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“Gourmet Persian food”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Shabestan

Shabestan
Ranked #307 of 9,466 Restaurants in Dubai
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $50 - $100
Cuisines: Middle Eastern, Persian
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Good for: Scenic view, Families with children, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Valet Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff
Description: An award-winning Iranian restaurant in Dubai, Shabestanremarkably highlights the best of Persian cuisine. You can savor fine Iranian hospitality as you relish refreshing appetizers, flavor-filled rice, substantial platters of delectable meats, and freshly baked bread. In inviting and plush settings, feast upon skewers of lamb and beef, and tasty main courses studded with medley of spices and herbs as you gaze upon gorgeous vistas of Dubai and listen to the pleasing sounds of live Iranian music. Finally, indulge in mouthwatering Persian sweets served alongside traditional tea impressively served inornamental tea glasses.
new york
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41 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Gourmet Persian food”
Reviewed June 12, 2012

Although I have had Iranian food in NY and Paris, this was the first time I had a real Gourmet experience and made me want to try more. The menu was already interesting, with several unusual items above the well known kebabs and rices. We avoided the kebabs and tried to be daring with stews. We ordered the Mizra Ghasemi as a starter, eggplants with tomato and egg, delicious. Then the Ghakyeh Mahi which we didn't really know what it was and were happily surprised + A lamb stew. And saffron ice cream to finish. All quite good and surprising different from the usual kebab and rice that you can get everywhere.

The location is not particularly brilliant. Inside the Radisson Blue hotel, average touristy environment. The restaurant was 1/2 full, mostly Dubai families and local business men at lunch (we went on a week day for lunch).

Good and friendly service as well.

  • Visited March 2012
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Noosa, Australia
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42 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Stylish and tasteful”
Reviewed May 22, 2012

Staying in the Radisson Blu hotel made it very easy to access the restaurant. We took my cousin, who lives in Dubai, and it met up with his approval as well as ours. We had a very meat orientated meal which is typical of Persian food and all was hard to resist. Pricing was good for a place of this quality.

Visited April 2012
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Athens, Greece
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37 reviews
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“Real Iranian food”
Reviewed April 23, 2012

Very good Iranian food , especially the lamb kebab and the variety of rice, rather expensive 2 persons 450DHS

Visited April 2012
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Frankfurt, Mannheim
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“A complete tourist rip off”
Reviewed March 20, 2012

The restaurant is located in the radission blue hotel, which is built to accomondated masses of tourist groups. Thus one should have expected the same from this restaurant, but since reviews have been overall positive, we tried it and have been disappointed. The restaurant was full, but not one single local guest was there. The restaurant was crowded with chinese travel groups ans loud shouting americans. We know persian food well and I have to say that the bread was good! Anything else was not authentic and neither delicious. Meat quality was low. We have left the restaurant within an hour without having desert since we were so much disturbed by the atmosphere. Staff was sneaky. We cannot confirm the other positive reviews and warn from visitng this place! If you want to eat good bread then there are cheaper ways...

  • Visited March 2012
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“Arguably Dubai's best Iranian restaurant”
Reviewed March 9, 2012

Dubai has a lot of Iranian restaurants at all price-points, and I have tried most of them. In my view this is the best, if not the cheapest. The kebabs are utterly succulent. The Soltani is a personal favorite, but it is hard to go wrong here.

Visited March 2012
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