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Al Dhafra

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Madinat Zayed Freeport, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
10:00 - 02:00
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Ankara, Turkey
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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 a superb turkish tomato salad. The atmosphere is also great - there are usually several... More 

Thank Gary H
Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
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182 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 hve option of buffet or choose your own seafood & style of cooking. Few selection... More 

Thank Alice K
Escazu, Costa Rica
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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, shrimp, squid, fish eggs options, and a master griller will prepare them for you. The... More 

Thank William R
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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32 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

They offer A La Carte and buffet dining. We tried the A la carte- they help us with the choices of fresh seafood in a huge boat inside the restaurant which is amazing! You have choices as well for the dippings. A staff is always there to assist you on what recommendable style of cooking for the food you chose.... More 

Thank ColdWasabi
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2017

Have been to this place several times and will never get enough from it! Staff by fishdisplay are very helpful and assisting with fish choice as well as sauces and ways of cooking. I have been looking for the similar place in Dubai however till now could not find. Prices are very reasonable for the quality you get and much... More 

Thank Sonata528
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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2 reviews
Reviewed 9 April 2017

Abu Dhabi boasts an array of local and international restaurants. But whenever we crave of fresh seafood, Al Dhafra Restaurant in Al Mina Port is on top of our list. It’s close to Mina Fish Market and although it looks like a hole in the wall restaurant, the variety of fresh seafood will not leave you unsatisfied. We were invited... More 

Thank romarbie
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

....good food but seem to be overrated..nice arabic dishes...but cold atmosphere (look&feel but also staff)...

Thank Gordon W
Oslo, Norway
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017 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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85 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 15 - USD 25
Seafood, Middle Eastern, Halal
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Takeout, Buffet, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Groups
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?