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“Terrifec place, but you pay a lot for sample of food :):)” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Al Fanar Rotating Restaurant - CLOSED

Al Fanar Rotating Restaurant
Price range: $25 - $100
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Buffet, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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72 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Terrifec place, but you pay a lot for sample of food :):)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2013

well
it was our 1st anniverasry day when we went day

nice service
nice place
quite
good music
better to go in the day light

it is too dark to go there at night, you will view darkness more than city sights


Visited February 2012
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English first
gold coast
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84 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Great Food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2012

Great service great food great views we enjoyed this restaurant very much Atmoshere is warm and sophisticated definitely would return.

Visited October 2012
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Thank KennedysGoldCoast
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Le Royal M, General Manager at Al Fanar Rotating Restaurant, responded to this review, January 12, 2013
Dear Sir,

Thank you for dining at Al Fanar and for this nice review.
We will share your comments with the food & beverage team.

Kind regards,
Shaun P.
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London
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40 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Not bad - but rather dated”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2012

Some reviews, here and elsewhere, made me rather hesitant to book. Realistically, you would not expect a revolving restaurant at the top of a tower hotel either to have fantastic gourmet food or be a bargain. Maybe because of my fairly low expectations, I was perfectly happy with my experience.
The service was fine and there were no long waits. The food is fairly plain, luxury-hotel fare - nothing exciting but at least they do not mess it up. Prices are a little on the high side (but there are far worse in Abu Dhabi) and the discount offered to members of the Starwood frequent guest programme certainly softens the blow.
The decor in the restaurant, and the rest of the hotel is rather dated. The whole place needs a face-lift if it wants to compete with the newer, glitzier competition.
At the price and with the gimmick of the revolving view, it is probably worth a visit.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank LondonIsis
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Le Royal M, General Manager at Al Fanar Rotating Restaurant, responded to this review, October 17, 2012
Dear Sir,

Thank you for dining at Al Fanar and for writing your nice comments about the experience.
We would like to inform you that plans are set to refurbish Al Fanar restaurant in the near future. the decor and setting will be on par with the newest trendiest places of the capital.
These works will last a couple of months but the result will be worse the visit.
So we hope we see you again soon.

kind regards,

Shaun P.
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Munich, Germany
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44 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Great views and service, average food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2012

I have visited the restaurant several times - mostly with friends/family that came to visit, so I wanted them to have a special experience. I love the view, it is spectacular, it is just fantastic how it turns and you can get the full view of the city and the sea.
The service is very good, all of the associates are attentive and polite, and they are very dedicated to providing a good experience.

However, I always have some trouble finding something really exciting on the menu. The food is good, but definitely not worth the high prices. The portions are small, and I am missing the extra touch of creativity in the dishes.

Yes, the view is amazing, but I don't think I will go back until they have changed their menu and made it more exciting.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank LiChri
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Le Royal M, General Manager at Al Fanar Rotating Restaurant, responded to this review, October 17, 2012
Dear Sir,

Thank you for dining at Al Fanar and also for recommending it to your friends.
Indeed the views are amazing, we are happy to hear that you enjoy the revolving experience.
W have taken note of your comment about the food and will be looking at a menu change with our Chef.

We promise that on your next visit, the food will wow you as much as the view.

Kind regards,
Shaun P.
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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138 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Brunch, wouldn't go back.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2012

Went for a friday brunch, thought the food was really low quality for a restaurant like this in Abu Dhabi. There wasn't really anything that took my fancy, and the few things I did eat were just bland and boring. I did get excited about seeing the peices of crab, but once you tried to dig in it was pretty much all shell and parts of the crab with no real meat.
Didn't really appreciate the rotation, and to be honest couldn't wait to leave with not having got my moneys worth. Won't be going back.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Frangellica O
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Le Royal M, General Manager at Al Fanar Rotating Restaurant, responded to this review, September 27, 2012
Dear Frangelica,

Thank you for taking the time to write your review about Brunch at Al Fanar.
We have taken note of your comments about the Buffet and will review the same with our Chefs.

With regards to your dislike of the rotation while there, please note that Al Fanar is always promoted with the mention of "revolving" restaurant, which happens to be an attractive feature to guests.
We regret to know that you haven't enjoyed that and hope you will come back and try one of our other nice venues.

Best regards,
Shaun P.
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