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“Very nice, but not quite as nice as our first visit 2 years ago”

Ali Baba Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 109 Restaurants in Dahab
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic, Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Buffet, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Description: Ali Baba Restaurant is set on Dahab’s sea front, overlooking the Red Sea and Masbat Bay. The restaurant offers a range of local fresh seafood, barbeque and steakhouse as well as lighter bites and breakfast. Steaming hot homemade pita bread and mezze comes with every meal. You are welcome to bring your own alcohol; the bottle opener and ice are provided. Ali Baba Restaurant works in compliance with international food and health safety standards as set out by the UK based hygiene management company 'Cristal International'. Ali Baba Restaurant has achieved the ‘Certificate of Excellence’ for exceptionally high standards.
Denmead
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50 reviews
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“Very nice, but not quite as nice as our first visit 2 years ago”
Reviewed April 5, 2013

We visited Dahab 2 years ago and ate at Ali Baba’s with friends we met while out there. The first experience was great. Great food, great staff, great location. It was these memories that tempted us back for a second visit.

When looking over the menu you are promised a great meal with starters, bread, dips and deserts all chucked in for free.
The service was just as great as we remember – we didn’t feel rushed but we didn’t feel like we were waiting around either.

The meal started with a small toast canapé each, followed by some hot breads and delicious dips. They were so delicious we asked for another one each and more dips!
Our mains were nice, but Im sad to say they weren’t anything to rave about. I had a spicy hot and fiery chicken dish which wasn’t that spicy and one bit of chicken was lovely and tender, the other was very tough.
After the mains we were given strawberry sorbet for desert which was very nice.

They don’t serve alcohol but they encourage you to take your own in and will quite happily open and pour it for you.

The restaurant is right on the waterfront and its really lovely sitting outside in the candlelight looking over the sea. If you look carefully you can often see Lionfish close to the surface as they are attracted to the lights. We also saw a couple of fish jumping out the water a few yards out.

If we ever go back to Dahab, we will try somewhere different next time but make no mistake, this is a nice place. Its great value, the staff are friendly, efficient and, like a lot of places in Egypt, provide a service that puts most places in England to shame. Despite the mains not quite being what we hoped, we still had a very nice dining experience.

  • Visited March 2013
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Boston, MA
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31 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Slightly overrated”
Reviewed April 4, 2013

The friends we were with loved this place so we visited a few times, but to be honest we weren't sure what all the fuss was about. The inside is pretty and atmospheric, and they act like a posh place with washing your hands before the meal. But for the expensive prices they charge, we weren't especially impressed with the food quality. Though some people love it and rave about it. To each their own.

Visited February 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
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27 reviews
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“Good place”
Reviewed April 4, 2013

Food was excellent here. While more expensive than most places the food was very good. The staff was very attentive and friendly as well.

  • Visited February 2013
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Haarlem, The Netherlands
2 reviews
“Lovely food and lovely staff”
Reviewed April 4, 2013

The food at Ali Baba is some of the best I've ever had, the ice cream thick shakes are the best and the staff is absolutely amazing! The view over the water is all you need for the complete holiday feeling

Visited February 2013
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Voghera, Italy
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“very good restaurant”
Reviewed April 3, 2013

probably the best restaurant I found in dahab (I tried other four restaraunts): good fresh fish (grilled italian style only with oil and lemon) and beautiful location on sea side
Thanks to all the staff, expecially Moustafa, always smiling and hellpful

  • Visited March 2013
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