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Cafe Arabia

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Lebanese, International, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
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Villa #224/1 on 15th between | 2nd/Airport and 24th/Al Karamah, Abu Dhabi P.O.Box 59623, United Arab Emirates
+971 2 643 9699
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8:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Cafe Arabia is a cultural venue, with three floors featuring Middle...
Cafe Arabia is a cultural venue, with three floors featuring Middle eastern culture, Art, English and Arabic library, open roof top terrace with seasonal events, grills, and The first floor Gallery. Food is freshly made to order ,family style meals, fusion and traditional hand me down recipes from family and friends. Our drinks are all made to order. We have perfect space for both business events and personal events . Cafe floors can be fully reserved for functions, we have a catering department ready to cater for all your events.
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    Very good
  • 20
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  • 12
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Bright, relaxed and great food and service

What a great find for lunch in Abu Dhabi! Bright, creative and eclectic decor, excellent service and fresh flavoursome Arabic food slightly tailored to western tastes. Reasonable prices too. There are two more levels including a roof terrace which in the cooler months I suspect would be a great... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
April P
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Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

What a great find for lunch in Abu Dhabi! Bright, creative and eclectic decor, excellent service and fresh flavoursome Arabic food slightly tailored to western tastes. Reasonable prices too. There are two more levels including a roof terrace which in the cooler months I suspect would be a great spot for evening shisha and dinner. Would definitely return when in... More 

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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88 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Visited with 6 friends for lunch in Ramadan. Starred as OPEN FOR BUSINESS at lunchtime. Shown upstairs and upstairs again into a small room at the top of the cafe, already busy with clients. A/C not working and was very very warm (45 degrees outside). Tables were crammed closely together. Waitress came for order and took items as we requested.... More 

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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14 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Returning from vacation and with the fridge empty my wife and I with our 18 month old son decided to try Cafe Arabia for the first time which is a short walking distance from our apartment. Upon arriving I was very impressed with the surroundings it had a warm and cosy feeling despite the maintenance men working away. There is... More 

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19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

At Cafe Arabia you can always count on delicious, homey and great food... The service is friendly, the food is mouthwatering and the portions are large!

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

The best thing about Cafe Arabia is not the soul soothing homely food or the extremely courteous staff: it is the introduction of a cozy coffee house in Abu Dhabi. A city that is so obsessed with glitz and glitter, it really lacked a calm and cozy nook where one can sit and read and just be by oneself. It... More 

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

Very noisy with lots of screaming children, despite asking for no lemon with our drinks it came with it, no oil on hummus it came with it and to finish it off the Shish tawook was raw in the middle. The dish was taken away and stuck back on the grill for a further five minutes making it tough as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

I liked the atmosphere and menu of Cafe Arabia very much. My friend took me here (she lives in AD) and the menu had both breakfasts typical of western brunch places, as well as a few local options. I tried the Arabian breakfast and recommend that for those who enjoy their fresh veggies in the morning. The cappuccino was also... More 

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Well, first of all, very good location; serene and easy to find (that's the base). Not quite the right place for carnivores, but if you love Mediterranean and/or Arabic food, where salad is staple then there you go, but wait its not about greenery alone. One should try their cakes. My first visit was great, and look forward to enjoy... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Absolutely wonderful food. All 3 of us enjoyed our food. Staff did not have very good English and a bit away with the fairies when taking our order. However she got our order right except one thing. I would recomend everyone to try this restaurant :)

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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4 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

On arrival I wrestled the door open although there were about three staff hovering over the cash register. I got a half-acknowledgement and decided to explore the space myself. I asked what was upstairs and was told it was also seating. I had to dig to find out that there was open air seating too upstairs (she didn't say on... More 

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Additional Information about Cafe Arabia

Address: Villa #224/1 on 15th between | 2nd/Airport and 24th/Al Karamah, Abu Dhabi P.O.Box 59623, United Arab Emirates
Phone Number: +971 2 643 9699
Location: Middle East  >  United Arab Emirates  >  Emirate of Abu Dhabi  >  Abu Dhabi
Open Hours:
Sunday 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Monday 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tuesday 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 13 - 72
Cuisine: Lebanese, International, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Villa #224/1 on 15th between | 2nd/Airport and 24th/Al Karamah, Abu Dhabi P.O.Box 59623, United Arab Emirates
  • Location: Middle East  >  United Arab Emirates  >  Emirate of Abu Dhabi  >  Abu Dhabi
  • Phone Number: +971 2 643 9699

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 13 - 72
  • Cuisine: Lebanese, International, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern

Description

Cafe Arabia is a cultural venue, with three floors featuring Middle eastern culture, Art, English and Arabic library, open roof top terrace with seasonal events, grills, and The first floor Gallery. Food is freshly made to order ,family style meals, fusion and traditional hand me down recipes from family and friends. Our drinks are all made to order. We have perfect space for both business events and personal events . Cafe floors can be fully reserved for functions, we have a catering department ready to cater for all your events.
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 12:00 pm

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