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Al Dhafra

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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Ranked #210 of 1,589 Restaurants in Abu Dhabi
Price range: $15 - $25
Cuisines: Barbecue, Lebanese
Good for: Doing business, Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations, Takeout, Buffet, Late Night
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Good for: Doing business, Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations, Takeout, Buffet, Late Night
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English first
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
Top Contributor
211 reviews 211 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
120 helpful votes 120 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
2 helpful votes 2 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

If you can try the restaurant ( i spent 1 our driving in the nearby...) with no clear sign outside, you will be surprise! The Ambience is a little too full of forniture and decorations, quite kitsch, but the the waiters are all very kind! You can choose between fresh fish or the buffet. The buffet is rich and full... More

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Hong Kong
Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

The decoration is very tacky and might have worked like 15 years ago, now it gives a feeling of a restaurant who passed it's glory days. It's location is on the harbour side of the city, the only place where you, possibly, can still feel some "old authentic" arab atmosphere, but it's quickly changing. The food is great, authentic arab... More

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Milan, Italy
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

Al Dhafra is a very well promoted, known and classy restuarant, but... short of promises! At least as far as the night cruise-dinner is concerned! They lure you with "fish dinner, with lobster and other fishes" at a high 180AED (40€) price and then you get only: - a poor vegetable apetizer - 1 poor Hammond (local fish) - a... More

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Catania, Italy
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18 reviews 18 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

Fresh, really fresh fish in a fresh, really fresh environment. This is in a word Al Dhafra Restaurant in the heart of the fish market in Abu Dhabi. Go there, look at the fresh catch from the Gulf, select your choice, shake hands with the Chef and get your table close to the calm waters of the harbor. You can... More

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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

Enjoyed atmosphere, fresh seafood you select and very nice salad bar. Showed around and allowed few photos in their beautiful function room.

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Rome, Italy
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59 reviews 59 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

Each time I stay in Abu Dhabi I have a dinner in Al Dhafra. First of all we choose the fish and the way to cook it before seat at the table. So we took some appetizer from the buffet while waiting for the fish (there's a good choice of arabian food and a very good hummus). Then lobsters, hammour... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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54 reviews 54 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

The buffet spread looks fantastic. However, we opted for ala-carte. We had the Harees which is wheat and meat combination - very good Harees. Also ordered the lamb stew - not too much lamb in it but very juicy and succulent. hoummus was also good, very creamy and smooth. We sat in the individual cabin and perhaps wasn't such a... More

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