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Al Dhafra

#109 of 1,899 Restaurants in Abu Dhabi
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Madinat Zayed Freeport, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
10:00 - 02:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 02:00
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Oslo, Norway
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are the type who loves glitzy, high priced restaurants; stay away from Al Dhafra, it is not for you. If you love absolutely fresh and delicious seafood and is able to see the charm of a venue that is ..... not glitzy..... try it! It is off the beaten track out in Mina port. The better option is... More 

1 Thank Øyvind E
Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have been here before and always make an effort to visit when I am in town. It is a very traditional seafood restaurant right in the heart of the local fishing area. It is close to the city but set away to the north east. It built right on the Dockside where all the fishing boat come in. It... More 

1 Thank Tim M
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72 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

My friends are raving about this seafood restaurant even before I got to Abu Dhabi. However, don't be daunted by its appearance outside. I must say it's not the most inviting (parking area is not well lit and no one's at the Reception to sit us in). That said, our food - grilled lobster and fish served with fresh finger... More 

Thank Bloomfield_Lily
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13 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017

We have tried all the local restaurants, especially seafood and didn't feel satisfied until we ate at Al Dhafra just before we left. It was located at Al Mina, the north of Corniche Road. First it looked unimpressive but the food was wonderful. You picked up your fish, crabs, shrimps or whatever seafood you like from the nearby stand, then... More 

Thank David C
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44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

I have to say that when arriving at the restaurant I didn't feel terribly welcome, however don't let this put you off. The service is genuine and not over the top, if you want fish, which you should at a fish market restaurant, you are taken to select the fish. We chose some prawns to start, a local fish and... More 

Thank Andrea L
Muscat, Oman
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63 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

I enjoyed eating my seafood in nice atmosphere. The food cooked to perfection and the staff are friendly. The seating outside by the dows and the sea was sensational. Recommended.

Thank Altayeb A
Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

Sat outside on the waterside balcony so there was a nice cool breeze. You can a la carte and fish outside and the same inside plus a buffet (i.e: you can't have the buffet outside) the fish selction was varied with about ten options, the menu itself was standard lebanese fare with some local dishes - the prices are comparable... More 

Thank Chris C
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

This was the best restaurant I ate while in Abu Dhabi. If you like seafood you must go here and try their fresh lobster, shrimp, and fish!!! As soon as you enter you will have to pick from the seafood displayed and also select the sause you want it to be cooked in. By far the best seafood I have... More 

Thank Stephany D
Desenzano Del Garda, Italy
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28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

Al Dhafra is one of my favorite restaurant in Abu Dhabi. It is nearby the new fish market (that is also interesting to visit). At Al Dhafra you can chose your fish from a big iced stand and they will cook it according to your preference. There is also a big buffet with many different food and dessert choices. I... More 

Thank Giovanni S
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

If you are looking for a serene restaurant with fresh seafood, just drive by Mina Fish Market and you will find Al Dhafra Restaurant nearby. Here you can take a lot of pictures with the floating dhows at the background. PERFECT for family dining while the sun is setting on the background. A boat is for rent for Aed500/hr without... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$25
Middle Eastern, Seafood, Halal
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Takeout, Buffet, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:00 - 02:00
10:00 - 02:00
10:00 - 02:00
10:00 - 02:00
10:00 - 02:00
10:00 - 02:00
10:00 - 02:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?