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Al Dhafra

Madinat Zayed Freeport, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good38%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“fresh seafood” (10 reviews)
“lobster” (9 reviews)
“fresh catch” (2 reviews)
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Seafood, Middle Eastern, Halal
$$ - $$$
Madinat Zayed Freeport, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of fresh fish on display...You choose..they weigh and you tell them how you like it made and choose from the 6 types of sauces available. Give them 20 -25 mins and voila you have it. Out of the all fishes and shell types we...More

Thank timmyjt
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I went there with my friend as we read the reviews on TripAdvisor! And it is truly amazing place! We went there at 6 pm, but staff was not ready as they served buffet, which opens at 6.30 pm. But after 10 minutes they found...More

Thank Nadya_kulikova
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went there for a job dinner, but I found out one of the better restaurants that I ever test. the atmosphere is very quite and the location reminds me of past times in Muslim style, the staff is very gently and always available. Definitely...More

Thank Stefano G
Reviewed 4 June 2017

The food is always outstanding. We usually chose the fresh fish at the entrance. The seafood soup is delicious and the buffet have a wide variety of food. Big thank you to Chef Borhan!

Thank Khederos
Reviewed 29 May 2017

Buffet, fish market, arabic traditional style... what else? The waiters are very kind, the bread with the sauces is amazing and, please, the fish is the best in the city!

Thank Matteo G
Reviewed 29 May 2017

The Iftar was located in a large banqueting hall next to the main restaurant - it is quite bright and less intimate than some places but excellent if you are in a big group like we were. There was a huge buffet - well over...More

Thank Richard K
Reviewed 20 May 2017

An excellent fish restaurant (the name means victory) in old Abu Dhabi. Great salads, tasty seafood appetizers -- we had grilled scampi, followed by a beautifully prepared whole fish.

Thank dourwolf
Reviewed 17 May 2017

This has rapidly become my favourite restaurant in Abu Dhabi. The seafood is wonderful - fresh and perfectly prepared.The buffet salads are incredible - fresh and varied. There are traditional arabic dishes, including tabbouleh, fatuous, hummus, baba ganoush. There are arabic pickles, olive salad and...More

Thank Gary H
Reviewed 24 April 2017

I always wanted to try this restaurant, heard lots of positive review about it. Finally got to try it last night. They hve Indoor & Outdoor seating. We chose inside bcos of the weather & the smell 😝 Very unique anique style restaurant. They do...More

Thank Alice K
Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

The restaurant provides the key combination of outstanding grilling art and catch of the day to give you simple but amazingly good grilled see food. You make the selection of what you want to eat by weight from a good variety of fresh fish, lobster,...More

Thank William R
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Questions & Answers
Ruth C
12 July 2016|
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Response from Louis A | Reviewed this property |
No wine and no BYO in local restaurants. Alcohol only served to non-Muslims in designated hotel bars.
6 December 2015|
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Response from Miss N | Reviewed this property |
we went there without any reservation and we still got a nice table. but its always good to call before and check
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$25
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Buffet, Parking Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups, Kids, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 2:00 AM
10:00 AM - 2:00 AM
10:00 AM - 2:00 AM
10:00 AM - 2:00 AM
10:00 AM - 2:00 AM
10:00 AM - 2:00 AM
10:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Madinat Zayed Freeport, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • Location: Middle East  >  United Arab Emirates  >  Emirate of Abu Dhabi  >  Abu Dhabi
  • Phone Number: 6732266
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