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Abou el-Sid

#14 of 4,014 Restaurants in Cairo
Certificate of Excellence
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26 July St., Cairo 11511, Egypt
+20 2 27359640
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91 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2015

Entry into this restaurant is very striking, with the oriental décor and excellent lighting. In fact the atmosphere is everything and is the reason for coming. Food is a bit indifferent and there must be better that this in the Egyptian cuisine that they can offer. Starters were good, as usually the case in the Arab world. Mains generally a... More 

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Abou El Sid A, Public Relations Manager at Abou el-Sid, responded to this review

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Des Moines, Iowa
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143 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2015

The worst service I have experienced at any business in Cairo. I was ignored for the most part. I had a reservation that they had lost (made in person 4 hours earlier). I had to flail my arms to get any attention to order. Food was very slow in coming and not served in any reasonable order. Waiter acted as... More 

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Abou El Sid A, Public Relations Manager at Abou el-Sid, responded to this review

Dear WinstonIowa, We are extremely sad and disappointed of the experience you had at Abou El Sid. We deeply apologize for the inconvenience you faced and we thank you for your honest feedback. We kindly request from you to send us which branch did you visit and your contact information so we can call you in person. More 

New Jersey
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117 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2015

Dined here in April with my family - LOVED the food. Everything was delicious and tasty...and seemed authentic to us. The service was a bit dodgy - we had to ask several times for more water, to get additional plates, napkins, etc. That said, the food is worth going back for and the atmosphere is very cool - almost loungy.... More 

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Abou El Sid A, Public Relations Manager at Abou el-Sid, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting us at Abou El Sid and for sharing your experience with us on Tripadvisor. We will definitely forward your case to our customer service department in order to investigate further into this matter. Thank you! More 

Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
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102 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2015

I was recommended this restaurant by an egyptian friend of mine and it did not disappoint. The service was perfect and the food was spectacular. A great environment all around the restaurant. Large and Small group of locals was a good sign the food was going to be very authentic and it was!! Would highly recommend this place to anyone.

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La Jolla, California
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183 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2015

Abou el-Sid, in our opinion, appears to be a bit too oriented towards tourists for our preferences, but nonetheless the ambience is nice and the offerings of traditional Egyptian food good, especially if you are in the neighborhood of Maadi. If you are particularly interested, the restaurant has a cookbook, in English, so that you can better appreciate what you... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2015

The food here was great! I didn't expect great food in Egypt for some reason, but it was a pleasant surprise. We loved the eggplant with meat there. The ambience was great also-- you'll feel like you just stepped back in time when you enter this restaurant, from the furniture, hookahs, everything. The bill was approximately 50 dollars, for 4... More 

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Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts, United States
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76 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2015 via mobile

Myself and 2 children ages 9 and 14 had an amazing dinner here. Farouz soda, tea, and stuffed Pidgeon - 3 pigeons were plenty of food plus bread! Great price!

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Thank you for the kind review! More 

Jounieh, Lebanon
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11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2015

El-Sid has a great and large menu of Egyptian food. I tried the spinach with rabbit meat and the pigeons. I've had better food elsewhere that specializes in those dishes, but for a high quality lunching experience El-Sid is one of the best i've seen. The main issue at this restaurant is the lack of windows.

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Thank you for your kind review :) More 

Medina, Saudi Arabia
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89 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2015

Wanna try local Egyptian, then this is your destination, from HAMMAM MAHSHI (stuffed local pigeons) to FATTAT KAWARI (Cow feet soup with extras). Though other places exist, this ranks #1, at least IMHO. Great atmosphere, service, interior decoration, and hookahs Really a MUST SEE

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Abou El Sid A, Public Relations Manager at Abou el-Sid, responded to this review

Thank you for the awesome review! More 

Carolina, Puerto Rico
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283 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2015

I have eaten 5 times at the About el-Sid. It has been the best Egyptian food I have had during my times in Cairo. It was easily in walking distance from the old Sofitel (now the Holiday Inn) in Maadi. It was the first Egyptian restaurant I ate at with a group of Americans from the State Dep't working with... More 

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... And truly an amazing review! Thank you :) More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$25 - $100
Cuisine
Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Egyptian, Vegetarian Friendly, Halal
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 26 July St., Cairo 11511, Egypt
  • Location: Africa  >  Egypt  >  Cairo Governorate  >  Cairo
  • Phone Number: +20 2 27359640

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?