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Al Fanar Restaurant And Cafe

#796 of 8,716 Restaurants in Dubai
Certificate of Excellence
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Canal Walk | Dubai Festival City Mall, Dubai 21994, United Arab Emirates
+971 4 232 9966
08:30 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 23:00
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44 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's one of the best UAE local food restaurants I think. decoration is just taking you to the past. food is high quality. amazing experience.

Thank AdylicousUK
Ludwigsburg, Germany
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Was looking forward for harees ... came to the place for it, was on the menu, but ... only served during the weekend. Sadly, you are not informed until you place your order. Pity. Avoid, or at least call before and check the menu.

Thank Costin E
Baltimore, Maryland
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

I never really paid much attention to this place but upon entering the premises I was astonished as to the time travel quality this Emirati restaurant has. There is a cafe on the front end, but a souk entrance and walkway takes you on a wonderful journey into an Arabian courtyard. The staff are dressed to reflect the local customs... More 

Thank dr_m_r_chaudhry
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

WOW! Just...WOW! Everything we had here was DELECTABLE! I've eaten dates in several different occasions but the one served here were the BEST!! Perfect texture and sweetness. Very accommodating staff and super amazing eats! GO!

Thank Kerrie W
Saudi Arabia
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33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

This is my new favorite restaurant in Dubai. If you want to taste a true local food, then this place is for you. The food quality, ambient, service all are descent. Just be patient if you're asked to wait during peek hours. If you've the choice where to be seated, then go for the waterfront view.

Thank Abdullah A
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

The experience in Abu Dhabi has made me expected the replication of the same experience and therefore my expectations were really high. It turned out to be an anticlimax. Embellished with antique work imitation, they have a huge space to display the glimpses of their bygone era. It was nicely decorated and people, especially tourist, may find it very attractive... More 

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35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

If you looking for very good emirate restaurant choice this is will be excellent one , all traditional dishes available such as : harees , freed, and so many ..! The prices are around average and definitely you will like the decorations!

Thank mohamed s
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43 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

This place is not only takes you back in time where the Emirates all started with their old traditional homes, their way of life but it only serves you traditional Emirates cuisine very simple and tastes amazing!!! With Dubai being a melting pot of all nationalities this place is a gem in the middle of the city. Located in Festival... More 

Thank Kizerkot9
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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24 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

The new venue for this Emirati restaurant has been fabulously decorated to feel authentic. The food is so delicious, fresh and very with very subtle flavours. Everything was cooked to perfection. Attentive staff, fun statues and old photographs. Views from the conservatory over the Creek towards the Burj Khalifa - although unfortunately this area has a more modern decor. Small... More 

Thank shabbards
Kuwait City, Kuwait
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3,923 reviews
2,425 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

Unfriendly for sure I came after Maghrib They told me sorry we are full And they call me later but they do not know How long it takes

Thank bnghanem

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Middle Eastern, Arabic, Seafood, Halal
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Validated Parking, Takeout, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
08:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Canal Walk | Dubai Festival City Mall, Dubai 21994, United Arab Emirates
  • Location: Middle East  >  United Arab Emirates  >  Emirate of Dubai  >  Dubai
  • Phone Number: +971 4 232 9966
With an ambience of Dubai in the 1960’s and with the taste of Authentic Emirati Cuisine, AL FANAR RESTAURANT and CAFE will revive the memories of Dubai when it was a small town on the shore of the Arabian Gulf.
From the moment you enter the restaurant, a bewildering scene greets you to see the very relaxed mood of the time-fragments of local scenes: A Bedouin tendering his flock of camel and goats; a donkey loaded with kerosene to feed the lamps of the town, an old Land Rover just parked ready to unload the goods from a long haul; the landscape dotted with tents and barasti huts where the locals spend lazy summer nights outdoors.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?