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“Great food.. poor ambiance”
Review of Sofra BLD

Sofra BLD
Ranked #103 of 2,055 Restaurants in Abu Dhabi
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $100
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Families with children, Special occasions, Kids, Scenic view, Business meetings
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Buffet, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
DxB
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216 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
“Great food.. poor ambiance”
Reviewed August 16, 2012

Tried Sofra's famous iftar a few days ago and was impressed with the food variety and quality. A very extensive buffet that featured a delicious international cuisine, from the Emirates and the gulf region, North Africa, India, Italy, Thailand, etc. The huge buffet area was well organized and stocked with everything you could think of, all fresh and in generous quantities. My only (major) gripe with this restaurant was the way they arranged the dining area- it was literally packed with tables and looked very much like a busy school cafeteria during lunch. They even put tables under the staircase. No ambiance at all, people constantly bumping into you while they walk by because there's very little space to move around. I thought trying to pack as many people as possible wasn't a brilliant idea, it simply made a beautiful place look and feel cheap. I recommend that you go for the good food only if you don't care much about the ambiance.

  • Visited August 2012
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  • Arabic first
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“If you want variety ...”
Reviewed July 23, 2012 via mobile

You have found it!!! Sofra offers a great selection of food and the service is great.

Do try the freshly baked breads on the far left hand side of the buffet. You will not be disappointed!!!!

Enjoy!

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Thank Uaeiyah
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Ross-on-Wye, United Kingdom
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256 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
“Best Buffet”
Reviewed June 12, 2012

Too much to choose from! And great food too. Service good and nice view of the Mosque from outside.

Visited January 2012
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Durham, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“very disappointing”
Reviewed June 9, 2012

saved this for a special occasion and were sorely disappointed. Food was ok but not relative to the price and other offerings in Abu Dhabi. Service was terrible, plates not cleared, poor attitude of staff, ashtray cleared while i was smoking and not replaced. Shame.

Visited June 2012
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Thank shelly S
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Brunch”
Reviewed May 28, 2012

This is a great place to have brunch with friends, the food was fresh and a great choice. You don"t have to stand line line and weight, as you tend to do in Dubai. .

  • Visited May 2012
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Thank Jeanetteaussie02
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