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Al Fanar Restaurant And Cafe

#751 of 8,882 Restaurants in Dubai
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Canal Walk | Dubai Festival City Mall, Dubai 21994, United Arab Emirates
+971 4 232 9966
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08:30 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 23:00
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed a great dinner of local Emirati food, really tasty food and great service all around! Easy to find stylish location.

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Thank Mika M
Al F, Guest Relations Manager at Al Fanar Restaurant And Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to share with us your recent good experience at our restaurant. We are delighted to know that you had a wonderful time upon your visit with us. Al Fanar Restaurant & Café have six branches in UAE located at (Dubai Festival City mall, Town Center Mall, Jumeira Rd Dubai, Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi, Yas Mall... More 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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177 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Im an old fan of alfanar festival city, used to love the atmosphere the most, with the traditional music. Cozy interior feeling. Food still good and so emarati. Unfortunately the new waterfront location has ruined the atmosphere and the music from the mall and so just dont allow you to enjoy the previous cozy emarati house i used to enjoy... More 

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Thank Hind A
Al F, Guest Relations Manager at Al Fanar Restaurant And Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to share with us your recent good experience at our restaurant. We are delighted to know that you had a wonderful time upon your visit with us. Al Fanar Restaurant & Café have six branches in UAE located at (Dubai Festival City mall, Town Center Mall, Jumeira Rd Dubai, Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi, Yas Mall... More 

Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
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31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

Great location on the canal walk at Dubai Festival City Mall. I went for lunch with a large group of expat ladies. We enjoyed walking past traditional scarves and pottery on display, along with nostalgic 1960's items, such as old radios and T.V's. They even have a model of an old jeep at the entrance. The tables are wooden and... More 

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Thank 190mel
Al F, General Manager at Al Fanar Restaurant And Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your kind review and we are glad you enjoyed your visit !! More 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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586 reviews
295 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

From the first moment you enter this restaurant you feel the Emirates tradition around you. The interior design was done with traditional materials and motives. Even the staff is wearing traditional clothes. When you enter the restaurant you will find a small cafe in your right hand side if you would like to have some coffee or beverage. Restaurant has... More 

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Al F, Guest Relations Manager at Al Fanar Restaurant And Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to share with us your recent good experience at our restaurant. We are delighted to know that you had a wonderful time upon your visit with us. Al Fanar Restaurant & Café have six branches in UAE located at (Dubai Festival City mall, Town Center Mall, Jumeira Rd Dubai, Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi, Yas Mall... More 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

Al Fanar in festival city transports you back to the yesteryears of the emirates. Emirati food is presented in a themed space that is soaked in nostalgia. The food is excellent and the quantities are generous. The service is very personalized and great efforts are taken to make you feel at home. The decor and lighting is very well detailed... More 

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Thank sajithdad
Al F, Guest Relations Manager at Al Fanar Restaurant And Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to share with us your recent good experience at our restaurant. We are delighted to know that you had a wonderful time upon your visit with us. Al Fanar Restaurant & Café have six branches in UAE located at (Dubai Festival City mall, Town Center Mall, Jumeira Rd Dubai, Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi, Yas Mall... More 

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35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016

I had high expectations for this restaurants, read a lot of reviews on it and menu sounded appealing at Festival city mall, but sadly quality of food and overall service was disappointing. With seating inside & outside. On a warm day, we decided to sit outside, the ambience of the place is traditionally set, based on Emarati old dwellings and... More 

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Al F, Owner at Al Fanar Restaurant And Cafe, responded to this review

Greetings from Al Fanar Restaurant & Cafe, We would first like to apologize regrading your experience during your visit to our DFC branch, you're comments are dully noted and we will take immediate actions against the matter. We really value our customer's comments therefore we highly appreciate your feedback on your visit. We will make sure that on your next... More 

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53 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

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.

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Ludwigsburg, Germany
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 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.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 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 

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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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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!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$14 - US$20
Cuisine
Middle Eastern, Arabic, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Halal
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
08:30 - 23:00
Monday
08:30 - 23:00
Tuesday
08:30 - 23:00
Wednesday
08:30 - 23:00
Thursday
08:30 - 23:00
Friday
08:30 - 23:00
Saturday
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
Description
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?