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“Excellent!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Al Iwan

Al Iwan
First floor, Burj Al Arab | P.O. Box 74147, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
+971 4 301 7600
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Ranked #186 of 5,559 restaurants in Dubai
Cuisines: Middle Eastern
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Buffet, Late Night
Description: In the heart of the world's tallest atrium, you'll find a restaurant that's just as notable.From its staggering sea view by day to the romantic flicker of candlelight by night, Al Iwan, "The Royal Hall" in Arabic, offers sumptuous Arabic cuisine within surroundings that are nothing short of spectacular.Step through the golden columns and savour the aromas while we plate up a masterpiece, using the finest possible ingredients for a truly extraordinary dining experience.
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Excellent!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This is the restaurant on 1st floor in Burj al Arab Hotel. You have to book the table 1-2 weeks in advance. We had lunch at this restaurant and were heartly welcomed by a very nice hostess. The arabic buffet lunch was very comprehensive. The service from the waiters was top (and so were the prices).

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Connecticut
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“Meal of a Lifetime”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

While in Dubai we wanted to check-out the Burj al-Arab hotel, often referred to as the most expensive and luxurious hotel in the world. Security will not allow you to enter the hotel without a room or restaurant reservation. We couldn't afford to book a room but we did splurge on lunch at the Al Iwan Restaurant in the atrium of the hotel. My wife and I agreed that their Arabic buffet was the best meal of our lives. The food was divine and the selection was endless. Every imaginable Arabic delicacy was available, even spiced crab claws. The slow-roasted lamb melted in our mouths. We took the opportunity to look around the elegant hotel and take a few dramatic photos. It was an enjoyable afternoon.

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“Al Iwan restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

Booked lunch buffet on line. This is an Arabian buffet restaurant with seafood. The food was interesting and most dishes were well-executed. Waiters everywhere were very attentive and keen to recommend the sparkling apple juice drink with gold leaf, which was exorbitantly expensive. The restaurant was already very expensive, at just over US$100 per head, without drinks. It was worth the experience of visiting one of the most famous hotels in the world.

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slovenia
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“Incredibile expirience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

All in this restaurant is incredibile good. From the reception, waiters behavior , arrangement of the tables, plates. The waiters were extremly helpful, every second visitted our table, made
useful advices abou our choise of coctails. The cocttails were not so expensive, as we aspected.
For one bottle of mineral water and two coctails(we paid 30 Euros). The food was excellent, the buffet had plenty variants of appetizers, main disches, and incredibile sorts of cakes.
Visit Dubai, and not visit this hotel and especially this restaurant is great mistake.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Service is wonderful and food special”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

Special mention to restaurant manager Sylvia whose staff are a credit to her, the whole setting us very palatial, decor etc is spectacular, food is excellent

Visited September 2013
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