Al Dhafra

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As with any Emirati restaurant, there is a range of grilled meats, hot and cold appetisers, and salads to be had at Al Dhafra in Al Meena. The menu isn’t the most extensive you’ll find, but the inside features an impressive display of freshly caught fish and a buffet. When the weather is at its best the novelty of sitting by the water’s edge is too tempting to turn down. The view of the boats lit up by the water is romantic, the mixed grill is satisfactory, but the staff are confusing and their English is a little off the mark, making ordering and finding the restaurant something of a challenge. We can’t help but feel this is one for the tourists getting off the boats at Meena Port, as there are better Emirati restaurants with much better service to be found in the city.

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

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  • Location: Al Meena, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 673 2266
  • Travel: Al Dhafra, Meena Street

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User reviews

  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Family friendly

User reviews:

Posted by: Shayma on 25 May ' 11 at 18:44
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Been there with lot of expectations, but looked so it really needs a make over. The menu needs more planning and creativity in plating. Lobster and pasta going together??? we were confused what to have..lobster or pasta !!! by the time mixed grill plater was served the pasta was taken off....but the staffs were really good.
I most I enjoyed was a cup of tea afetr the dinner at the top....beautifulll......Bathroom and A/C was disatur. It is the only 1 company representing Abu Dhabi Tourism, so I really insit if the managment looks into it seriously.
for one time...with more friends and family you will surely enjoy it. it was a good experience all over. :-)

Posted by: simeon on 03 Sep ' 10 at 20:23
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

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