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“Nice traditional food in a lovely setting” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Bastakiah Nights

Bastakiah Nights
| Bastakia, Bur Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
+971 4 353 7772
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Ranked #333 of 5,560 restaurants in Dubai
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Hampshire
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“Nice traditional food in a lovely setting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2012

My husband and I ate here with some friends, it was difficult to find at first as many of the buildings look the same! Was a lovely restaurant, the food was nice and there was plenty of choice. My husband and I are vegetarian and there were plenty of dishes for us.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Singapore, Singapore
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27 reviews 27 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Bad Service and Average food”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2012

Just like all other reviewers here who had commented, it is really not worth it for the money paid with the service and food that you get.

Firstly, the food choices are limited. They do not even bother to help you to understand the menu and the choices despite the small variety. Of course, they would not give you any recommendation and they do not appear to be interested.
Next, you have to get them repeatedly to get what you need such as placing orders and even asking for bill despite the lack of customers.

In fact, we were there during the peak winter month January and supposedly during the peak dinner time 6 - 8 pm. But to our surprise, it was very empty.

The food was so-so only at most. In addition, with the bad service and the un-interested bangladeshi, indians or pakistani waiters, it really ruined this place eventhough the ambience is actually quite nice.

It is in the old quarter where you could dine in the courtyard under the stars with Arabian settings. But with the food quality and bad service for the price you pay, it is really not worth it. You could get much better value in many other places in Dubai.

Definitely not recommended but you decide.

  • Visited January 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Helsinki, Finland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Find a better place”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2012

We arrived at 530pm on a Friday night and the restaurant was empty! We were the first customers. The decor was nice, but the service and good was horrible. Tables were left unclean. The starters came in small portions and didn't even taste good. The main courses (BBQ) weren't better either. Dubai has lots of better libanese restaurants, so I do not recommend this to anybody. Even the decor isn't worth it. It was also very hard to find a parking spot!

  • Visited January 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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London
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48 reviews 48 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
“Could have been so much better”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2012

The decor, outside courtyard location and atmosphere are lovely, but the food and service let the ambience down. It's a shame, as it could so easily have been a four star plus ... with just a little more warmth and tastier food.

Visited December 2011
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Dallas, Texas
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63 reviews 63 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
“Turistic place”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2012

This is a very touristic place, which has nothing to offer other than some nice middle eastern decoration and wholly targeted at tourists.

Ambiance is nice, but you easily can have much better food at much better restaurant in most other restaurants in Dubai.

  • Visited February 2011
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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