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Arabian Tea House Cafe

#79 of 9,123 Places to Eat in Dubai
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Neighbourhood:
The Creek
As featured in Best Food in Dubai
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Bur Dubai, Al Fahidi R/A, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Formerly Basta Art Cafe)
+971 4 353 5071
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

One amazing place which we looking for after looking on reviews. The place justifies its presence and the aroma they spread with smoke is awesome. The seating experience is amazing with smell of food pouring in from all around. Courteous staff makes you smile and the service is very very fast. The dishes are yummy whatever you may order. the... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

if parking is not an issue (metro is walking distance), then well worth a visit. in the heart of the old town, in Bastakiya (now Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood), the restaurant is a peaceful oasis in a old style traditional Emirati courtyard, with painted wooden high benches and white embroidered cushions and drapes, bougainvillea of course. Very relaxed atmosphere suitable... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited this cafe for brunch with a friend and it was the most authentic place we visited during our stay in Dubai. Everything else we experienced was international food. Everything was delicious and the home-made bread was delicious. The service was excellent. Beautiful, well maintained gardens and the cutest little singing birds I have ever seen. If you want... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Little hidden garden and gem tucked in the old Dubai. It's a lovely restaurant with plenty of Arabic dish options from Breakfast to Dinner. It's a very simple place but the music, plants, staff and delicious meals make it very special. It's a good place to take tourists or visiting friends.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The place is quaint and photogenic. I had the Egyptian Breakfast which was good enough for two people if you're sharing. I didn't like that they didn't have tap water just bottled water. I'm not a fan of paying for water. Also, there were many flies all over the restaurant. It was annoying.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

If you like fresh food great tasting food good service and a quite location with a breeze this is the place to eat at Great for families ,friends or just by yourself Food is very fresh wide range to chose from and the cost price of me meals is fair Tip must try the Arabian night tea with your meal... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited this restaurant for dinner, the decoration was good, it is an out door restaurant( not indoor) there is a big old tree in the middle which offer nice shade in the day time. The atmosphere is good, however the prices are so high i.e. a small bawl of dango/ bagela cost about 20 dirham ( 5.45$ ) where... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an excellent place to visit for simple well cooked local food. The building is an old house with the restaurant extending into the garden. The tables are set in the midst of trees with cloth drapes to provide shade and a lovely rustic feel. Service is prompt and efficient and the food is a delight. An absolute must... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited there after 3pm but almost full. It seemed very popular restaurant. Very near to Dubai Museum. A part of historical buildings. We had Grilled Lamb Chops and Chicken Roll Sandwich. They were nice. Traditional Lime and Mint drink was also nice. Mint Lemonade was...salty, a little bit. We could enjoy late lunch in relax atmosphere. Satisfied.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had lunch here, we did not plan on going to this place, we just walked by it. The atmosphere was very pleasant and relaxing, with its couches under the trees, it was beautiful to have lunch there on a warm day. We found it was a haven away from Dubai extravaganza. We stayed for a long time because we... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 15
Cuisine
Lebanese, Moroccan, Cafe, Middle Eastern, Halal
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Bur Dubai, Al Fahidi R/A, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Formerly Basta Art Cafe)
  • Location: Middle East  >  United Arab Emirates  >  Emirate of Dubai  >  Dubai>  > The Creek
  • Neighbourhood: The Creek
  • Phone Number: +971 4 353 5071

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Staying in The Creek

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The Creek
The smell of frankincense hangs thick and heavy in the air, waves lap gently at jetties, and market traders call to passing tourists. The creek, originally the place where pearl boats docked and left on missions to uncover jewels from the deep, is where the city really began. The Al Fahidi District on the Creekside is one of the oldest heritage sites in Dubai, easily recognizable with its iconic wind towers, the original air conditioning. Home to the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding and the Dubai Museum, the old buildings also house a range of cafes, shops and art galleries. Often called “the real Dubai,” this is a wonderful place to lose yourself before catching an abra across the creek to the spice souk, where your senses will be overwhelmed with tastes, smells, and sounds.
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