We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Sofra BLD

#110 of 1,683 Restaurants in Abu Dhabi
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Get directions
Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
02 509 8888
Add hours for Sofra BLD and help diners know when to go.
+ Add hours
Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Doing business
Outdoor seating
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 115 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 58
    Excellent
  • 35
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
What a Choice

I really did not know what to eat first, the choice is unbelievable the aroma of the different dishes from all around the world is breathtaking, value for money excellent, the only reason not to go is if you are on a diet because you will break it for sure.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
Derek S
,
Retford, United Kingdom
via mobile
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Buffet
  • Late Night
Add Photo Write a Review

115 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Retford, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

I really did not know what to eat first, the choice is unbelievable the aroma of the different dishes from all around the world is breathtaking, value for money excellent, the only reason not to go is if you are on a diet because you will break it for sure.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

We were very excited to finally visit Sofra , after all my 12 yr old had heard many good things about the place. My children were not happy with the choice , I guess it may be because we are not seafood buffs. But we loved the place , ample space between tables , attentive staff and option to sit... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
UAE
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Gorgeous Place in which you can eat your dinner in an indoor warm atmosphere and take your desert or drinks on the pool on an amazing view of Shaikh Zayed grand Mosque. the whole experience was nice, food quality was okay. though that 250 per person in week-day will include drinks, but unfortunately not. Sea food section is one of... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Montreal, Canada
Top Contributor
138 reviews 138 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
172 helpful votes 172 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

My experience with Sofra comes as a continuity to my experience with the Shangri La Qaryat Al Beri hotel. I was a guest for a weekend at the hotel and enjoyed a meal at Sofra. I can qualify it as a great experience rich in colors, flavors and variety. Here are the details: 1- Location The restaurant is located at... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 via mobile

One of the most funny thing I heard from one of their Sous Chef is that they don't put any name tags for the dishes on the buffet counter because they want to engage the customer so that the each customer should ask the service staff about the dishes and they in turn would explain to the customer everything they... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Thomas G, General Manager at Sofra BLD, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time and sharing your recent experience in Sofra restaurant. I appreciate the compliments paid on our live cooking stations, especially on behalf of Chef Surender. I have noted that certain areas did not live upt ot your expectations, be rest assured that your comments have been shared with the team for improvements. I would like... More 

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Being a master of the Abu Dhabi Friday Brunch a group of us recently headed to Sofra to test the offering.... It was a beautiful day and sitting outside overlooking the pool was relaxing. The food was good but just not outstanding - I think this comes from the fact that Sofra is catering for a much larger crowd (and... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Thomas G, General Manager at Sofra BLD, responded to this review

Thank your for sharing your feedback on Trip Advisor dear Simon R. I appreciate the compliments paid on the poolside ambience and the sushi offerings. I am somewhat concerned that the overall experience did not live up to your expectations. We take feedback seriously as it is our strongest tool in establishing where additional efforts need to be made. If... More 

London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Very diverse cuisine and good cooking, 3 chocolate fountains, a waffle station and great ice creams. Nice ambience too at the Shangri La, would recommend a visit!

Was this review helpful? Yes
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Pathetic is a lighter word for what I actually want to say. Bad service seems to be a culture in this restaurant. Avoiding eye contact, conveniently forgetting our requests, unfriendly tone of answering, etc is with almost all the staff. Particularly the guys behind the food counters. It's like a big favor for these to help the guests. The one... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Thomas G, General Manager at Sofra BLD, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your review on Trip Advisor dear Padmakumar P. I am greatly concerned reading your comments on unfriendly service and more. I truly regret the fact that your culinary journey was not as expected. I would like to stay in touch with you to learn more details of your dining experience so I can address it for... More 

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

The food at Sofra is consistently good, with one of the biggest varieties you can find in Abu Dhabi; the service, however, does not match the food. Your old plates will still be on the table by the time you come back with your new ones, you will wait for a long while for your drinks and you will need... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Thomas G, General Manager at Sofra BLD, responded to this review

Dear mayyouch, I appreciate your Sofra restaurant review via TripAdvisor. I am pleased to read your compliments regarding the selection of our buffet items, however your experience was marred by the shortcomings of our service team. It is lovely to hear that despite this challenge you will give us another chance, and I do thank you for your loyalty and... More 

london
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We were staying at the Shangri-La hotel so thought we would try this restaurant for our last dinner in Abu Dhabi. There was a good selection of food but wouldn't say the taste was anything amazing. What really let the place down was the shockingly poor service from the waiters. This ranged from avoiding eye contact which meant having to... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Thomas G, General Manager at Sofra BLD, responded to this review

Dear london176, I would like to thank you for taking the time and letting us know of your recent experience in Sofra BLD. I am professionally disappointed of the lack of finesse regarding service, quality of food and share the same distressful sentiment with you after reading your comments. Would you be kind to share with me more details on... More 

Travelers who viewed Sofra BLD also viewed

Abu Dhabi, Emirate of Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi, Emirate of Abu Dhabi
 
Abu Dhabi, Emirate of Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi, Emirate of Abu Dhabi
 

Been to Sofra BLD? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • Location: Middle East  >  United Arab Emirates  >  Emirate of Abu Dhabi  >  Abu Dhabi
  • Phone Number: 02 509 8888

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 100
  • Cuisine: Dessert

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Sofra BLD staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?