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Al Dhafra

#143 of 1,655 Restaurants in Abu Dhabi
Certificate of Excellence
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Chowder, Lebanese, Mediterranean, Barbecue, Soups
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Madinat Zayed Freeport, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
6732266
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10:00 am - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Buffet, Reservations, Takeout

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  • 22
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  • 22
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 4
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  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Buffet super

Nice place located into the fish market zone and not easy to find (if you go by taxi you will have no problem). We did not try the fish but just the buffet that is huge, simple and can satisfy everyone's taste (hummus, salads of every kind, chicken, fish, soups, desserts...). You can drink only... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 15, 2015
AnnyG87
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Milan, Italy
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  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
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Milan, Italy
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73 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Nice place located into the fish market zone and not easy to find (if you go by taxi you will have no problem). We did not try the fish but just the buffet that is huge, simple and can satisfy everyone's taste (hummus, salads of every kind, chicken, fish, soups, desserts...). You can drink only water or analcholic drinks. We... More 

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Victoria
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130 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Lots and lots of food...so make sure you are hungry! Welcomed with a big bowl of dates and then onto the buffet spread. Wonderful service from all the staff. Great dessert selection as well with tea and coffee included. About $100AUD for two, no alcohol is served here.

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Coconut Creek, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

I was traveling alone on a photographic assignment and on my off day I found a cab driver to show me some local places. I found this place right outside the fish market (which is an amazing experience itself) and on the waterfront. It was beautiful inside, you pick your food by looking over the fresh seafood proudly displayed on... More 

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Dallas, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

Alongside the dhows and fishmongers, this is a jewel. The owner and staff are amazingly gracious, and the food is heavenly. The assortment and cultural diversity are amazing, and everything was mouth watering. Ask to the the private room!

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 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
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 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
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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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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, Mediterranean, Barbecue, Soups

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?