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Al Fanar Restaurant And Cafe

Canal Walk | Dubai Festival City Mall, Dubai 21994, United Arab Emirates
+971 4 232 9966
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good28%
  • Average7%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“rice” (9 reviews)
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Open Now
08:30 - 23:30All hours
CUISINES
Middle Eastern, Arabic, Vegetarian Friendly, Halal, Vegan Options
PRICE
€€ - €€€
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LOCATION
Canal Walk | Dubai Festival City Mall, Dubai 21994, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 9 October 2017

The venue looked like it was from Dubai's 60ties. Not my kind of decor with fake plastic camels. But it fitted the concept and experience. It's the closest thing you get for dining what a local mother would cook, I went here on advice from...More

Thank Werther V
Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

If you are interested in the Traditional Emirati (local) food, then this is your place. We went to a number of branches, the last one was in Yas Mall in Abu Dhabi. The food is always awesome and the expectations are met. If this is...More

Thank Wasim B
Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

It is an amazing restaurant, is really traditional, waiters, food, fornirure, it looks like to be in a real medinat (traditional Emirates village) with Suk, bazar, trees... The view is on the fountains, which will make a light show every 30 minutes. Good is delicious...More

Thank Debbypv
Al F, Guest Relations Manager at Al Fanar Restaurant And Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 28 September 2017

Hi Debbypv, thank you for sharing with your recent dining experience with us and we are much delighted that you had a wonderful time. In Al Fanar, it is our commitment not just to serve with the best and authentic Emirati dishes but also to...More

Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

It is my first time to Al Fanar, they play old traditional music and the staff dress also a tradition which let you feel the Emirates past age. The food is really taste great, they offer a lot of dishes with the lovely menu.More

Thank lightm00n
Al F, Guest Relations Manager at Al Fanar Restaurant And Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2017

Hi Lightm00n, thank you for your time in sharing us with your good views in your recent dining experience with us. Al Fanar restaurant & cafe offers an Emirati concept to revive the ambiance of Dubai during 1960's. We are glad that you like our...More

Reviewed 1 September 2017

Al Fanar is definetly a great place to experience local cuisine. The menu is largely based on rice meals (biryanis) and stews. Meat, fish, seafood and vegetarian options are available. I can strongly recommend the biryanis. Ambience is also great, a mix of retro and...More

Thank Sven F
Al F, Guest Relations Manager at Al Fanar Restaurant And Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 September 2017

Hi Sven F, thank you for for your detailed reviews in your recent dining experience. Your comments is very much appreciated as well as your recommendations. Al Fanar is already known in DFC mall in serving the best Emirati cuisine that is why the restaurant...More

Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

The food is well cooked and service is great. They have lots of choices for local Arabic cuisine. Definitely a must try. Ambience and decor is a throwback to the old Dubai setting.More

Thank benbecks23
Al F, Guest Relations Manager at Al Fanar Restaurant And Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2017

Hi benbecks23, thank you for taking time to share with us your recent good experience at our restaurant. We are so happy and glad that you had a wonderful time upon your visit and you loved our authentic dishes as well as the restaurant theme....More

Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

I came again here for Emirati traditional meals. They have changed their location for inside festival city and have new decorations. The kabsa was good taste but the problem the dish size was not enough to one person. I have paid around 140 AED for...More

Thank Abdulmoez-Tahmaz
Al F, Guest Relations Manager at Al Fanar Restaurant And Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2017

Hi Abdulmoez-Tahmaz, thank you for taking time in sharing your views and comments with regards to your recent dining experience. We never change any decors for the restaurant and our theme remains the same as before. With regards to Khabisah portioning, we apologized for any...More

Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

Good for breakfast and to try Emirati local heavy dishes. Try karak tea with omelette. If you want to have a local lunch come and ask for Jasheed with white rice.More

Thank Faisalalmatar
Al F, Guest Relations Manager at Al Fanar Restaurant And Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2017

Hi Faisal, thank you for choosing Al Fanar Restaurant & cafe for your breakfast dining selection. We are so pleased of your recommendation and we feel that you enjoyed our food but I am wondering that you only give us a rating of 3 as...More

Reviewed 12 June 2017 via mobile

If you want to experience the real uae local food thin this is the one you will enjoy the food and the place I ordered machbos meat with rise and chicken Margoog The portion is big so don't order a lotMore

Thank Abdulwahab B
Al F, Guest Relations Manager at Al Fanar Restaurant And Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 14 June 2017

We thank you for that detailed reviews and we are taking each review from our customers as our basis for more improvements that have to be done regarding our services and cuisine. We are delighted to know that you had a wonderful time upon your...More

Reviewed 29 May 2017

I was recommended to come here because I wanted to taste local food, and I am glad that I did! The atmosphere and the decorations were really good, and the food was very tasty. I will definitely visit again when I am in Dubai next.More

Thank nazbs
Al F, Guest Relations Manager at Al Fanar Restaurant And Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2017

We thank you for that detailed reviews and we are taking each review from our customers as our basis for more improvements that have to be done regarding our services and cuisine. We are delighted to know that you had a wonderful time upon your...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$14 - US$20
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
08:30 - 23:30
Monday
08:30 - 23:30
Tuesday
08:30 - 23:30
Wednesday
08:30 - 23:30
Thursday
08:30 - 23:30
Friday
08:30 - 23:30
Saturday
08:30 - 23:30
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
  • E-mail
Description
With an ambience of Dubai in the 1960’s and with the taste of Authentic Emirati Cuisine, AL FANAR RESTAURANT and CAFÉ 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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