quality of the experience i got the other times so this time I decided to spend my night elsewhere... More 

Thank Ahmed S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

Food was excellent,excellent location .service is a bit slow but bearable as the view is too good.if you are paying by card they charge 5% extra .if paying by dollars the rate Is very bad.Best carry Shillings that way you pay less and may even give a tip. Best dish was the Tilapia fish & samosa starters.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

I live in Tanzania (just outside of Mwanza)...and for Tanzania, the restaurant at Tilapia is actually fairly good. I consistently order the chicken tikka masala...probably once a week. The tilapia is always good (as the name would imply). The prices are not necessarily cheap but they are fair. The bar has the typical local Tanzanian beers plus a few others... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
African, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, View, Bar Scene, Kids, Business meetings
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Mwanza, Tanzania
  • Location: Africa  >  Tanzania  >  Mwanza Region  >  Mwanza
  • Phone Number: 250 0517

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