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Al Dhafra

Madinat Zayed Freeport, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good37%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“fresh fish” (13 reviews)
“seafood” (21 reviews)
“salad” (14 reviews)
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Seafood, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Halal, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Madinat Zayed Freeport, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had shrimps, mussels, and seafood along with many local traditional dishes. All dishes were fresh and tasty. We had some Arab friends at the table so ordering was 'easy' yet I am not sure that the staff could 'easily' (or willingly) communicate in English.

Thank Orestis S
Reviewed 12 April 2018

We enjoyed our dinner here . They offer fresh fish and seafood to be made to order or the choice of a large well assorted buffet. We chose the buffet just to be able taste all of the original food of the area. The food...More

Thank syan0vich
Reviewed 8 April 2018 via mobile

We were a group of friends for lunch, as the reputation of this place, we ordered seafood grilled. The staff service was very poor, we had to order many times the drinks and the sauces. They were not well trained because the restaurant was almost...More

Thank Dam F
Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

The seafood was just delicious. Everything was fresh and well prepared. We tried a mix of: shrimps, lobster and mussels and it was the best seafood in Abu Dhabi so far. I am a seafood lover and I am glad that I found this amazing...More

Thank Filipa J
Reviewed 26 March 2018 via mobile

We were hosted for a business lunch at this beautiful restaurant in the port by the fish market. Lunch was buffet style with excellent selection of salads, grill (lamb, chicken) and arabic sweets. A particularly interesting was a minced shark meat dish (mixed with tuna)....More

Thank Maxim B
Reviewed 10 March 2018

A series of restaurants which are all connected. You can chose your own fish by weight and the owner will recommend different cuts and spices or chose your own. Great spot although busy inside.

Thank travelgeo1988
Reviewed 28 February 2018 via mobile

A local recommended we try Al Dhofar and we’re glad we did. The interior is decorated with dark woods, heavy chairs, with curtained areas for private dining among the locals who might be veiled. The buffet is vast, complete with a huge wooden boat upon...More

Thank Betty H
Reviewed 11 February 2018 via mobile

Excellent valuable seafood restaurant in Abu Dhabi. Great service and comfortable place whit really a great choices of fresh fish offered, well done and well presented. Really a nice dinner.

Thank Gianpaolo B
Reviewed 1 February 2018

Al Dhafra is placed near the fish market and you need to go there by car or taxi. The restaurant inside is well organized and comfortable. A nice dinner combination is to choose the salads buffet and some fresh fishes, that can be personally selected...More

Thank lsanfy
Reviewed 26 January 2018

The place is really beautiful but hospitality is zero. We sat under the sun no cover as it was the only small table , there were ants all over the place and i sat on food on the chair staining my new top . We...More

Thank Einas M
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Muhammed F
12 January 2018|
Response from nicehue | Reviewed this property |
Prices for fish are reasonable. It is slightly costly on prawns and lobsters.
29 December 2017|
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Response from nicehue | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely! There are red meat like chicken and lamb. And there a whole variety of seafoods you can try.
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.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$25
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Buffet
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
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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