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Al Dhafra

#133 of 1,634 Restaurants in Abu Dhabi
Certificate of Excellence
$$
Chowder, Lebanese, Barbecue
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Madinat Zayed Freeport, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
6732266
Today
10:00 am - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Buffet, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout

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  • 19
    Excellent
  • 20
    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
Al Dhafra

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 25, 2015
Pat C
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
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London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
196 reviews 196 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Fantastic restaurant, there is so much food and it is so fresh and delicious you might need to be carried out on a stretcher at the end of it! Staff are excellent and very helpful. Prices are fair given the amount and quality of food you are getting. The seafood is freshly caught and can be grilled or fried on... More 

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Roma, Italia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

A taste of local habits in this abu dhabi restaurant. Quite hard to find it but it was nice. Just one issue, i suggest to eat fish only with no starters.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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173 reviews 173 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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45 reviews 45 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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104 reviews 104 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
148 helpful votes 148 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
33 helpful votes 33 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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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: Chowder, Lebanese, Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Doing business
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?