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Al Fanar Restaurant And Cafe

Canal Walk | Dubai Festival City Mall, Dubai 21994, United Arab Emirates
+971 4 232 9966
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good30%
  • Average6%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
Travelers talk about
“chicken” (11 reviews)
“rice pudding” (2 reviews)
“bread” (7 reviews)
Open Now
8:30 AM - 11:30 PM Hours
Middle Eastern, Arabic, Vegetarian Friendly, Halal, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Canal Walk | Dubai Festival City Mall, Dubai 21994, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The place is wow so far for me. Coming to UAE and not try local cuisine I think it’s not really good. Place is modified by inspiration of local traditions and culture. Since Al Fanar is Arabic Cuisine. Staff should be as well arabic to...More

1  Thank Etern G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited Al Fanar (Jumeirah branch) during Ramadan for one of their famous Iftars and we were pleasantly surprised! The quantity of food was just right, and the quality was even better! We broke our fast the correct way, with dates then we enjoyed chicken...More

Thank katykatess
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went there on our first evening after arriving in Dubai. The decor, atmosphere was amazing, food was excellent but the service lacked some attention to detail. We were at times forgotten and ignored and when we decided to ask for the menu in order to...More

Thank Epihany5150
Reviewed May 11, 2018 via mobile

I love the decoration and the food (breakfast) is amazing . But I did not like the fact that the kitchen closed during Friday’s dhuhur prayer.

Thank Shaikhaade
Reviewed April 13, 2018 via mobile

Food is nice, setting is nice, not 100% authentic but good enough. Staff are very nice. It gets busy so thats a good sign.

Thank Roshni A
Reviewed April 7, 2018 via mobile

Great family-friendly restaurant serving beautifully presented (and totally delicious) Emirati cuisine. Decor is heritage photos of old Dubai. Added extras are the evening sound and light show and of course the Turkish ice cream sold at the water’s edge.

Thank Lisa R
Reviewed April 1, 2018

The restaurant is located inside the Festival City Mall...still it is not the fast food kind of place. The set up is maybe a little kitsch, still with some emirati flavour. Food was really good, and I experienced some nice local dishes. Portions are just...More

Thank ToujoursLaRoute
Reviewed March 3, 2018

POPULATION 3.4 Million in 2016, an increase of 1.7% from the previous year. Below 20 years: 200,000 Between 20 and 44 years: 2.6 million 44 years and older - 487,000.

Thank Mostafa M
Reviewed February 21, 2018

The food is delicious,You must go There and experience this excellent restaurant .The atmosphere is excellent, as is the decor and the location. I love Luqaimat.

Thank abmascarenhas
Reviewed February 20, 2018 via mobile

We went for dinner with a work colleague from Switzerland. We ordered 5 different dishes & shared. The Sea Bass was over grilled, the mutton kebab was dry & tough as leather. The calamari was just as tough! The chicken was just ok! Having said...More

Thank SchookerC
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$14 - $20
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Business meetings, Kids, Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions
Open Hours
8:30 AM - 11:30 PM
8:30 AM - 11:30 PM
8:30 AM - 11:30 PM
8:30 AM - 11:30 PM
8:30 AM - 11:30 PM
8:30 AM - 11:30 PM
8:30 AM - 11:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Canal Walk | Dubai Festival City Mall, Dubai 21994, United Arab Emirates
  • Location: Middle East  >  United Arab Emirates  >  Emirate of Dubai  >  Dubai
  • Phone Number: +971 4 232 9966
  • E-mail
With an ambience of Dubai in the 1960’s and with the taste of Authentic Emirati Cuisine, AL FANAR RESTAURANT and CAFÉ will revive the memories of Dubai when it was a small town on the shore of the Arabian Gulf. From the moment you enter the restaurant, a bewildering scene greets you to see the very relaxed mood of the time-fragments of local scenes: A Bedouin tendering his flock of camel and goats; a donkey loaded with kerosene to feed the lamps of the town, an old Land Rover just parked ready to unload the goods from a long haul; the landscape dotted with tents and barasti huts where the locals spend lazy summer nights outdoors.
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