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“Great fish!”
Review of Al Dhafra

Al Dhafra
Ranked #91 of 2,070 Restaurants in Abu Dhabi
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$15 - US$25
Cuisines: Barbecue, Lebanese
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: After-hours, Buffet, Reservations, Takeout
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great fish!”
Reviewed 8 September 2013

If you can try the restaurant ( i spent 1 our driving in the nearby...) with no clear sign outside, you will be surprise! The Ambience is a little too full of forniture and decorations, quite kitsch, but the the waiters are all very kind! You can choose between fresh fish or the buffet. The buffet is rich and full of food: appetizers, salads, rice, typical arabic food, sweets. Concerning the fresh fish, you can choose the one you want from a big watertank, they weight it for you and they cook grilled or fried. They also serve you complimentary dates, tea or coffee . In the end a great dinner and not too expensive!

  • Visited September 2013
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1 Thank pesaro8
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Hong Kong
Level 6 Contributor
270 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
“good but overpriced food”
Reviewed 28 February 2013

The decoration is very tacky and might have worked like 15 years ago, now it gives a feeling of a restaurant who passed it's glory days. It's location is on the harbour side of the city, the only place where you, possibly, can still feel some "old authentic" arab atmosphere, but it's quickly changing.
The food is great, authentic arab food from different regions, nothing to say about that, the only big letdown is the price, which is far overpriced.

There is also an option to take a boat ride while eating, but it wasn't in service the time I was there.

  • Visited February 2013
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2 Thank Xueyan D
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Milan, Italy
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Promises promises promises...”
Reviewed 3 February 2013

Al Dhafra is a very well promoted, known and classy restuarant, but... short of promises!
At least as far as the night cruise-dinner is concerned!
They lure you with "fish dinner, with lobster and other fishes" at a high 180AED (40€) price and then you get only:
- a poor vegetable apetizer
- 1 poor Hammond (local fish)
- a plate of meat (chicken, lamb...)
- a dessert I and my wife left on the table (almost) untouched.
So, very simply, BEFORE accepting a night cruise-dinner ask VERY detaildly (and let them write it down!) what will the dinner be made of.
Good luck!
(dinner on Jan 10th 2013)
Nicola Antonucci
Milano

  • Visited January 2013
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2 Thank NicolaAntonucci
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Catania, Italy
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Fresh, in a whole perspective”
Reviewed 3 January 2013

Fresh, really fresh fish in a fresh, really fresh environment. This is in a word Al Dhafra Restaurant in the heart of the fish market in Abu Dhabi. Go there, look at the fresh catch from the Gulf, select your choice, shake hands with the Chef and get your table close to the calm waters of the harbor. You can also get some arabic food as appetizer, and after a few minutes your fish show up from the cuisine. Superb!

  • Visited January 2013
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1 Thank Filippo D
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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Authentic experience”
Reviewed 27 October 2012

Enjoyed atmosphere, fresh seafood you select and very nice salad bar. Showed around and allowed few photos in their beautiful function room.

  • Visited October 2012
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1 Thank Victor S
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