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The Blue Heron

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Haille-Sellassie Road, Arusha, Tanzania
+255 785 555 127
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58 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great expats restaurant with a lovely garden. Tasty salads and pizzas. Healthy energy juices. Excellent service. Ideal to get a break from Tanzanian food. Forgot: their gelato was delicious. Not cheap but still affordable for 'northern' wallets.

Thank Eric D
New York City, New York
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158 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

and/or kids. Big outdoor space with playground equipment. Shaded areas. Great food. Cool bar. Food could use some flavor enhancing (lemon, salt) but quite good nonetheless.charming owner/hostess. Best gift shop ever!!!

Thank Ritz1165
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41 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We use to like this place until when we ordered beef steak for take away when we arrived home we found its pork very disappointed. This is not the first time an other time we ordered beef pizza but they served us pork pizza I was really disappointed will never go to this restaurant.

Thank din s
Vancouver Island, Canada
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111 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very pleasant atmosphere, well off the main road. Charming garden seating area, childrens playground and covered eating areas. Friendly wait staff, tempting menu, wonderful tasting pizza. Enjoyed the gift shop as well.

Thank CM J
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4 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I ate there and it was a nice place. Comfortable, very busy though. Their pizza oven was broken and were not serving pizzas (they were repairing the area) but I had a Shish Taouk / Chicken plate.

Thank Tom A
Arusha Region, Tanzania
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Blue Heron is *the* expat family restaurant/place to sit, drink tea, check your Internet, read a book or take an afternoon nap on the large, comfy sofas. Set in a lovely garden, surrounded by majestic trees, in the formerly colonial residential area of Arusha, there's a playground for kids, a juice bar, a pizza oven, and a menu on which... More 

Thank Juliesid
London, United Kingdom
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211 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

We loved this place - it really is worth a lunch or dinner here. We had gone for lunch and had sat outside in the garden area. They also have shade sitting and area for children to play. The food was a great variety of choices, was served promptly and we were well looked after throughout. Worth a visit.

Thank malnit56
The Woodlands, Texas
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

Loved the atmosphere here and the food. I had spinach ravioli with cashew sauce. Sounds bad but it was divine! One of my favorite meals in East Africa. Loved the shop as well. Very nice quality goods.

Thank azrazeus
New York City
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

We had lunch in the garden and it was lovely. If you have kids there is even a little playground out side. We had a very good salads.

Thank NYCRitBit
Hong Kong, null, Hong Kong
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32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

The design your own salad here is a well-needed shot of veggies after any long safari. There are other veg, vegan and GF options readily available. The staff might not fully understand so be sure to explain again!

Thank dylanyo

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Pizza, European, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Haille-Sellassie Road, Arusha, Tanzania
  • Location: Africa  >  Tanzania  >  Arusha Region  >  Arusha
  • Phone Number: +255 785 555 127

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