Eating out in Egypt: The best restaurants in Cairo


Abou el Sid
One of the few places that allow you to smoke shisha and drink beer together. Excellent and authentic Egyptian cuisine, especially the molokhiyya.
Zamalek: Off 26th July St., behind Maison Thomas, 735-9640
Mohandessin: 8 Amman Sq.,749-7326
Maadi: 45 Rd. 7, 380-5050

Excellent Lebanese mezza, grilled meats and seafood, with Oriental music and belly dancer.
Cairo Sheraton Hotel, El Calaa Sq., Dokki 336-9700/336-9800

Bar & restaurant with occasional and sporadic Jazz performances. Otherwise a quiet place for a drink.
34 Yehia Ibrahim St, Zamalek 735-0928/735-1865

Asia Bar
This is a superb bar/restaurant right on the Nile.
Blue Nile boat, Saray al Gezira, Zamalek 012 390-0256/012 390-0257
The Bird Cage
The best Thai restaurant in town. Food, service, ambience... all top-notch all top-notch.
Semiramis Intercontinental, Garden City 795-7171

Bua Khao
Always great Thai food, varying degrees of spiciness. 9Rd. 151, Maadi 358-0126/358-3355

The best Indian cuisine, cozy 43 Misr-Helwan Rd., Maadi 380-5999
Some of the nicest filet and pizza in town. Relaxed setting. Expensive
53 Gameat El Dowal El Arabiya St.,Mohandiseen 749-0893

Excellent Asian cuisine.
Sheraton Heliopolis Hotel, Oruba St., Heliopolis 267-7730/267-7740

Good Chinese and Malay food; cozy, cheap
23b Syria St., Mohandiseen 304-8567/8/9

Superb seafood in a restaurant/terrace with a great view of the Pyramids.
10 Pyramids Rd., Haram 383-3582

Cuba Cabana
Cuban/Mexican food, indoor & outdoor place with fruit cocktails and shisha and large screen entertainment. 28 Rd. 7, Maadi 378-3300
Dar Al Qamar
Lebanese luxury, some amazing mezza and grills.
Blue Nile Boat, 9a Saraya El Gezirah St.,Zamalek , 012 390-0256/012 390-0257

Don Quichotte
Good a la carte food and still frequented by the ageing chic.
9a Ahmed Heshmat St., Zamalek, 735-6415/736-5496
Five Bells
Home-cooked taste, indoor and garden seating, some very good food in an old-fashioned setting. Serves Alcohol. Corner of Ismail Mohamed & El Adel Abo Bakr St., Zamalek 735-8635/735-8980

Elegant and cozy fine-dining with great Nile view. Super food.
Flamenco Hotel, 2 el Cezira el Wusta St.,Zamalek, 735-0815/6

Flying Fish
Good fish restaurant, big portions, and good value. Weird 80's vibe.
166 Nile St., Agouza (very close to Naema). 336-5111 / 749-3234
Great Korean and oriental food, especially the main course noodle dishes.
41 Rd. 218, Degla, Maadi, 519-7769
The Indian Terrace
Great outdoor Nile-side Indian restaurant, delicious food at very good prices.
Nile Pharaoh boat, Nil St., Giza, 570-1000
Wonderful Indian cuisine in the heart of Mohandessin-run by Oberoi.
3 Camaet El Dowal St., Mohandessin 303-0615

Old school Asian decor. Good Korean and Chinese food at reasonable prices.
Cleopatra Palace Hotel, 2 Abdel Salam Aref st. (Tahrir Sq.) Downtown 575-9831
La Bodega - Lounge/Bistro
Amazing value, some great dishes -order one of the set menus.
157, 26th July St., Zamalek, 735-0543/735-6761/736-1115

La Chesa
A quiet and subdued place serving authentic Swiss cuisine.
21 Adly St., Downtown, 393-9360/393-5768

La Piazza
A good Italian restaurant in the 4 Corners complex. Good service, nice decor and friendly atmosphere.
4 Hassan Sabry St., Zamalek ,735-1647/736-5640/737-2119

La Rosa
Low key venue with excellent Italian food at good prices and a great seafood pizza.
19 Rd. 231, Degla, Maadi,516-7337

One of the good Sushis in town
Le Pacha 1901 Boat, Saray El Gezireh,735-6730

Le Chalet
Ex Swiss Air restaurants with excellent food and service.
El Nile St., El Nasr Building, Giza, 748-5321/748-6270/761-0165

L'Entrecote Cafe de Paris
Restaurant with chicken, steak, and seafood in signature sauce.
24 Mohamed El Ghazali St., Dokki760-6262

American style food, fave of Maadi young crowd.
Rd. 9, Maadi 359-2778
Posh Mediterranean cuisine. Very elegant and formal.
Intercontinental City Stars Omar Ibn Khattab St., Heliopolis. 480-0100

Pretty good Indian food and reasonably priced too.
Karvin Hotel, 11 Mohamed Ebeid St., Heliopolis.

The Moghul Rooms
Superb Indian cuisine, though very pricey. Beautiful setting.
Mena House Oberoi Hotel, Pyramids Rd., El Haram, 383-3222/383-3444
The Nook Bistro
Home-cooked 'English' food in this tiny Maadi favourite.
21 Rd. 254, Degla, Maadi, 519-7655
Good Sushi/Sashimi. Rest is average. Annoying open-plan style.
Grand Hyatt Cairo, Garden City 365-1234
Pane Vino
A good place to go for lunch, early dinner or for a quiet post-work glass of wine. Excellent pasta.
2nd Floor, Semiramis Intercontinental, Garden City, 795-7171

Petit Swiss Chalet
Cool Swiss/French style restaurant, tucked away in Maadi. Good food.
9Rd. 151, Maadi, 359-8328

Piccolo Mondo
Cozy Italian restaurant with lovely Nileview. Good value.
Le Pacha 1901 Boat, Saray El Gezira, 735-6730

Planet Africa
Excellent Tex-Mex food, especially the steaks. Nothing African here, except the animal noises. Good family place.
94 Othman Ibn Affan St,. Triumph Sq., Heliopolis 644-5511

Good fresh fish option. Clean, airy and good service - no alcohol.
1 Amman Sq., Dokki 336-1883/4

Sakura Sushi
Great Japanese restaurant with friendly service. Alcohol-free.
23 Rd. 205 (beside Gomaa Market), Degla, Maadi, 012 140-4984

Good Sushi, home-made Sake (you have to ask nicely!).
Cairo Sheraton Hotel, El Galaa Sq., Dokki 336-9700 / 336-9800

Season's Restaurant
Magnificent French cuisine.
Four Seasons Hotel, Giza 573-1212

Chilled atmosphere with great Japanese food and skillful entertainment.
Intercontinental City Stars, Heliopolis 480-0100 (Main Desk) Ext. 2320

Fantastic Chinese restaurant with classy decor. Excellent food and service, but you pay the price. Serves Friday brunch from noon to 4 pm.
Four Seasons Hotel - Nile Plaza 1089 Corniche El Nil, Garden City 791-7000
Excellent steaks and pizzas, comfortable seating, vast menu.
31 El Nakheel St., off Batal Ahmed Abdel Aziz St. (on the corner of Sharq Insurance) Mohandiseen. 762-4391/2

Tia Maria
Good value restaurant popular with couples. Excellent list of Tia-Maria based cocktails. Some good food.
32 Jeddah St., Mohandessin 335-3273

Tirol Restaurant
Unusual seating areas (outdoor and indoor), fondue available. Not particularly Austrian though.
38 Gezirat El Arab St., Mohandessin 344-9725

Posh Sushi for bank managers.
Cairo Marriott Hotel (1st Floor in the shopping annex), Zamalek 739-4691

Good Italian food, large private rooms. No wine.
34 Michel Bakhoum St., (next to Cortigiano) Mohandessin 762-3306

Trader Vic's
Well hidden but worth the effort to find, large bar/lounge, often live entertainment.
Sheraton Royal Gardens Hotel, El Haram 781-2211 / 781-3311

Excellent and innovative Italian cuisine and imported wines.
Cairo Marriott Hotel, Zamalek 738-8888
Popular two-floor franchise restaurant with an outdoor area. Laid back, good for
hanging out with friends.
70 Omar Ibn El Khattab St. (next to Rossini), Heliopolis 291-6010

Villa d'Este
This superb Italian restaurant specializes in the cuisine of Northern Italy. Stylish
presentation and exquisite flavors ensure a superb dining experience.
Conrad International, Corniche El Nil, Maspero 580-8440


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