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Madinat Zayed Freeport, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
6732266
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Ranked #182 of 1,642 Restaurants in Abu Dhabi
Price range: $15 - $25
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 2:00 am
Cuisines: Barbecue, Lebanese
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Restaurant details
Good for: Doing business, Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations, Takeout, Buffet, Late Night
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English first
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

I didn't take the Dhow cruise, instead settled for the restaurant. The setting in the restaurant is a lovely Arabic décor. I selected an al carte menu of fresh seafood with the salad buffet. I enjoyed my dinner and the service was great! You select the fish and it is weighed by the gram. They have a great selection of... More 

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Orlando, Florida
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

I went on this dhow cruise two years ago and i was very impressed the amount and variety of food we had was amazing , i took friends on the dhow cruise last night and i was so dissapointed especially for the cost, the starter was ok but then we had 4 prawns, a piece of fish and a skinnny... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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35 reviews 35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

The price range, according to the TA information, is $15-25. Considering it is a buffet, I was expecting ~$30. Maybe it was wrong or perhaps I should of asked first but I paid closer to $50 for the buffet. When I walked in I told them I did not want the fish (as I read that the fish may increase... More 

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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93 reviews 93 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

i was there two time in this month and all in same week the best sea food ever tried i select diffrent main course and all of them was perfect and for sure is the best sea food i had

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

I went with my friend and we set there for half an hour and nobody even bothered to come and take our orders. we called the waiters many times but the ignored us. finally we left after everybody ignored us and no body even apologized. even worst, the waiters were laughing as if it's funny !!!!! the management should seriously... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Abu Dhabi is full of modern western restaurants, and it is difficult to find something which feels more traditional. Al Dhafra is a bit touristy, but it is done pretty well and gives very good value with a real taste of Arabian / Middle Eastern food. Can be difficult to find - hidden away behind the fish market on the... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

we were told about this place by someone who lived in AbuDhabi for two years. There was only one other european couple, the rest locals. Do not allow the look of the place from the outside or the location to scare you away, once you open the front door, you'll be won over. The dips and the seafood is out... More 

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

As the only "real" UAE restaurant I've come across, I've been there several times with overseas business visitors looking for something that was not the usual international restaurant. Food is very good - impressively large buffet spread that allows you to try just about any local delicacy, and a'la carte options (that I have not tried), and fresh seafood (fish... More 

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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259 reviews 259 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
161 helpful votes 161 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

If you want to get a view of the Corniche from the water side and at the same time have some food, a boat trip on the Al Dhafra dinner cruise is a way. The boat itself was quite old, but it offered a nice view from the roof top terrace. The food was Arabic starts and seafood as the... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

The restaurant was recommended to me by Onnety Tours travel Agency of Dubai. A regional ambience that some diners might call it "tacky". It gives you, though, the impression that you are in the Arabian Gulf area. Food was plenty and very well prepared, mostly local dishes and Middle Eastern in general. If you are looking for European or Asian... More 

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Additional Information about Al Dhafra

Address: Madinat Zayed Freeport, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Phone Number: 6732266
Location: Middle East  >  United Arab Emirates  >  Emirate of Abu Dhabi  >  Abu Dhabi
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 2:00 am
Monday 10:00 am - 2:00 am
Tuesday 10:00 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday 10:00 am - 2:00 am
Thursday 10:00 am - 2:00 am
Friday 10:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday 10:00 am - 2:00 am
Average Prices: USD 15 - 25
Cuisine: Barbecue, Lebanese

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