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Al Mahara

#109 of 8,588 Restaurants in Dubai
Certificate of Excellence
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| Ground Floor, Burj Al Arab, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
+971 4 301 7600
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 12:00 am
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Frankfurt, Germany
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216 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As the top restaurant in the Burj, you can expect luxury, perfect service and am ultra cool setting surrounding you with aquariums and life fish. It is worth the price, as it is really expensive; for the special evening you have in mind.

Thank Fabian K
Gothenburg, Sweden
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68 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

Very expensive, but very special feeling to dine in an aquarium feeling. Got expert help to choose the wine to our lunch Not many food choises but they were all good Must book in advance. The taxi won't get to the premises unless you have a booking number to give them at the gates- they check you have a booking

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London, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

I'd wanted to visit the Buji al Arab when I went Dubai in 2013 however didn't get there so this time I made sure. The hotel is stunning. The outside is lit up in different colours every night, it's one of the most iconic buildings in Dubai and for good reason. Inside it's very opulent, money is no object at... More 

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Marina del Rey, California
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16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

Good lunch. I think the view of the fish tank is why you come here. The food was certainly good, but seems you could get same quality for a bit less in other places. Service was top notch!

Thank caswede9
Essex UK
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51 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

Went here for my birthday meal, third time in the Burj for food but first time at this restaurant. You always feel special when you come to this iconic hotel, however I did feel it is loosing it's finesse. The food was good but not fantastic. Wagu beef was delicious but at £100 so it should be. It wasn't even... More 

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Doha, Qatar
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83 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

My husband took me here for my birthday. It felt a real treat to arrive at the hotel, the atrium is magnificent and it felt pretty special getting the elevator to the restaurant. We had a prime table next to the aquarium and an extremely attentive waitress. We were expecting the meal to be seriously expensive but were still shocked... More 

Thank Ann O
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016 via mobile

The hotel itself and general atmosphere/decor of the restaurant is impressive, eating within feet of tropical fish certainly set a romantic and unique scene. It took all of 17 seconds analysing the wine menu to know this was to be the most overpriced and ludicrously expensive drinks menu I have ever come across. Our hands were forced to test the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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67 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

We loved it here. So classy, great service, stunning views. The Wagu beef was incredible. Must eat that if you come here.

Thank Zelie91
Griffith, Australia
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016 via mobile

I visited this restaurant on our honeymoon and have to say that the atmosphere was exceptional. You are surrounded by the under water aquarium which is lovely to view while you are enjoying your meal. The meals were average for the price that you pay. I found that they were over priced and so where the wine selections. The service... More 

Thank jvhonimoon
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

The quality of food was below average, very salty starters, fish as a main course were dry, not fresh, without taste. We informed waitress that the starters were too salty, the main dish without taste..no reactions.. Having eaten in many restaurants around the world and in great restaurants in Dubai, this was a great disappointment and we left hungry. The... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
Seafood, European, Soups, Mediterranean
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Validated Parking, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Scenic view, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
7:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: | Ground Floor, Burj Al Arab, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Location: Middle East  >  United Arab Emirates  >  Emirate of Dubai  >  Dubai
  • Phone Number: +971 4 301 7600
Rich, sumptuous flavours, unparalleled taste and texture, and a truly remarkable setting.Al Mahara, 'The Oyster Shell' in Arabic, doesn’t just tantalise your palate; it’s a dining experience that will stimulate all your senses. The stunning floor to ceiling aquarium inside the restaurant sets the scene for a meal where only the best will do. Sink into the soft seats and be mesmerised by the world of colourful sea life swimming beside your table, while our team of award-winning chefs prepare you something very special.Attention to detail is something we particularly pride ourselves on at Al Mahara. Our selection of fine wines perfectly compliment the mouth-watering seafood, and you’ll enjoy only the freshest, most delicious ingredients in each and every one of our dishes.

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