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Al Mahara

Ground Floor, Burj Al Arab | P.O. Box 74147, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
+971 4 301 7600
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Ranked #120 of 5,560 restaurants in Dubai
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $399
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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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27 reviews 27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

My best friend and I dined at Al Mahara in June when we stayed at the Atlantis in Dubai. I was so impressed by the beautiful setting of the restaurant - staring at the lovely fish whilst dining. The service was also excellent and very attentive - but not fine dining. I was however disappointed by the food. For the... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Went to this this restaurant for the experience. Well, you cannot see the whole Burj al Arab even if you dine there. You can only visit the lobby area. You cannot go into the hotel too early. Only about 30 minutes prior. When reach the restaurant which is down stairs, the guys were required to wear jackets. ( which they... More

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London
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We decided while we were staying at the burg that it was a must to make a reservation at Al Mahara as this is a much talked about restaurant. The setting was very impressive with a huge aquarium in the centre of the restaurant. We were given a seat next to the aquarium which enhanced our experience. We both started... More

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Macau, China
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8 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

It felt weird eating seafood in front of a beautiful aquarium, however, the ambiance was amazing....service was very good....wine was expensive, more so than my meal...however, this is something you have to do once! I stayed at Al Qasr, so a golf buggy picked me up...I had to have my reservation letter with me to be allowed onto the property,... More

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Exeter, England, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

We chose Al Mahara for our 20th Wedding Anniversary and were well and truly wowed by the experience. The setting was magnificent and the excellent staff were all warm, professional, welcoming and accommodative. Being in trousers and a shirt, I was lent a jacket to fit in with the dress code. We went for the seven course tasting menu and... More

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Durban, South Africa
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

After reading many mixed reviews of the Al Mahara Seafood Restaurant we decided to go and give it a try for ourselves. Impressive drive up to the Hotel and we were warmly greeted on arrival. The interior of the hotel is quite impressive but for a 7 star hotel one would expect far more. The restaurant we found dated and... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Felt special, treated well, learnt a lot, met George, Thanks to Joyce, Tushar and all those at Al Mahara... Just a place to be for food and thought. Romantic, classy and elegant.

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Sydney, Australia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Impressive drive in to the hotel complex and nice cocktail on Level 23 Sky View bar had us excited for the experience. Setting was lovely and the tranquility of the majestic marine life did inpress....BUT...other than some good service it really missed the mark. Food was all over the place with way too many overpowering flavours. Had to send one... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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39 reviews 39 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Great meal with a great price tag, but well worth a visit, Food was exceptional, likewise the service

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London, United Kingdom
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14 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 via mobile

We chose the Al Mahara as an early celebration for my husbands birthday, during our vacation in Dubai. The restaurant has a great ambience and we had a table at the side of the aquarium and were just mesmerised by the variety of fish we saw through the evening. The staff were very professional, but so friendly and welcoming, providing... More

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