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Arabian Tea House Cafe

#72 of 9,189 Places to Eat in Dubai
Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
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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Halifax, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Thank you Trip Advisor reviewers without your reviews we would never have found this gem. Quite possibly the best restaurant I have visited. I cannot find a single flaw. The place was filled with families and couples, tourists and locals. It was simply perfect. If you are in Dubai you must give this a try you will not regret eating... More 

Thank saorsa32
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A bit touristy but really very pleasant! Welcoming staff, attractive setting and a good selection of nicely prepared local dishes. Worth a stop when showing visitors the Old City.

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Sudbury, Ontario
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30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were looking for something close to our hotel and stumbled upon this cute cafe/restaurant that has outdoor seating in wicker chairs and curtains draped over for atmosphere and sun protection. Ended up going back the next morning for breakfast too!

Thank helenrosem
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had dinner at Arabian Tea cafe. Salad with our food was so good i asked for extra which they gladly obliged. Lamb ribs were the best I have ever tasted anywhere. Avocado shake was sooo delicious. Lovely ambience and the staff were excellent in checking on your table and taking care of all diners. We returned on a friday... More 

Thank Ava73
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299 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 236 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

In the bur dubai area, the ambience is beautiful under a arbor of trees, which is great even on a warm day. The food felt really authentic and was yummy. We really loved the atmosphere and the tables were well spaced out. The pricing was on the higher side, though I felt it was reasonable given the quality of food... More 

Thank Krishna P
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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818 reviews
283 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 246 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice little cafe with a collection of crafts and a small museum. Great place to idle away a bit of time at the weekend.

Thank Mark G
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11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A beautiful courtyard setting and an extensive menu. The 'Arabian nights' tea was delicious. A little pricey (53AED/ £11) for a pot of tea and a slice of cake but it was a huge pot of tea and an enormous piece of very good cake. Very friendly welcome and good service. All in all would highly recommend though as long... More 

Thank Aesp1
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Such pretty place to be at. It is unfortunate that summer here is too hot because you wouldn't be able to enjoy this place as much during summer. It is soo pretty while the weather is cool and breezy. Serving traditional Arabic food and an endless selection of tea for all the tea lovers. Everything tasted ooh so yummy!!! The... More 

Thank Hadeel M
Hampton Hill, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had this tea house recommended by a friend so we stopped for lunch on our way to the souks of Dubai. The food was delicious and not expensive, the portions are large and the bread was replaced with new fresh hot bread as soon as we finished the one we had. The staff were really friendly, helpful and attentive but... More 

Thank bellaHH13
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7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I lucked into the Arabian Tea House. All I knew was that I was hungry after a half-day of walking the sights on both sides of the creek, I came upon the restaurant and liked the look and menu enough to check the reviews on my phone. I'm glad I did. Being a single helped me get a table without... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
Lebanese, Moroccan, Cafe, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Halal, Vegan Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Romantic, Cheap Eats
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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