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Al Mahara

#227 of 5,660 Restaurants in Dubai
#233 of 5,950 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: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, 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
Nice to visit once

There is no doubt that this is one of the most popular restaurants in Dubai, but it is not a place where I would return every time when in Dubai. The seabass in the crust of salt was very good and the restaurant nice, but somehow it did not impress me so much that I would return there, especially... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
Jaroslav D
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  • Special occasions
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

There is no doubt that this is one of the most popular restaurants in Dubai, but it is not a place where I would return every time when in Dubai. The seabass in the crust of salt was very good and the restaurant nice, but somehow it did not impress me so much that I would return there, especially because... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We stayed in other Jumeirah Property and we went here for dinner. Its a super fine dining restaurant with a super attentive staffs. The ambiance is very excellent. Food are very expensive but very worth it. Sure to come back again here soon.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Probably the most unique dining experience going. I treated my wife to dinner here for her 30th and we had a fabulous evening. As others have stated it is not the cheapest by a long way but in terms of ambience, service and food it was wonderful. The staff were so attentive but also went unnoticed - a great sign.... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We came here for lunch as we were sstaying at the hotel and it was delicious. The ambiance with the beautiful fish tank is also nice and the service is friendly and ready to help. This is however not a place to get a cheap meal in.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

This was part of our Culinary flight, the food was absolutely beautiful, not every day you have your meal while watching a shark in a massage fishtank, staff very attentive

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

A magical place to eat with delicious food. Stayed at the Burj for two nights and ate dinner here once: it's expensive but worth it. Super dining experience.......a one off. (That I would love to repeat!)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Visited and this is always on the best wish list. It is great for every opportunity with your significant others. It is always appreciated.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Beautiful place. Great service. Good food. Expensive as hell. Lets just say that one of the best service i have experienced as they treat you like a king for what you are paying but i have had better quality food for half the price. Here I had a wagyu steak which was good but i have had better cut wagyu... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

The setting of the private dining room was stunning, the fish in the tanks alongside and no other diners was lovely for our group. The downside was that the table was so large and deep that the group intimacy was a little lost. The vegetarian food was sadly very lacklustre.My fellow diners were having fish dishes and assured me their... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

The finest quality seafood is served in ways that are both familiar and at the same time unique to Al Mahara. It's expensive but the restaurant lives up to the expectations that creates. Highly recommended for special occasions. There's sufficient space that the dining experience feels quite private.

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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: Romantic, Special occasions

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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