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Al Mahara

#228 of 5,600 Restaurants in Dubai
#235 of 5,888 Places to Eat in Dubai
Certificate of Excellence
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| Ground Floor, Burj Al Arab, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
+971 4 301 7600
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Rich, sumptuous flavours, unparalleled taste and texture, and a truly...
Rich, sumptuous flavours, unparalleled taste and texture, and a truly remarkable setting.Al Mahara, 'The Oyster Shell' in Arabic, doesn’t just tantalise your palate; it’s a dining experience that will stimulate all your senses. The stunning floor to ceiling aquarium inside the restaurant sets the scene for a meal where only the best will do. Sink into the soft seats and be mesmerised by the world of colourful sea life swimming beside your table, while our team of award-winning chefs prepare you something very special.Attention to detail is something we particularly pride ourselves on at Al Mahara. Our selection of fine wines perfectly compliment the mouth-watering seafood, and you’ll enjoy only the freshest, most delicious ingredients in each and every one of our dishes.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
The worlds only 7 star restaurant or is it?

The sheer luxury and opulence of the Burj Al Arab is undeniable, from the sports car laden car park entrance, to the reception area that features dancing water jets and huge upright aquariums the place is simply jaw dropping stunning. The entrance to the Al Mahara is no different, from its very own... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
SimonHorn_43
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Camberley, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

I understand that dining at a "seven star" hotel warrants high prices but to be honest there was nothing really seven star about the hotel itself and the decor of the lobby ( that is all you get to see if you make a $300usd lunch reservation at the al mahara for 2 ppl 2 courses) was pretty tacky and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

What a fantastic evening! Dining in the aquarium style setting where a shark swims by during dinner is just unforgettable! The staff were fun, engaging, knowledgable and really completed our over experience. Of course this is a pricy evening, we spent £600 for 2 including wine, it was a once in a lifetime dinner!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

This is an amazing fish restaurant with very attentive staff. The menu is great and the food is wonderful. The fish tank in the centre is mesmerizing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

well probably one of the most expensive restaurants you will ever go to, but was really spectacular event to eat there. Service was very nice and not overbearing at all. Very spectacular building to visit and to wander around a bit. Dinner was delicious and the surrounding aquarium was really fun. So if you want to spend a fortune but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

I planned to celebratory my wife’s birthday in al Mahara restaurant at Burj Al Arab It was good experience Beautiful restaurant , service and employees on top - In this magical 7 star hotel place the food was tasty serving by our super elegant Aniss who took care of us in a very personal though very professional way during the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

We just had a wonderful dinner at this restaurant. It all started with the warm welcome of our super nice waiter Paul who took care of us in a very personal though very professional way during the whole evening. The food is excellent with the freshest products and carefully prepared. The whole atmosphere is really unique; decent, elegant but still... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Very bad experience. We had one of the menus with a fixed price and the first they serve you is a glass of champagne that is billed extra at nearly the same price as the whole menú without warning you. Good start. Then they kept all the lunch trying to serve you wine, of course also to be billed extra... More 

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Anthony_McHale, Manager at Al Mahara, responded to this review

Dear Daniel L, Thank you for your feedback on your recent experience at Al Mahara. I was concerned to learn of your disappointing visit at Al Mahara restaurant with us and I do sincerly apologize that we did not meet your expectations. We again apologise that your experience was not to your entire satisfaction and we do hope that we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

As you walk in, you are surrounded by water and colorful fish swimming around you. The soothing blue lighting makes you feel you are truly dining under water. A definite 5 stars for atmosphere. The specialty is seafood and it is excellent. We had the multi-course tasting menu and every dish was beautifully presented and perfectly prepared. The only negative... More 

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Camberley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The sheer luxury and opulence of the Burj Al Arab is undeniable, from the sports car laden car park entrance, to the reception area that features dancing water jets and huge upright aquariums the place is simply jaw dropping stunning. The entrance to the Al Mahara is no different, from its very own elevator to a tunneled entrance. We were... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Very nice and interesting restaurant with very polite and friendly staff but a little bit overpriced! As a recommendation we ate a very tasteful fish,but only at the end of our meal we found out that it was an europian fish! Why?! We came from europe,whay thay didnt recommend us some domestic fish specialty??

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Address: | Ground Floor, Burj Al Arab, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Phone Number: +971 4 301 7600
Location: Middle East  >  United Arab Emirates  >  Emirate of Dubai  >  Dubai
Average Prices: USD 399
Cuisine: Seafood

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: | Ground Floor, Burj Al Arab, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Location: Middle East  >  United Arab Emirates  >  Emirate of Dubai  >  Dubai
  • Phone Number: +971 4 301 7600

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 399
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Romantic

Description

Rich, sumptuous flavours, unparalleled taste and texture, and a truly remarkable setting.Al Mahara, 'The Oyster Shell' in Arabic, doesn’t just tantalise your palate; it’s a dining experience that will stimulate all your senses. The stunning floor to ceiling aquarium inside the restaurant sets the scene for a meal where only the best will do. Sink into the soft seats and be mesmerised by the world of colourful sea life swimming beside your table, while our team of award-winning chefs prepare you something very special.Attention to detail is something we particularly pride ourselves on at Al Mahara. Our selection of fine wines perfectly compliment the mouth-watering seafood, and you’ll enjoy only the freshest, most delicious ingredients in each and every one of our dishes.

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