5 Bab offers a diverse menu of oriental sandwiches, burgers made with a Middle Eastern twist, pizzas unlike anything like the generic junk food type, mouth-watering cheese platters served with a variety of meats of your choice, and delicious desserts that put the cherry on the cake. Although some have reported the ambience to be lacking, the juicy meals prove the experience worth it.
Abou Aouf features the finest Egyptian and Lebanese cuisines, and great quality shisha like you have never tasted before. A daily DJ keeps the mood lively, while the Oriental décor with its brown hues gives the restaurant an overall serene feel. Their mixed grill and marinated pigeons are commonly reported to be exquisite.
What more could you ask from an Egyptian restaurant serving the best of this country’s cuisine in an elegant, classy atmosphere? A lovely outlet, Abou El Sid is frequented both as a fine place to dine, and a night hangout. The mezzes are great, and the molokheya served with chicken or pigeon is absolutely delicious. They are also famous for their exotic cocktails, which include various vodka drinks with sugar cane juice.
Widely considered a must-try authentic Egyptian restaurant, Abou Shakra is set in a cosy environment; serving fresh chicken and meat grills, while also offering kofta sandwiches with pickles available for on-the-go orders or delivery. Foreign customers have stressed that as delicious as their food is, it’s not for those not used to Egyptian cuisine.
Ahlein is where guests can enjoy lively evenings in a restaurant widely considered one of the best Lebanese spots in town. It offers a wide range of delicacies in an a la carte menu, served by a friendly staff and cooked by trained professionals. Guests can dance the night away to the sounds of live entertainment by the Oriental takht and a belly dancer.
The skilled Moroccan chefs at Al Badia prepare a wide variety of trendy Moroccan ‘nouvelle cuisine’ including most famous Moroccan dishes such as couscous, pastilla, tajine and harira. The majestic Arabian atmosphere immerses guests into the fragrances of the East and provides a unique dining experience filled with traditional heritage.
Al Dabke features mouth-watering Lebanese favourites cooked on a charcoal grill. The restaurant uses the freshest of ingredients and traditional cooking methods for a truly authentic experience. Their mezzes are often reported to be a delicious delight, while their mixed seafood grill and fresh sea bass are wonderfully juicy and delectable.
Al Dayaa is a typical Lebanese restaurant with authentic décor that gives you the feel of Beirut without stepping foot outside of Cairo. Boasting a menu that offers something for everyone, and with a compelling ambience often mentioned by its visitors, this restaurant is perfect for group outings.
With an interior design and décor that give a mesmerising Oriental feel, Al Khal boasts a quiet atmosphere and a professional, attentive staff. The restaurant is a go-to for the best of authentic Egyptian cuisine in a fancy setting, ranging from marinated shrimps to mahshi and koshari with unique twists that make traditional food luxurious.
Al Manzil provides customers with an experience exactly as its name connotes. The surrounding is quite familial, perfect for groups and those looking to be enveloped with a friendly and lavish Lebanese air. With a luxurious setting boasting a refreshing outdoor area, the extensive restaurant menu offers traditional delights including a variety of manakish, mixed grill plates, fattehs and more.
The best of Oriental food in Cairo can all be found under one roof, and that’s within Al Mashrabia’s premises. All dishes on the menu are delicious, while customers especially highlight the fatteh and the fresh molokheya. The food is extremely rich and portions are generous, while service is swift and professional.
Andrea boasts some of the best chicken grills in town, alongside its signature baked bread. That said, it’s usually crowded and frequented by families and young guests, so it is not the ideal place for couples seeking privacy. The indoors are usually a quieter option to enjoy the beautifully marinated, delectable dishes.
Aura buzzes with warmly decorated interiors; and nature’s greatest canopy, the night sky, sets the stage for your dining experience. The restaurant serves both lunch and dinner in indoor and outdoor dining areas by the swimming pool. Aura offers modern Lebanese flavours amidst an engaging and sophisticated ambience.
With an open-air terrace, Ayadina enjoys a tranquil atmosphere in a calm setting. The restaurant serves some traditional Lebanese delights, like grilled meats with tahini and a variety of manakish with thyme and different cheeses; as well as lesser-known dishes, like blueberry kafta and eggplant maklouba. A raw meat section is also available.
An authentic small Lebanese restaurant in a rich oriental setting, Baalbak offers a variety of Lebanese delicacies and an array of desserts – all prepared by a Lebanese chef. The ambience is enhanced at night time with live music and entertainment shows.
Bab Al Qasr is ideal for families and friends who wish to try out a great variety of popular favourites from Middle Eastern cuisine. A Levantine cuisine spot at Royal Maxim Palace Kempinski, inspired by a Lebanese and Syrian menu, the restaurant sets the stage for an authentic dinner in ambient surroundings, accentuated with belly dance performances on selected nights.
Bab El Nil’s authentic arabesque ornamentation reflects a traditional Egyptian setting, with colourful pop art posters of all-time favourite Egyptian cinema icons adorning its walls. The menu presents the best Middle Eastern dishes, while the ambiance boasts a refreshing breeze ontheoutdoor terrace overlookingtheNile, all of which is complemented with daily live entertainment featuring belly dancers and oriental vocalists. Bab El Nil’s 138 inch HD mega screen also makes it a great spot to watch important global events.
Badaweya makes baladi food fancy, offering the best of Egyptian cuisine cooked with original methods that add an exquisite touch to popular traditional dishes. The atmosphere is overall quite Oriental, perfect for tourists looking to indulge in the best of Egyptian gastronomic culture, homely surroundings and tasty meals.
Offering homemade cooking in a cosy atmosphere, Baheya is a go-to for anyone feeling nostalgic and hungry for delicious Egyptian cuisine. A variety of grilled plates are often mentioned as must-tries including their veal chops and oregano chicken; while others highlight their chicken fatteh as their favourite plate.
Baladina offers an exotic countryside experience, alongside an extensive menu of some of the tastiest traditional meals. The restaurant serves typical Egyptian food in a breathtakingly oriental atmosphere. Prices are relatively reasonable, while the overall quality of the food is satisfactory. Reservation is recommended on weekends.
Battaw is a casual dining spot ideal for group outings, where you can enjoy authentic Egyptian cuisine in a friendly atmosphere with excellent service and great food. They serve delectable mahshi as well as more eccentric dishes with a unique touch, including their tasty cheesecake muhallabiya.
Boasting a rooftop setting that emanates a sensational ambience and a stunning location; Café Frais offers salads, snacks, sandwiches, pasta and pizza along with hot and cold mezzes and grills overlooking a breathtaking panoramic Nile view. Located in Novotel Cairo El Borg, this restaurant employs high quality ingredients and enjoys brilliant service.
Cairo Kitchen is where foodies can enjoy some tasty Egyptian fast food as well as homemade food in a mixed atmosphere between contemporary and oldies. Aside from offering delivery and catering services, the spot is generally fit for casual outings. We love their cream and honey feteer.
Caracas is fascinatingly embellished in the finest adornments that deliver an authentic yet luxurious Lebanese and Oriental atmosphere. The restaurant is perfect for a casual gathering or a spontaneous catch-up event. Their food is amazing and their drinks are perfectly made. Customers may need to make reservations on weekends.
A place reminiscent of the good old days when one could enjoy dining directly on the Nile, Casino Des Pigeons is a great option for friend and family gatherings, where customers can relish delicious meals to a mesmerising view. Minimum charge is applied on the weekends.
The passion and party-spirit of the Lebanese finds its second home at Dar El Amar. Authentic dishes, dazzling Oriental entertainers, aromatic shishas and the sensuality of Beirut nights make this spot one of the city’s favourite after-dark haunts. Seating up to 250 individuals, the spacious spot is perfect for group outings, while children aren’t allowed after 9 p.m. At night time, attendees can enjoy entertainment programs that include aDJ, bands and a Lebanese singer.
Egyptian Nights is where guests can enjoy exceptional food and warm Egyptian hospitality in a stunning setting. The entire restaurant is decorated like an Egyptian village, boasting an extensive Oriental a la carte menu and a shisha corner. A live band, professional service and brilliant food make for an unforgettable dining experience.
Make sure you’re ready to get messy before heading to El Dahan at any branch! Their pigeons, kebab and Oriental dishes are among the most delicious you can have in the city. Typically busy on weekends, the setting can sometimes feel a little cramped, but chic and comfortable nonetheless.
El Kebabgy offers a delicious array of exceptionally cooked grilled platters; while enjoying a Nile view setting in the indoor section, and an open-air seating on the banks of the Nile. It is famous for its mouthwatering appetizers, tender chicken and meat grills as well as the freshly oven-baked bread. The restaurant also serves shisha in many flavours.
A meal at El Sit Hosneya, just as the name evokes, feels like having lunch or dinner at your grandmother’s. Serving amazing Egyptian food in a decent venue with great service, the restaurant’s cosy tufted sofas and friendly ambience emanates a homey feel that complements their brilliant array of delights.
With a name calling to mind the sweetness of its tasty food, Enab is the place to be if you’re looking to experience the delicacies of Beirut in the heart of Cairo. In a setting that exudes the comfort of a lavish Lebanese home, the restaurant knows how to compete on authenticity, serving the best of the origin country’s cuisine as well as delicious shisha.
The best place to eat pigeons and kabab, Farahat is a great joint to enjoy some Oriental platters, despite having a rather limited menu compared to its contemporaries. Their pigeon platters are relatively reasonably priced as well as absolutely delectable.
Featuring a prestigious Lebanese ambience and great food, Faraya is the perfect choice for anyone craving authentic cuisine in a luxurious setting. The restaurant’s reasonable prices do not compromise quality or atmosphere, making it a great value-for-money spot as well as a friendly venue where you can enjoy some tasty Lebanese delights.
Fayruz is one of Cairo’s highest-rated Lebanese restaurants offering mouth-watering dishes, which also include vegetarian delights. This restaurant is a lovely venue that satisfies any foodie’s taste buds from the extensive menu selection offered by their Lebanese chef. A daily live band and belly dancer are featured in the evenings.
A popular joint that offers healthy food and vegetarian dishes based on traditional Egyptian cuisine, Felfela is a wonderful choice for those seeking the healthier section of Egyptian delights, making it a refreshing aberration from its contemporaries. Great food and a nice atmosphere make visits memorable. Their cold mezzes are brilliant.
An outdoor venue set amongst landscaped gardens and fountains, Garden Grill serves a refreshing blend of North African, Arab and Mediterranean specialties. The menu presents a wide variety of mouth-watering mezzes, Orient-inspired spiced meats, kebabs and seafood – all served on individual grills at the table.
This exquisite restaurant takes Oriental dining to a whole new level. Customers can feast on Kuwaiti, Lebanese and Gulf cuisine; as well as enjoy scrumptious traditional favourites from across the Arab world. Their authentic Middle Eastern specialties combined with royal ‘Arabian Nights’ inspired décor make the culinary experience a unique one. They also cater.
A great Lebanese restaurant with an exceptional Nile view, Hayda is where you can enjoy some authentic cuisine with a stunning vista that makes you hungry for more. The indoor furnishings and décor give an exotic Oriental feel to the general ambience, with lovely illustrations of famous Lebanese icons adorning the walls; while the outdoors are perfect for enjoying some of their delicious shisha to a beautiful panoramic view of the city.
Jayda is where visitors can relax with friends in the enchanting outdoor setting of the restaurant. The green jade lounge and bar are a wonderful addition that serves a variety of beverages, catering to a diverse set of tastes; while the spot also offers shisha in many tasty flavours.
Khan El Khalili is a place where guests can savour the finest of Egyptian cuisine with the pyramids in the background. With domed ceilings embellished in abstract art and patterns, the restaurant emanates a pleasant vintage air that complements their authentic dining. Their mixed grill platters are absolutely delectable.
A very lavish Khedive-style Egyptian restaurant with artsy interiors adorned in red and gold hues, Le Tarbouche - Akl Zaman offers authentic and exotic traditional Egyptian dishes as served in the times of the Pachas. Aside from their extensive menu, the spot is also a lovely casual hangout where customers can enjoy a cup of homemade mint tea overlooking a breathtaking Nile view.
Lessa Faker is a unique Egyptian restaurant offering a truly one-of-a-kind experience. Their menu includes a variety of authentic Egyptian dishes boasting flavours of delicious homemade Egyptian fatteh, tajins, molokhia and shanks. There is also a big selection of beverages that enhance an unforgettable experience with the delicious cuisine.
A restaurant offering excellent shisha and mezzes in an open-air setting, Maroush specialises in Lebanese food such as tabbouleh, hummus, sambousek, manakish, falafel, shawarmas and mixed grills. The restaurant is a great option for anyone looking for an extensive array of authentic cuisine, while it also enjoys a friendly atmosphere and great service.
Nile Terrace offers outdoor pleasures under a starlit sky with the Nile as a backdrop. The scene is set for the ultimate “en plein air” experience; accompanied by blended drinks, oriental grills, appetizers and aromatic shishas while customers get to capture exciting sporting events on the big screen.
Nubian Village offers an experience not to be missed to those who fancy a taste of authentic Middle Eastern cuisine, featuring an array of Lebanese and Egyptian specialities, in a traditional Nubian atmosphere overlooking the Nile. While listening to the folkloric music of an Oriental takht band during summertime, guests can dine and enjoy the rich fragrances of their flavourful shisha.
A unique open-air restaurant set around a pool, Palmeraie Grill serves grilled delicacies as well as BBQ specials. The restaurant is where visitors can dine while enjoying the summer breeze, and listen to live daily entertainment. This poolside spot is great for a laid-back outing, featuring some delicious Oriental delights.
With an interior area embellished in palatial décor that foreshadows the luxurious rich taste of its culinary delicacies, Papillon is a brilliant option for those seeking delicious Lebanese cuisine in a setting that makes you feel like royalty. Their prices are reasonable, with their kofta and mixed grill dishes being commonly highlighted as favourites.
Petit Palmyra gives Cairenes a taste of Lebanese cuisine brought to them in the heart of East Cairo’s historic district: Korba. A very classy and elegant restaurant with live classic entertainment from Thursdays till Sundays, this spot boasts old-school décor as well as traditional gastronomic delights that make their regular customers come back for more.
Raoucha & Kandahar is considered one of the finest Indian / Oriental restaurants in Cairo, operated by the Oberoi chain. The food is delicious, the décor is refined, the atmosphere is serene and the service is extremely good. Though some of their dishes might be a little more expensive than those of their contemporaries, they’re inarguably of high quality. We love their lamb meat dish, which goes great with some of their fresh tabbouleh.
Sabaya is a lovely small and chic Lebanese restaurant set in the elegant Semiramis InterContinental Cairo Hotel. It features mirrors that are scattered and arranged in a harmonious pattern, allowing you to observe the chefs at work. The food is just as jazzy as the décor, offering a bounty of mezzes and truly sumptuous grilled items.
Studio Masr specialises in Oriental food, and is set in a cosy atmosphere adorned with old-school décor reminiscent of old Egyptian films. The menu is also designed to work with the ambience; meals are named after old movies!
Authentic Egyptian fast food is perfect for those who constantly crave delicious homemade food and have no time to make it. Tabali Bistro offers the best of Egyptian tawagen, salads, and mezzas – all for a range of prices that suit a myriad of budgets.
A stylish restaurant serving some of the best Lebanese specialties in Cairo, Taboula is ideal for anyone craving some delicious cold and hot mezzes and appetizers that include fattoush, falafel, hummus, tabbouleh, grilled halloumi cheese and a piquant mix of shanklish. Main courses combine tender grilled selections of chicken, veal and beef.
A Lebanese bistro mixing Oriental Lebanese food with a modern flair in a fine atmosphere, Tamara boasts spectacular décor in all branches, and an extensive menu that presents a taste of contemporary Beirut right here in Cairo. We especially love their appetizers and pastries; try their manakish and feteer.
The all-day dining restaurant of Four Seasons Cairo at Nile Plaza serves traditional Lebanese specialties. It offers breakfast, a lunch buffet and casual dinner as well as a 24-hour a la carte menu. The décor is lavish with a touch of authenticity that permeates the atmosphere. We love their stuffed pigeon platter.