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Al Dhafra

#112 of 1,805 Restaurants in Abu Dhabi
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Madinat Zayed Freeport, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
10:00 am - 2:00 am
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 2:00 am
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Wonderfully cooked fresh fish, warm and kind service and great selection of middle-eastern salads. The service was friendly and prompt. Feel fortunate that the taxi driver knew where it was. Lovely experience.

Thank AnnItaly
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48 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was fortunate to have been invited to a wonderful Iftar celebration at Al Dhafra along with a group of friends. The selection of food was excellent and the majority of food was traditional Arabic food. The quality of each dish was excellent. This is the first time that I have been to a predominately local restaurant rather one which... More 

Thank allowaybill
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016 via mobile

Sea food is great there ..price is fair ..i love it pick the fresh fish .....great and clean place to dine in

Thank Hani A
Kenner, Louisiana
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276 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

We were told that if we wanted to try a traditional Emirati restaurant, that we should go to Al Dhafra. Overall, the restaurant had a nice traditional atmosphere and served good fish as well as a nice salad buffet. We went for lunch and there are a couple of options. You can either have the salad + main + dessert... More 

Thank 0504Traveller
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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57 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

Foods was really yummy and delicious variety of foods available here very fast and clean service quite good place

Thank Asif1981
London, England
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38 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2016

This restaurant had been recommended to my husband by an Emirati and then I read great Trip Advisor reviews which also helped us to find the restaurant! It is located near the local fish market in Mina - one part of the restaurant offers a self-service buffet and "showcases" the fresh fish/seafood available for your meal. You choose your seafood... More 

Thank JHALondon_England
Alexandria, Egypt
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130 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2016 via mobile

Sea food is the thing you should concentrate on, forget about other food And never miss the baby shark plate They call it gasheed

Thank Ehab_Heikal
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2016

Fish on display is very fresh, choose any fish type or tiger prawn or calamari and it will be cooked according to your preferences. Staff extremely attentive and polite. I have had Sea Food Dinner at Mundo in Jumeirah Dubai Emirates Towers and I must say i liked Al Dhafra more than well-known Jumeirah, but all that glisters is not... More 

Thank Sonata528
London, England, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2016

Al Dhafra gave us the best dining experience of our two-day stopover in Abu Dhabi. Others have commented on the difficulty of finding this gem of a restaurant. In our case, even our taxi driver had to stop three times to ask for directions. You have to drive through a waterside parking lot behind the fish market and when you... More 

Thank Louis A
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2016 via mobile

This isn't a place that you can easily find, but it's worth the search. Situated in Mina Port, just past the Fish Market. Traditional Arabian decor and good service. You can choose your own fish (huge) tiger prawns, or lobster with a choice of sauce and preparation. Huge buffet. Well worth it.

Thank Stephen N

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$15 - $25
Middle Eastern, Halal, Lebanese, Seafood, Mediterranean, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Reservations, Buffet, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Large groups, Families with children, Business meetings
Open Hours
10:00 am - 2:00 am
10:00 am - 2:00 am
10:00 am - 2:00 am
10:00 am - 2:00 am
10:00 am - 2:00 am
10:00 am - 2:00 am
10:00 am - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Madinat Zayed Freeport, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • Location: Middle East  >  United Arab Emirates  >  Emirate of Abu Dhabi  >  Abu Dhabi
  • Phone Number: 6732266

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?