This is a list of gourmet and fine-dining restaurants in Cairo. Minimum price per person is about 50 USD for a two-course meal with wine or beer. Restaurants marked with "Competitive prices" are cheaper, around 25 USD per person.

During 2011, meal prices have gone up a great deal in Egypt. Prices may vary based on the dishes and the type of alcohol that you order. Note that imported alcohol is very expensive in Egypt. On the other hand local beer such as Stella and Sakkara are cheaper. They taste good! Egypt produces local wines as well.

Names are ordered alphabetically.  This list is updated on regular basis.


Cairo

 

Abu El Sid – Zamalek
Egyptian restaurant & Bar – younger crowd - elegant classy setting - also frequented as a night spot - indoor – serves alcohol.

Al Kababgi – Sofitel hotel – Zamalek
Lebanese and oriental food with mezzeh and mixed grill – Outdoor (stunning view of Cairo especially at night) – serves alcohol.

Bird Cage – InterContinental Hotel
Thai food – nice food and atmosphere – frequented by expats – indoor with no view - serves alcohol.

Citadel View (Studio Misr) – Al Azhar Park – located high up on a hill with a breathtaking view of Cairo.
Oriental cuisine – Open buffets on Fridays and Saturdays – A must at sunset and in the evening - No alcohol – 28 USD or an open buffet on Fridays and Saturdays.  There are other coffee shops and restaurants in the same park. Worth a visit. Can be combined with a visit to Islamic Cairo and Khan El Khalili bazaar.

Garden Promenade Café – Marriott Hotel – Zamalek
International cuisine and café-type sandwiches and salads – outdoor (in a lovely garden) – ideal for an afternoon beer or a glass of wine.

Khan El Khalili (Cafe-of-the-world) – Mena House Hotel – Giza.
Continental and oriental cuisine - indoor, overlooking the Giza Pyramids – serves alcohol.

Khan El Khalili (Nagib Mahfouz) – Inside the old souk (Khan El Khalili)
Continental and oriental cuisine – live oriental music at lunchtime - indoor with no view – No alcohol – competitive prices

Khulkhal – Maxim – Zamalek – opposite the Marriott
Arabian restaurant – splendid panoramic view of the River Nile especially at sunset and in the evening - Indoor and outdoor – serves alcohol.

Le Tarbouche (Akl Zaman) - Le Pacha Boat – Zamalek (opposite the Marriott)
Egyptian and oriental food – Indoor with a good view of the Nile – serves alcohol.

L’Asiatique - Le Pacha Boat – Zamalek (opposite the Marriott)
Asian and Japanese food including Sushi – nice atmosphere – Indoor with no view – serves alcohol.

Maxim – Nile dinner cruise – Docked opposite the Marriott - Zamalek
International cuisine – the boat sails on the Nile during dinner - show with a belly dancer, Egyptian songs and whirling Dervish – serves alcohol – Indoor and outdoor.

Maharani – Le Pacha Boat – Zamalek (opposite the Marriott)
Indian food – Indoor with no view – serves alcohol – nice setting.

Moghul Room – Mena House Hotel – Giza
Gourmet Indian food - truly exotic atmosphere – Indian live music - indoor with no view – serves alcohol.

Torii – Marriott Hotel – Zamalek
Japanese gourmet food – nice atmosphere – indoor with no view – frequented by expats - serves alcohol.

Sabaya – InterContinental Hotel
Lebanese food – Oriental setting and atmosphere – indoor with no view– serves alcohol.

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