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Al Dhafra

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Barbecue, Lebanese
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Madinat Zayed Freeport, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
6732266
Today
10:00 am - 2:00 am
Open now
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Reservations, Takeout, Buffet, Late Night
Good for:
Doing business
Local cuisine

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Visitor rating
  • 14
    Excellent
  • 19
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
I'll be back!

At least, I hope I will be back. There is a monstrous buffet sure to please everyone. Any you will never even succeed in just tasting a forkful of each item. The meal is Arabic but the food would please any palate. The salads were so creative and tasty that I risked getting full on salads before... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
Carolyn J
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Anchorage, Alaska
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Buffet
  • Late Night
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Anchorage, Alaska
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148 reviews 148 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

At least, I hope I will be back. There is a monstrous buffet sure to please everyone. Any you will never even succeed in just tasting a forkful of each item. The meal is Arabic but the food would please any palate. The salads were so creative and tasty that I risked getting full on salads before getting to the... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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32 reviews 32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

When we walked in the manager kindly greeted us and shook our hands and welcomed us to the restaurant. Immediately I noticed there was fresh fish on the ice giant prawns, lobsters, and many fishes I had never seen before. You can order these and they will cook them to order for you. We went straight for the buffet. The... More 

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

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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38 reviews 38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

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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97 reviews 97 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
138 helpful votes 138 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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Walsrode, Germany
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Madinat Zayed Freeport, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • Location: Middle East  >  United Arab Emirates  >  Emirate of Abu Dhabi  >  Abu Dhabi
  • Phone Number: 6732266

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 25
  • Cuisine: Barbecue, Lebanese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Local cuisine
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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?